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Impact of the ‘Mother of Life’


Archdiocese ready to take measures against coronavirus By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

DEEP DIVE Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities shares his insights on building a culture of life. PAGES 6-7

HEART OF A CHILD Nikki Schaefer brings her ultrasound presentation ministry to St. Mary School in Bellevue. PAGE 9


Nellie Edwards’ digital painting shows Our Lady of Guadalupe kneeling in adoration of her unborn Savior. The image, painted in 2011, has become a spiritual inspiration to many, even leading some women considering abortion to choose life.

Nationally acclaimed artist visits Omaha to receive award By ELIZABETH WELLS For the Catholic Voice

“Mother of Life” moves people. “The second I saw it I was mesmerized,” said Steve Gignac of the digital image painted by North Dakota artist Nellie Edwards. His wife Carol had given him a copy after it appeared on the cover of the


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Knights of Columbus magazine, Columbia. He decided to share it with others. Gignac, a member of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Bristol, Connecticut, gave it to a friend’s sister whose son was dying of a brain tumor. Later she told him they had prayed with the image every night before his death. He gave it to a woman who

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was struggling after a miscarriage. She was moved to tears. Later she said she had just been praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe for help with the loss. “To see the glowing baby Jesus inside her womb – it has a strong effect on people,” said Gignac. “You see the look on

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With the threat the coronavirus will continue to spread in the United States, the Archdiocese of Omaha has reminded pastors to consider precautions to protect the health of their congregations. These could include suspending the exchange of the sign of peace during Mass, or instructing that it be exchanged without physical contact, and suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood to the faithful, said Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor for the archdiocese. “Priests understand that they can always apply the precautionary measures available to them,” he said. Priests, deacons, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are also urged to practice good hygiene by washing their hands before Mass begins or even using an alcohol based antibacterial solution before and after distributing Holy Communion, Deacon McNeil said. The Catholic faithful are reminded that if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, they are not obligated to attend Mass, and ought not attend to protect the health of others. If health authorities determine the risk of transmitting the virus is sufficiently high, Archbishop George J. Lucas can choose to implement further measures, such as granting a general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, or suspending public celebrations of the liturgy, including Mass, Deacon McNeil said. In case of personal illness or suspension of Masses, Catholics are reminded that a Mass for shut-ins is televised every Sunday in Omaha on WOWT at 10:30 a.m., and on the archdiocese’s website, archomaha. org. Other rural channels, as well as cable channel EWTN, also broadcast Masses for shut-ins. “We are monitoring all available information and guidance about coronavirus to determine how it impacts the many activities conducted within the Archdiocese of Omaha,” Deacon McNeil said. “Our response to the virus will focus at all times on the health, safety and well-being of our faith community.” If necessary, updates will be posted on the archdiocese’s website, archomaha.org, and the Catholic Voice website, catholicvoiceomaha.com. Catholics also should check parish websites and bulletins for updates.

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Respect for life must be rooted in mercy Archbishop introduces ‘Walking with Moms in Need’ In this week’s interview, Archbishop George J. Lucas speaks with communication manager David Hazen about a new initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” The yearlong effort calls upon Catholics to increase their awareness and support of organizations and programs committed to helping unborn children and their mothers and fathers, and also to identify and close gaps where their services might be lacking.

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MARCH 7 » Spirit Catholic Radio dinner – Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs


This month marks the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”). One of the ways the U.S. bishops are commemorating this important letter is with an initiative called “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” Would you help us understand what this initiative is all about?

Yes, I think this is an exciting effort and I am very grateful to Archbishop (Joseph F.) Naumann and those who serve on the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities for presenting it to us. I look forward to seeing how we will participate here in our area. This year of service is all about the church’s core teaching on the respect due to every human person and the dignity that God has given to everyone. This particular initiative reminds us that our pro-life attitudes really should be rooted in mercy. This is an opportunity for us to first of all highlight the many services and programs in our community that support moms, dads and their unborn children. We want to recognize


where there might be gaps so that we can make sure we put our money where our mouth is and see if there are other initiatives that might be helpful. Pope Francis would encourage us always to accompany those who might be facing challenges at the time of pregnancy. There are many beautiful services offered to women in need in our communities. Those services are offered discreetly out of respect for the people who are being served. So they may not be widely known or recognized. We want to make sure that we publicize them in an appropriate way so that a woman who needs them will know that they are available, but also so that the rest of us in the community can support them.

MARCH 7-8 » Parish visit – St. Joan of Arc Parish, Omaha MARCH 8 » Confirmation – St. Joan of Arc, St. Stanislaus and Holy Ghost parishes, Omaha – St. Joan of Arc Church MARCH 9 » Interview for The Chair project – St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha » Confirmation – St. John Nepomucene Parish, Weston and St. Vitus Mission, Touhy – Weston MARCH 10 » Clergy Study Day with Lincoln priests – St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward » Memorial Mass for Fr. James O’Connor – St. Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward TYLER ORSBURN/CNS

A boy holds up an icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help with the Infant Jesus as he marches during the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24. During this year’s march activities, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, announced the nationwide effort “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” The new program has its own website: www.walkingwithmoms.com.

What do you see as the challenges to standing up for both mothers and their unborn children? Or put another way, how does mercy help us to proclaim the Gospel of Life?

It strikes me sometimes that the Catholic Church’s beautiful pro-life position is not fully appreciated and articulated by those of us in the church. We can come across sometimes as though we are trying to impose something on somebody who is vulnerable, afraid or isolated, or as simply being judgmental and not offering support and accompaniment. First of all, we want to make sure that if that is true about us in some way, that we take steps to remedy it because we know that the Gospel of Life is demanding for all of us. But that demand is felt in a very personal way by a woman in an unwanted or troubled pregnancy – or even in the case of a family with very few resources – who just does not have a sense of how they can

support the child now living in the womb of the mother. We want to make sure that more and more of our parishes are known, in the words of Pope Francis, as “islands of mercy.” We do not just want to broadcast things that people ought to do. We are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ who, in obedience to his commands, are on the lookout for the vulnerable ones among us. That certainly would include the child in the womb, but it also includes the mother and perhaps the father of the child. We ought to look at them with respect and compassion and see if there are appropriate ways to support them in the community. It is not really good for us to push our way into the lives

of our neighbors. But we can be friends. We can be good neighbors. And then we can help in offering assistance through our Christian community and making our neighbors aware that those things are available to them. We hope that “Walking with Moms in Need” will be somewhat parish-based, that the neighborhood will be a place where anyone who is struggling or looking for help will be able to find it pretty close to home. There probably are not too many people in the community who do not know that the Catholic Church opposes abortion. My hope would be that, if someone in our neighborhood found themselves in an overwhelming situation, the first thing they would think

was, “I know I can go knock on the door of one of my Catholic neighbors, and they’ll receive me. They’ll listen to me.” I know most of us are not in a position to simply fix somebody else’s problems right then and there. But, so often abortion and other attacks on human dignity result from isolation, and from our neighbors feeling stuck in a situation that they cannot see a way out of, or a way through. There is always a way through if people will work together, if there is a little support or encouragement or accompaniment. I hope that over the coming year, this initiative might make us better known for being people whose lives and attitudes are shaped by mercy and by a desire to do good for others.


Since most people in the Catholic community may not be directly involved in the day-to-day provision of services and support for expectant mothers, are there other ways they will be invited to participate?

I think “participate” is the key word. If any of us would reflect on a time when we were really afraid or confused or in need, I am sure we appreciated if there was somebody willing to just take a few minutes to be with us and perhaps to literally walk with us. So it is one thing

to say, “Here, you can call this number and somebody will help you,” but it is another entirely to say, “If it’s OK with you, I’ll be happy to call the number and introduce you to the person whom I think can help, and I will be happy to help you get there.”

Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities:

That is what makes the walking part of “Walking with Moms in Need” more than just an image. I do hope that we can foster that kind of participation appropriately in the lives of our neighbors, always with compassion and respect. I

hope that we would not be afraid to extend ourselves a little, and that this beautiful encyclical, which we will talk more about in this 25th anniversary year, can stir up in us a deeper well of mercy which will overflow into others’ lives.

MARCH 11 » Leadership team meeting – Chancery, Omaha MARCH 12 » Mass, Curia staff – Chancery auditorium, Omaha » Mass and community night – St. John Paul II Newman Center, Omaha MARCH 14 » Catholic Charities Irish Fest – Marriott Downtown, Omaha MARCH 15 » Confirmation – Holy Cross Parish, Beemer, and St. Joseph Parish, Wisner – Wisner » Confirmation – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Seward MARCH 16 » Archbishop’s Committee for Development leadership team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Confirmation – St. Charles Borromeo Parish, North Bend, and St. Leo Parish, Snyder – North Bend MARCH 17 » Review Board meeting – Chancery, Lincoln » Confirmation – St. John Nepomucene and Ss. Peter & Paul parishes, Howells, and Holy Trinity Parish, Heun – St. John Nepomucene Church, Howells MARCH 18 » Leadership team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Managers’ monthly roundtable – Chancery, Omaha » Confirmation – Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Clarkson, St. Mary Parish, Leigh, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Dodge, and Sacred Heart Parish, Olean – Clarkson MARCH 19 » Serra Club altar server Mass and awards – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Omaha

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop Emeritus Elden F. Curtiss’ scheduled activities:

DEC. 23-APR. 3 » Family winter home – Nevada

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NEWS BRIEFS Report: Undocumented immigrants in steady decline

lic Men,” which called men to be prepared for the spiritual battle for their souls and the souls of their families.

WASHINGTON (CNS) – A report from the Center for Migration Studies of New York said the population of immigrants living in the United States without documents has declined 10% in eight years. In 2018, the center said, the total U.S. undocumented population was estimated to be 10.6 million, a drop of 1.2 million since 2010. The figures show a steady downward pattern as immigration from Mexico to the U.S. has decreased and Mexican nationals have returned home, the report said. The report “Reverse Migration to Mexico Led to U.S. Undocumented Population Decline: 2010 to 2018,” released Feb. 28, says that from 2010 until 2018, a total of 2.6 million Mexican nationals “left the U.S. undocumented population” and 45% of those “left voluntarily.” The document says it shows that “improving social and economic conditions in sending countries would not only reduce pressure at the border but also likely cause a large decline in the undocumented population.” It mirrors the policy position and recommendations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has said that improving “sustainable and equitable development in sending nations, especially Mexico and the countries of Central America” can help address the root causes of the present immigration crisis in the U.S., “so that migrants can remain in their homelands and support their families in dignity.”

L’Arche founder had inappropriate sexual relationships

KCs release videos to help men grow in faith

Archivists: Full look at Vatican wartime role will take time

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CNS) – On Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Knights of Columbus, the international fraternal organization based in New Haven, released videos and other resources to help men on their spiritual journey. Titled “Into the Breach,” the video series has 12 episodes that address “many of the challenges modern men face, including fatherhood, marriage and leadership,” said a news release from the Knights. The videos and other resources can be found at kofc. org/intothebreach. “Catholic men and fathers shoulder a great responsibility. Our role in evangelization is indispensable, especially within our homes – building the domestic church,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a statement. “Our families and our parishes need our faithful witness more than ever. As Catholic men and as Knights of Columbus, it is our duty to ‘step into the breach’ and play our part in the renewal of our families and the church,” he added. The Knights said the series was inspired by Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s 2015 document, “Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catho-

MONTREAL (CNS) – Jean Vanier, founder of the ecumenical L’Arche communities that provide group homes and spiritual support for people with intellectual disabilities, used his status to have “manipulative” sexual relationships with at least six women, concludes an internal investigation commissioned by the organization. The investigation reports “sincere and consistent testimony covering the period 1970-2005” from six adults, none of whom had disabilities. These women report Vanier initiated sexual relations with them, the report says. Vanier, who died in 2019, asked the women to keep their relations secret. The report says the women reported similar facts, although they did not know each other or about their parallel histories. In a letter addressed to members of L’Arche communities around the world, which was due out Feb. 25 but leaked to the media earlier, Stephan Posner and Stacy Cates-Carney, respectively international officer and vice international officer, presented the main conclusions of the investigation entrusted to the British consulting firm GCPS Consulting, which specializes in situations involving children or vulnerable persons. Members of L’Arche were informed last June that such a process had begun.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The March 2 opening of the Vatican’s wartime archives will be just the start of what should be a long, slow process of studying, analyzing and publishing findings, said the Vatican’s archivist and librarian. “We have to have the patience to wait and listen to the results” dozens of scholars are expected to produce over the coming years from what is known to be “inevitably slow and complex” work, Cardinal Jose Tolentino Calaca de Mendonca told reporters Feb. 20. Only by expecting and letting scholars take the time to do their job thoroughly can the examination and discussion of this controversial wartime period have “certain” and document-based evidence, he said. The true task of a historian, he said, is to understand and submit to the truth, untangling the reasons behind historical events. “The church is not afraid of history and faces the assessment of historians and researchers with trusting certainty” that the meaning and spirit of what was done will be understood, Cardinal de Mendonca said.

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Archbishop Lucas welcomes those to fully enter church at Easter By SUSAN SZALEWSKI Catholic Voice

The church has been waiting for you, Archbishop George J. Lucas told 281 people who are to be welcomed into full communion with the church at Easter. “You bring something beautiful and unique to the communion of believers,” he said in a homily at a March 1 Rite of Election ceremony at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The archbishop presided at two Rite of Election celebrations, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m. A total of 82 people participated in the ceremonies as catechumens, publicly declaring their intent to be baptized and confirmed and to receive holy Communion at Easter Vigils across the archdiocese. A total of 199 participated as candidates on their way to receiving the sacraments of confirmation and first Communion. All were greeted individually by the archbishop as part of the ceremony. The catechumens entered their names on a list of those chosen for initiation. Von O’Connor, a freshman at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue, was one of the catechumens. The school, and his friends there, made him want to learn more about the Catholic faith, O’Connor said. So he went to classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) at nearby St. Bernadette Parish and decided to officially become part of the church. Joann Morfeld had been baptized in another faith but decided to enter the Catholic Church because of her daughter, Calleigh, 7. Morfeld and her husband, Michael, wanted “just one religion in the house,” she said. So she entered formation at St. Gerald Parish in Ralston. Archbishop Lucas reminded O’Connor, Morfeld and others of their need to stay connected to God if they are to “bear much fruit.” He was referring to a reading from St. John’s Gospel at the ceremony, which included Jesus’ words: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Anyone who remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit …” A “deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ” is part of the church’s prayers for each of them and likely what they are expecting as they move forward in their conversion, Archbishop Lucas said. That type of relationship

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As part of a 2 p.m. Rite of Election on March 1, Archbishop George J. Lucas greets Sebastián Enrique Santiago Cabello and his confirmation sponsor, Father Scott Hastings, the archdiocese’s vicar for clergy and judicial vicar. Sebastián will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil at St. Wenceslaus Church in Omaha with his siblings Lucia and Hector. Their parents are Hector Luis Santiago Cruz and Lourdes Marie Cabello Schomburg. The Rite of Election was held at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. involves praying every day that the Lord will reveal himself to them, that he will be part of every encounter as they go through their day and that they will be more open to his plans, the archbishop said. “It’s easy enough to get disconnected,” through distractions, willfulness and selfishness. He said the Eucharist will draw them into a “life-giving communion,” in which Jesus becomes part of them and they become part of him. “If you’re rooted and connected,

you will bear good fruit,” and will have an effect on other people. “The Lord will put people in your lives whom you can influence,” and usually that’s someone who needs something you can provide, the archbishop said. That could be words of encouragement, prayer, an invitation to know Jesus better or physical needs like food, clothing or shelter. “This is what the Lord means by bearing good fruit. He always sends his disciples out to bear good fruit.”


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Catholic Charities treats mental health issues at school By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

About one in every five children in the United States suffers from some form of mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And suicide is now the second leading cause of death in young people ages 15-24 and the third leading cause for ages 10-14. Principal Barbara Marchese of St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha is all too aware of the problems. For instance, she recalls talking with one elementary school student who was considering suicide – and even knew how to do it. But thanks to a fledgling program by Catholic Charities of Omaha, she said, the student received timely help. That program – now in its third year – provides mental health services for students at 14 Catholic elementary and high schools in the archdiocese, along with college students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha. “There’s so much more these kids have to deal with than I ever had to deal with … it breaks my heart,” Marchese said. “Our (guidance) counselors are not equipped to handle that.” Catholic Charities provides on-site, licensed mental health therapists, generally one day per week, to meet with students at school, along with family members when necessary, and to provide training for students, staff and parents on topics such as depression, suicide, substance abuse, eating disorders and other mental and behavioral health issues. They also collaborate with teachers and school administrators, provide mental health and risk assessments, and are available for crisis intervention if needed.

Catholic Charities piloted the program during the 2017-2018 school year with seven Omaha Catholic schools, and has since served 18 schools in the archdiocese. Following referral by school personnel, services are free to students and their families, with costs paid for by the schools. After many of the organization’s behavioral health programs closed in 2016, Catholic Charities held focus groups with pastors and school administrators to determine how it could continue to serve the community, said Joan Huss, senior director of program services and one of four therapists involved in the program. “The number-one issue was behavioral health,” she said. “We heard it loudly and clearly from principals and the priests, that in the (parish) schools … is where the services were needed.” Pressures at school, issues at home, relationship problems with peers, and negative impacts from social media are among the challenges affecting the mental and emotional well being of students, and in turn, performance at school, Marchese said. For students experiencing mental health challenges, getting help quickly is key, said Alexandria Ashley, a therapist serving four Catholic elementary schools in Omaha. “We do come across these students at times that are really important in their lives, and it does make a difference, and sometimes it does come down to safety,” she said. “When a student presents with a need ... we can get them services pretty quickly.” Eliminating barriers to timely care, such as waiting time to see a counselor at a mental health clinic, difficulty getting to an appointment and insurance red tape, is one of the biggest benefits of on-site counsel-

SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES This school year, Catholic Charities of Omaha is providing on-site mental health services at the following Catholic schools in the archdiocese: ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS St. Vincent de Paul, Omaha Mary Our Queen, Omaha Our Lady of Lourdes, Omaha Holy Cross, Omaha Ss. Peter and Paul, Omaha St. Thomas More, Omaha St. Bernadette, Bellevue St. Mary, Bellevue Holy Trinity, Hartington


Catholic Charities therapist Amber Determan meets with a student Feb. 14. ing, Ashley said. And providing service in an environment where students are already comfortable is another plus, said therapist Jenna Whitaker, who serves two elementary schools, three high schools and the Newman Center. Whitaker said she sees a variety of issues across the three age groups. In high school and college students these include “stage of life” transitioning issues and academics, while grade schoolers experience more

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Wednesdays during Lent (except Ash Wednesday) Holy Angels Mausoleum, Resurrection Cemetery March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 at 6 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY (April 10) Calvary Cemetery 3 p.m. – Starts at Calvary Station 1 More information: Deacon Jim Tardy, 402-391-3711

Catholic Charities also provides services to college students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha. ported and heard in a non-threatening environment, is a huge benefit to our students and families.”

‘The Way’ retreat in Cozad to offer abuse survivors hope of healing By COLLEEN GALLION

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interpersonal and behavioral issues. A common thread in all three groups is anxiety and depression, she said. “I think that’s what we see across all age demographics in schools.” “It is very difficult for kids to focus on school when they are dealing with a difficult time in their lives,” Marchese said. “None of us leave our problems at the door of school, so having an outside resource that comes into our building, where they can feel sup-

HIGH SCHOOLS Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha Mercy High School, Omaha Marian High School, Omaha Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue Cedar Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Hartington

COZAD, Neb. – “The Way: A Healing Retreat for Male Survivors of Abuse” has been scheduled for March 20-22 at Camp Comeca in Cozad. The event is a three-day guided meditation and prayer experience for men whose abuse by another has caused physical, psychological or spiritual injury. The Diocese of Grand Island Victim Assistance Ministry, in collaboration with the victim assistance ministries in the Archdiocese of Omaha and Diocese of Lincoln, is hosting the retreat. The Christian-based retreat was developed by Sue Stubbs from the Archdiocese of Atlanta. She will facilitate the retreat with Matt Hutt, a Scottsbluff psychologist, and Armando Chavarria, director of the Office of Faith Formation and Evangelization for the Grand Island diocese, along with a Nebraska retreat team. Men of all faiths and traditions are invited to attend. Heidt Kozisek, director for the Office of Child Protection for the Grand Island diocese, attended a similar retreat facilitated by Stubbs in Atlanta. She said she and the other participants were moved by the event.

“It is based on the Stations of the Cross and provides a number of very powerful messages,” she said. Those messages to retreatants, she said, included: first, there is nothing that you have been through that Christ cannot empathize with; second, that God loves you, he created you to love and be loved and the abuse that you experienced was not his plan for you; and third, when you join your suffering to Christ’s, powerful things can happen. The retreat includes daily Mass, group rosary, adoration, Stations of the Cross, Veneration of the Cross and opportunities for reconciliation and spiritual direction. “We recognized that we didn’t have anything like this for survivors,” said Cheryl Albright, Outreach Coordinator/Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Grand Island. “We wanted to learn from Sue (Stubbs), who has done this for a number of years and has been successful. We wanted to implement the program in our diocese.” A similar retreat for women took place in August 2019 at Camp Comeca. “It is well worth the investment of their time and money,” one attendee said. “The healing that came from being in fellowship with

others who have experienced similar abuse is something rare and something difficult to put into words.” “I was hoping to gain knowledge and support to help me on my healing journey and that expectation was definitely met at the retreat,” she said. She added that she was surprised by how easy it was to talk about things that are often difficult, and described it as a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a feeling of safety she felt immediately. “The most significant things I took from the retreat was the overwhelming love and acceptance God has for us,” she said. “Wrapping the pain of my abuse in the suffering Jesus endured for me and then accepting and absorbing the love he has for me was truly life changing.” For more information, visit gidiocese.org/safe-environment/victim-assistance. To request an application, email bheidt@gidiocese.org or call Kozisek 308-382-6565. The deadline to register is March 11. Those interested in donating toward the $250 per-attendee cost of the retreat should visit gidiocese. org/safe-environment/victim-assistance, contact the Grand Island diocese’s Child Protection Office at 308-382-6565 or email cpo@gidiocese.org.

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St. James Catholic Church

Fish Frys & Lenten Dinners ST. GERALD’S


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Macaroni & Cheese Featuring Baked Cod Cole Macaroni Slaw • Baked Potato & Cheese Slaw • Baked Potato orCole Fries • Cheese Pizza or Fries • Cheese Pizza Beer & Wine Available Beer & Wine Available Adults: $9 Children (10 & under): $6 Seniors (60+): $8 Drive up and Carry-out: $9 Desserts available for purchase to support parish and school organizations.

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$13/adults, $6/children age 4-12, 3 & under free, $9 Seniors age 60+, $42/5 Serving Family To Go Pack Takeout orders available at the Larimore Street entrance. Information: 402-572-0499

Soltys Brothers Premium Fried or Cajun Fried Fish, Baked Tilapia, macaroni and cheese, green beans, potato wedges or baked potato, cole slaw, bread and butter, coffee, milk and soda pop.

Desserts, beer and wine sold separately.

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St. Pius X Parish Center

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Archbishop Naumann underscores supporting expectant mothers By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

For Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, supporting women who are experiencing unintended or difficult pregnancies is one of the most important things Catholics can do to further a culture of life. As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he is asking individual Catholics

and parishes to step up their efforts to accompany such women and help them choose life. Archbishop Naumann shared his observations and his committee’s goals with more than 150 people attending pro-life group LIFE Runners’ annual fundraiser and dinner Feb. 20 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. He described one such effort, introduced at last November’s USCCB meeting, “Walking with

Moms in Need: A Year of Service,” beginning March 25. The effort asks dioceses across the country to examine the resources available to pregnant women at risk of abortion, to identify gaps and deficiencies in that support and create opportunities to better coordinate existing resources. He also described his ad limina visit with Pope Francis in January, where the pope called the protection of human life the preeminent


Standing against abortion and euthanasia are identified as the top priorities for the pro-life committee’s efforts. What other challenges to life and human dignity does your group take up?

In terms of advocacy, those would be the principal ones, although now also infanticide, sadly, is emerging as an issue as well. Although we’re not the principal committee for the advocacy, we also do a lot of educational work on capital punishment. Now that said, the

dignity of the human person and the protection of life, it crosses over with many other works in the Conference as well. So we’ll often jointly sign a letter with the Domestic Policy Committee chair as well and other chairs. So wherever the dignity of the human person is being threatened, in a

sense that’s a life issue. But I think purposefully we have a committee that really addresses those other issues about human dignity. And so the Conferences had our committee pretty focused at least in the advocacy area specifically on abortion and euthanasia, now infanticide.


As the homilist at the vigil Mass the evening before this year’s March for Life, you spoke about a moral “twilight zone.” What do you mean by that and how do you think we got to this point in our culture?

I used an episode of the old “Twilight Zone” in which, in the twilight zone, what was beautiful was considered ugly and what was ugly was considered beautiful. And I think I see a parallel in our culture today where such things as abortion are exalted as a virtue and noble. I think we see this moral confusion also with regard to gender confusion today, where we don’t know of male or female, this whole terminology of the gender that you were assigned before birth. We’ve become morally confused in terms

of what’s right and wrong. And I think that it goes back in part to a materialism in our culture and society about what really will fulfill our human heart. I think the sexual revolution had a big part in this, … which is premised on a lie that sexual activity is really what we need for human happiness and human flourishing. If you accept that premise, then you need things like contraception, and if contraception fails, you need abortion to back that up. So I think it’s all kind of entwined with

some of these materialistic values that the culture has embraced over time. I think we’ve been conditioned for this through media, through the entertainment industry, to kind of lose our moral bearing. So I think part of the work of the church today is to help our people see through the false goods that the culture holds up. And in the end, I think the truth is irrepressible, that these are lies and those lies, they will collapse, but there can be a lot of damage before that happens.


Would you say this points to a denial of reality and people seeming to become disconnected with what is real in nature and in the world?

Absolutely. I mean we’re really in denial. And it’s really a battle over – I think John Paul saw this clearly, of anthropology – how we see the human person. Our society’s going in a direction that is, well, I can be whatever I want to be. I can be

whatever I imagine myself to be. I can deny the physical reality of my body. And so I think that’s such an obvious falsehood, and yet in this cultural confusion today, people have embraced it under the mantle of inclusion and compassion. And of course

we want to be compassionate, we must be compassionate to people that struggle with these issues. But true compassion always also is anchored in the truth. John Paul would say, we have to speak the truth, but speak it with love.


How is the culture of death numbing people’s consciences and blinding them to the realities of abortion?

I think because, in some ways, it’s easy for us to ignore that abortion is going on. The victims are for the most part hidden from us until it directly impacts our family or someone that we may know. And part of it is, again, this cultural acceptance that we need abortion to be able to back up this sexual license that’s become one of the cultural “virtues.” And so I think many people have kind of been willing to compromise this because,


well, it’s necessary if we’re going to have this opportunity to be sexually active in any circumstance that we might like. One of the cultural lies I think is that God made some huge mistake when he linked the most powerful and profound way for a man and a woman to express their love for each other and the ability to give life. And we’ve culturally tried to separate those things out. And what’s happened with it, it’s not only attacked life,

but it’s also diminished love. So we see this today in our young people. They don’t know how to date. They think Facebook friends are friends. And they’re really not. So I think there’s a lot of cultural lies that we’ve imbibed, and there’s serious consequences. One of the most serious is 61 million children dead from abortion. And each one of those has a parent, a mother and a father, that’s been scarred by that experience as well.

Do you see any signs of anything that’s going to start turning this world around in terms of that skewed view of reality?

I think there’s a lot of hope with our young people. And we see this at the March for Life, the overwhelming number of young people. And we see it in the polling data with young people, too. They’ve lived under this cultural lie. Some of their generation has been eliminated by abortion. And

they’ve also experienced some of the consequences of the sexual revolution that have been hurtful to marriage and family life. So I think our young people are more open to this. But that said, they’re being influenced, too, by a lot of the strong cultural teachers, again, the

media, the entertainment industry. But I see a lot of hope with the young people. And I think we’ve actually made some progress, as evidenced by the panic on the other side that they’re really afraid that the Supreme Court may, if not overturn Roe v. Wade, may pare it back significantly.

social and political issue of our time. A native of St. Louis, Archbishop Naumann was ordained a priest in 1975 and was named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis in 1997. In 2005 he became the fourth archbishop and 11th bishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. For 36 years, he has been on the front lines of the pro-life movement, beginning in 1984 when then-Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis asked him to become

priest coordinator for the archdiocese’s pro-life efforts, an assignment he kept for the next 10 years. In 1997 he was named to the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and was elected chairman in 2017. Archbishop Naumann spoke with the Catholic Voice about the effects the culture of death is having on our country, signs of hope for the culture of life, and the things ordinary Catholics can do to help.


Are there any other key takeaways from your experience with the March for Life?

I think the March for Life is always a moment of renewal for those that come to it, and a renewed commitment. The march this year was particularly focused on pro-life as also pro-women. And I think that has to be the way that we help people understand this issue. The pro-abortion groups have pitted the welfare of women against the welfare of their child. And this is a false conflict because, in reality, the welfare of the mother is linked to

the welfare of the child and vice versa. And so I think we need to help people to see this is a false compassion towards women. And we need to surround women that are in a difficult pregnancy and support them with love. But the solution is not for them to – what Pope Francis will say – to hire a hitman to kill your own child. We see in the post-abortion industry, the deep scars that this creates. The women are really the second victims of the abortion.


Are there other ways that you see pro-life efforts succeeding?

Our advocacy efforts, I think, are having an impact with the appointment of judges that really aren’t in the business of inventing rights out of the Constitution, which is I think where we got legally to where we are today. But also there’s been a decrease in the numbers of abortion in the country significantly. I think a lot of that goes to our crisis pregnancy centers. There’s over 2,700 crisis pregnancy centers in the United

States today, and they serve over a half a million women each year. I think that’s had a significant impact. I see a lot of hope in some of the much younger people in the pro-life movement who are being pretty bold and trying to raise up the truth, people like David Daleiden and Lila Rose. I think they are really bringing kind of a new energy to the movement using some of the media and social media to bring home these truths.


Can you give me a brief update on some of the recent bills in Congress?

The Dignity of Aborted Children Act was introduced last fall in both houses, but there’s been no action on it to date. This is a bill to try to protect how the remains of aborted children are treated. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that was introduced in both houses in January 2019 – it’s had no action to date. But the Senate majority leader, Senator (Mitch) McConnell, said that he was going to call for a vote or allow a vote on it this coming week. ... We have a majority vote in the Senate, but we don’t have the 60 votes that are needed to overcome a filibuster. And the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, it’s been introduced in both houses. The Senate actually voted on this bill last year, and I think the vote was 53 to 44. So they didn’t have the 60 (votes) that were needed. In the House, since the Speaker

of the House and the leaders up in the House oppose this, the only way to bring a vote to it would be to get a discharge petition, which takes a majority of the House members, 218 I think, in order to force a vote, even when the leadership doesn’t want it. Right now we’ve had 204 reps that have signed that. So we need 14 more to dislodge it ... and bring a vote to it. I do have to say, it’s unlikely that any of these are going to pass, but I think bigger miracles have happened. And I think it’s important to push for votes on these so people know where their senators, where their congressmen stand as well. Editor’s note: On Feb. 25, the U.S. Senate failed to advance the PainCapable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, lacking the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters.

For more information on the work of the USCCB’s Office of Pro-Life Activities, visit usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/index.cfm.

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Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, second from right, speaks with Pat Castle, second from left, founder of pro-life group LIFE Runners before the group’s annual fundraiser and dinner Feb. 20 in Omaha. Also pictured are Paula Parmelee, left, from Jefferson, South Dakota, leader of the Sioux City LIFE Runners Chapter, and Castle’s daughter Paige, right.


Do you feel that those bills have at least brought a little bit more light onto the issues that they’re addressing?

Abortion kills a child and it kills a child in a very painful way, and especially the timeframe when most abortions happen. So the Pain-Capable Act I think enlightens people; this is not a victimless (action). This whole notion of a woman’s right over her body – well, yes, but there’s two bodies involved here. And so I think it helps to drive that home.

And then it should be an easy vote, this Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, because all it does is say, if a child survives an abortion, and we know that there are more than a hundred of these annually and probably a bigger number than we even know about, that then that child, once it’s born, it has the same rights as every other human being

and it needs to be given care. We know that a lot of times these babies are suffocated or they’re just abandoned and left to die in a closet, in a storage room in the hospital. But there are some survivors out there ... Melissa Ogden is one of these survivors. And they’ve become powerful witnesses for life.


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In what ways can everyday Catholics be most effective in their support of pro-life efforts?

I think one of the initiatives that as a committee weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promoting right now, that will begin in March, is this Walking with Moms in Need initiative. And by that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping every diocese and every parish in the country really assesses what are the services available to a woman thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a difficult pregnancy. And what we want â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see our parishes necessarily providing the direct services â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (is) that every parish will be an oasis of mercy where a woman could go, or someone that knows a woman in crisis could go and find out where there are (services), or whatever she needs. And also for us to identify what are the gaps in services in particular areas and to see how we can go

about filling those gaps. So people can get involved with their crisis pregnancy centers. They can go to their pastor and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to help with this initiative.â&#x20AC;? So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one concrete way. Also being informed as voters. And I think living in a republic, a democratic republic, in some sense we get twhe laws that we deserve. So we need to use our vote wisely, and I think to vote according to this, as the bishops have said, which is a preeminent priority. Other issues are important, no doubt. But this issue is particularly significant because it attacks life when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable, because it happens within the family and destroys the most sacred human bond between a mother and child,

and because of the sheer numbers of 61 million abortions. No other issue really comes close to that loss of innocent human life. In addition to voting, also writing, communicating with their legislators about pro-life bills, either at the federal or the state level, is another important way. Being ready to have a conversation with other people, being knowledgeable ourselves about it. Some of the most important pro-life education happens oneon-one. So conversations with family members, with friends, with people that we work with. ... And then the final thing is to pray, that every Catholic can pray that we as a society and culture will restore protection for human life.


You mentioned supporting crisis pregnancy centers. Are there any other specific, tangible ways that people can directly help a woman who is in a difficult or unintended pregnancy?

I think certainly people within your own network of friends to accompany women at this time. Oftentimes the post-abortive women will say if there was just one person who told me you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do this, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll help you,

weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll support you, that that would make a difference in the decision making that they did. I think the most important pro-life effort really happens one-on-one educationally and pastorally as well. So thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a program called the Gabriel Project

in some parishes across the country, where people volunteer just to be there to accompany the woman, not to provide the services, but to connect them with the services. So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another very practical way people can be involved.


Anything else that you would recommend to people, or your hopes for the future regarding this issue?

I think this issue is one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical for our culture and our society today, that a society canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive, I think, if we permit the killing of our own children. When we met with Pope Francis about a month ago, one of the things that he said when he talks to people about this issue that

donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily see it the way we do, he says he asks two questions: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it ever right to solve a problem by killing a child?â&#x20AC;? And he said the second question he asks: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is it ever right to hire somebody to kill a child to solve a problem?â&#x20AC;? And he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

kind of blunt,â&#x20AC;? but that helps people see this is the reality that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with. And so I think we need to save the soul of our nation. And part of saving the soul of the nation is to return our country to being a nation that respects the sanctity of all human life.

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ART WITH A MISSION: ‘Mother of Life’ boosts pro-life efforts >> Continued from Page 1

people’s faces when they see the image – comfort and awe. It looks like they are in the presence of something powerful.” Edwards, a self-taught artist, believes these responses are the result of graces received from contemplating the image. These graces “go straight to the heart … to convey the love of our Lord,” she said. Pat Castle, founder of the Omaha-based pro-life apostolate LIFE Runners, said the image has changed the minds of mothers considering abortion to choose life. The image’s powerful impact was the reason Edwards was honored with LIFE Runners’ first Lifetime Impact Award, he said. Edwards received it at the LIFE Runners All in Christ for Pro-Life Banquet Feb. 20 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. DIVINE INSPIRATION The image might never have been painted, though, had Edwards not been open to what she believes was divine inspiration. Although several people had suggested she paint the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it “was totally unthinkable for me,” said Edwards, a member of St. Leo the Great Parish in Minot, North Dakota. As a youth, she had been taught by sisters of the Missionary Daughters of the Most Pure Virgin Mary, who instilled in her a special reverence for the image of Mary that God imprinted on St. Juan Diego’s tilma. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything with what heaven had given. I thought it would be so irreverent,” she said. But on that day in 2011 when she began painting an image of Mary in white with an unborn baby, she sensed she might be wrong. “I literally looked up and said, ‘Lord, is this you?’ I looked at the image I was painting and saw her side profile and the sash, an Aztec symbol for being with child, and prayed,” said Edwards. “I realized I was receiving a divine nudging … this was Our Lady of Guadalupe.” That kind of nudging had happened before, said Edwards. She said she has learned to prayerfully consider and further discern these feelings, and when appropriate, follow where God appeared to be

leading. But “to say I was stunned is an understatement,” she said, reflecting on the moment. Then began the hard work of bringing the image to fruition. It took months “to capture her look, expression, posture, room – her sanctuary,” said Edwards. “And she’s the tabernacle – she’s kneeling in adoration of her unborn Savior.”

After seeing the image, a woman contacted Edwards via private message. Her daughter was five months pregnant and scheduled for an abortion. Edwards sent her a print for her daughter. She later told Edwards her daughter cancelled the abortion after seeing the image. A few months later, the new grandmother sent another message: “I wanted to share these pictures with you (of mother and newborn) and tell you again how grateful I am for your generous and kind heart. Your prayers and beautiful talent had a profound impact on us.”

ADVOCATE FOR LIFE Edwards is a longtime prolife advocate. As a newlywed she had read “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), St. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical underscoring the need for every marital act to be open to new life, and later “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”), St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on the inviolability and value of human life. She discerned she needed to “tell everyone that children are a blessing and that God faithfully provides.” She has been a sidewalk counselor and fought in courtrooms to defend First Amendment rights to share pro-life materials outside abortion clinics. Her first sidewalk encounter, on the Feast of the Assumption in 1983, led a mother to choose life and solidified Edwards’ dedication to compassionately share the prolife message. Edwards and her late husband Christopher raised eight children. The family moved from Washington State to North Dakota in 1996. He died from complications of cancer in August 2012. In 1997 the couple founded Mother of Eight Designs, a family business that sold custom sculpted, cold-cast ornaments and keepsake products to specialty gift shops across the country. Besides providing the family’s income, it allowed them to homeschool all their children. The children, all of whom participated in the business, also learned valuable business principles, Edwards said. DIGITAL PAINTER In 2007 Edwards’ family gave her a digital tablet complete with painting software offering endless colors and virtual brushes. She had experienced a lifelong desire to take painting lessons, but never pursued it. Despite the fact she had no formal art training, she plunged right in.



Nellie Edwards paints an image on her computer at her home in Minot, North Dakota. Soon after “I had this notion that I should paint a portrait of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha,” she said. “I waved it off, but it kept coming back. Finally, I said ‘OK, if it’s from the Lord, it will look like someone with some training was doing it.’” She said she was surprised the quality of the image that emerged. “God doesn’t always call the equipped, but he equips the called,” she said. “The Lord let me skip” the professional training. Regular prayer time, daily Mass and two hours of eucharistic adoration weekly give her opportunities to discern God’s will for her, she added, which she applies to her painting and other areas of her life. She and her husband decided to sell the business in 2008, allowing her to devote more time to her painting. They trusted God would do the rest. “I think it is import-

ant that you obey no matter what. Incredible graces come,” she said. INCREASING IMPACT The national Tekakwitha Conference, a Catholic organization supporting Christian ministry among Native Americans, approved the image of Blessed Kateri upon its completion and asked for prints for their annual conference. Prints of both the Blessed Kateri and “Mother of Life” images were displayed at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in 2012. There an editor from Columbia saw them. He asked to use the Blessed Kateri image for the magazine’s cover, which marked her canonization in October 2012. Later he asked to use “Mother of Life” for the December 2012 issue. “That really accelerated things,” said Edwards. Social media exploded with the image and also the stories of lives impacted by it.

The image made its way to Castle when LIFE Runners was primarily a pro-life running team. He asked Edwards if LIFE Runners could use the image on prayer cards and banners. Castle, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion and St. Matthew the Evangelist in Bellevue, said “Mother of Life” helped his apostolate refocus its mission from mainly participating in races to sharing the pro-life message. He said the image spoke to them because it shows Mary living the apostolate’s motto, “All in Christ for Pro-Life!” For the same reasons, Castle credits “Mother of Life” with growing the organization’s membership from 170 members in 2011 to 491 in 2012 and now more than 14,450 registered LIFE Runners in more than 2,533 cities in 39 countries. Edwards said if her art only touches one mother it would be worth it, “but I know Our Lady is using it in so many places.” The “Mother of Life” image is increasingly being used on prayer cards: 100,000 of them to be distributed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new initiative, “Walking with Moms in Need”; others being circulated by the North Dakota Knights of Columbus to convey the importance of pro-life issues with plans to distribute the cards nationally before the November elections; and still others for distribution by LIFE Runners to new members and during hundreds of local, national and international races. Edwards sees her art as helping to build a culture of life in concrete ways. “It’s art with a mission,” she said. “I’m forever grateful that I’m a bristle on Our Lady’s brush.”

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Students witness miracle of life during classroom ultrasound By SUSAN SZALEWSKI Catholic Voice

A little child – pictured on a classroom’s giant, pull-down screen – wiggled and squirmed and kicked and turned until his thumb found its way to his mouth and he seemed to settle down. Kelly Miller, his mother, allowed a roomful of children at St. Mary School in Bellevue to watch what was happening inside her womb as a sonographer glided an ultrasound probe under a cover and over Miller’s belly. Some of the fifth-graders raised their hands when asked if they had ever seen an ultrasound image before. But for others, seeing a live ultrasound of a baby in the womb was completely new. All appeared fascinated as they watched the 21-week-old baby squirm, heard his heartbeat, saw his blood flow and were shown his brain, spine and other body parts. They were reminded of how God “knit” them in their mothers’ wombs, how he created them in his image, for a unique purpose, and how he deeply loves them. The miracle of creation inside the womb, a miracle otherwise hidden from human eyes, was brought to the school by Heart of a Child Ministries, a pro-life organization that offers live ultrasound viewing as part of its educational efforts. It’s a presentation that Nikki Schaefer and other presenters hope students won’t easily forget. Caleb Braxton, one of the St. Mary fifth-graders at the Feb. 28 presentation, said he liked a still ultrasound image of another baby’s heart that showed the organ’s four chambers and what appears to be a cross. Schaefer said she likes to point out that the cross is imprinted on the human heart at life’s earliest stages. She goes into more detail about that in Catholic settings, but even public school students can see that for themselves, she said. “So without saying it, you know, perhaps they’re pondering it.” PRAYER PILLOW FUNDRAISER Heart of a Child Ministries

began in 2012 through the inspiration of Schaefer’s daughter, Grace, who was just 7 at the time, and involves her entire family. Schaefer and her husband, Bernie, have six children, ages 5 to 20, and live on a farm west of Bennington. They are active in two parishes, St. Robert Bellarmine, near their former home in Omaha, and St. Francis Borgia in Blair. Heart of a Child has raised more than $40,000 through the sale of pro-life prayer pillows, which has helped buy baby supplies for pregnant women in need, Schaefer said. The pillows are decorated with a religious image and have a pocket for a rosary or prayer card. The apostolate continues to expand as it gives the ultrasound presentations about once a week for schools, parishes and organizations, including college and public school audiences. Teaching is tailored to the age and type of audience. At St. Mary, the presentation varied with each grade. The youngest students, second-graders, learned that their hearts were beating when they were the size of a period at the end of a sentence, or the size of a poppy seed, which they were shown. Schaefer then showed them a kidney bean, the size they were when they had moving arms, legs, fingers and toes and a growing brain. The second-graders each took home a model of a 10-week-old fetus, which could fit in their hands, wrapped in cloth with a Scripture verse attached. They were encouraged to name the babies. They also received heart-shaped lollipops, “because the heart is a big part of our presentation … listening to the baby’s heart, putting their hand over their own heart, connecting,” Schaefer said. ADOPTION DISCUSSED The presentations are interactive and personal. Some St. Mary students shared how they were born prematurely, or adopted – or even one of three triplets. The triplets’ mother, who was at a presentation with her three


Second-graders at St. Mary School in Bellevue watch a live ultrasound presentation showing the 21-week-old baby inside Kelly Miller. Administering the ultrasound and speaking to the children is registered sonographer Kathy Havranek. Miller and Havranek volunteered for the Feb. 28 pro-life presentation by Heart of a Child Ministries. second-graders, shared how they danced in the womb to music and even seemed to have had a favorite song. At another presentation, a fifthgrader said he was born two months early and needed a “spanking” to get him breathing and later a ventilator to help sustain those breaths. Another fifth-grader asked if Miller’s baby has hair yet. Yes, but it’s not visible on the ultrasound yet, said Kathy Havranek, a registered sonographer for more than 30 years, who provided the live viewing for the students. Presenter Julie Gallegos talked with the fifth-graders about the loving gift of adoption, and shared how her adopted son, James, became part of her family. At least one student in the room at St. Mary also had been adopted. STEWARDING MESSAGE OF LIFE Schaefer, in an interview, said the personal stories and connections are encouraged. “I feel like part of what we do


Nikki Schaefer of Heart of a Child Ministries explains the wonders of early human development to second-graders at St. Mary School in Bellevue during a Feb. 28 presentation, including how they were “knitted” by God in their mothers’ wombs.

is stewarding this message of life. I think so many people have a (prolife) story that maybe they haven’t shared or haven’t had a chance to share. … And, as you know, once you share one, then you’ll share again and again. It breaks open these stories.” The presenters stay open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Schaefer said. “And when we do, that is when beautiful outpourings of grace happen.” Pregnant mothers who volunteer for the ultrasounds are often recruited from the parishes or communities where the presentation will be held. Other times, such as at the St. Mary presentation, Schaefer finds pregnant women from a network of friends and acquaintances,

where she also has found sonographers and other volunteers who witness at the presentations. Schaefer said she has viewed hundreds of live ultrasounds, and each one is exciting. Sometimes parents have found out the sex of their child, and a roomful of people get to share in their joy. Schaefer said she would like to offer the ultrasound presentation at even more schools, parishes and other venues. Informational meetings are being planned for September, where parents, teachers, administrators and others can learn more. People can also visit heartofachildministries.org or contact Schaefer at nikki@heartofachildministries.org or 402-968-5308.


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Church, world need St. Joseph’s spiritual care, says priest By JULIE ASHER

Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON – Marian Father Donald Calloway believes the Holy Spirit wants to draw Catholics’ attention to St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus, “in a major way.” “We need to entrust ourselves to his spiritual care at this very difficult time in the world and in the church,” the priest told Catholic News Service (CNS). “Today the church is dealing with anthropological crises in the world,” he said. “Many countries are seeking to redefine marriage, men do not understand what it means to be a family, women do not understand what it means to be a woman, divorce rates are at an all-time high, and families are falling apart everywhere.” “We need his loving and strong fatherhood to help us return order to our homes,” Father Calloway added. To that end he is urging individuals, couples, groups, schools, parishes, dioceses and the entire church to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph. “In ages past, whenever there was some difficulty the church

was involved in, popes and saints would turn to Our Lady as a remedy,” he explained. “This remains necessary for our times as well, of course, but today when so many families lack a father, scandals among clergy – our spiritual fathers – have occurred in the church, we need to look to St. Joseph for answers.” In his new book, “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” published by Marian Press, Father Calloway outlines a 33-day preparation period in Part 1, includes several readings on the “Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” in Part 2 and several prayers to St. Joseph in Part 3. “Everything that is needed for an individual and a group program is contained in the one book. There are no additional manuals, workbooks, prayer books or videos,” he said. Father Calloway, who is vicar provincial for his order in the United States, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, told CNS the demand for his book is “off the charts,” with 40,000 copies selling out in six weeks; 80,000 more are being printed. Spanish, French and Pol-


In his book “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” Marian Father Donald Calloway urges Catholics to consecrate themselves to St. Joseph.

ish translations “are in the works” and he’s received requests for Italian and Arabic versions. “All for St. Joseph! Something very big is happening!” he told CNS.

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He also has a website: www. consecrationtostjoseph.org, and a 33-part series of one-minute videos launched on YouTube Feb. 16. And there’s more. To date, at least three U.S. bishops have declared a Year of St. Joseph for their dioceses for this year: Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina; Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of Lafayette, Louisiana. It’s for all these reasons he thinks the Holy Spirit wants Catholics to focus on St. Joseph. “This is spreading like wildfire,” remarked Father Calloway, who lives in Steubenville, Ohio. He said Catholics need only consider the many titles St. Joseph has to see why he is the role model for these times. He is the head of the Holy Family of course, but he also is called “Pillar of Families,” “Glory of Domestic Life,” “Guardian of Virgins” and “Terror of Demons,” the priest said. “He is still under-appreciated because most Catholics have the wrong impression of St. Joseph,” Father Calloway said. “Most Catholics think he was an old man and previously married to another woman – with other children from that marriage – before he espoused Our Lady. These ideas are completely false and have never been the teaching of the church. “What consecration to St. Joseph seeks to do is give the faithful a true image of St. Joseph: a young, virginal, and strong husband and father.” This year marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as patron of the universal church. The current pope has a special devotion to

the man who raised Jesus: “I love St. Joseph very much because he is a strong and silent man,” Pope Francis has said. In 2013, on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass inaugurating his Petrine ministry. In May of that year, by papal decree, the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments instructed that the name of “St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” be inserted into Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV of the Mass. On Nov. 13, 1962, St. Pope John XXIII had inserted the name of St. Joseph into the first Eucharistic Prayer, which is the Roman Canon. “My greatest desire is for the pope to declare a Year of St. Joseph for the entire church,” Father Calloway told CNS. “I wrote the pope a personal letter last year about this and it was hand-delivered to him by a bishop from Argentina. Thus, I know he is aware of this petition. Let’s pray he does it! This would be an extraordinary grace for the church.” He noted that Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, the longest-lived visionary of the Fatima apparitions, once said the final battle between good and evil will be fought over marriage and the family. “This battle is raging today. What better person to call on than our spiritual father who has been given the title ‘Terror of Demons’?” said Father Calloway. “The great St. Joseph once protected the child Jesus from the wicked intentions of Herod, so he is more than able to protect us in the difficulties we find ourselves in today.”

St. Stephen the Martyr Knights of Columbus #10160: 5-8 p.m. at 168th and Q streets, Omaha. Takeout available.

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Catholics ‘unfriend’ social media, choose ‘digital detox’ for Lent By TIM SWIFT

Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE – No selfies. No cat videos. Not even an artfully composed photo of avocado toast. Since Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, Sheila Wheltle’s social media accounts have gone dark for 40 days. Her last post read: “Gone for Lent ... See you at Easter.” More Americans are embracing the concept of a “digital detox” as social media becomes more ubiquitous and at times more harmful. However, others are disconnecting with a distinctly Catholic twist. Wheltle, a parishioner of St. Mark Church in Catonsville, Maryland, uses Facebook to connect with old friends. She grew up in Philadelphia and later moved to California. She loves how Facebook keeps her in touch with those far-flung friends, but she’s also set it aside for the past nine years during Lent. “As an extrovert, it really is a lot of fun,” Wheltle told the Catholic Review, the media outlet of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. But she said, “Facebook is also a major distraction and time waster.” The tradition of giving up small

pleasures, like sweets or coffee, for Lent goes back to the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying. While Catholics are encouraged to pick something that’s actually a sacrifice, that doesn’t mean the sacrifice isn’t beneficial. Father Mark Bialek, pastor of St. John Parish in Westminster, Maryland, said as Lent approaches he is hearing from more of his parishioners this year about the need to unplug. “It does seem to be a priority this year,” Father Bialek said. “You want to pick something that’s going to bring you closer to God, something that helps lessen all the distraction and noise. And certainly social media is a lot of distractions and noise.” Greg Hoplamazian, a professor of emerging media at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, said it is it not surprising to see people consider digital detoxes amid recent headlines about the negative effects of social media. Hoplamazian said platforms such as Facebook and Instagram want users engaging with their services constantly, but that’s not always a positive thing.


Sheila Wheltle, a parishioner at St. Mark Church in Catonsville, Maryland, is pictured at her home Jan. 23. Wheltle has given up social media for Lent the past nine years. “Social media platforms are really designed to hold our attention. That’s been the main focus, keep people on the platform longer,” Hoplamazian said. “But we might not get a lot of benefit. We lose free time. We lose the space for our minds to really just think and wander and be creative.”

Hoplamazian said studies have shown that notifications from social media can actually trigger a rise in the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain, giving people further incentive to stay online. Even though Wheltle admitted she’ll be missing some things over Lent – such as wishing some friends

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Building a dwelling place for Jesus in our hearts

ach year, on the Second Sunday of Lent, the church takes us up to Mt. Tabor to contemplate with Peter, James and John the glory of the Lord in his Transfiguration. Just as Jesus desired to give his apostles a glimpse of the Resurrection while they were still on the way to Jerusalem, so too does Holy Mother Church want to encourage us in our Lenten journey with this same vision of hope. In his 2002 apostolic letter on

Scripture Reflections FATHER JEFFERY LOSEKE the Rosary, Pope St. John Paul II described the mystery of the Transfiguration as “an icon of Christian contemplation.” He said, “to look upon the face of Christ, to recognize its mystery amid the daily events and the sufferings of his human life, and then to grasp the divine splendor definitively revealed in the Risen Lord, seated in glory at the right hand of the Father: this is the task of every follower of Christ and therefore the task of each

one of us” (“Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” no. 9). The word contemplation comes from the same word that gives us temple, a place carved out or set aside for God. Unlike other religions, Christians have never built physical temples for God. Rather we recognize that God has chosen to dwell in and among his people through the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16-17). Indeed, Jesus Christ himself is the very revelation of the nearness of God (2 Tm 1:10). The mystery of the Transfiguration reminds us, nevertheless, that we still need to carve out a place for God through contemplation if we are to see and hear him. The Apostles knew Jesus better than anyone – except per-

SCRIPTURE READINGS OF THE DAY 16 Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3-4; Lk 4:24-30 9 Monday: Dn 9:4b-10; Ps 79:8-9, 11, 13; Lk 6:36-38 17 Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43; Ps 25:4-5ab, 10 Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; 6-7bc, 8-9; Mt 18:21-35 Mt 23:1-12 18 Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9; Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 11 Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20; Ps 31:5-6, 14-16; 19-20; Mt 5:17-19 Mt 20:17-28 19 Thursday – Saint Joseph, Spouse of the 12 Thursday: Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 16:19-31 Blessed Virgin Mary: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; 13 Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a; Ps 105:16-21; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, Mt 21:33-43, 45-46 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a 14 Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; 20 Friday: Hos 14:2-10; Ps 81:6c-11b, 14, 17; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 Mk 12:28-34 15 Sunday: Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; 21 Saturday: Hos 6:1-6; Ps 51:3-4, 18-21b; Lk 18:9-14 Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42


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haps his mother, who is the first to teach us the value of contemplation (see Lk 2:19). The Apostles lived with Jesus day in and day out for almost three years, but it was not until the Transfiguration that they beheld the glory of his divinity for the first time. Peter was so mesmerized by this experience that he wanted to build dwelling places (temples perhaps?) and remain there. The voice of the Father instructed them instead to listen to his Son. Far from a repudiation of Peter’s desire, God instead taught him to build up a temple in his heart to hold the mystery of his beloved Son. Contemplation is the temple erected in the heart that allows

one to see, hear and remain with God at any time and in any place. We need not climb a mountain or sail across the sea to dwell in the Lord’s temple and to gaze upon the loveliness of God (Ps 27:4). Instead, with the apostles and with Mary, and in the depths of our hearts, we gaze more lovingly upon the face of Jesus and listen more deeply to his words. In the temple of contemplation, the mysteries we encounter this Lententide, will reveal more than suffering, death and defeat. Rather, they will reveal to us divine love, new life and victory over all that weighs us down. Father Jeffery Loseke is pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gretna.

God calls everyone to prayer


ontinuing our series on prayer in the Catechism, we come now to the chapter called “The Revelation of Prayer.” It begins with two paragraphs on “The Universal Call to Prayer” (nos. 2566-2567). God calls every human being to be a person of prayer. This truth is reflected in the various revelations of God throughout history. God created humans to share in his life and joy. In the beginning, Adam and Eve lived in God’s presence in the Garden of Eden. The Catechism says, “In the act of creation, God calls every being from nothingness into existence. ‘Crowned with glory and honor,’ man is, after the angels, capable of acknowledging ‘how majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth’” (no. 2566). Our ability to know and to love, which sets us above the rest of the material creation, was given to us so that we might know and love God. Since this is the purpose of our existence, every human being longs for God in his heart, even if he is unaware of what he is truly longing for. Our minds and hearts were damaged by sin, but not completely deformed. “Even after losing through his sin his likeness to God, man remains an image of his Creator, and retains the desire for the one who calls him into existence” (ibid.). Every human searches for ultimate meaning and happiness. Nearly all cultures in history have been religious, as people of different times and places have sought God. But God does not leave us to discover the truth on our own. “God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him” (no. 2567). Even though we think that we are the ones reaching out to God,

Conversation with God CONNIE ROSSINI he is reaching out to us first. Here the Catechism echoes the teaching of John the Evangelist: “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he (first) loved us …” (1 Jn 4:10). The same order is maintained regarding prayer. “The living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God’s initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response” (no. 2567). We can see why, then, that the church places a special emphasis on meditating on Scripture (CCC, nos. 2705–2708). God speaks to us through the Scriptures. He reveals himself to us and invites us to return to living in his presence as our first parents did. “As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation” (ibid.). Meditating on the Scriptures does more than impart knowledge of God. It allows the love of God to beckon us to a relationship with him through our pondering of the way God has revealed himself throughout history. The central “drama” of history involves God’s invitation to us to know and love him. It is in prayer that we hear the invitation and respond. If we seek happiness and peace, if we desire to live in God’s presence, we must make prayer a priority. Connie Rossini is a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha. She is the author of “The Q&A Guide to Mental Prayer,” now available at amazon. com, and five other books on Catholic spirituality.


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St. Frances of Rome became holy as a wife and mother By OMAR GUTIĂ&#x2030;RREZ For the Catholic Voice

Frances Roffredeschi was born just outside Rome in the year 1384. A beloved child of a well-to-do family, she wanted nothing growing up but the quiet and solitude of a monastery. Her parents flatly refused her request to enter religious life, and rather paired her with Lorenzo Ponziano, a nice, wealthy young man of the region. She consented and married him, but was greatly saddened. Francesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sister-in-law, Vannozza, found her crying one day, and in that moment the two young women discovered that they shared the desire for rigorous devotion to the Lord. So the kindred spirits pursued a life of holiness through spousal fidelity and service to the poor and sick. In the year 1400, Frances gave birth to a boy, and in the following year the matron of the family, Donna Cecilia, passed away. It was determined that Frances would become the new head of the family household. She would go on to have two more children. Frances ran her home, with its many members and even more servants, with kindness and gentility, encouraging everyone to strive for holiness. She herself understood that her sanctity


SAINT OF THE MONTH would come through her vocation as wife, mother and homemaker. She said once that a wife and mother must sometimes â&#x20AC;&#x153;leave God at the altar to find him in her housekeeping.â&#x20AC;? Once, as she sat down to recite her prayers from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Officeâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a traditional prayer book that included the recitation of antiphons and psalms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; she was interrupted by a servant whom her husband had sent to fetch her. Frances put down her prayer book and went to Lorenzo. After helping him, she returned to her prayers only to be interrupted again by some other matter. This happened two more times. Finally, on the fifth attempt to sit down and pray, she noticed that the words of the antiphon were no longer written in black ink but in gold. The Lord shared with her this gift, because it was the fidelity to her vocation that pleased him. Frances and her sister-in-law continually dedicated themselves to the lowly. When a famine broke out, the two women went door to door begging for food for the poor. When the supplies at the family home ran out, Frances sold all her

jewels to care for those in need. The fortunes of the family turned for the worse as a result of the Western Schism, that dark period in church history when there were three popes at the same time. Francesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; family defended the real pope and were persecuted for it. Her husband was arrested, beaten and eventually fled with their eldest son. The other children stayed with her, but due to famine and pestilence, her middle child, Evangelist, died and eventually her youngest, Agnes, died as well. Much more can be said about St. Francesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life. She would deal with a rude and conniving daughter-in-law whom she would eventually win over with love. She would go on to found a religious order for women called the Oblates of Tor deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Specchi, the town in which they were founded. She was for a time granted the gift of healing. She would receive visions of saints and angels until her death on March 9, 1440. However, aside from the many remarkable graces in her life, she is just as much appreciated today for her simple dedication as a humble wife, mother and head of her household where she found God. May we all live out our sanctity in those little works done with much love and devotion to our Lord.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Appears to Saint Frances of Rome,â&#x20AC;? engraving and etching on paper, manufactured in Italy between 1620 and 1667, printmaker Pietro del Po based on a painting by Nicolas Poussin in the Louvre Museum, Paris. In the illustration, Mary announces the end of the plague in Rome as an angel with a sword drives away the personification of the plague â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a figure with snake-like hair carrying away a plague victim over his shoulder at far left.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eating down the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: why we still need fasting

have two close friends who have spent considerable time serving the impoverished in India and Africa. Both returned to the United States with radical new relationships to food. After coming home from several months in the Sudan, my friend Sarah could barely go out to a restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans are obsessed with food,â&#x20AC;? she would say and then order the simplest item on the menu, usually soup. One evening, not long after he had returned from India, my friend Ray and I were sitting in his kitchen when his son, then a college student, sauntered in, opened the refrigerator and standing in the bright light of its interior bulb began to scan its considerable contents. Then he turned to his dad and simply asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you want for dinner?â&#x20AC;? Ray burst out laughing. And then organized a fundraiser for the local food shelf. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that this is a question only those living in abundance may ask. It would be absurd in most of the rest of the world. Most of the rest of the world lives, day after day, on a plate of rice or beans, and maybe an occasional slab of meat now

Your Heart, His Home LIZ KELLY and then. Most of the rest of the world routinely lives with some hunger and certainly a very narrow list of choices when it comes to food. There is no â&#x20AC;&#x153;food pyramidâ&#x20AC;? on the streets of Calcutta. There are of course the hungry on our streets too, though they might be fewer in number and a bit better hidden in this country than others. In a season of regular fasting, we are provided with the opportunity to remember them and to reframe our relationship to food. If you cannot fast from food, certainly, you may fast from something else. But most of us can fast from food. And we probably should â&#x20AC;&#x201C; because the Lord did, and rigorously so, to prepare for all the Father was about to ask of him. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still some flexibility in how we accomplish that, particularly as a family. A Quaker friend of mine told me that once a year, his family would try to clear out the shelves of their kitchen and pantry, eating whatever was there until the shelves were nearly bare. Of course he and his wife

did not jeopardize the health of their children â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no one was seriously denied nutrition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but it became a creative and instructive family project to see how many different ways you could prepare a dented can of tomato soup and a forgotten bag of rice. He reports that his children began to look forward to â&#x20AC;&#x153;eating down the house.â&#x20AC;? Routine trips to the grocery store at the end of their little family project were met with positive glee and a renewed sense of thanksgiving. The prayers of their children on behalf of the hungry at mealtime took on a whole new level of earnest intercession. We fast â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in multiple ways â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a penance for our sins, to grow in detachment to material comforts, and to create more interior space for prayer. We fast from meat on Fridays because we will not render flesh in honor of the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Passion. We fast to purify and prepare ourselves for the work that the Father is asking of us. Fasting is good for us. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not be too quick to find reasons to bypass it. May your stomach growl â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and your heart expand. Liz Kelly is the author of six books, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jesus Approaches: What Contemporary Women Can Learn about Healing, Freedom and Joy from the Women of the New Testamentâ&#x20AC;? (Loyola Press, 2017).

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Dismemberment abortion: ‘It is what it is’

he senator’s question was posed to the testifier: “Is it (dismemberment abortion) really as horrific as the other side makes it sound?” The testifier – a former Nebraskan turned California abortionist – hesitated in her response. The pause was pregnant with meaning. It was obvious that this abortionist was trained not to respond directly to such a question. After all, to answer directly would be to damage and damn any attempt to spin dismemberment abortion in a positive light. After the hesitation, words were spoken. But the words were a canned answer intended to deflect the actual question and, through a verbal sleight of hand, redirect the conversation to another topic. The abortionist’s response was: “Well, what’s important to remember is that dismemberment abortion is the safest form of abortion in the second trimester ….”


Faithful, Watchful Citizens TOM VENZOR No direct answer to the question. Just a pause, allowing a broken conscience not to accidentally tell the truth about abortion and instead find a sanitized answer to draw people’s attention elsewhere: safety. Fortunately, that was not quite the end of the answer. After more abortion talking points and doublespeak that would make George Orwell blush, the abortionist wrapped up her answer by saying that dismemberment abortion “is what it is.” Such an answer might make one recall the infamous words of former President Bill Clinton: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” In the context of LB814, ‘it is what it is’ is about the closest thing you’ll find to an abortionist admit-

ting to the brutality that is dismemberment abortion, a 21st century so-called “medical” procedure used between the 13th and 24th weeks of pregnancy to tear apart a living human being limb by limb in utero. This weak admission of the horrific nature of dismemberment abortion – which Sen. Suzanne Geist of Lincoln is seeking to ban in Nebraska through LB814 – was preceded by incredibly powerful testimony of two other women who, earlier in life, had been intimately involved in the abortion industry. Immediately after Geist’s powerful opening statement to the Judiciary Committee, Dr. Kathi Aultman, a former Planned Parenthood medical director, provided expert medical testimony on the dismemberment abortion procedure. In addition to describing the way live unborn human babies are dismantled in the womb, Dr. Aultman discussed the importance of protecting the medical profession and its vocation of healing.

After her testimony, Dr. Aultman was asked why she left the abortion industry. She shared about giving birth to her firstborn. She noted that throughout her pregnancy she continued doing abortions because, even though she felt her baby was wanted, other babies were not wanted, and it was a woman’s right to choose to end her pregnancy. But that all changed after having her own child. At that point she came to see that fetuses were little people and their killing could not be justified. She began to view her work as mass murder, akin to the murders of the Holocaust. Kristen New, a former abortion counselor, shared her experience of conversion after witnessing a dismemberment abortion. Kristen recounted watching the ultrasound as the abortionist used forceps to grasp the baby’s leg. She detailed how the little baby pulled its leg away from the abortionist’s forceps and curled into a fetal position to further avoid the forceps. She could see the little fetus fighting for

its life and realized the baby could feel pain. Within three months, Kristen left the abortion industry. These two testimonies captured the hearts and minds of those listening to the LB814 hearing. The opposition offered bland, milquetoast testimony from a current abortionist, unable and unwilling to face the facts of abortion. But the proponents of the bill offered transparent and impactful testimony of women who were deeply entrenched in the abortion industry and have come to see the beauty of human life – by the grace of God. As the legislative session is now more than halfway over, your prayers and actions are needed. Pray and fast this Lent that LB814 will be passed this session. And do your part to speak up on behalf of the unborn by calling (or emailing) your state senator – and urge their support for LB814. Tom Venzor is executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, with headquarters in Lincoln. Contact him at tvenzor@necatholic.org.

Demanding more of our politicians and parties

ast month Dr. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Post. According to his biography, Camosy specializes in Catholic social teaching at Fordham and tries to apply a truly Catholic world view to his politics. In his article, he announced that he was resigning from Democrats for Life. The reason? It’s not as though Camosy was unaware that the Democratic Party’s platform has been “about as extreme as it could possibly get,” he explained. The platform

Charity in Truth DEACON OMAR GUTIÉRREZ insists that abortion should be legal at any point during pregnancy – even right before birth – and that it should be funded by taxpayer dollars, a position which only 13% of the American public supports. No, the last straw for Camosy was former Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s response to the head of Democrats for Life Kristen Day. During an Iowa town hall meeting, she asked if the candidate would be willing to reach out to “21 million” pro-life Democrats

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by softening the party’s position. He refused. After this answer, and other similarly disappointing exchanges with party leadership, Camosy wrote about his resignation saying, “The party gave me no choice.” The same day the good professor’s op ed appeared, Feb. 6, Arthur C. Brooks was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Brooks is the former head of the American Enterprise Institute (a conservative think tank), a Harvard University professor and a devout Catholic. He was asked to speak at the breakfast because of his recent book “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from Our Culture of Contempt.” In it he attempts to meld social science about forgiveness with the teaching of Jesus and other religions and philosophies. He notes that the anger that Americans feel toward one another these days resembles the anger between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Both

sides, he observes, consistently presume the worst motives of the other, making reconciliation impossible. So we need to love our enemies. After Brooks finished his remarks, President Trump, who had been acquitted by the Senate of high crimes and misdemeanors the day before, came to the podium and proceeded to ignore everything Brooks had just said. Rather than love or forgiveness, the president attacked his political enemies, some of whom were sitting just a few feet from him, accusing them of duplicity and hiding behind their religion. He did exactly what Brooks said we shouldn’t do. Which is perhaps why at the end of his remarks he did ask for forgiveness saying, “I’m sorry, I apologize. I’m trying to learn …. It’s not easy, folks. I’m doing my best.” These two incidents on the same day reminded me of what I’ve said before about placing our hope in princes, or parties, and about how we as Catholics should

approach questions around politics. As things stand now, we will not find a major political party that fully reflects our beliefs and values as Catholics. However, we still have an obligation to participate. So what to do? I’m not condemning anyone who wants to work within the current party system. But may I suggest that we Catholics be more intentional about demanding better from them? It seems as though the scourge of low expectations has lasted far too long when it comes to our parties and candidates. Can’t we, indeed, shouldn’t we demand more from them? In the meantime, let us pray with Dr. Camosy and Dr. Brooks for greater Christian values in our public square, values that reflect a truly Catholic charity for our neighbor. Deacon Omar Gutiérrez is director of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Contact him at ofgutierrez@archomaha.org.

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Beyond Amazonia


he post-synodal apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia” (“Dear Amazonia”) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod’s proposal that viri probati – mature married men – be ordained priests in that region.

The Catholic Difference GEORGE WEIGEL of us of it. The vocations that live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience in a consecrated way do that. So should the celibate priesthood. It was said openly during the Amazonian synod, and it’s often muttered in other contexts, that celibacy makes no sense to many people. Which is quite true – if those people are living in pagan societies that haven’t heard the Gospel or post-Christian societies that have abandoned the Gospel and haven’t been re-evangelized. Celibacy, a total gift of self to God, only makes sense in a Kingdom context. So if celibacy doesn’t make sense in Amazonia or Dusseldorf or Hamburg, that likely has something to do with a failure to preach the Gospel of the inbreaking Kingdom of God in Amazonia, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. All of which is to say that

So until the German Church’s “synodal path” comes up with a similar proposal (which seems more than likely), a period of pause has been created in which some non-hysterical reflection on the priesthood and celibacy can take place throughout the world church. Several points might be usefully pondered in the course of that conversation. The first involves celibacy and the Kingdom. Christians live, or ought to live, in a different time-zone because the Kingdom of God is among us, by the Lord’s own declaration in the Gospels. Different vocations in the church bear radical witness to that truth and remind the rest

the failures of Catholic Lite and Catholic Zero aren’t going to be addressed by lighter Catholic Lite or less-than-zero Catholic Zero. The second point to ponder involves celibacy and the broader reform of the priesthood. The brutal assault on Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Robert Sarah over their book “From the Depths of Our Hearts” obscured one of the crucial points these two eminent churchmen were trying to make: namely, that the priesthood is in crisis throughout the world because priesthood is too often reduced to a set of functions, rather than being understood and lived as a unique vocational configuration to Jesus Christ, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant. There were hints of this function-think at the Amazonian synod, where some bishops seemed to imagine ordained viri probati as a kind of Catholic variant on the local shaman: an elder who does magical things in the spirit world. But the dumbing down of priesthood – the reduction of priestly ministry to what

was sometimes called in the 1970s “priestcraft” – is a problem throughout the world church. It is a problem in seminaries that are boot camps for a clerical caste system. It is a problem where priesthood is thought to be a step up the social ladder in poorer countries. And it can be a problem in pastoral settings where the priest is so overwhelmed by the many things he must do that he can be tempted to forget just what he is: an icon of the priesthood of Jesus Christ. So any serious discussion about the reform of the priesthood must begin with a deep dive into the church’s theology of Holy Orders, rather than with debates about how to “make things work better.” Those debates are important. But they are secondary to the authentic Catholic reform of priestly ministry. Then there is the question of celibacy and clerical sexual abuse. It’s been said many times but evidently it needs saying again: A married clergy is not the silver-bullet answer to clerical sexual abuse because marriage is not

a crime-prevention program. That is an obvious sociological truth, in that most sexual abuse takes place within family settings, and denominations with a married clergy have their own serious problems of clerical sexual misbehavior and abuse. In a Catholic context, it should also be an obvious theological truth, given the Catholic understanding of the sacramentality of marriage. Thus it would help facilitate a real conversation about the reform of the priesthood in the Catholic Church if the nonsensical notion that abandoning celibacy would solve the crisis of clerical sexual abuse were taken off the board, permanently. The reform of the priesthood, including a deepening of the church’s commitment to the value of celibacy as a radical witness to the Kingdom, begins, as does all authentic Catholic reform, with deeper conversion to Jesus Christ and the Gospel. George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Empowering women, failing men


hen we first began having grandchildren, they were roughly evenly divided between boys and girls. But the past 14 in a row have been girls. What are the odds?

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In the general population, boys are born slightly more often than girls. I put the probability of our recent streak at something like .488 to the 14th power, or .00004343876 – in other words, very unlikely. Here is something even more surprising. In law school, students who do exceptionally well in their first year are elected to be editors of the law review. This is a great honor, and an entree to clerkships and law firm jobs after graduation. Students who distinguish themselves in their service on the law review are elected after their second year to be officers. The most prestigious among these is the editor in chief. This year, the editor in chief at every one of the top 16 law schools in the country was a woman. Harvard University, Yale

University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of California, Berkeley ... you get the idea. What are the odds? This is harder to figure. A generation ago, I would have said it was far less likely than our string of granddaughters. In my class of 550 at Harvard, there was just one woman on the Harvard Law Review. But these days, women outnumber men in law school and in college. They get higher marks in college and in high school. (Boys still hold a slight edge in SAT and ACT math scores.) There is something to celebrate here. Some of the credit goes to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. That law forbids discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that gets federal money. It opened the doors to women in science, math, engineering and

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other typically “male” subjects. It also had the unanticipated effect of revolutionizing women’s athletics. Grade schools, high schools and colleges began investing in women’s sports in an effort to bring them to parity with men’s. The results were evident at the 2016 Olympic games. Nobody won more medals in Rio, or more gold, than U.S. women. They won 61 medals in all; U.S. men won 55. In 1972, the U.S. men won 71 medals; women won 23. Our own three girls played soccer and swam. None was a serious candidate for the Olympic team. But they were unafraid to get knocked down, and the experience of competition was useful training that carried over to school and the rest of life.

no one like Moana, Elsa, Merida, Rapunzel, Tiana, Mulan or Pocahontas. Perhaps we’re afraid to highlight male virtues, lest we undermine our effort to promote women. In its extreme form, this concern leads us to portray men as crude, drunken, ill-tempered and stupid, like Homer Simpson, the better to show off Marge’s virtues. I think this is a mistake. It reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon by Leo Cullum. Two dogs are sitting at a bar, and one says to the other, “It’s not enough that we succeed. Cats must also fail.” Garvey is president of The Catholic University of America in Washington. Catholic University’s website is www.cua.edu.

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I think we are doing a better job of raising girls than we used to. They are bright, strong and ambitious. But the surprising thing is not the success of our young women. It’s the failure of our young men. They now do less well in school. They are more likely than young women to live with their parents well into their 20s. They are significantly more likely than young women to have problems with substance abuse. Why is this? I think boys, like girls, will emulate the models we hold up for them, and our culture is uncomfortable settling on a model of manhood. Try to think of a Disney movie in the past few decades with a male hero you’d want your boys to imitate. There’s



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CARLSON-Robert L., 87. Funeral Mass Feb. 24 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Mary Carlson; brothers, Ed, Dick and Don Carlson; grandson, Thomas Carlson. Survived by wife, Pat Carlson; sons, David (Laura), Doug (Chris), and Dan (Jenny); daughter, Ann Wiseman; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, LouAnn Leland (John); brother, Thomas Carlson (Diane); nieces; nephews; relatives; friends. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER CASTRO-Mary (Martinez), 85. Funeral service Feb. 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Albert Castro Jr.; brothers, Aristeo, Manuel, Carlos and Salvador Martinez; son-in-law, Alex Perea. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Debra Geronimo, Linda and Joe Gonzalez, and Mary Perea; seven grandchildren: 11 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-inlaw, Arthur and Helen Martinez, and Ernie and Helen Martinez; sisters and brotherin-law: Hortensia Lopez, Bell Darnell, Lola Woodward, and Dorothy and Jerome Hehner; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME CHEREK-Michael R. “Mike”, 68. Funeral Mass Feb. 17 at St. Stanislaus Church. Preceded in death by parents, Robert Sr. and Sophie. Survived by daughter and son-inlaw, Trish and Scott Dethlefs; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Bob Jr. and Sherry Cherek, Jerry and Jessie Cherek, Mark Cherek, Dan and Shelly Cherek, Janine Cherek, Rick and Laurie Cherek, and Mary Jo and Dave Smith; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER CICULLA-Phillip D., 94. Funeral Mass Feb. 20 at St. Adalbert Church. Interment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Alice Ciculla; daughter, Frances Kraft. Survived by three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Fuller. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER COLE-Charles Ray Maj. USAF (Ret), 80. Memorial Mass Feb. 22 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Capehart Chapel, Bellevue. Inurnment Feb. 24 Omaha National Cemetery. Survived by wife, Thelma; children and spouses, Kevin Cole, Kyle and Kelly Cole, Chris and Pam Cole, Kathie Young, and Keith and Debbie Cole; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials to Papillion Manor Memorial Fund or Wounded Warriors Project. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL CORMACI-Teresa E. “Trix”, 92. Funeral Mass Feb. 27 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Jack; brothers, Harold and Robert Huebert. Survived by children and spouses, Peg and Jack Brendmoen, Jim and Judy Cormaci, and Susan and Bill Haas; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother and sister-inlaw, John and Polly Hubert; sister, Teddie Myers; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church or to Masses. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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KELLY-Marlene A., 83. Funeral service Feb. 15 at St. Pius X Church. Interment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Lloyd and Lillian Rogers; son, John Kelly; brother, Carl Rogers. Survived by husband, Joseph Kelly; children and spouses, Kathleen and Patrick Lynch, Michael Kelly, Mark Kelly, Kevin Kelly, and Ann and Chris Kozol; nine grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Don and Jodeen Rogers, LeRoy Rogers, Richard and Rose Rogers, and Joyce and Bill Haas; nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. Pius X/ St. Leo School. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MCKERCHER-Dr. Theodore C. “Ted”, 85. Memorial Mass Feb. 21 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Private entombment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Lewis McKercher; siblings, Margaret Morgan and John McKercher. Survived by wife, Marletta; children, John McKercher and Katie McKercher; two grandchildren; great granddaughter; sister, Elinor Sorenson; extended family; students. Memorials to St. Cecilia Elementary School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MELIA-Mildred Anne, 100. Funeral Mass April 4 at St. Gerald Church Lakeview Chapel, Ralston. Preceded in death by husband, George C. Melia; parents James and Ruth Follmar Hrabik; siblings: James, Ruth Rau, Evelyn Moody, Edward, Vernon, Donald, Sandra Ryder and Kenneth. Survived by brother, Richard Hrabik; daughters and sonsin-law, Barbara A. and Duane Whelan, Rocklin, California, and Bernadette M. and Robert Dyer, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER MORRISSEY-Bernard E., 85. Funeral Mass Feb. 26 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Mausoleum. Survived by wife, Mary Jayne; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael, and Mark and Amy Morrissey; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Art Swoboda; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

SEVERSON-Ivy Oshun, 1. Memorial Mass Feb. 19 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Survived by parents, Andy and Derrion Severson; brother, Maddox; grandparents, Roger and Patti Severson, and Camille James (Aaron); uncles Troy Severson and Todd Severson (Diana Riggs); aunt, Desiree Rivera. Memorials to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL

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SWANSON-Joyce M., 76. Funeral Mass Feb. 14 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, George and Cecilia Hughes; siblings, Kathy, Nora and Junior. Survived by husband, Robert; children and spouses, Kerri Swanson, Daniel and Amy Swanson, Jeffrey and Talia Swanson, and Christine and Phil Lembo; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings and spouse, Connie, Martha, Veronica and Tom, and Pat. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SZYNSKIE-Adelaide G. (Emmrich), 89. Funeral Mass Feb. 14 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Frank D. Szynskie. Survived by children and spouses, Francis D. and Cathy Szynskie, Claire M. and Bruce Swett, Paula A. and Mark Kennedy, Regina L. and Jim Boulay, and Mary Elaine and Will Hentschel; 15 grandchildren. Memorials to Msgr. F.P. Schmidt Boys Town Alumni Association Scholarship. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER THIELE-Jacob J., 40. Funeral Mass Feb. 19 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by grandparents. Survived by mother, Elizabeth “B.J.” Thiele (Jerry Schroder); father, Moses Thiele (Teresa); siblings, Maurissa Genant (Zach), and Nick; Levi; aunts; uncles; nieces. Memorials to the Stephen Center or to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER


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Pope recognizes Salvadoran Jesuit, companions as martyrs By RHINA GUIDOS

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The Vatican announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of a fellow Jesuit, Salvadoran Father Rutilio Grande, and two companions who were murdered en route to a novena in 1977 in El Salvador. Papal recognition of their martyrdom clears the way for their beatification, although the Vatican did not announce a date for the ceremony. “The announcement of the beatification of Father Rutilio Grande has been expected for many years,” said Mercy Sister Ana Maria Pineda, a relative of the slain priest, in an email to Catholic News Service. “Today the news is received with jubilee and joy. That a man of such humble origins be recognized for his surrender to God, his love for the poor, and his efforts to achieve justice, is an example.” Father Grande died on March 12, 1977, near his hometown of El Paisnal in rural El Salvador after being shot a dozen times or more along with elderly parishioner Manuel Solorzano and teenager Nelson Rutilio Lemus, who were accompanying him to a novena for the feast of St. Joseph. Their bodies were found lifeless in an overturned Jeep the priest was driving. Though born in the Salvadoran countryside, Father Grande was educated as a member of the Society of Jesus, mostly in Spain and Belgium and other parts of Latin


A painting of Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande is seen in the rectory of San Jose Church in the town of Aguilares, El Salvador. America, but later returned to work among his native country’s poor and rural masses. The mission teams he organized taught peasants to read using the Bible, but also helped rural workers to organize so they could speak against a rich and powerful minority that paid them meager salaries and confront the social maladies that befell them because they were poor. With a team of Jesuit missionaries and lay pastoral agents, Father Grande, who was the pastor of a church in the neighboring town of Aguilares, evangelized a wide rural area in El Salvador from 1972 until his assassination. As was the case

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Sister Mary Alice Haley of the Servants of Mary taught grade school, high school and college in Omaha and elsewhere, served as a volunteer Spanish language interpreter on a pastoral team at Creighton University Medical Center and even led her Servite congregation as a prioress general in Rome SISTER from 1981 to 1992. MARY ALICE A 1981 Catholic HALEY Voice article said: “She listens well and is gentle with people. Hers is a broad world vision of the church and its needs. She is devoted to peace and justice issues.” Those words were just as true 39 years later, at the end of her life, said Sister Jackie Ryan, assistant prioress for Servites in the United States and Jamaica, at a Feb. 16 service for Sister Mary Alice. She died Feb. 8 at age 94. A funeral Mass was offered Feb. 17 at the Servants of Mary Convent. A native of Ogdensburg, New York, Sister Mary Alice entered the Servants of Mary on Aug. 15, 1942, professed her first vows in 1944 and final vows in 1949. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha and master’s and doctoral degrees from Saint Louis University. Sister Mary Alice taught at the former Holy Ghost School in Omaha from 1944 to 1949 before teaching at Servite High School in Detroit and studying philosophy at

Saint Louis University. She taught philosophy there before teaching at Creighton from 1970 to 1981 and later from 1993 to 2003. She was chair of Creighton’s philosophy department for four years. Philosophy was “one of her great loves,” Sister Jackie said. As she was teaching, Sister Mary Alice served on a U.S. Provincial Council, as a councilor then as assistant provincial. As prioress general, she supported and encouraged French sisters to begin a foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is now a community of 37 sisters, with 10 women as postulants or novices, Sister Jackie said. Two large Congo maps hung on the walls of Sister Mary Alice’s room, the prioress said. Sister Mary Alice also was vice president of the International Union of the Servite Family. After her teaching days ended, Sister Mary Alice performed community service at her convent in Omaha and from 2009 to 2012 was a volunteer Spanish language interpreter at the neonatal care unit at Creighton University Medical Center. Sister Mary Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and Stephen Haley; brothers Philip and Robert Haley; and sister, Joan Haley. Survivors include her brother, William Patrick Haley; sister-in-law, Betty Haley; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and the Servants of Mary.

with the assassination of St. Oscar Romero and tens of thousands of other Salvadorans, no one was ever charged with his death or that of his parishioners. “His death in the company of Manuel and the young Nelson Rutilio demonstrates his solidarity with the most needy of his beloved country,” said Sister Ana Maria, a theologian and professor at Santa Clara University in California, who wrote the book “Romero and Grande: Companions on the Journey.” The book explores the life of Father Grande and his close friend, the archbishop of San Salvador, who would later become St. Romero, canonized in 2018. St. Romero would die a similar death three years later, martyred as he celebrated Mass. Some say that when Father Grande died, St. Romero took up

the mantle in speaking for the poor, and others, including Pope Francis, believe that the murder of Father Grande led to a moment of conversion for the conservative archbishop, who later became popularly known as the voice of the poor. Others believe St. Romero already was on a path of conversion because he had seen oppression as an auxiliary bishop in a different rural area where he served. The official recognition of martyrdom means Father Grande and his companions will be beatified without a miracle being attributed to them. Beatification is a step before sainthood; in order for Father Grande and his companions to be canonized, a miracle would have to be attributed to their intercession. “For me, the beatification of Rutilio means that the persecuted

Latin American and Salvadoran church is being recognized,” Salvadoran Bishop Oswaldo Escobar Aguilar of Chalatenango, El Salvador, told CNS in an audio interview via WhatsApp. “His commitment to Medellin, his commitment to the poor, especially the peasants who were being badly mistreated in the Aguilares region, where he worked, led him to become a Jesus in that land.” A 1968 conference in Medellin, Colombia, adapted the teachings of the Second Vatican Council to the needs of the Latin American church, emphasizing pastoral care for the poor majorities of the region. Father Grande, along with many others, followed that direction with his work among the peasants and that sometimes led him to publicly speak out against their oppression.

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A jingling tambourine rang out at a celebration remembering Sister of Mercy Mary Donata Landkamer, who was known for her love of singing and dancing, especially with a tambourine. Sister Mary Donata was a teacher, chaplain, pastoral minister, SISTER MARY caregiver and even DONATA a tornado survivor LANDKAMER during her 70 years of religious life. She died Feb. 13, five days shy of her 89th birthday. A Feb. 19 funeral Mass was offered at Mercy Villa in Omaha. Patricia Alice Landkamer was born in Hebron, Nebraska, to

George and Alice (Brophy) Landkamer. In September 1949 she entered the Mercy community at the former Mount Loretto in Council Bluffs, Iowa, professing her first vows in 1952 and final vows in 1955. For 19 years Sister Mary Donata taught at elementary schools in Nebraska – including a stint at Holy Cross School in Omaha from 1952 to 1957 – and in Missouri, Iowa and California. She also served as a chaplain, caregiver for her aging mother and for the homeless in Springfield, Missouri, and as patient advocate in the emergency department at St. John Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. She had described Joplin as her favorite place and was there, taking shelter and praying in a basement storm shelter, when one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. his-

tory tore through the town in 2011, killing 161 people. Two days later, Sister Mary Donata moved to Mercy Villa and lived there the rest of her life. She was known not only for her singing, dancing and tambourine playing, but also for her participation at daily Mass, celebrations and prayer services, and for her contemplative prayer, said Sister of Mercy Catherine Kuper. Sister Mary Donata was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Don, Mike, Gene and Bob Landkamer; and sister, Anne Marie VanWesten. Survivors include her sisters Loretta Hiebert, Meg Burbach and Barb Ledbetter; brother Jerry Landkamer; sisters-in-law Bobbie and Ginny; many nieces and nephews, and her religious sisters.

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18 « MARCH 6, 2020 PARISHES Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Adalbert – Holy Face of Jesus Mass and Enthronement: March 10, 7 p.m. at 2110 S. 32nd Ave., Omaha. Join the parish as they complete Journey with the Holy Face of Jesus. Come for veneration of a Holy Face relic, enthronement of a Holy Face image in the parish and Mass. Contact Robert at 402452-4220 or holyfaceomaha@gmail.com for more information. St. Boniface – Spring Benefit Auction: March 14, 5 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 115 S. 2nd St., Elgin. See auction listings at www.stbonparishes.com. Call Matt Beckman at 402-843-6045 or Luke Beckman at 402843-0598 for more information. St. Bernard – “An Evening of Irish Fun” Dinner Dance: March 14, 6-11 p.m. at St. Bernard School, 3604 N. 65th St., Omaha. Corned beef and cabbage dinner followed by the Connor Dowling Band and Dowd’s Irish Dance Academy. Cost $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 children, 5 and under free. Call 402-551-0269 for tickets or more information. St. Lawrence – 32nd Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner and Raffle: March 15, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mohr Auditorium, 650 County Road 13 Blvd., Scribner. Meal includes chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, salad bar, dessert and beverage. Take out available. Pre-sale tickets at Scribner Bank. Cost $10 11 and up, $5 4-10, 3 and under free. St. Joan of Arc – Well-Read Mom Small Group: Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at 74th and Grover streets, Omaha. Includes great books, spiritual classics, worthy reads, poetry and selected essays from the Catholic and Western traditions. $39.95 annual membership includes materials. Call 402-740-0004 for more information. St. Vincent de Paul – Hour of Adoration: Third Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at 14330 Eagle Run Dr., Omaha. Call Kathy at 402-4967988 or Mary at 402-496-0075 for more information. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – XIV from the Crowd: March 27, 6:15 p.m. at 5419 N. 114th St., Omaha. Performers portray members of the crowd along the Way of the Cross in this meditation on the Stations of the Cross. Email Kevin Euteneuer at kjjaeuteneuer@aol. com for more information.

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St. Joan of Arc – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Perpetual Adoration: at 74th and Grover streets, Omaha. Open 24 hours. St. Robert Bellarmine – Daily Rosary and Mass for the Homebound: Monday through Saturday, 8:05 a.m. Rosary, 8:30 a.m. Mass; Sunday 11 a.m. Mass. All available on demand online at stroberts. com. St. Peter – Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. Use west wheelchair door. Our Lady of Lourdes-St. Adalbert – Holy Hour for Priests and Vocations: Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel (perpetual exposition) at 2110 S. 32nd Ave., Omaha. Use northwest door by the ramp. Call 402-346-3584 for more information. Parish Mental Health Support Group: Meets first and third Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. All are welcome. Call Rose at 402-896-4693 or Elaine at 402-378-6252.

SCHOOLS Mount Michael Benedictine School – Night of Knights Dinner and Auction, “Knight. Bond Night”: March 28, 4:30 p.m. Mass followed by 5 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, then 7 p.m. dinner, live auction and raffle drawing, all at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy., Ashland. All proceeds support the school’s operating budget. Contact www.nightofknights.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information.


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Regina Caeli Academy Admissions Events: March 30 at St. Peter Parish school building, 709 S. 28th St., Omaha. Tour, classroom observation and question-answer session at 10 a.m., high school information session 11:30 a.m. Classical, hybrid education in the Catholic tradition for Pre K3-12 homeschooled students with classes two days a week. For reservations contact Diane Anderson at danderson. om@rchybrid.org or 402-807-3336. Skutt Catholic High School Trivia Night: April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. dinner and social, with trivia at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds support tuition assistance. Participants must be 21 or older, dinner and drinks included and table themes optional. 8-10 members per team. $40 per person (early bird price), $45 per person (after March 20). Register online at skuttcatholic.com or email Anthony at anthonyschenk@skuttcatholic.com for more information.

EVENTS Cathedral Arts Project – Spire Chamber Ensemble’s “Bach Mass in B Minor”: March 6, 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St., Omaha. Listen to this nationally acclaimed choir and period instrument orchestra perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental work. All are welcome. No cost. Lenten Mini Retreat – “Practical Spirituality for the Busy Person”: March 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church and Parish Center, 74th and Grover streets, Omaha. Led by Father Eugene McReynolds, OSB. Includes light refreshments. No registration fee; free will offering accepted. Call Jean at 402-391-1497 for more information. Women’s Lenten Reflection Morning – “Walking the Via Dolorosa with Mother Mary”: March 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Patrick parish center, 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. Join noted Ignatian retreat speaker and awardwinning author Liz Kelly for this free event. Continental breakfast, 8:30 a.m. No registration required. Call Kathleen Krantz at 402-850-4610 for more information. Magnificat-Omaha Brunch: March 7, 9:30 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church’s Mainelli Center, 11802 Pacific St., Omaha. All area women are invited to brunch featuring speaker Teresa Tomeo, best-selling author and host of “The Catholic View for Women” on EWTN. Go to www.MagnificatOmaha. org to register. Call Karen Dwyer at 402-616-7328 or 402-333-7704 for more information. Holy Mass and Healing Services: With hundreds of documented healings, Alan Ames of Australia brings his gift of healing to the Omaha area: March 9, 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha; March 10, 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont; March 11, 5:30 p.m. at St. Bridget-St. Rose Church, 4112 S. 26th St., Omaha. Go to www.alanames.org for more information.

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The Institute for Priestly Formation – Lenten Morning of Reflection, “Our Savior, Not Superman”: March 14, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. This annual Lenten gathering offers an opportunity for laity to experience the IPF charism used in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests. Includes Mass, continental breakfast, presentations by Deacon James Keating and IPF staff, prayer, and reflection. No cost; free will offering accepted. Contact Linda at 402-280-3901 or register online at PriestlyFormation. org.

Cathedral Arts Project – Organ Lenten Recital, “The Way of the Cross”: March 15, 3 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St., Omaha. Concert by Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, archdiocesan director of music and cathedral organist. All are welcome. No cost. Catholic Business Group – Monthly Luncheon Meeting: March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Champion’s Run Country Club, 13800 Eagle Run Dr., Omaha. Come for networking, conversation and growing in your faith. Speaker Sam Crawford will talk about “Journey to Sacred Heart Ministries.” Reservations required. Register at cpbcomaha.org/reservations/ or email CatholicBusinessClub@gmail.com for more information. Cost $20 (non-members). Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska – Pope Saint John Paul II Scholarship Essay Competition: Application is open to eighth grade students of Polish descent graduating this spring from a local Catholic grade school and planning to attend an Omaha-area Catholic high school. For application form and instructions, parents should contact polishheritagesocietyne@ gmail.com with “scholarship” in subject line. Completed application forms and essays must be received by March 21. America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally to Support Traditional Marriage: A publicsquare Rosary rally to pray for our country is slated for Saturday, March 21 at noon on the northeast corner of 76th and Dodge streets. The rally, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will take place along with more than 3,000 rosary rallies across the country that day. Participants will pray, through the intercession of Mary, to strengthen and save traditional marriage and their families, and for greater morality in our country. For more information, visit www.anf.org or contact Christine at 402880-4620 or Linda at 402-660-2213. ShamRock Dinner: March 21, 5 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont; then 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. dinner and 8:30 p.m. live music, all at St. Patrick Auditorium, 435 N. Union St., Fremont. This four-course meal with wine and craft beer pairings and music by The Charm School Dropouts supports St. Patrick Parish and Archbishop Bergan Catholic School. Tickets $125 per person. Call the parish office at 402-721-6611 for tickets or more information. Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Lenten Luncheon: March 27, 12-1 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 1920 N. 102nd St., Omaha. Come hear about the new Holy Family Community Center and its expanded services to those in need, including job skills, healthy living, spirituality and the arts. Learn how you can help. RSVP by March 20 to Chris CadyJones at assistantdirector@svdpomaha. com or 531-375-5565. “River of Life” Conference and Healing Service: April 3, 6:30-10 p.m., and April 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. all at St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont. Join Scripture scholar and author, Dr. Mary Healy, as she shares Jesus’ desire to heal us emotionally, spiritually and physically. Come to the water to be renewed, restored and revived. All are welcome. Free childcare available, lunch and dinner provided. Call 402-721-6611 or go to stpatsfremont.weshareonline. org/Dr.MaryHealyRetreatConference to register or for more information. Comedy and Cuisine Spring Fundraiser: April 4 in the Msgr. Graham Building on the St. Cecilia Cathedral campus, 701 N. 40th St., Omaha. Registration 4:30-6 p.m.; Mass in the cathedral 5 p.m.; cocktails and silent auction 4:30-7:15 p.m.; dinner 7:20 p.m.; live auction 8 p.m.; dance party following auction. This 23rd annual dinner and auction supports St. Cecilia School. Cost $140 per person or $100 for first-time attendees. For tickets or to donate, go to stceciliacathedral.org/comedy-cuisine/.

Be Not Afraid Family Hour: Sundays, 6-7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. • March 8: Our Mission is Mercy • March 15: Trust in God (reception following) • March 22: Misery and Mercy • March 29: Be Merciful • April 5: Three Levels of Love • April 12 (Easter Sunday): The Chaplet of Divine Mercy LaSalle Club: Single Catholic archdiocesan young adult group. For more information, see facebook.com/lasalleo, lasalleomaha. webs.com or email lasalleo@aol.com. Caregivers’ Solution Group: Second Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Vincent Room, 14330 Eagle Run Dr., Omaha. Call Nancy Flaherty at 402-312-9324 or Nicole Florez at 402-496-7988, ext. 221 for more information. Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites – The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Carmel Study Group: Second Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 5801 Oak Hills Dr., Omaha. This group is composed of practicing members of the Catholic Church from many walks of life. Call Molly Anderson at 402-676-6221 or Theresa Kottwitz at 402440-2617 for more information. Pater Noster Secular Franciscan Fraternity: Secular men, women, married, single, diocesan priests. Formation classes third Sunday of every month, 11:30 a.m., potluck 1 p.m. and Fraternity gathering, all at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish’s Gonderinger Center, 16701 S St., Omaha. Contact Luis at 402-594-0710 or lalvarez62@yahoo.com or Kent at 402-339-6826 or kkriesberg@gmail. com for more information. St. Clare Secular Franciscan Fraternity: Third Sunday of every month, 1 p.m. at Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 22625 Edgewater Rd., Omaha. Call Ann or Larry at 402-493-6730 for more information. Pro Sanctity Adoration: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pro Sanctity Center, 11002 N. 204th St., near Elkhorn. Pro-life Prayer Vigil: Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. and Monday – Friday, 8-11 a.m. at Bert Murphy Boulevard and Mission Avenue, Bellevue. Call Steve Zach at 402-558-2218.

SPIRITUALITY CENTERS Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. Call 402-951-3026, email scc@osms.org or visit osms.org to register. • The Spiritual Foundation of God’s Unconditional Love: March 7, 8:30-11 a.m. Presenter Sister Kerry Larkin, OSM, uses the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to focus on what it means to become aware of God’s deep love for us. Cost $15. • The Grace of Holy Indifference: March 14, 8:30-11 a.m. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this presentation focuses on surrendering our wills and lives to the Holy Spirit. Presenter is Sister Kerry Larkin, OSM. Cost $15. • St. Peregrine Liturgy: Third Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. in the chapel. For those and their loved ones dealing with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. No cost. • A Lenten Day Away: Take a couple hours or a full day of quiet time to pray, reflect, stroll the grounds and enjoy a buffet lunch. Suggested donation for full day is $25, including lunch. For reservations contact Sister Margaret Stratman, OSM, at scc@osmc.or or 402951-3026. St. Benedict Center, three miles north of Schuyler. Call 402-352-8819, email retreats@ stbenedictcenter.com or register online at stbenedictcenter.com. • Astronomy and Seeking God: March 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Science is not the opposite of faith. Fr. Christoph Gerhard details connecting points between the universe and its physics and God the Creator. $46.02 per person. • Silent Directed Retreat: March 8, 6 p.m. to March 13, 1 p.m. Margie M. Walker and Marisa B. Gilbert guide these five days of Lenten quiet and reflection. Spiritual direction provided. $532.65 (Single). • Wherever You Are I Am: March 21, 9:30 a.m. to March 22, 1 p.m. Sister Marie Micheletto, RSM, helps retreatants notice encounters or “God Moments” with the Divine Presence in one’s daily life. $149.55 (Single), $141.95 (Double).


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Acclaimed ensemble to perform at cathedral A nationally acclaimed musical ensemble will be performing liturgical music by Johann Sebastian Bach on period instruments, March 6 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. The 7 p.m. event, “Spire Chamber Ensemble: Bach Mass in B Minor,” is being presented by the Cathedral Arts Project, the Omaha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy Music and Arts through a gift in honor of the St. Paul Lutheran Council Bluffs Conservatory of Music. The virtuoso choir and orchestra have been hailed as one of the preeminent choral-orchestral chamber ensembles in the United States. Ben Spalding, a founder of the group and its artistic director, will be conducting.

Donations help moms, children in need Four Omaha-area organizations are “Walking with Moms in Need” as they collect diapers, clothing, car seats and other baby items, in response to a call by U.S. bishops this year to help pregnant mothers. Essential Pregnancy Services, the St. John Paul II Newman Center, Maverick Students for Life and Spirit Catholic Radio are teaming up for the effort, which runs through March 13. Items can be dropped off at the Newman Center, 1221 S. 71st St., Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The donations will be given to women and families seeking help at Essential Pregnancy Services. A full list of needed items can be found at friendsofeps.org/ diaperdrive. On March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops officially begins its “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service” and concludes it a year later on that date.

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Students, teachers win honors for patriotism Two teachers and three students from Catholic schools in Omaha won honors for their patriotic thoughts and actions in contests held by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2503 in Omaha. Robert Myer, a junior high teacher at St. James/Seton School, won first place in a citizen education competition for middle school teachers. Jillian Roger, a social studies teacher at Marian High School, won second place in the senior high school division of the citizen education contest. Both had been nominated by fellow teachers, supervisors or others. Marian student Jessica Brusnahan won first place in a Voice of Democracy audio essay contest on “What Makes America Great.” Erin Maeve Wolf, also of Marian, placed third. Kaitlyn List, a student at St. James/Seton, won first place in the middle school Patriot’s Pen essay competition, also on the “What Makes America Great” theme.


Volunteers sought for 40 Days for Life Volunteers can still sign up for the pro-life 40 Days for Life campaign in Omaha, which began Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, and continues through Palm Sunday, April 5. Participants try to sway hearts

Record crowd at MarianFEST


Guests enjoy a laugh and help raise money at MarianFEST, a Feb. 7 fundraiser for tuition assistance at Marian High School in Omaha. The event was held at Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. From left are Tom Janssen, Michele DeSmet and Christi Janssen, shown checking on auction bids via smartphone. A record crowd of 670 people attended the 38th annual event, Marian’s largest fundraiser of the year, taking in $535,000 this year, according to the school. The event took on a Hawaiian flair, with the theme Mahalo Marian, incorporating the Hawaiian expression of gratitude. and minds on abortion through prayer and fasting, maintaining a vigil outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility at 3105 N. 93rd St., and through several means of community outreach. “We pray that these efforts will help mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Omaha,” said Lauren Bopp, coordinator of the local campaign. It’s part of a broader 40 Days for Life effort that originally began in Texas in 2004. More than 1 million people from about 19,000 churches and 950 communities have participated, said Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life. At least 16,700 children were spared from abortion during the organization’s campaigns, Carney said. For information on the Omaha

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Book sale offers mercy to inmates Religious books helped bring about a conversion for St. Ignatius of Loyola about 500 years ago. Today books can move the hearts of inmates at the Platte County Detention Center in Columbus, Paulette Paprocki says. Paprocki, with the help of Gloria Deo bookstores, is organizing a book fair March 14-15 to help get Catholic books into the hands of inmates at the center. The goal, she said, is to provide

them materials that lift hearts and minds to beauty, truth and goodness and to provide lay people with a practical way to participate in a corporal work of mercy, visiting the imprisoned. It can be difficult for ordinary people to have access to prisoners, but they can reach inmates through books, Paprocki said. People can buy books for themselves and the inmates after the weekend’s Masses at St. Isidore Church in Columbus. Twenty percent of sales will go toward prison ministries. All purchases must be by cash or check only. Contributions can be sent to St. Isidore Parish, c/o Paulette Paprocki, 3921 20th St., Columbus, NE 68601. Checks should be written out to the parish.

Nancy Abboud is an organized person. She isn’t one to leave things to chance. Many years ago, when her family was young and her husband, David, traveled frequently, she worried about him and how it would impact her family if he were hurt or became sick. “Something bad could happen and where would we be?” Nancy thought. To alleviate some of her concern, she made sure that the couple met with their attorney to set up an estate plan that was right for their family. Providing for their children was an obvious priority. Providing for the parish that she loves and has been a part of for most of her life was also essential. Nancy’s strong faith was fostered and grown through her parish, Christ the King in Omaha. While she knows that it is ultimately Christ’s Church, she also recognizes that our priests and parishioners are responsible for its care. Nancy feels very strongly that she needs to be engaged in her parish and wants to encourage her fellow Catholics to do the same. “My faith is very important to me for starters, but Christ the King Parish is a very special place. The Church is (our) church… (it also belongs to) the people who belong there. It’s their church.” David passed away in 2014 but Nancy continues to provide in her estate plan for the people and organizations that mean the most to her. “I believe that if you belong to something and you care about something then you automatically are inclined to give,” said Nancy. “Some people give of their time, some give of their talent and some give of their treasure. Some can do all of those things. If you have the means to plan ahead and help an organization or your church or archdiocese, I would encourage you to prepare in your estate planning for that.” Learn more about how your legacy can make a difference right here in the Archdiocese of Omaha, by contacting: Tony LaMar Legacy Planning Officer, Archdiocese of Omaha Office of Stewardship & Development 402-557-5650 • ajlamar@archomaha.org

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New church windows a ‘more Catholic, beautiful kind’ of art By JOHN KEENAN

For the Catholic Voice

When Rose Koch walks into Holy Trinity Church in Hartington, her parish since 1989, she’ll sometimes take a moment to appreciate the stained glass windows now adorning the building. The windows are a recent addition to the church, which was built in the 1960s. They were installed between 2018 and 2019, and were dedicated by Archbishop George Lucas during a Mass last November. The window project – six large windows depicting scenes from the life of Jesus and 10 smaller ones depicting angels – are a welcome change from the previous windows of clear glass, said Father Owen Korte, pastor. “The first window that was done, it has a lot of green in it,” Koch said. “It’s so wonderfully done, so bright. You can just stand there and look at the window and feel its living presence.” The church’s original windows, featuring colored glass in random patterns, were replaced by clear windows in 2015. Although more energy-efficient, the clear windows made no contribution to the aesthetics of the church, Father Korte said. When he arrived at the parish in 2017, Father Korte embraced the vision of his predecessor, Father Jeff Loseke, to “get windows in that were of a more Catholic, beautiful kind,” he said. “I took that up as a goal.” After a presentation to the parish, discussion with parishioners and consultation with stained glass window specialists on options and cost, Father Korte presented parishioners with several options: purchase brand-new windows, antique windows or refurbished windows. The odd, geometric shape of the windows at Holy Trinity presented a challenge, but, working with a company in Georgia that specializes in salvaging artifacts from churches that have closed, the parish found just the right fit – a series of antique windows that follow the life of Jesus, from the annunciation to the


“Guardian Angels” is one of 10 smaller windows dedicated to the choirs of angels. ascension. The windows were salvaged from St. John the Baptist Church in Throop, Pennsylvania, which closed in 2009 and was demolished in 2017. “When we got to the point of choosing these windows, we had a town hall meeting, and I showed them pictures from the old church,” Father Korte said. “We made contact with the diocese out there, and I ended up sending an article to the local paper ... . I got contacted by two different families of people who remember the church and remember the windows. They were so happy to see that they will continue to live on in a Catholic church.” A stained glass company in Hartington, Kruse Stained Glass, helped ensure the windows would fit. “More glass had to be put into these windows so that they would fit the space we had,” Father Korte said. “They came up with a good design that worked really well, so we went with that as the design for all the windows. “The hardest part of it was trying to figure out what to do with those 10 smaller windows, because whatever you put in there, you wanted to make sure that it had some sort of consistent theme,”


“Jesus with the Children” is one of six large, stained glass windows gracing Holy Trinity Church in Hartington. Father Korte said. He settled on angels – all nine choirs are represented, including the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. To help fund the project, the windows were financially “adopted” by members of the parish, and after the first window was installed, in 2018, fundraising only took a matter of months. Kathy Lammers and her hus-

band, Joe, adopted a window in memory of a son and grandson they had lost. “We thought that would be a nice gesture,” she said. The window they sponsored, the Nativity, speaks not only to the son and grandson they are remembering, but their eight other grandchildren, she said. She and Joe can see the window from their regular seats in

the church. Lammers added that she was very pleased, not only with her adopted window, but the entire project. “It just completes the church,” she said. Koch agrees. “The color is so spectacular, so vivid,” she said. “There’s so much to see in each one. You really need to take the time to do that.”

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