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Revised clergy code of conduct is issued
By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice
OUR FRIENDS THE SAINTS A tour featuring more than 150 sacred relics is headed for five churches in the archdiocese later this month. PAGE 3
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Pope Francis hears the confession of a priest March 7 at Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran. In attempts to protect children from sexual predators, lawmakers across the globe have initiated legislation to compel priests to reveal what’s heard during confession if abuse is suspected. Those efforts have been met with strong opposition from Catholic Church authorities, other faith communities and advocates of religious freedom. On July 1, the Vatican issued a document affirming the absolute character of the seal of confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs. On July 9, the sponsor of a California bill that would remove a “penitential communication” exception for mandatory abuse reporters withdrew it in the face of a massive grassroots campaign organized by the state’s Catholic dioceses to oppose the measure. For more on these stories, see PAGES 10-11.
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Guidelines for respecting personal boundaries and appropriately using technology when communicating with others – especially minors – are key elements of a newly-revised code of conduct for clergy in the Archdiocese of Omaha, effective July 1. Archbishop George J. Lucas issued the document June 22 to clergy and those preparing for ordained ministry. The full code of conduct can be found at archomaha.org/updated-code-ofconduct-for-clergy. The code updates and replaces a 2011 code of conduct for ordained ministers, pastoral staff and lay ministers. The updated code applies to all clergy, including bishops, priests and deacons, as well as seminarians and deacon candidates in formation, said Father Scott Hastings, vicar for clergy and judicial vicar for the archdiocese. An updated code of conduct for pastoral staff, lay ministers and others who have contact with minors is being developed. “Clergy must bear witness to the mission of the Church through their conduct,” the code says. “They are to keep the moral law of Christ and His Church and to live lives that are consistent with the sacred mysteries they celebrate. As such, this Code of Conduct is a reflection of the trust and confidence placed in Clergy because of this sacramental closeness to Christ and His Church.” It also states: “Clergy must not engage in physical, psychological, spiritual or sexual harassment of or misconduct with any person, and must not tolerate such harassment by others serving the Church.” The updated code attempts to address in greater specificity various types of misconduct, Father Hastings said. “It is a clear update of technology protocols, since technology develops so quickly,” he said. “And it addresses some areas that culturally remain gray areas – issues of boundaries, power differentials, harassment.” APPROPRIATE BOUNDARIES When there are accusations of boundary violations, “this is really helpful in trying to determine what those boundaries look like,” Father Hastings said. CODE
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Ten years of episcopal ministry: Framing and pursuing a pastoral vision Archbishop George J. Lucas was installed as head of the Archdiocese of Omaha on July 22, 2009. In this week’s interview with communications manager David Hazen, he discusses some of the highlights of his past 10 years of episcopal ministry as well as the challenges that face the local church today.
Obviously there’s no way to adequately summarize an entire decade of experience, but what has changed for you in the past 10 years? What stands out most as you reflect on your ministry?
One of the basic things that has changed is that I feel very much at home here. It takes time to get to know the unique character of an archdiocese, to get to know its history and customs, and then to get around to parishes and schools, to get to know our priests better. I’ve enjoyed that experience thoroughly and feel more useful in the sense that I’m up to snuff on what’s going on and not simply an observer trying to take it all in, like I was at the beginning. One of the things that I understand more deeply now is the vitality of life in this archdiocese. We are really blessed. The recent ArchOmaha Unite event was an example of that. We issued the invitation for people to come to participate, and they came readily. At that event you could sense the faith of our brothers and sisters from around the diocese, as they witnessed to their experience of Jesus and readily shared their faith with others. You could see it in the worship that we were able to participate in together. You just can’t make that up. It’s evidence that the faith is alive here. Certainly there are many challenges in our present age and culture. But one of the things that I’m happiest about over the last 10 years is our ability to listen and pray, and then to articulate a pastoral vision for the archdiocese. We don’t just say that things are pretty good and we’ll try to keep them going, but we really believe the Lord is calling us to move forward with the help of the Holy Spirit to meet the challenges that are facing us in this moment. The vision – one church, encountering Jesus, equipping disciples, living mercy – is articulated in a very positive way. We have had the opportunity over the last several years to begin to implement various aspects of the vision. I look forward to doing an assessment of the vision this fall. We can then think about how to give new energy or resources to particular aspects of it. I am very grateful that the vision is something that is understood by people far and wide. It comes right from the heart of the Gospel and the experience of the church from the very beginning. It does seem to be something useful which we can continue to use to shape our understanding of who it is that the Lord is calling us to become.
What particular challenges do you see facing this local church as we seek to live out that vision?
As I think most people know, we have done a fairly extensive reorganization of pastorates in our rural parishes. That was the result of conversation with priests and with lay leaders in parishes, sparked by the realization that we have fewer priests now than we did when those parishes were established, and that we project that we will have fewer as time goes on. This is our reality and I think we have to see it as an opportunity. So then what is the Lord offering us? He’s not turning his back on us. He loves us. He’s called us to be his disciples and his friends. So what is he providing for us at this moment? In keeping with our pastoral vision we have begun to work in a number of parishes to assist pastors to develop leaders among their parishioners. I think we’re beginning to see that there are some real possibilities there and there is some new vitality. So that’s I think one of the opportunities we see, again facing the situation we’re in, living in the real world.
At ArchOmaha Unite you could sense the faith of our brothers and sisters from around the diocese, as they witnessed to their experience of Jesus and readily shared their faith with others. You could see it in the worship that we were able to participate in together. You just can’t make that up. It’s evidence that the faith is alive here. Another challenge and opportunity I see has to do with our Catholic schools. We have a lot of schools for a diocese our size, which means there are many resources being directed toward the apostolate of Catholic education in every part of our archdiocese. I have great admiration for parents, parishioners, teachers, administrators, parish priests and all who support this good work. And because we are dedicating all these resources to this work which has borne such good fruit in the past, we should ask ourselves, “Are we providing schools of discipleship for our students and for their parents?” We know that God gives to parents first the responsibility to form their children in the faith. The church has always been happy to partner with parents, but it’s not good for the parish to take that responsibility away from parents and it’s not good for parents to surrender it to somebody else, even somebody good like their fellow parishioners or their local parish school. It has to remain a partnership. So we have been working to offer formation for our teachers and for parents so that there can really be a team effort, a cooperative effort, in bringing our young people up in the faith. We know that means bringing them into a relationship with the Lord, and helping them understand that he has a plan for them and is sending them out to be salt and light in the world.
The Shepherd’s Voice ARCHBISHOP GEORGE J. LUCAS
As you are marking this milestone, what are you looking forward to? What do you see on the horizon for your episcopal ministry? I just turned 70, and bishops typically serve – if we survive – until 75. At his 75th birthday, a bishop has to submit his resignation to the Holy Father. He’s the one who decides whether the bishop continues to serve or not, but usually around that time he has the responsibility of finding somebody to take the bishop’s place. In the nearer term, we are going to bring together the envisioning team that helped formulate the pastoral vision, along with some others who have been involved in implementing it, to take stock of where we are. We will ask questions about what seems to be effective in terms of realizing the vision and what more needs to be done or what needs more attention. I would love to continue to try to further that going forward. I’ve talked with the priest council about another desire I have – and they’re supportive – which is to dedicate as many weekends as possible in the coming years to what we could call parish pastoral visits. I would arrive at a parish on a Saturday afternoon and then stay through Sunday, celebrate or at least preach at all of the Masses, and meet with parish leaders and the local clergy. I want to talk about the vision and encourage people in our parishes to embrace it. I also want to learn from them how they’re already experiencing it and what they see as the obstacles or the challenges to that. It will mean a bit of a change in my confirmation schedule, but we can work all of that out. If I can spend a significant amount of time visiting parishes over the next five years, I’m confident that will be time well spent. As I remember telling priests and others when we were first introducing the pastoral vision, if we really focus on moving toward a more common experience of a personal relationship with Jesus and of being equipped as his disciples, it will take a generation or perhaps more to really make a shift away from just trying to do what we’ve always done. Now, what we did before was not bad, but we often find ourselves maintaining a structure that was created for a different reality. As we live in the present age and move into the future, I think the vision can serve us well. We have to attend to it and be open to how the Spirit might lead us there, but it’s not just like flipping a switch. We have to be willing to be changed, which a relationship with Jesus will always do. Our faith tells us that it will be a change for the good, that we’re going to become more ourselves, we’re going to become more free, we’re going to become more joyful. The Holy Spirit will give us what we need if we’re open to receive it.
OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities: JULY 12-13 » Institute for Priestly Formation 25th anniversary celebration, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, and Hilton Omaha JULY 16-17 » Christ Cathedral dedication, Orange, California JULY 24 » Leadership Team meeting, Chancery, Omaha JULY 25 » Mass and visit, Camp Virtus et Veritas, McCool Junction JULY 27 » El Centro Pastoral Tepeyac dedication, Omaha JULY 29 » 30th Annual Knights of Columbus Priest Appreciation Steak Fry, Mount Michael Abbey, Elkhorn JULY 30 » Managers’ monthly roundtable, Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha JULY 31 » Leadership Team meeting, Chancery, Omaha » Mass, Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John Church, Creighton University campus, Omaha AUG. 1 » St. Augustine Indian Mission campaign kickoff party, Grand Hall, Boys Town AUG. 4 » Seminarian Day Mass and picnic, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Omaha AUG. 5-7 » Seminarian pilgrimage, St. Benedict Center, Schuyler AUG. 8-9 » Global Leadership Summit, Harper Center, Creighton University, Omaha
OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss’ scheduled activities JULY 12-13 » Institute for Priestly Formation 25th anniversary celebration, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, and Hilton Omaha JULY 24 » Mass, Pope Paul VI Institute, Omaha JULY 29 » 30th Annual Knights of Columbus Priest Appreciation Steak Fry, Mount Michael Abbey, Elkhorn AUG. 5-9 » Lead priests retreat, “Our Priestly Lives in the Present Milieu in Which We Live and Minister,” St. Benedict Center, Schuyler
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JULY 12, 2019
Annual Appeal surpasses goal, raises $4.26 million Campaign provides 21% of archdiocese’s annual operating budget By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice
A fragment of a veil belonging to the Blessed Virgin Mary on display at a Treasures of the Church exposition.
Tour featuring more than 150 relics to visit Omaha archdiocese By DANIKA LANG Catholic Voice
A woman from Wichita, Kansas, healed of her obsessive compulsive disorder. A man in New Orleans cured of his cancer, and a former alcoholic from Los Angeles freed from his addiction. These are just a few of the many testimonies from Catholics across the country who have reported healings after visiting the “Treasures of the Church” exhibit, a teaching and exposition of more than 150 sacred relics presented by Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross in Detroit. As part of its 20th anniversary theme, “Together on a Journey to Sainthood,” Spirit Catholic Radio is bringing “Treasures of the Church” to the Archdiocese of Omaha July 18-25. Among the relics to be displayed are those of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Faustina Kowalska. There will also be a piece of a veil believed to have belonged to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and one of the largest pieces of the true cross remaining in the world. According to sacred tradition, relics are physical objects that
(www.treasuresofthechurch.com/ healing) by Catholics across North America who have benefited from Father Martins’ ministry. For example, Elizabeth Turner, a Catholic from Tucson, Arizona, had been diagnosed with retinoschisis (splitting of the retina), an incurable disease that can lead to eventual blindness. She visited the Treasures of the Church exhibit in El Paso, Texas, and touched the relic of St. Lucy, patron saint of blindness, to her head, near her eye. After visiting the exposition, Turner saw an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, and both agreed that the tear was healing spontaneously, she said. The veneration of relics is an important part of the Catholic faith because it unites the church on earth with the communion of saints in heaven, Father Martins said. “Our faith life here on earth is a communal thing, not an individual thing, and that community extends far beyond the people who are alive with us on earth,” he said. “(It) also extends to the church triumphant, those who are already born into eternal life and who form part of the mystical body that we ourselves are connected with.”
SCHEDULE July 18: St. Mary Church in Norfolk July 19: St. Isidore Church in Columbus July 23: St. Patrick Church in Fremont July 24: St. Patrick Church in Gretna July 25: St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha All expositions will begin at 7 p.m.
have a direct association with the saints or with our Lord. They fall into three classes. First class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a saint. Second class relics include the personal belongings of a saint, and third class relics are items touched by a saint or by another first, second or third class relic. “Relics serve as a reminder of the heroes of our faith,” said Father Martins, founder of Treasures of the Church. “They’re sacred remains, connected even now to the soul of the saint who is in heaven.” The church venerates relics to bring honor to the saints, and so that God may bring about healing through them, he said. Approximately 50 testimonies of healing have been shared on the Treasures of the Church website THE ARCHDIOCESE OF OMAHA
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For the ninth straight year, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal surpassed its goal. The campaign, which began last September and ended June 30, produced pledges and donations totaling $4.26 million, nearly 4% over the goal of $4.1 million. “I am amazed once again this year at the generosity of the people of the archdiocese,” said Archbishop George J. Lucas. “I am also grateful for those who worked hard on the appeal, as well as those who have offered their prayers and material support.” Brent and Michelle Pohlman, members of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, were this year’s urban general chair couple. During weekend Masses, they and other parish leaders and curia staff shared their faith stories and how the fruits of the annual appeal have benefited themselves and people throughout the archdiocese. “It was exciting to see the Catholic community come together and continue to support our archdiocese and meet our goal,” Brent said. The appeal’s success “speaks to the fact that we’ve got really strong leaders in our archdiocese.” Donations to the appeal provide 21% of the archdiocese’s
annual operating budget, said Bree Kotulak, development officer in the archdiocesan Stewardship and Development Office. A total of 14,693 donors took part in this year’s drive, she said. Ninety-one, or 66% of parishes exceeded their financial goals; 37 exceeded participation goals; and 33 surpassed both goals. “We are all one church and we are all impacted by the annual appeal, therefore we encourage as many people as possible to participate,” Kotulak said. Adding to the success of the annual appeal were 1,242 donations to the Archbishop’s Circle, which includes donations or pledges of $1,000 or more. This year, such gifts totaled $2.23 million, compared with $2.263 million last year. The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal supports ministries and programs throughout the archdiocese, including professional development for faculty and tuition assistance for students in Catholic schools; assistance for individuals and families in crisis; training for lectors and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion; marriage preparation and family enrichment programs; support for priests and deacons; religious education; and adult and youth faith formation. “So much is possible in our parishes and communities because of the resources provided through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal,” the archbishop said.
OFFICIAL » From the chancery In addition to the priest assignments announced in the June issue of the Catholic Voice, the following assignments became effective July 1: ASSOCIATE PASTORS Father Emmanuel Agbo, from the Diocese of Minna in Nigeria, to associate pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha. Father Michael Gadache, from the Diocese of Minna in Nigeria, to associate pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Omaha.
SPECIAL Father James de Anda, associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, and defender of the bond and canonical counsel of the Metropolitan Tribunal, to judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal and chaplain of the Poor Clare Sisters in Elkhorn. Father David Korth, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, from chief executive officer of Christian Urban Education Services (CUES) to president of the CUES school system.
CORRECTIONS A story about the Archdiocese of Omaha’s annual pro-life essay contest that appeared on page 23 in the June 14 issue incorrectly identified one of the encyclicals involved. The correct document is “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”). One of the sources in our story on two exceptional Roncalli High School graduates appearing on pages 4 and 5 of the June 14 issue was cited as saying the two were the school’s first to use wheelchairs. It has come to our attention that at least one Roncalli student had used a wheelchair previously. Betsi Braun, who had duchenne MD, attended the school and graduated in 1985. She died in 1989.
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Evangelium Institute to take over forming teachers as leaders in faith By DANIKA LANG Catholic Voice
“It was eye-opening, the freedom you could have in a school and the conversations I could have with my students,” said Carly Mendlik, a fifth and sixth grade English teacher at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn. Mendlik is one of hundreds of teachers across the Archdiocese of Omaha whose ability to communicate the faith and a love for Jesus has been enhanced through a special program she has taken part in through her school. St. Patrick is one of 65 urban and rural schools in the archdiocese that, for the past five years, has provided faith formation and catechesis for its faculty through the Holy Family School of Faith Institute. According to its website, the School of Faith, a catechetics and discipleship apostolate based in Overland Park, Kansas, “exists to instill the Christian DNA in all people by inviting them into friendship with Jesus in daily deepening prayer, inspiring them to personally invest in friendship with others through meaningful conversation, and equipping them to invite others into this way of life.” The formation School of Faith provides in the Omaha archdiocese is funded by Ignite the Faith, a capital campaign conducted by the archdiocese from 2011 to 2012 with long term goals of improving faith formation and Catholic education, among other things. “When I first found out that there was School of Faith, I was really excited because this is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to switch to a Catholic school, because I wanted to grow in my own faith,” Mendlik said. This past school year was Mendlik’s first teaching in a Catholic school, and it surprised her how much she was able to infuse faith into her instruction. “It was uplifting because the conversations could be pointed towards Christ and I think any conversation about him is uplifting for students,” she said. In a Catholic school, Christ guides students’ academic growth as well as their social and emotional development, said Mendlik, a former public school teacher who was not allowed to share her faith in the classroom.
Keith Jiron, executive director and co-founder of the Evangelium Institute, leads a faculty formation session on reconciliation at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic School in 2017.
“We started to feel a nudge by the Holy Spirit to spin off and begin our own nonprofit sometime last fall. It just seemed to be kind of a natural transition as the local needs have come more to the forefront, and Deacon Omar (Gutiérrez) and I were sensing that.” Keith Jiron, Evangelium Institute executive director and co-founder “He’s at the center of all of it.” MOVING FORWARD With most Ignite the Faith funds having been spent, School of Faith decided not to renew its contract with the Archdiocese of Omaha for the 2019-20 school year. However, due to the pressing need for this apostolate, two School of Faith instructors, Keith Jiron and Deacon Omar Gutiérrez, have decided to continue essential portions of the program under a new name, the Evangelium Institute. “We started to feel a nudge by the Holy Spirit to spin off and begin our own nonprofit sometime last fall,” said Jiron. “It just seemed to be kind of a natural transition as the local needs have come more to the forefront, and Deacon Omar and I were sensing
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that,” he said. One of the goals of the Evangelium Institute is to continue transitioning the School of Faith’s formation from purely informational sessions to more small group discussion. Personal conversations help further the archbishop’s pastoral vision of equipping disciples, Deacon Gutiérrez said. As a new teacher at St. Patrick, these small faith sharing groups provided Mendlik the opportunity she needed to grow spiritually. “I helped out with the youth group at my church and I was leading a Bible study, but I didn’t feel like it was helping me in my own faith,” she said. When she started taking formation classes through School of Faith, she started moving forward again. The small group discipleship helped her find new ways to give and receive Christ’s love more fully. Last school year, Mendlik was part of a School of Faith trial program called CRUX, a small group discipleship program with other staff members at St. Patrick. Deacon Gutiérrez led group catechesis. Afterwards, Mendlik and a few of her peers gathered to discuss what was on their hearts. “We sat there and broke down Bible passages. Every time we met there were tears and hugs, crying and laughter,” Mendlik said. The group discussed serious issues such as struggles with relationships, terminal illness and
dealing with loss. “Anything that Christ touches in our lives, we talked about,” she said. EQUIPPING DISCIPLES The increased emphasis on small faith sharing groups is a continued effort by Evangelium Institute instructors to form teachers intellectually and spiritually, said Jiron. “We’re evolving into more small group discussion and formation so they (the teachers) can get more intimate and real about what’s going on in their lives instead of just delivering the information,” he said. “We really believe they need to come to know Jesus better, so that they’re longing more to know what it is that they believe.” Mendlik’s experience with School of Faith underscores the importance of forming Catholic school teachers in faith. Through her formation, she is better equipped to have conversations with her students about their lives as Christians. Teaching fifth and sixth graders, she knows how important it is to be ready to respond. “They are at the stage of their life where they just want to know everything that they’re getting themselves into,” she said. “They’re asking all these questions and you have to be prepared to answer them.” As she helps her students to know Christ, Mendlik has strengthened her own faith as well. “I’ve grown in relationship with Christ in the fact that I spend more time in prayer, and prayer with purpose too,” she said. “I also have grown in relationships with others around me, and in turn, I think growing relationships with your coworkers helps you form a relationship with Christ because you see Christ in them and in the beauty of their own lives,” she said.
The Archdiocese of Omaha will be the first Catholic diocese in the world to sponsor a host site for the Global Leadership Summit, a two-day, faith-based leadership development teleconference broadcast throughout North America to an audience of more than 405,000 people. The 25th annual summit will be held at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, Aug. 8 and 9. It will feature speakers chosen for their expertise, success and innovative approaches in nonprofit, government, education and faith-based sectors. The archdiocese is organizing a livestream broadcast of the event at Creighton University’s Harper Center. Four other Omaha-area locations will also carry it. Featured speakers this year include Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator and CEO/founder of The Black Swan Group; Jason Dorsey, a speaker and researcher of Generation Z and millennials; Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; and Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author and CEO/ founder of The Table Group. Topics to be covered during the summit include motivation and its impact on leadership, conquering the fear of rejection, unlocking the leadership potential of each generation, and negotiating strategies for the home and workplace. Father Jeff Lorig, the archdiocese’s director of pastoral services and coordinator of the Creighton University host site, said the summit is beneficial for anyone seeking a greater understanding of leadership. “Everyone has influence, so everyone is a leader,” he said. “When Christians become better stewards of their influence, they make the world around them better.” The Global Leadership Network, sponsor of the summit, is a movement of Christians founded in 1992 dedicated to leadership development. Working from the belief that the church is God’s plan to redeem and restore the world, they initially focused on ministry innovations for church leaders. Their work has now spread to Christians in all sectors of society. To register for the Archdiocese of Omaha site, go to gls. archomaha.org. In addition to Creighton University, Lifegate Church and Brookside Church in Omaha, Bellevue Christian Center and Fremont Nazarene Church will also simulcast the conference. To register at these sites, see www.globalleadership.org/ global-leadership-summit.
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JULY 12, 2019
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Safe at third
Father Michael Voithofer, associate pastor at St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, beats out a throw to third base during the second inning of the I-80 Collar Series softball game between the priests of the Diocese of Lincoln and those of the Archdiocese of Omaha June 16 at Werner Park in Papillion. Lincoln’s big bats and deep bench proved too much for the Omaha team, which came up short 27-11, its third loss in four years.
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The code says, “Clergy will maintain appropriate boundaries in professional and personal relationships, and not use the power inherent in their position to exercise unreasonable or inappropriate authority or expectations over others.” It also specifically addresses behavior with minors including: • Not being alone with unrelated minors, “except for sacramental confessions,” and other “common sense exceptions” • Only engaging in “nonsexual and appropriate” physical contact • Not traveling alone “with an unrelated minor or vulnerable adult without another safe-environment trained adult present, except in documented emergencies” • Not sharing or visiting private overnight accommodations of unrelated minors • Communicating with unrelated minors only for professional reasons, and only with the knowledge of parents or guardians • Not using “physical force or (using) profane, lewd, demeaning, physically threatening or abusive language” • Not exchanging expensive or excessive gifts with unrelated minors • Avoiding behavior “used by adults to develop inappropriate relationships with minors” (grooming), such as singling out minors with gifts, dinners, outings, trips or other special favors
Earlier this year, the archdiocese created a Ministerial Conduct Board, which is charged with advising the archbishop concerning clerical misconduct that does not involve a minor. Such misconduct may include “sexual misconduct with adults, other sexual improprieties not involving minors, lewd behavior, nonconsensual interactions with adults, boundary violations, gambling, drug or alcohol misuse, financial misdeeds, Code of Conduct violations, and other allegations of misconduct.” The majority of the board’s membership is to be comprised of lay people not employed by the archdiocese, as well as an experienced pastor of the archdiocese and a lay person with “professional experience in the treatment or investigation of sexual misconduct.” The group currently includes the same members as the archdiocesan Review Board, a group whose scope is misconduct with minors and vulnerable adults. Both groups are consultative.
OTHER GUIDELINES The code spells out guidelines for appropriate behavior during pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, confidentiality of information, and provides detailed guidelines for appropriate use of technology such as email, text messaging, blogs, social media and other means of communication. It also addresses other types
of misconduct such as substance abuse, gambling, public endorsement of or opposition to specific political candidates or parties, and conflicts of interest. While respecting the inviolability of the sacrament of reconciliation, the code also spells out conditions for reporting misconduct. In May, Pope Francis issued a directive to Catholic dioceses worldwide requiring, among other things, that they create offices or systems for reporting misconduct or abuse, and that clergy and religious must report abuse or cover-ups to their bishop or superior promptly. The archdiocese’s code of conduct is “in line with what the Holy Father asked us to do, but … we have been in line with that for some time,” Father Hastings said. “This code of conduct is not something brand new; it’s a standard update of something that’s already been in place.” In 2002, the archdiocese adopted the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for Protection of Children and Young People” as a guide for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, and in 2004, Mary Beth Hanus was hired to head the newly established Victim Outreach and Prevention Office.
Hanus took part in developing the recent changes to the code, which she said is a step in the right direction for reinforcing accountability. “There’s more clarity of what’s expected, and I think that helps protect our kids, but it also helps protect our clergy,” she said. “When you really know what’s expected, that always increases accountability.” VARIETY OF EXPERTISE In a letter to clergy that accompanied the code’s release, the archbishop said the document was developed by a team that included members of the archdiocesan Review Board, priests, deacons, archdiocesan staff and at-large members representing a “broad spectrum of expertise” including child welfare, education, law, canon law, business and family. “Anytime we can get people with such a variety of expertise around a table to help us develop best practices, it’s good for the life of the church,” Father Hastings said. In his letter to clergy, the archbishop also said a description of protocols for how staff will receive and process allegations of misconduct will be issued in the near future.
archdiocesan offices. The Chancery has been in use since 1962. The facilities on the Sheehan campus are increasingly in need of repairs and maintenance, and By MIKE MAY do not utilize space efficiently, said Catholic Voice Troy Merkel, facilities director for Reduced costs, responsible the archdiocese. stewardship, greater staff unity “Things have reached their and collaboration. useful life expectancy,” he said, Those are some of the bene- including the HVAC units, boiler fits expected from a plan to relo- units, lighting and some roofs. cate the offices of the ArchdioThe new building will offer cese of Omaha to new quarters more efficient use of space, and in northwest Omaha. Archbishop better lighting and HVAC (heatGeorge J. Lucas announced the ing/ventilation/air conditioning) move June 18. systems including automated conThe archdiocese has purchased trol systems, Merkel said. an office build“It is a well-built ing near 111th and “The cost to building, but not Blondo streets forluxurious,” he said. merly occupied maintain our aging “You can tell the by the Lindsay buildings takes a construction was Corporation. done for longevity larger portion of The 29,500and sustainability.” square-foot facility our budget year In addition to will become home by year. Good physical improveto the archdioments, the move cese’s 73 employees stewardship also will allow for now working at two directs us to find greater interaction Omaha locations: a way to use and collaboration the archdiocese’s between staff Chancery at 62nd the resources currently spread and Dodge streets entrusted to us to between several and the Archbishop buildings. Daniel E. Shee- serve the mission “One of my han Center at 60th of the church more pastoral priorities, and Northwest responsibly.” creating a culture Radial Highway. of unity, will be The buildings Archbishop further supported on both campuses George J. Lucas by this move,” will be put up for Archbishop Lucas sale to help cover said. a significant part of the $4.8 milThe decision to purchase lion purchase. the building was made by the archThe move is an effort to exercise bishop in consultation with the good stewardship of the archdio- Archdiocese of Omaha Finance cese’s resources, the archbishop said. Council (a group of priests and “The cost to maintain our lay experts in finance and busiaging buildings takes a larger por- ness) and the College of Contion of our budget year by year,” sultors (a consultative group of he said. “Good stewardship directs priests). The two groups approved us to find a way to use the the purchase. resources entrusted to us to serve Archdiocesan officials have the mission of the church more been considering such a move for responsibly.” several years. They toured and Archbishop Lucas said he evaluated various properties that expects operating costs will be were eliminated from considerreduced significantly over the ation as too expensive, needing years because the building the cost-prohibitive renovations or archdiocese is purchasing is failing to create a culture of unity only 10 years old. for employees. The four buildings that The new facility includes primake up the Sheehan Center are vate offices as well as open work nearly 100 years old and previously areas, several conference rooms, housed St. James Orphanage. a large training/conference room, About 50 years ago, those build- lunchroom, and room for expanings were repurposed for use by sion if needed.
The former Lindsay Corporation building, near 111th and Blondo streets, will house archdiocesan offices by the end of 2019.
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Bishops’ letter on racism promotes dignity By DANIKA LANG
“In our prisons, the number of inmates of color is grossly disproportionate. Despite the great blessings of liberty that this country offers, we must admit the plain truth that for many of our fellow citizens, who have done nothing wrong, interactions with the police are often fraught with fear and even danger.”
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good and what the Lord requires of you, only to do justice and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God” (Mi 6:8). Father Taylor Leffler, associate pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, explained this verse and its connection to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) November 2018 pastoral letter on racism at a parish gathering June 5 at the church. Most of the letter, entitled, “Open Wide Our Hearts, The Enduring Call to Love: A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” breaks down what it means to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God, especially in light of the crisis of racism, he said. The document addresses the experiences of three groups particularly affected by racism in the United States: Native Americans, Hispanics and African Americans. “We read the headlines that report the killing of unarmed African Americans by law enforcement officials,” the bishops wrote. “In our prisons, the number of inmates of color is grossly disproportionate. Despite the great blessings of liberty that this country offers, we must admit the plain truth that for many of our fellow citizens, who have done nothing wrong, interactions with the police are often fraught with fear and
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Father Taylor Leffler, associate pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, gives a talk on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ November 2018 letter against racism June 5 at a parish gathering at the church. even danger.” To some, it may seem that racism is in the past, but the bishops point out that it’s still prevalent. “Racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart,” the bishops wrote. Racism arises when a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior to that of another, they wrote. “When this conviction or attitude leads indi-
viduals or groups to exclude, ridicule, mistreat, or unjustly discriminate against persons on the basis of their race or ethnicity, it is sinful.” These judgments based on race and ethnicity stem from a failure to acknowledge the inherent human dignity of each person, Father Leffler said. In the letter, the bishops said that everyone is called to a greater conversion when viewing their brothers and sisters in
Christ with the same human dignity. Acknowledging that inherent human dignity is one of the foundations of Catholic social teaching, Father Leffler said. “We want to talk about racism not just as social activists; we’re Christians, we’re Catholics,” he said. “So what we do as humans is always done in light of Christian redemption, in light of who God is and who we are in his eyes.” God has revealed himself to be a loving Father, which means human beings are all united as brothers and sisters and children of God, he said. Building upon Pope Benedict XVI’s words in his 2005 encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God is Love”), Father Leffler said, “So if God is real, and God is love, then we’re all united in love with God. It makes us this ‘we’ that transcends anything that could divide us. There’s no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ There’s just ‘us.’ We’re together as a human family.” United as one family, it makes sense that salvation is meant for
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Cathedral architect named to Nebraska Hall of Fame By DANIKA LANG Catholic Voice
Thomas Rogers Kimball, architect and designer of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, became the 26th member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame June 25 in a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. The Nebraska Hall of Fame, administered by History Nebraska, was established by the Legislature in 1961 to recognize outstanding Nebraskans who have made significant contributions to Nebraska and the nation. Previous inductees include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather and Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton. Kimball, who died in 1934, was a nationally recognized architect who also designed St. Frances Cabrini Church in Omaha and played significant roles in the design and construction of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Omaha as well as the Nebraska State Capitol. He served as the Capitol Commission’s professional advisor for 14 years.
its form, the cathedral is linked to the Greeks and Romans, the Renaissance, Philip II of Spain, and colonial New Spain. It serves as a visual reference to the earliest explorations of these lands by the Spanish. As a metaphor, it calls to mind the faith that served to inspire the deeds of countless generations.” “I think the cathedral is greatly loved by the people of the archdiocese, and we certainly hold it up as a symbol of our unity. It basically embodies the idea of the bishop’s church with all of the people of the archdiocese gathered around it,” he told the Catholic Voice. The induction ceremony, hosted by the Nebraska chapter of the American Institute of Architects, included presentations by Capitol administrator Bob Ripley, John Thomas Kimball, the architect’s nephew, and History Nebraska Director and CEO Trevor Jones. The Kimball family, along with artist John Lajba, also unveiled a sculpted bust of Kimball, which will be permanently displayed at the Capitol.
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Faith, commitment f low freely in Amelia By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice
Like the flowing artesian wells for which the area is known, a strong commitment to the Catholic faith springs forth from the tiny village of Amelia. That faith, and its 100-year heritage, was celebrated June 23 as about 150 people joined Archbishop George J. Lucas for Mass and a meal to celebrate the founding of St. Joseph Mission in 1919. With a population of under a dozen, the village includes a post office, several homes and the small, white, frame church that fills up every Sunday with people from the surrounding area – farmers, ranchers, cattle feeders and people from the nearby town of Chambers. But despite a congregation of only 60 families, “Amelia (the mission) is alive and well,” said Father Bernard Starman, pastor of St. Joseph, as well as St. Patrick Parish in O’Neill, Sacred Heart in Boyd County, St. Boniface in Stuart and St. Joseph in Atkinson. “These are hard-working, dedicated people who put their faith as a priority in their lives,” he said. And parishioners are thrilled that the mission has a future, Father Starman said, as a result of the recent groupings of rural parishes aimed at serving the needs of the faithful given the declining number of priests. “By all indications, people are incredibly positive, optimistic and hopeful,” he said. During the celebration, current and former parishioners joined several priests who previously served at St. Joseph. After the Mass, celebrated by Arch-
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Clergy attending the 100th anniversary celebration at St. Joseph Mission in Amelia June 23 were, from left, front row, Father Joseph Sund, retired Father James McCluskey, Archbishop George J. Lucas, Crosier Father Hubert Kavusa and Father Eric Olsen. Back row: Fathers Marcus Knecht, Ronald Wasikowski, James Weeder, Douglas Scheinost, John Norman, Bernard Starman and Paul Hoesing, and Deacon Maurice Kersenbrock.
PRAIRIE SPIRIT FUELS STRONG FAITH The history of St. Joseph Mission in Amelia parallels the history of Nebraska’s prairie heritage. In the late 1800s, land grants drew people mostly of Irish descent, along with German and Czech immigrants, to the area, many of whom were Catholic. Enduring harsh weather, prairie fires and other hardships, they longed for their own church and a priest to serve their spiritual needs. For a time, they traveled to other towns for Mass or occasionally received visits from priests who said Mass in their homes. Construction of their own church began in the fall of 1918. It was completed the next year and a circuit-riding priest began celebrating Mass monthly, usually on a Thursday. In 1923, Father Peter Vanderlaan became the parish’s first pastor. But later, St. Joseph would become a mission, first to St. Joseph Parish in Atkinson and in 1971 to St. Patrick in O’Neill. bishop Lucas, attendees traveled the short distance to the community center in Chambers for a celebration meal. “These folks know how to
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throw a party, and the laughter never stopped,” Father Starman said. “They know they have a reason to celebrate.” In addition to being part of the
new grouping of parishes in Boyd and Holt counties, new parishioners are giving St. Joseph Mission new life. Several young couples who have stayed in the area are having families, Father Starman said. “We’ve got a lot of babies right now, so Sunday Mass can get loud at times. I say, ‘if we’re not crying, we’re dying.’” And recent Catholic converts like Gina Pospichal are joining the fold. For several years she attended Mass with husband, Barry, and their two sons, now ages 8 and 10. But as her children began receiving the sacraments, their questions about why she couldn’t share the Eucharist with them prompted her to begin Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
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(RCIA) classes at St. Patrick in O’Neill. Since joining the church in 2018, the former Lutheran now actively contributes to the parish as a lector and member of the Altar Society. And Pospichal said she appreciates the closeness and dedication of the St. Joseph community. “It’s just wonderful, it’s a closeknit family,” she said. “It’s so intimate … and everyone looks out for each other. If there’s a family in need or in crisis, the church community comes together. We do fundraisers, and there are always prayer chains going.” One of the mission’s former parishioners who returned to celebrate was 88-year-old Leo O’Malley, who now lives in O’Neill. A parishioner for 70 years, he said his father’s family was one of the original families who homesteaded in the area and founded the mission, he said. O’Malley said St. Joseph Mission was an important part of his life. Growing up, he was an altar server, and even served occasionally as an adult. He was a member of the parish council during the 1960s. And his late wife, Bernadine, also was active in parish and pro-life activities, he said. “It’s a close-knit parish,” O’Malley said. “In a small parish, everybody has to do something to help. People are real cooperative and do whatever needs to be done.” Father Starman agreed. “I never have to ask for someone to do something, they just do it,” he said. After the anniversary celebration, Archbishop Lucas said, “It was a privilege to join the members of St. Joseph Church on Sunday to celebrate their centennial.” “The joy of the parishioners was contagious. It is clear that they love their faith, their church and their relationships in the community.” Father Starman said he enjoys going to Amelia on a regular basis to say Mass. “Going to Amelia is going to my happy place,” he said, noting the joy of the parishioners. “It’s always that way. No matter their challenges, the find a way to smile through it.”
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Saying yes to God’s call, even in suffering By ELIZABETH WELLS For the Catholic Voice
Deacon Tom Frankenfield has received plenty of orders in his 24 years in the Air Force, before retiring in 1999 as lieutenant colonel. The best “Yes, sirs!” however, have come from answering God’s call. He and Joanne, his wife of 46 years, have said yes to leading Cursillo weekends in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and English-speaking Marriage Encounter in Europe while stationed abroad. They said yes to Tom’s call to the permanent diaconate, with ordination in 1997. But in 2009, they suffered what many would consider a serious blow. Healthy for so many years, Deacon Tom was diagnosed with leukemia. He said he has found the 10-year struggle a way to practice living yes by “following wherever God leads.” There have been chemo infusions, drug interactions and reactions. Exhaustion, stomach problems and hearing loss are among the side effects he’s experienced. “It’s been a long road,” said Joanne, talking about the most recent chemo infusions in June. She is a nurse practitioner and takes off work the days around the treatment. “Whatever we are going through, we are doing it together. I do a little cross stitch and a lot of praying. But it only stops us for a couple of weeks after the infusions.” Even the infusions have offered opportunities to say yes. “The VA is a place where God sends me,” said Deacon Tom. “It’s ordinary things like bringing candy to the chemo and infusion lab. It’s not hard to stop and pick up a bag of candy to share. Because it’s for others, I feel like God rewards me with warm looks, smiles, handholding. “I’ve got nothing compared to people there with really serious
Deacon Tom and Joanne Frankenfield help Father Marc Lim, center, the new pastor at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha, move into his new home July 3. The two are members of Mary Our Queen and serve there, as well as at St. John Vianney Parish in Omaha, where Deacon Tom is assigned. cancer. I get to be there, be quiet with them. I get to be there and affirm the medical staff. What they do is incredible.” According to Joanne, Deacon Tom has a gift for connecting quickly with people. His willingness to share from the heart is what he calls the grace of vulnerability. He described it as being open to and trusting in God’s plan, as well as ignoring any fear of being real with others. “The more vulnerable I am, the more doors God opens. All the things I couldn’t do became a source of grace. When we get out of the way and let God do things, it’s just amazing,” said
Deacon Tom. Deacon Tom shares good days and bad days, setbacks and joys. Father Marc Lim considers Deacon Tom a spiritual person “who draws from his life experiences and integrates it with his relationship with God … relating to people as a deacon in a very real way.” “He doesn’t sugarcoat things, but he also looks at things very hopefully,” said Father Lim, who met Deacon Tom when he was associate pastor at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha in 2010. On July 1 he returned as the parish’s pastor. Deacon Tom is assigned to St. John Vianney Parish in Omaha, and he and his wife are parishioners at
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Mary Our Queen, so his ministry covers both parishes. Archie and Bev Carpenter, longtime parishioners at Mary Our Queen, first met the Frankenfields 20 years ago. “We’ve seen the good and the bad,” said Archie. “He’s an ordinary man, but he loves the Lord. He shows it … in how he lives. He
shares his life in a way that allows us to see his suffering … he isn’t sick because he wanted to be, but he’s living in the moment. It’s suffering and surrender, but there’s joy in it.” “You can see in his physical appearance that he’s challenged to surrender,” said Bev, adding she sees his example as encouragement to “surrender to the life that’s in front of us.” This kind of surrender is anything but quitting, said Father Lim. “He doesn’t let his illness hold him back. He’s looking forward to the next day and what he can do.” The Carpenters agreed. “He hasn’t given up. That’s one of the things that comes across when he speaks to you – this may be a setback, but ‘I’m not ready to give up. I’m putting myself out there and accepting what God has in store for me,’” said Archie. “I think if he’s going through all of this, I should be able to do what the Lord is asking me.” Deacon Tom and Joanne have recently started a new chapter in their lives, entering the Benedictine Oblate program at Mount Michael Abbey in Elkhorn. “It’s really given us a chance to talk about spirituality and how we respond to God,” said Joanne, adding that Deacon Tom is “a very good listener.” “We’ve always felt like we don’t need to know everything or where it will end because we figure God will tell us what we need to know,” she said.
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‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn By PABLO KAY
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LOS ANGELES – In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups and religious liberty advocates from across the country. SB360 was withdrawn the day before a scheduled July 9 hearing in the California Assembly Public Safety Committee, effectively removing it from any further consideration this year. “SB360 was a dangerous piece of legislation,” said Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, who had led the California bishops in opposing the bill. “If any legislature can force believers to reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings shared with God in confession, then truly there is no area of human life that is free or safe from government,” he added. The bill’s author, state Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, decided to shelve his bill after learning that it did not have enough votes to pass out of the committee. Hill’s decision came on the same day that the Public Safety Committee released a staff report raising serious First Amendment and enforceability concerns about the proposed law, while noting that no other state had taken such an approach to the sacrament.
California state Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill presses his hands together as he listens on the Senate floor at the California Capitol in Sacramento May 9. On July 8 Hill withdrew legislation he had introduced that would have required priests in California to report to authorities information related to child sexual abuse learned in confession. In its original form, SB360 would have ordered priests to disclose any information they might hear in confession concerning the sexual abuse of minors. An amended version of the bill – which would deny confidential confessions to priests and church personnel who work with priests – passed the California Senate in a 30-2 vote May 24. Archbishop Gomez had previously called the proposed legislation “a mortal threat to the religious freedom of every Catholic” in a May 17 column for Angelus, the news outlet of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and was joined
by the rest of the state’s Catholic bishops in asking the faithful to urge their state representatives to oppose the bill. The safety committee analysis noted that more than 125,000 people had expressed their opposition to the bill to lawmakers. But Catholic analysts called that number low. The #KeepTheSeal campaign launched in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles resulted in the delivery of more than 140,000 letters to the State Capitol building in Sacramento as of July 8, the day before the committee vote. Another 16,700 emails were sent to representatives from concerned
Catholics in Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez had asked that a letter be read in all parishes at every Mass over the June 15-16 weekend. “We cannot allow the government to enter into our confessionals to dictate the terms of our personal relationship with Jesus,” the archbishop said in his letter, calling on Catholics to speak out against the bill. The archdiocese also set up a website, KeepTheSeal.com, as a hub for the faithful to write to their representatives and learn more about the sacrament of reconciliation. Critics pointed out that no evidence was presented in the legislature that would suggest confession is being used to conceal the sexual abuse of minors. At the same time, growing concerns about the legislation were voiced from many Catholics around the country, and from other faith leaders. The steady coverage from national and Catholic media on the debate prompted reactions from Catholic voices ranging from veteran Vatican journalist John Allen (president of Crux, a partner of Angelus) to the Catholic League’s Bill Donahue. Then on July 1 the Vatican weighed in by issuing a document from the head of the Holy See’s highest court reaffirming the importance and inviolability of the confessional seal. In the days leading up to the committee vote, opposition to the
bill intensified as hundreds of Catholics around the state made plans to travel to Sacramento to attend the July 9 committee hearing. On July 2, James Sonne, director of Stanford University’s Religious Liberty Clinic, wrote to Public Safety Committee Chairman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer in opposition to the bill, which he called “constitutionally problematic because it singles out religious exercise for disfavorable treatment.” On July 8, a statement signed by Muslim, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Baptist faith leaders, as well as representatives from Eastern Catholic Rites and historic Black churches was delivered to committee members declaring that “we are all one with American Roman Catholics in condemning the attack on religious freedom that the current version of California Senate Bill 360 represents.” Andrew Rivas, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, expressed his thanks to the Californians who reached out to their legislators to oppose SB360. “An amazing number of people spoke to their legislators to explain the sacred nature of the sacrament of reconciliation,” said Rivas. “It is important to our spirituality and our relation to God and to others. Our thanks go to all who played a part.” Kay is editor of Angelus, the news outlet of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
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Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not new
JULY 12, 2019
Vatican: Confession secrecy must never be violated By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service
By CHAZ MUTH
Catholic News Service
NEW YORK – A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Above the door is a stone-carved image of St. John Nepomucene holding two fingers to his lips, signifying that priests must never reveal what is said to them in the confessional, even if that means paying the ultimate sacrifice of death. This church is named for St. John Nepomucene – considered the patron saint for the seal of confession – and it’s adorned with artwork that tells the story of this 14th-century Bohemian priest who chose death rather than reveal what was said during the sacrament of penance. His story demonstrates how seriously the Catholic Church takes the privilege between priest and penitent that a member of the clergy is willing to sacrifice his freedom, or even his life, to protect the seal of confession, said Dominican Father Pius Pietrzyk, a canon and civil lawyer who teaches at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. It also shows that the current struggle for the church to have governments fully respect the sanctity of the seal of confession is not a new one, Father Pietrzyk told Catholic News Service in a May interview. St. John Nepomucene was born sometime around 1340 and became a popular priest in what was then known as Bohemia. Ultimately, he was invited to be a confessor at the court of King Wenceslaus IV in Prague. According to historical accounts, a jealous King Wenceslaus ordered John Nepomucene to tell him what his wife, Queen Johanna, revealed in the confessional and when he refused to break the seal of confession, the ruler made threats of torture and eventually had him bound and thrown off the Charles Bridge in Prague, where he drowned March 20, 1393. Father John Nepomucene’s martyrdom for the seal of confession was accepted by the church and he was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729. “St. John Nepomucene is a symbol of what all priests know and that is the seal of confession is absolute and the privilege between priest and penitent must be absolute,” said Father Richard Baker, pastor of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in New York City. “What happens there never, never is repeated.” MEN OF COURAGE Father Pietrzyk makes a point of sharing this chapter in church history with the seminarians he teaches in his penance class at St. Patrick’s Seminary to help them understand why priests are willing to be martyred to protect the sanctity of confession. “To be a priest in the world today means to be a man of courage,” he said. “The sacredness of the sacrament is one thing they
Father Ryan Lewis, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, demonstrates how he hears confession May 13 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Omaha. Father Lewis said he would go to jail or worse before he would break the seal of confession. are committed to upholding and they do so with eyes open. They know the dangers and they are willing to undertake them because this is what God is calling them to do. This is what Christ is calling them to do.” The Code of Canon Law states the penalty for a priest who violates the seal of confession is automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by the pope himself. The punishment is that severe because penitents must be able to confess their sins in specificity in order to be reconciled with God and trust that the priest will honor confidentiality of the confessional, said Father Thomas Berg, professor of moral theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, New York. JAIL PREFERRED A bill withdrawn from the California Legislature would have required a priest to report to civil authorities information concerning child sexual abuse learned in the confessional by another member of the clergy or a co-worker. “I don’t think it would be a difficult decision for a priest to make when faced with this dilemma. Break the seal or go to jail? Absolutely, I would not break the seal of confession,” said Father Ryan Lewis of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. “I would go to jail.” Though St. John Nepomucene is the most well-known martyr for the seal of confession, other priests throughout history were either jailed or condemned to death rather than reveal what was confessed in the sacrament of penance, including three in the 20th century. St. Mateo Correa Magallanes, canonized by St. John Paul II in 2000, was shot to death in 1927 in Mexico after refusing the orders of Gen. Eulogio Ortiz to reveal the contents of the confessions of imprisoned members of an insurgency movement, the Cristeros. He was joined by two Spanish
priests – Blessed Felipe Ciscar Puig and Blessed Fernando Olmedo – both considered martyrs of the sacramental seal, executed in 1936 for refusing to reveal the contents of confessions of prisoners held during the Spanish Civil War. SECRETLY TAPED Toward the end of the 20th century, Father Timothy Mockaitis of Eugene, Oregon, was engaged in his own battle against the state where he ministered to keep secret the contents of a 1996 confession he heard from a detention center inmate. Father Mockaitis had been a chaplain at the Lane County Adult Detention Center at the time when he learned the confession he heard from an inmate and a suspect in a murder case had been secretly taped by jail officials and a state prosecutor was attempting to secure a legal way of listening to it. The Archdiocese of Portland and Father Mockaitis objected to this use of a confession, demanded that the tape be destroyed and pursued the case through the legal system. The 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals eventually ruled that the state of Oregon could not use the tape in a prosecution, but, it didn’t order the destruction of the recording. “So, we only viewed this as a partial victory,” Father Mockaitis told CNS in a May interview. “As far as I know, that tape is still sitting in an evidence locker somewhere. That tape is a symbol of the state’s violation of a sacramental confession and a violation of religious freedom. “It’s an affront to the separation of church and state and the fact that it still exists is a slap in the face to the church,” said Father Mockaitis, who wrote a 2008 book titled “The Seal: A Priest’s Story,” recounting the episode. “The fact is, in a country whose foundation is based on religious freedom, this tape never should have been made in the first place.”
VATICAN CITY – In the light of “a worrying negative prejudice” against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives. The need for the absolute secrecy of confession “comes directly from revealed divine law and has its roots in the very nature of the sacrament to the point that no exception whatsoever can be admitted in the ecclesial sphere and even less in the civil one,” a new Vatican document said. The “Note of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the sacramental seal” was approved by Pope Francis June 21 and published by the Vatican July 1. The note was signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters of conscience. Some recent challenges to the secret of confession have come from states trying to react to the Catholic Church’s clerical sexual abuse crisis, the note acknowledged. The document did not mention any specific proposed legislation, such as that recently withdrawn from the California legislature or proposed in Australia in response to a government inquiry into the sex abuse crisis. “The priest, in fact, comes to know of the sins of the penitent ‘non ut homo sed ut Deus’ – not as a man, but as God – to the point that he simply ‘does not know’ what was said in the confessional because he did not listen as a man, but precisely in the name of God,” the Vatican document said. “A confessor’s defense of the sacramental seal, if necessary, even to the point of shedding blood,” the note said, “is not only an obligatory act of allegiance to the penitent but is much more: it is a necessary witness – a martyrdom – to the unique and universal saving power of Christ and his church.” The new Vatican document also placed the question of secrecy in the larger context of a “cultural and moral ‘involution’” that seems incapable of “recognizing and respecting” essential elements of human existence and life in the church. Too often, it said, “the judgment of public opinion” is invoked as the highest court, and people feel free to publish or broadcast anything with the excuse of letting the public be the judge without concern for a person’s conscience, reputation and right to defend him- or herself. “In such a context,” the note said, “there seems to be confirmation of a certain worrying negative prejudice against the Catholic Church,” both because of “the tensions that can be seen within the hierarchy and resulting from the recent scandals of
MORE ON VIDEO Short videos produced by Catholic News Service as part of a multimedia series on the seal of confession have been stitched together into a half-hour documentary on the subject. Among the experts interviewed in the movie is Father Ryan Lewis, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. To watch it, follow the link on the Catholic Voice’s website, or visit youtu.be/ fPyOuQifQpQ. abuse horribly perpetrated by some members of the clergy.” The prejudice, it said, “sometimes translates into an unjustifiable ‘demand’ that the church itself, in some matters, conform its own juridical system to the civil laws of the states in which it lives as the only possible ‘guarantee of honesty and integrity.’” The Catholic Church “always has safeguarded the sacramental seal with all its moral and juridical strength,” the note said. “It is indispensable for the sanctity of the sacrament and for the freedom of conscience of the penitent.” When administering the sacrament of reconciliation, it said, a priest acts not as himself but “in the person of Christ.” Not only is he not free to divulge anything about the confession to anyone, including the penitent outside the confessional, but he even is “obliged to suppress every involuntary memory of it.” A refusal to reveal what was said in a confession can never be described as complicity with or covering up evil, the note said, insisting that confession is “the one real antidote to evil” because it is the place where a person can abandon him- or herself to God and repent. The document specified that when a penitent confesses to a sin that is a crime, the priest can never make turning him- or herself in a condition of being granted sacramental forgiveness, although sincere repentance and a resolution to not sin again are part of “the very structure” of the sacrament. When the victim of a crime mentions it in confession, the document said, the confessor should instruct the person about his or her rights and about the practical steps the person can take with both civil and church authorities to report the crime. “We must be watchful that the sacramental seal is never violated by anyone and that the necessary reserve connected to the exercise of church ministry is always jealously safeguarded, having as its only purpose the truth and integral good of the person,” the document said. “Any political action of legislative initiative aimed at breaking the inviolability of the sacramental seal,” it said, “would be an unacceptable offense against the liberty of the church, which does not receive its legitimacy from individual states, but from God.”
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Chicago woman’s healing is miracle in Cardinal Newman’s sainthood cause By JOYCE DURIGA
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CHICAGO – A few prayers to Blessed John Henry Newman became a “constant dialogue” and then a desperate response to an emergency for Melissa Villalobos of Chicago. Her healing, which saved her life and the life of her unborn child, was accepted as the miracle needed for the 19th-century British cardinal’s canonization. Pope Francis announced July 1 that he will declare Blessed John Henry Newman a saint Oct. 13. Coincidentally, the miracle accepted for his beatification in 2010 also involved someone from the United States: Deacon Jack Sullivan, 71, of Marshfield, Massachusetts, was healed of a severe spinal condition in 2001. Recounting her own story, Villalobos, 42, told Chicago Catholic that in 2011, “my husband brought home a couple of holy cards with Cardinal Newman’s picture on them. I put one in the family room and one in our master bedroom.” “I would pass his picture in the house and I would say little prayers to him for whatever our family’s needs were at the time – the children, my husband, myself. I really started to develop a very constant dialogue with him,” said Villalobos, a mother of seven. Her prayers had a miraculous result in 2013 when she started bleeding during the first trimester of a pregnancy. At the time she had four children – ages 6, 5, 3 and 1 – and a previous pregnancy that had ended in miscarriage. “When I went to the doctor, he did an ultrasound and he said the placenta had become partially detached from the uterine wall, so there was a hole in the placenta and that hole was allowing blood to escape,” she said. Villalobos also developed a subchorionic hematoma, which is a blood clot in the fetal membrane. It was two-and-a-half times the size of the baby. The doctors recommended bed rest. On May 10, 2013, Villalobos went to the emergency room because the bleeding was worse.
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MELISSA VILLALOBOS Again, the doctor recommended strict bed rest, which was difficult to imagine with four small children and a husband who had to work. The doctor also told the couple that a miscarriage was likely, but if the baby survived the pregnancy, she would likely be born prematurely because she would be small. Added to the stress was the fact that Villalobos’ husband, David, had to leave for a mandatory business trip. “Wednesday morning I woke up in bed in a pool of blood. My husband was already in an airplane on his way to Atlanta,” Villalobos said. She put off calling 911 because she didn’t know who would care for the kids if she was taken in an ambulance to the hospital. She made them breakfast and told them to stay put before going upstairs. “Now the bleeding was really bad because I had just gone up the stairs, which I really shouldn’t have done. I kind of collapsed on the bathroom floor out of weakness and desperation.” Villalobos lay there thinking she should now call 911, but she realized she didn’t have her cellphone. She also knew the force of yelling for her kids would cause more damage and bleeding. She was hoping one of her children would wander into her room so she could ask them for her phone to call 911, but they didn’t. She heard nothing from her children and the silence made her even more worried.
With thoughts of losing her unborn baby, worry for her children downstairs and wondering if she could die, Villalobos uttered her fateful prayer. “Then I said, ‘Please, Cardinal Newman, make the bleeding stop.’ Those were my exact words. Just then, as soon as I finished the sentence, the bleeding stopped.” She got off the floor and verified there was no more bleeding and said, “‘Thank you, Cardinal Newman. Thank you.’ Just then the scent of roses filled the bathroom,” Villalobos said. “The strongest scent of roses I’ve ever smelled.” “I thought to myself in that moment, ‘Oh my goodness! My baby is OK. I’m OK. My four children are OK. We’re all OK.’ And I said, ‘Thank you, Cardinal Newman,’” Villalobos said. That afternoon Villalobos’ cure was confirmed during a weekly ultrasound. The doctor told her everything was “perfect” and there was no more hole in the placenta. “I was able to resume my full active life as a mom,” she said. Baby Gemma was born Dec. 27, 2013, after a full pregnancy, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces. She had no medical problems. Villalobos waited until after Gemma was born to report the healing to the promoters of Cardinal Newman’s canonization. In fall 2014, representatives from Newman’s cause visited Chicago and met with Villalobos and her husband. Officials from the Archdiocese of Chicago conducted the local study of what was then just an alleged miracle and forwarded the case to the Vatican for another series of investigations. The outcome was revealed Feb. 13 when Pope Francis announced the miracle was accepted and that Cardinal Newman would be canonized. “I was cured through Newman’s intercession so that I could continue an ordinary life, if you will, but at the same time be completely devoted to him and especially God himself and our church,” she said. Duriga is editor of Chicago Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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Book describes dark side of Mexico’s Catholic history “Saints and Sinners in the Cristero War: Stories of Martyrdom from Mexico” by Msgr. James T. Murphy. Ignatius Press (San Francisco 2019). 286 pp. $17.95. By AGOSTINO BONO Catholic News Service
Mexican Catholicism is symbolized by the positive image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the country’s patroness. The image recalls the Dec. 12, 1531, appearance of Mary to a native of the New World, her indigenous features encapsulating the desire to infuse Catholicism into Latin America’s native populations. Mexico also is the world’s second largest Catholic country, population wise. Yet Mexico’s Catholic history also has its dark side, sometimes deeply painted in blood. The country’s faithful faced decades of repressive anti-clerical governments from the second half of the 19th century until well into the 20th century. During this time Mexico’s government leaders were strongly influenced by the Enlightenment and French Revolution, making anti-clericalism a cornerstone of politics. Bishops were forced into exile. Priests had to register with the government. Church buildings were confiscated. A Catholic education system was prohibited. Perhaps the most dramatic event was the 1926-29 Cristero War, a grassroots rebellion by rural, ill-equipped but strongly motivated Catholics. It was David vs. Goliath, with sandal-footed farmers facing the well-trained and well-armed Mexican army. When it started, few predicted the rebels would last more than a few months. Instead, the war dragged out for three years, and the Cristeros actually held and administered swaths of rural areas. The book notes that they could have controlled more were it not that many of the farmer-fighters didn’t want to wander too far from home so that they could regularly visit their families and get a good meal. Many refused to fight during the harvest season because they would lose their crops. The men were aided by women who not only encouraged their brothers and husbands to fight but also used guile and money to buy ammunition from corrupt soldiers to pass along to the Cristeros. The term Cristero comes from the soldiers’ battle cry, “Viva Cristo Rey,” Spanish for “Long live Christ the King.” In 2000, Pope St. John Paul II declared as saints 25 Catholics martyred during the fighting. But this book is more than a war chronicle. It dissects the religious, social and political aspects of Mexico’s anti-Catholic history. It is also excellent in describing the nuanced, complex negotiations involving the Mexican government, the bishops and the Vatican to end the war and water down Mexico’s legal anti-Catholicism. Mediating these negotiations was the U.S. government aided by a U.S. Jesuit priest. The author, Msgr. James T. Murphy, a journalist, is scrupulous in presenting balanced reporting.
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This book is excellent in describing the nuanced, complex negotiations involving Mexico, the bishops and the Vatican to end the Cristero War and water down Mexico’s legal anti-Catholicism. Now retired, he was the director of communications for the Diocese of Sacramento, California, and managing editor of its newspaper. Although the book’s title refers to “saints and sinners,” he shows that not everyone who fought with the Cristeros was saintly. Some ex-priests who took up fighting were corrupt and womanizers. And not all the anti-clerical leaders were without political virtue as they promoted many programs compatible with Catholic social teachings. Actually, few of the 25 saints canonized in 2000 are mentioned in the book. More time is spent on the nuanced and diverse approaches used by Catholics to fight the anti-clericalism in keeping with their individual moral consciences. The author notes that many Catholics, while opposing the government’s anti-clericalism, did not join the rebels in part because they supported major government efforts to improve the economy, health standards and the transportation system to the benefit of the general population. The book also notes how the war forced major soul-searching among the clergy regarding how to support the rebellion. In general, bishops opposed taking up arms, favoring an underground church in which clergymen in disguise celebrated Masses and performed the other sacraments in secret in homes, abandoned buildings and secluded rural areas. Many priests also served as noncombatant chaplains to the Cristeros as their bishops turned a blind eye. The book is a tribute to the strong faith and tenacity of Mexican Catholics who kept their belief alive whether as warriors or nonviolent resisters.
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Wholesome and wise, another stellar addition to beloved series By JOHN MULDERIG Catholic News Service
NEW YORK – Just how good are the hotshots behind “Toy Story 4” (Disney)? So good that, by the time the closing credits roll, moviegoers will likely feel more emotional connection to an animated spork than they have to the vast majority of live-action human characters they’ve ever seen on screen. Deftly juggling humor, sentiment and even clever gothic material, director Josh Cooley and screenwriters Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom deliver a delightful addition to the animated franchise that has filled out sporadically since 1995. That mild horror element, together with some dangerous situations, however, might prove too scary for the littlest family members. Just as he continues to lead the familiar gang of toys who come to life when humans aren’t looking – including Buzz Lightyear (voice of Tim Allen), the astronaut with whom he once carried on a rivalry – cowboy Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) also continues to serve as a model of selfless devotion toward their kid owner, Bonnie (voice of Madeleine McGraw). So, when Bonnie forms an eccentric attachment to the homemade doll she has created out of
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Scenes set in an antique store introduce both an ensemble of unsettling ventriloquist dummies and a memorable addition to the toy community, 1970s Canadian stuntman Duke Caboom (voice of Keanu Reeves). Having long ago been rejected by his first kid because he failed to perform the tricks portrayed on his TV commercial, Duke is beset by a sense of inferiority which he masks with bravado. Amid the complex emotional situations in which the characters find themselves, the script pits loyalty against love and friendship against romance – with poignant results. It also explores the guidance offered by that “little voice inside,” the conscience. The latter theme is treated both seriously and as a source of laughs, with Buzz pushing the buttons in his chest and relying on the random messages they generate for counsel. A funny and touching treat for viewers of almost all age groups, “Toy Story 4” is as wholesome as it is wise.
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Discerning the source of consolation in spiritual life
ast time we looked at an overview of St. Ignatius’ teaching on consolation and desolation in the spiritual life. Let’s dive deeper into his teaching on consolation. How can we know if the peaceful and pleasant feelings we experience in our souls come from God or another source? How should we respond to them?
As I wrote previously, when we are moving toward God, striving to overcome sin – even though sometimes failing – God often sends consolations. He encourages us to continue seeking him. Consolations strengthen us. They teach us to find joy in God rather than earthly things. In prayer, these consolations can include insight into the Scriptures, a feeling that God is near, joy, peace, increased love for God, a new resolve to do his will, sorrow for sin or forgiveness of others. Consolations make us feel that prayer is relevant and effective, that God is truly meeting with us there. St. Ignatius teaches that when we are moving toward God, even though we might still be struggling in some areas, we can be confident that these experiences come from God. God is our Father. Like a good parent, he knows that children need encouragement to do the right thing. We have long habits of serving ourselves that we must overcome to draw near to God. We enjoy being the center of our lives, seeing our will accomplished, even at times at the expense of others. To help us form holier habits of surrender to his will, God makes prayer pleasant, especially in the early stages. We enjoy the consolations of prayer, so we keep coming back. Gradually, our habits of self-
Conversation with God CONNIE ROSSINI ishness begin changing. Now, if we experience extraordinary phenomena in prayer, such as visions or locutions, those call for greater discernment, preferably discussing them with a spiritual director or another objective and knowledgeable person. But we can be confident that if we are sincerely trying to follow God, repenting of any sins we commit, then the ordinary experiences of consolation in prayer come from him. We don’t have to analyze each individual experience to discover its source. How should we respond to consolations? We should let them accomplish their purpose, moving us toward greater love of God. In times of consolation, we make resolutions to be more converted, and follow through on them. St. Ignatius, in his Tenth Rule of Discernment, reminds us that consolation is temporary. At some point, God will allow us to fall into desolation. We need to prepare ourselves by storing up the strength that consolations give. We can make plans about how to act when they are gone. In his Eleventh Rule, Ignatius urges us to be humble during consolation. Since it is a temporary state, which originates outside ourselves, we need to recognize that it is a gift. We can pray for the grace to persevere through the temptations of the desolation that will surely come. St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross teach us to transfer our love of consolations to love of God. We should avoid being attached to God’s gifts. Instead, we let the gifts increase our love for the Giver. Consolations in prayer are a blessing God bestows on those who are faithfully surrendering more of themselves to him. They are a powerful tool he uses to help us grow in holiness. 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.
READINGS FOR FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME JULY 14 Reading I: Dt 30:10-14 Responsorial: Ps 69:14, 17, 3031, 33-34, 36-37 or 19:8-11 Reading II: Col 1:15-20 Gospel: Lk 10:25-37
n this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. In the background of this Gospel was the Jews’ hatred of Samaritans, a hatred that had existed for several hundred years before Jesus came.
The Samaritans were the people who stayed behind when the Jewish people went into exile. They chose to intermarry with Gentiles and did not worship with the Jews in the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus pushes the scholar of the law to see that this man is his neighbor, whom he is called to love, a very revolutionary teaching in itself. I want to focus on one element of the Good Samaritan’s actions. He takes personal responsibility for the care of his neighbor. He binds his wounds, and he carries him to an inn. He even instructs
Scripture Reflections FATHER JOSEPH SUND the innkeeper that if there is any additional cost, that burden will fall on him. This tells us that the call for charity falls on us individually. As the Lord tells us, the judgment of these actions will fall on us as individuals. “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). The call for charity and care for our neighbor does not have any conditions placed on it. Jesus does not tell us that we must only care for those who entirely keep the commandments. By his own actions he portrays to us quite the contrary. In today’s culture, this responsibility calls for us to care for all people. The immigrant, regardless of legal status, is our neighbor. Our own family members, regardless of how they treated us or our parents, call for our care. The homeless man or woman, even if they aren’t following the proper city ordinances on panhandling, is our neighbor. We are called
to encounter them, not just to throw money at them, but to individually encounter them. One of the common criticisms heard of St. Teresa of Calcutta is that she did not set up large systems to try to cure the illnesses that people had. This criticism, however, misses the point of her mission: to encounter Jesus Christ in the poor. It is good that we have organizations and government programs to meet these basic needs. However, when we reach our final judgment, I am certain that our Lord won’t give us a pass because we had money for Medicare taken out of our paychecks each month. So here is the challenge. In the next week, give someone the basic human interaction to care for their needs. This could be someone close, such as a co-worker, or the homeless on the streets of Omaha. The best measure might be to ask the question: “Who gets on my nerves the most?” Let that person be your neighbor. Father Joseph Sund is associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in O’Neill, St. Joseph Mission in Amelia, Sacred Heart Parish in Boyd County, St. Boniface Parish in Stuart and St. Joseph Parish in Atkinson.
SCRIPTURE READINGS OF THE DAY JULY 15 Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22; Ps 124:1b-8; Mt 10:34-11:1 16 Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a; Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34; Mt 11:20-24 17 Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; Ps 103:1b-4, 6-7; Mt 11:25-27 18 Thursday: Ex 3:13-20; Ps 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27; Mt 11:28-30 19 Friday: Ex 11:10–12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-18; Mt 12:1-8 20 Saturday: Ex 12:37-42; Ps 136:1, 23-24, 10-15; Mt 12:14-21 21 Sunday: Gn 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42 22 Monday – St. Mary Magdalene: Sg 3:1-4a or 2 Cor 5:14-17; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
23 Tuesday: Ex 14:21–15:1; (Ps) Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17; Mt 12:46-50 24 Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-28; Mt 13:1-9 25 Thursday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1b-6; Mt 20:20-28 26 Friday: Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23 27 Saturday: Ex 24:3-8; Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15; Mt 13:24-30 28 Sunday: Gn 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13 29 Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-23; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42 30 Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b9, 28; Ps 103:6-13; Mt 13:36-43 31 Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99:5-7, 9; Mt 13:44-46 AUGUST 1 Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:47-53
2 Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Ps 81:3-6, 10-11b; Mt 13:54-58 3 Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Mt 14:1-12 4 Sunday: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17; Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Lk 12:13-21 5 Monday: Nm 11:4b-15; Ps 81:12-17; Mt 14:13-21 6 Tuesday – The Transfiguration of the Lord: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Lk 9:28b-36 7 Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25–14:1, 26-29a, 34-35; Ps 106:6-7b, 13-14, 21-23; Mt 15:21-28 8 Thursday: Nm 20:1-13; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Mt 16:13-23 9 Friday: Dt 4:32-40; Ps 77:12-16, 21; Mt 16:24-28 10 Saturday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26
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JULY 12, 2019
St. Mary Magdalene learned to receive mercy By DEACON OMAR GUTIÉRREZ For the Catholic Voice
On July 22 we celebrate the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, patroness of contemplatives, converts, penitent sinners and evangelists. Who this amazing woman is and how she appears in Scripture can be a bit confusing, but what she has meant to the church over millennia is not in doubt. Mary Magdalene is portrayed in film and art as the woman who was caught in adultery and would have been stoned to death were it not for our Lord. However, the church’s tradition has not associated this saint with that moment. Rather, her reputation as having lived a sinful life comes from other references in the New Testament, and her traditional identity is the result of several stories. All four Evangelists agree that Mary Magdalene was among the women at the crucifixion. They all agree as well that she was at the tomb on Easter Sunday and that she was either the only one or among other women who first told the apostles of the resurrection. This is why Mary Magdalene is a patroness of evangelists. In his Gospel, St. Mark identifies Mary Magdalene as the woman “from whom seven demons had gone out” (cf. 16:9). St. Luke echoes this description in his Gospel (8:2) immediately after telling the story of “the sinful woman” who came into a Pharisee’s home to wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and dry them with her hair (7:3650). The woman is not identified, but because Mary had demons expelled from her, the presumption is that she was “the sinful woman.” This is why Mary Magdalene is the patroness of converts and penitent sinners.
SAINT OF THE MONTH If Mary Magdalene is the sinful woman in Luke, then perhaps Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha, are the same. In St. John’s Gospel we read that Mary of Bethany took expensive oil and wiped Jesus’ feet with her hair (cf. 12:3), which is almost exactly the same thing that “the sinful woman” of Luke’s Gospel had done. This explains why Mary Magdalene is the patron of contemplatives: It was Mary of Bethany who sat at the feet of Jesus while her sister Martha labored. Mary chose “the better part” in contemplative consideration of our Lord (Lk 10:42). Over the centuries the details of Mary’s identity have been lost to the more important point that she was a woman who experienced the mercy of Christ and who responded with total dedication to him. John’s telling of the events of Easter Sunday are astonishing in their intimacy and they start with Mary Magdalene’s journey to the tomb. What did she imagine she would do there? She left so early that it was dark outside. One can imagine that perhaps she only meant to sit outside the tomb by the large stone blocking the way to weep. In fact, the English word “maudlin,” which refers to one who is “tearfully sentimental,” comes from the Old English version of her name, “Mawdleyn.” What we get with Mary Magdalene is not a scholar or a martyr or a miracle worker but a great example of a soul who struggled to receive the deep love of God. That
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“Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene After the Resurrection” by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, oil on canvas, 1835, housed in the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. struggle manifested itself in tears at first, but it ultimately became a fierce courage that kept her at the foot of the cross when all the apos-
tles but one fled. That struggle also resulted in her deep devotion to her Lord that brought her to the tomb before dawn on Easter morning.
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16 « JULY 12, 2019 EVENTS Couple to Couple League’s Natural Family Planning: July 14 and Aug. 11, 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5419 N. 114th St., Omaha. Teaching couple is Joe and Agatha Poteat. Register to ccli.org. LaSalle Club: Single Catholic archdiocesan young adult group. For more information, see facebook.com/lasalleo, lasalleomaha. webs.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When Life Begins Anew! Aug. 3, VFW Club, 2720 23rd St., Columbus. Check-in 8 a.m., first talk 9 a.m. Guest speaker is Pat Castle, founder of LIFE Runners. Conference $25, $40 with meal due by July 26. Call 402-910-7111. 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 Drive, Omaha. Call Nancy Flaherty at 402-312-9324 or Nicole Florez at 402-496-7988, ext. 221. Pater Noster Fraternity – Secular Franciscans: Secular men, women, married, single, diocesan priests. Formation classes third Sunday of every month, 11:30 a.m., pot luck 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 email@example.com or Kent at 402-3396826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Clare Secular Franciscan Fraternity: Third Sunday of the month, 1 p.m. at Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 22625 Edgewater Road, Omaha. Call Ann or Larry at 402-493-6730. 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. 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 402-3786252.
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY CALENDAR Your guide to activities & events around the archdiocese Catholic Community Calendar is a listing of events from the parishes, schools, institutions and organizations in the Archdiocese of Omaha. SUBMIT » Include date, start and end times, street addresses, description of event and contact information. Items published up to two times as space allows. Notices may be sent three ways: MAIL » Catholic Community Calendar, Catholic Voice, P.O. Box 4010, Omaha, NE 68104-0010 First Friday Evening Adoration at Holy Family Shrine: Every First Friday of the month, 6-9 p.m. at 23132 Pflug Road, Gretna. Adoration with the Blessed Sacrament. Apostolic Oblates/Pro Sanctity Adoration: Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pro Sanctity Center/Bethany, 6762 Western Ave., Omaha. Rosary 5 p.m. Please let us know if children will be in attendance. Spiritual direction and or sharing are available. Call Franca, Renee or Teresa at 402-553-4418 for information. Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites: Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon at St. John Vianney Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha. The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Carmel study group. This group is composed of practicing members of the Catholic Church from many walks of life. Call Molly Anderson 402-676-6221 or Theresa Kottwitz at 402-440-2617. World Apostolate of Fatima – The Blue Army: Mass first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Dowd Chapel, Boys Town, and Immaculate Conception Church, Omaha; 7:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral; 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church; 8:15 a.m. at Mary Our Queen Church, all in Omaha; 8:15 a.m. St. Gerald Church (Lakeview Chapel), Ralston, and St. Columbkille Church, Papillion (Communion service).
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PARISHES The Greatest Festival in Town: Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 36th and X streets, Omaha. Game booths, rides and food booths. Live music, raffle other great prizes. For more information, call 402-731-4578. St. Bernard Parish’s Global Love Prayer Community Mass: Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. praise and worship, 7 p.m. Mass, both at the church, 3601 N. 65th St., Omaha. All are welcome. Holy Cross Church Festival: Sept. 6 and 8 at Holy Cross Church, 48th Street and Woolworth Avenue. Sept. 6, over-21 concert, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Sept. 8, Holy Cross Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Inflatable rides and booth games, bake sale, raffle, food booths. For more information, visit holycrossomaha.org. St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s Hour of Adoration: Third Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at the church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha. Call Kathy at 402496-7988 or Mary at 402-496-0075. St. Robert Bellarmine Parish’s 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. Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Adalbert Parish’s Holy Hour for Priests and Vocations: Every Tuesday, 8:45 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel (perpetual exposition) at 2110 S. 32nd Ave., Omaha. Enter in the northwest door by the ramp. For more information, call 402-346-3584. Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Peter Church, 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. Use west wheelchair door. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Perpetual adoration/exposition at St. Joan of Arc Church, 74th and Grover streets, Omaha. Open 24 hours. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish’s Holy Hour for Vocations: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the church, 5419 N. 114th St., Omaha. Call Shelly at 402-493-3006. Chanted Vespers: Saturdays, 6:15 p.m. in Spanish; Sundays, 5 p.m. in English at St. Peter Church, 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. Prayer and Praise Group: Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary, Suneg Center, 6116 Dodge St., Omaha.
Fresh Hope: First and third Thursday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. Christian support group for those with mental disorders and their families. Meetings are confidential and open to anyone. Call Rose or Elaine at 402-3324444.
SPIRITUALITY CENTERS Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. To register, call 402-951-3026, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit osms.org. • Sharing the Journey of the Eagle Huntress: July 19, 7 p.m. Free. Viewing and discussion of the film “The Eagle Huntress.” • The Healing Power of Art: July 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $25. Presenter Candice Tucci, OSF, will show how art can help heal. Preregistration required. • Weekly Contemplative Prayer Group: Mondays, 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. Silent prayer/meditation within a traditional framework of sitting and walking meditation. • Caregiver Solutions Group: First Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Facilitator is Nancy Flaherty, MS, CDP. • St. Peregrine Liturgy: Third Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. in the chapel. No cost and no registration needed. St. Benedict Center, three miles north of Schuyler. Call 402-352-8819, email email@example.com or register online at stbenedictcenter.com. Rooms $45 single, $37 double, meals are $27.65 per day; tax on rooms and meals. • Walking in Wonder: June 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Speaker is Margie Walker, spiritual director. Program fee is $30. Lunch is $10.76, • BLOOM, Because Loving Ourselves and Others Matters: July 27, 9 a.m. to July 28, noon. Retreat for mothers and daughters. Program cost is $181.10 for two and includes shared room and meals. • Guided/Directed Retreat: July 28, 6 p.m. to Aug. 3, 10 a.m. Program fee is $100, plus rooms and meals as listed above.
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JULY 12, 2019
Calvary’s mosaics rescued from deterioration By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice
Beautiful mosaic depictions of religious scenes – produced more than 60 years ago in Italy – were in danger of being ruined. Sections of colored tiles were falling out and getting lost. Grout was crumbling. That was the condition of the 14 Stations of the Cross and a Holy Family mosaic at Omaha’s Calvary Cemetery until skilled artisans rescued them. Although touch-up work had been done over the years by cemetery staff, sections as big as a fully extended hand had fallen off, said Deacon Dan Keller, director of Catholic Cemeteries. “We knew that if we didn’t address this pretty quickly, tiles would start coming off in bigger sections. The mosaics are just so gorgeous – you can’t allow that to happen,” he said. In June, workers from Conrad Pickel Studio in Vero Beach, Florida, used their specialized skills to restore the artworks to their original beauty. Heading the job was foreman Paul “P.T.” Thornton, a man with 30 years of experience working with such art. “The mosaics are awesome,” he said. “I love to work on great work.” Thornton and an assistant
The following mortuaries place notices for their Catholic services in the Catholic Voice: Bethany, La Vista; Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz, Crosby Burket Swanson Golden, John A. Gentleman, Heafey-HoffmannDworak-Cutler, Kremer, John E. Johnston and Son, Roeder, all in Omaha; Bellevue Memorial Chapel, Bellevue; Stokely, West Point and Dodge. If you would like to have your loved one included in Resurrection Joy, have your funeral home director contact the Catholic Voice, 402-5586611. There is a nominal charge. ADAMS-Ethel E., 88. Funeral Mass June 29 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by husband, Dr. Robert D. Adams; sons and daughters-inlaw, John and Francine, Steve, and Brian and Deb; daughter and son-in-law, Kristine and Rocky Schweser; eight grandchildren; three great-granddaughters. Memorials to Make-AWish Foundation. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER BAYE-Thomas M., 94. Funeral Mass June 27 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, August and Mary Baye; siblings, Jack Baye, Clementine Redlinger, Mary Ann Mangiameli, Catherine Hays, Rose Cutshall, and Martin Baye. Survived by wife, Helen; children and spouses, Michael and Virginia Baye, Mary Virginia “Ginny” Burrall, Robert Baye and Anthony Armstrong, Patricia Baye, and Susan and Robert Griswold; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Vrchlavsky; brother-in-law, Don Cutshall; sister-in-law, Kay Baye; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER BAZER-Marilynn K. (Gorzelanski), 64. Funeral Mass June 21 at St. Gerald Church. Preceded in death by husband, Jesse; son, Shane; parents, Marion and Hattie Gorzelanski. Survived by daughter, Amy Bazer. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME BELLIZZI-Nick, 81. Funeral Mass June 7 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Survived by wife, Judy; children and spouses, Randy, Roseann and Craig Engelage, Nick, Mary and Kyle Anderson; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jean and Skip Howdle, Diane and Tom Stull. Memorials to the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
“The mosaics are awesome. I love to work on great work.” Paul “P.T.” Thornton spent seven days meticulously cleaning and reinstalling tiles, searching through thousands of tiles in their supplies for the rightsized and colored tiles to replace those that were missing, cutting and shaping them to fit, and reapplying and coloring grout across the mosaics. “It’s very tedious work; you have to have a lot of patience,” Thornton said. Deacon Keller said last fall and this spring two local firms repaired damaged mortar in the stone structures that support the mosaics to remedy the water damage that was causing the mosaic tiles to loosen. Altogether, the restoration project cost nearly $60,000, he said. Produced in and shipped from Italy, the Stations of the Cross mosaics were installed within the limestone structures around the cemetery between 1952 and 1953, and the Holy Family mosaic in 1962, Deacon Keller said. Several bronze, raised-relief works of art also adorn the cemetery: The Last Supper and rep-
FUNERAL NOTICES & OBITUARIES ONLINE Visit Catholic Voice Online at catholicvoiceomaha.com for current and up-to-date funeral notices and obituaries. BIRKEL-Betty L., 94. Funeral Mass June 7 at St. Peter Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Bernard and Catherine Birkel; brothers, James and Richard Birkel. Survived by nieces and nephews; greatnieces and nephews. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER BOJANSKI-Norbert Franklin, 86. Funeral Mass June 11 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia (Bingham) Bojanski; parents, John A. Bojanski and Helen M. (Maliszewski) Bojanski; brother, Raymond J. Bojanski; brother-in-law, Emmett J. O’Brien; daughter-in-law, Kathyrn (Gill) Bojanski. Survived by wife, Helen (Gunia) Bojanski; sister, Dolores R. (Bojanski) O’Brien; brother and sister-in-law, Jerome P. and Sharon A. (Burke) Bojanski; sister-in-law, Agnes (Kuchenbaur) Bojanski; son, Gregory J. Bojanski; daughter, Jayme L. Bojanski; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME BOUKAL-Anna Marie (Bosanek), 95. Funeral Mass June 13 at St. Bernadette Church, Bellevue. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Mary Bosanek; brother, Francis “Tootie”; sister, Patty. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Kathy; three grandchildren; sister, Rita Bosanek; nephew. Memorials to the church, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School Academic Decathlon Program or the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME BRANNAN-Anne L. (White), 76. Funeral Mass June 21 at Christ the King Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, David; parents, Monte and Kathleen (Stech) White; grandson, Owen Brannan. Survived by son, Michael; four grandchildren; sisters, Patricia LaRandeau and Joan Pieper; sister-in law, Ann Bell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Monte Jr. and Kim White; Robert and Trish White; sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Stanley and Kathleen Cohen; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
resentations of the joyful, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of the rosary. Such artwork provides a welcoming environment at the cemetery, Deacon Keller said. “Beauty always enhances the experience. “Most people, when they have a burial, don’t always see the beauty that’s around them because they’re in a state of grief and loss,” Deacon Keller said. “Later, when they come back they notice, and (the mosaics) become a point of reference” for their loved one’s grave. “And we’re always looking to enhance the beauty of the cemeteries,” he said. Recent projects included repainting at the Chapel of the Apostles and the Suffering Christ Mausoleum at Calvary, and the mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Future plans include painting at the Holy Angels Mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery and rebuilding altars at St. Mary and St. Mary Magdalene cemeteries. Volunteers also planted and continue to maintain flower gardens at Calvary. “It’s more than just doing the big things, it’s doing the small things to maintain the beauty of all the cemeteries,” Deacon Keller said.
BROCKHAUS-Jean M., 73. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Ludger Church, Creighton. Interment St. Ludger Cemetery, Creighton. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred R. and Janet (Jamieson) Dennell; husband, Gerry. Survived by children and spouses, John and Kim Brockhaus, Tom and Anne Brockhaus, Greg and Heather Brockhaus, Ann Brockhaus and Ray Trom, Joe and Tonia Brockhaus; 14 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred Dennell, Jim and Lorrie Dennell, John and Candi Dennell; sister-in-law and spouse, Marilynn and Paul Peters; brother-in-law and spouse, Larry and Diane Brockhaus. Memorials to the church or Greenwood Cemetery, Creighton. BROCKHAUS FUNERAL HOME BULLARO-Dennis J., 75. Funeral services June 9 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Anthony “Tony” Bullaro. Survived by mother, Marie Bullaro; sister, Barbara Costanzo; nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives. Memorials to Nebraska Humane Society. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER BUTERA-Helen M., 102. Funeral Mass June 10 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER CALABRO-Patrick S., 84. Funeral June 25 at St. John Vianney Church. Preceded in death by parents, Antonio and Lucia; sisters, Concetta Manna and Angie Dellutri. Survived by wife, Lucille (Marchese); children and spouses, Deborah and Glen Curtis, Steve and Cheryl Calabro, Patty and Jim Delaware, and John Calabro; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Walt Marchese; sister- and brotherin-law, Kathy and Roy Segelberg; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME CANIGLIA-Bernard G., 63. Funeral Mass June 13 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Correen; sister, Gay Gruttemeyer; brother, Sy Caniglia. Survived by wife, Joanne E. Caniglia; children and spouse, Shawna Caniglia, Christina and Alfredo Garcia-Caniglia; four grandchildren; great-grandson; sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Gary Tuma; other relatives. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER CANIGLIA-Rose M., 91. Funeral Mass June 10 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Entombment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Filadelfo and Lucia; siblings, Ross, Louis, Grace, Al, Mary. Survived by nieces; nephews; extended family. Memorials to the church. CROSBY BURKET SWANSON GOLDEN
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Paul “P.T.” Thornton, right, and Bradley Sanderson of Conrad Pickel Studio in Vero Beach, Florida, work to restore the mosaic art depiction of the 12th Station of the Cross, “Jesus Dies on the Cross,” at Calvary Cemetery in Omaha.
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Ethel E. Adams Ryan McDonnell Thomas M. Baye Joseph “Joe” F. Mellen Betty Lou Birkel Rosemarie (Villella) Miller Anna Marie Boukal Maureen E. Mulhall Anne L. Brannan Alice C. Neumann Dennis J. Bullaro Patricia M. O’Kane Helen M. (Caniglia) Butera Eve Otto Rose M. Caniglia Nyigillo G. Oyet James P. Caputo, Sr. Jerry A. Patry Frank J. Centamore Dee B. Pechar Virginia Cecilia Clark Clayton Charles Edward Peterson Jr. Jill M. Coit Audrey E. Piccolo William E. Collins Jeffrey Lynn Pinegar Rona Marie (Willrodt) Condon Vincent P. Rasnick Ramon Cordova William J. Ring Lynn M. Corley Fabian Ruvalcaba Mildred M. Daeges Nellie M. Schab Gerard “Gerry” Vincent Egan Dorothy A. Schultz A. Gloria Firmature Colleen R. Schwisow Joan Lucille (Marino) Fucinaro Rose Mary Patricia (Pedersen) Shald Frank G. Gaeta Lawrence “Larry” D. Simoneau Michaela Ann Gibbons Kelly Andrew J. Simons John J. Gross Lois M. Sorensen Kathleen M. Guillemyn Laureen L. Stevens Mary Patricia Hess Matthew N. Tantillo, Jr. Frances M. Holthaus Jaimie E. Tefft Kathleen M. Horton James Rand “Randy” Turechek Helen L. Houston Gerald “Jerry” C. Turner Richard “Dick” L. Hyde Ann Marie “Peach” (Welch) Uryasz Anna F. Jensen Herman J. Vampola Edward R. Kojdecki John J. “Jack” Volenec III Catholic Cemeteries Cup Holder.qxd 7/22/2004 4:41 P Dolores (Braniff) Krajicek Mary Catherine Weikert Rosella J. Kuhfahl Rex L. Williams John “Jack” Eldon LangerCemeteries Cup Holder.qxd Vern L. Wilson 7/22/2004 Sr. Catholic 4:41 PM Page 1 Stephen Alan Little Kathleen Norma Wolff Richard G. Lujano Michael F. Wolff Henry T. Lynch, MD Charles Patrick Marcuzzo
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» Continued from Page 17 CAPUTO-James P. Sr., 79. Funeral service June 28 at the funeral home. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Jane Caputo; parents, Louis and Josephine Caputo; sisters, Beth and Gloria. Survived by son and daugher-in-law, James P. Jr. and Kris Caputo; daughter and son-in-law, Jami L. Caputo and Matt Strong; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorials to American Diabetes Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER CARTER-Rose M. “Mickey,” 90. Funeral Mass July 2 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by twins, Louis and Mary; daughter, Susie; son, Art; granddaughter, Michelle. Survived by husband, Don; daughters and son-inlaw, Rosie and Fred Puetz, and Donna “Cakie” Cardella; son, Donnie Carter; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brother, Michael Cardella; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
CLAYTON-Virginia Cecelia Schuetze Clark, 83. Funeral Mass. June 7 at St. John Vianney Church. Inurnment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by first husband, Robert Clark. Survived by husband, Kermit L. Clayton; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; great-grandnieces; great-grandnephews. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER CONANT-James P. “Jim,” 87. Funeral Mass June 6 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Gretna. Preceded in death by son, Dick; parents, Dan and Elise Conant; brothers, Tom, John, Joe; sisters, Peg, Mary Ann; two great-grandchildren. Survived by wife, Vonda; daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and Mark Hotz, Mary and Greg Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Lori Conant; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. ROEDER MORTUARY CONTRERAS-Eli “Mambo,” 87. Funeral June 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by wife, Virginia; great-grandson, Simon Eary; four brothers. Survived by children and spouses, Michael and Carrie Contreras, Linda Contreras, John and Nancy Contreras, Susan Contreras and James Kruse, Laura and Doug Hebard; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Jess Reyes. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
COIT-Jill M., 60. Funeral Mass June 22 at St. Philip Neri Activity Center. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Terrence A. “Terry” Coit; parents, Judith and Floyd Johnson. Survived by children and spouses, Lanette and Tim Starbuck, Katie and Mike Boyd, Kyle and Patty Coit, Christina and David McCoy, and Aron and Samathan Coit; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
DeLOA-Martin “Marty,” 66. Funeral Mass June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Virginia DeLoa. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Sarah DeLoa; grandson; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Cathie DeLoa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Laurie and Phillip Reyes, and Moni and Don Valla; nieces; nephews; other family members. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
DAEGES-Mildred M., 91. Funeral Mass June 26 at Immaculate Conception Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Mike and Lena (Leinen) Daeges; brothers and sisters. Survived by siblings and spouses, Alfred Daeges, Julie and Dick Sladovnik, and Michael and Rita Daeges; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
FILARECKI-Dorothy Mary “Dottie,” 87. Funeral Mass June 24 at St. John Vianney Church. Preceded in death by husband, Richard E. Filarecki; and son, Richard E. Filarecki Jr. Survived by children and spouses, Dorothy and Gary Reitmeier, William and Michelle, Philip, Dennis and Dorothy, Eddie; daughter-in-law, Debbie; sisters Alice Humble, Ceilia Kicak, Mary Ann Riley, Jadzia Insalace; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Memorials to Omaha Food Bank. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
DAI-Donald Phillip, 85. Funeral Mass July 1 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Preceded in death by parents, Freddie and Lillian Dai. Survived by wife, Sandra Lea Dai; children and spouses, Mathew S. and Consuelo Dai, Scott M. and Barbara Dai, Kurt M. and Roxann Dai, Kimberly M. and Chris Miller, Keith F. and Theresa Dai, Kevin C. and Christy Dai; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Virginia and Donald Behrendt, Barbara Smiley; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church or charity of choice. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
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FORMICO-Mary Ann, 91. Funeral service July 1 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Preceded in death by husband, Richard; daughters, Mary Rose and Michele. Survived by children and spouses, Eileen and John Batchelder, Marty and Karen, Kathleen Forsman, and Christopher and Lisa; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Pat and Mary Thornton; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. ROEDER MORTUARY FUCINARO-Joan Lucille, 80. Funeral Mass June 22 at St. Gerald Church, Ralston. Entombment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Anthony J. Fucinaro; parents, Joseph G. and Madeline Marino. Survived by children and spouses, David M. and Diane Fucinaro, Msgr. Thomas J. Fucinaro, Carol J. and Patrick Staton, Julie M. and Mark Wynegar; eight grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Carol and Nick Nemiccolo, Joseph T. and Carloyn Marino, and Joyce and Douglas Steensma; nieces; nephews; other family. Memorials to the church or Ralston Volunteer Fire Department. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
HOLTHAUS-Frances Marian, 96. Funeral Mass June 26 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Dr. Joseph M. Holthaus. Survived by children and spouses, Linda and Paul Kittle, Rhonda and Jim Browning, Michael and Ann Holthaus, Mark Holthaus, Lisa Holthaus, and Andra and Steve Alvine; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN HORTON-Kathleen M., 83. Funeral Mass June 12 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Leonard; brother, John M. McKenna. Survived by sister, Julia McKenna; brother, William McKenna; nieces; nephews. Memorials to The First Tee of Omaha or Mercy High School. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER HOUSTON-Helen L., 90. Funeral Mass June 17 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Alfred and Ella (Stieren) Rohwer; husband, Joseph Michael Houston. Survived by children and spouses, Terrie and John Ringwalt; Nancy Crawford; Margaret and Greg Bailey; Julie Houston; Michael Houston, Catherine Houston and Chuck Laux; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, other relatives. Memorials to St. Margaret Mary chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society or American Heart Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER HYDE-Richard L. “Dick,” 77. Funeral Mass June 24 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Morris and Margaret Hyde; sister, Dixie Mosel. Survived by wife, Janet; children and spouses, Scott and Pam, Jeff, Polly and Paul Ramos, and Michelle and Dan Grothe; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; great-granddaughter; six step-great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Jolly; brother and sister-inlaw, Fred and Barb. Memorials to the church or Catholic Charities. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER JACKSON-John F., 88. Funeral service June 11 at the funeral home. Interment St. John Mausoleum, Bellevue. Memorials to Kansas City Hospice House. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
GAETA-Frank G., 81. Funeral Mass June 10 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia Gaeta (Cantania); parents, Sebastian and Freda Gaeta; brother, Joe Gaeta; two grandsons. Survived by children and spouses, Richard Gaeta, Michael and Nancy Gaeta, Debora and Greg Weideman, Tony and Jay Gaeta; two grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Mary and Henry Carpenter, Josephine and Tom Hancock, Michael and Linda Gaeta, John and Therese Gaeta; nieces; nephews; other family. Memorials to American Cancer Society of Nebraska. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME
JASIAK-Josephine, 88. Funeral Mass June 12 at St. Joseph Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Leo; granddaughter, Kimberly; six siblings; son-inlaw, Tom Mangiamelli. Survived by children and spouses, Judy Mangiamelli, Mary Jo and David Hilpipre, Cindy and Wally Smolinski, Kathi and Ron Petak; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
GROSS-John J. “Jack,” 76. Funeral June 20 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Helen C. and Joseph F. Gross, M.D. Survived by wife, Beverly R. Gross; children and spouses, Chad and Mandie Helton, Eric and Carissa Helton; four grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Mike and Kathy, Joe and Suzanne, Jim and Annmarie; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
JENSEN-Anna F., 94. Funeral June 19 at Christ the King Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, William C. Jensen Sr.; sons, William C. Jensen Jr., and Phillip L. Jensen. Survived by children and spouses, Steve and Norma Jean Jensen, Margaret and Thomas Rost, Rose Jensen and Teresa Steen; two grandchildren; brothers, Joe New and Jim New; sisters, Jane New and Gladys Therese Meyers; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN
GRZYWA-Virginia A., 88. Funeral Mass June 10 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Florian A. Grzywa; infant daughter, Mary A. Grzywa; parents, Margaret and Frank Cummings; brother, George “Doc” Hill. Survived by children and spouses, Terri and Tom McLaughlin, Dan and Michelle Grzywa, Janet and Jerry Hraban, Ken and Kris Grzywa; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; in-laws, Donna Hill, Joan and Paul Wawrzynkiewicz; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church or Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
JODLOWSKI-Louis T. “Pat,” 96. Funeral Mass June 28 at St. Stanislaus Church. Preceded in death by wife, Bernice; parents, Waleria and Pawel; brothers, Joseph, Leo, Adam, and Frank. Survived by children and spouses, Thomas Jodlowski, John and Cindy Jodlowski, Mary and Matthew Duffy, and Paul Jodlowski; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother-inlaw, Al Tomasiewicz; sister-in-law, Vivian Tomasiewicz; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials to the church or the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME
GUINANE-Chester E. “Mick,” 85. Funeral Mass June 26 at St. Gerald Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by wife, Patricia; daughters, Kathleen Johnson and Mary Ziola. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sally, Tom and Carole, and Mark and Kathy Guinane; daughters and sons-in-law, Colleen and Joe Crnkovich, and Julie and Dan Theulen; son-in-law, Dave Ziola; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; brother and sisterin-law, Dennis and Joan Guinane; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to charity of choice. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME HESS-Mary Patricia “Pat” (O’Connell), 91. Funeral Mass June 14 at Christ the King Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Harry H. Hess; son, Scott F. Hess; mother, Mary Ione Thiemann O’Connell; father, William Patrick O’Connell; sister, Marianna “Billie” Heaney; brother-in-law, Dr. Frederick “Tom” Langdon; mother-in-law, Josephine O’Grady Hess; sister-in-law, Mary Bowman; nephew, William Bowman; niece, Bonita Bowman. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Ellyn Kathleen Hess Zaia and John V. Zaia, Gretchen Hess; son, John Cary Hess; daughter-in-law, Melody Brittenham Hess; two grandchildren; sister, Margaret E. Langdon; brother-in-law, C.E. “Carr” Heaney Jr.; niece; nephews. Donations to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart or Sacred Heart School (CUES). HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
KAUP-Joseph C., 75. Funeral Mass June 7 at St. Leo Church, Snyder. Interment St. Leo Cemetery. Memorials to Snyder Lions Club or the cemetery. STOKELY FUNERAL HOME KEMP-LaVerne, 89. Funeral Mass June 27 at St. William Church, Niobrara. Preceded in death by parents, Elo and Elsie (Brandl) Lenhoff; husband, Arthur; daughter, Gwen Stoltenberg; and son-in-law, William Mitchum. Survived by children and spouses, Ann Marie Mitchum, Lois and Tom Sjogren, Gerald and Denise Kemp, Alan and Connie Kemp, Linda and Steve Paesl, and Mary and Lawrence Mozena; son-in-law, Michael Stoltenberg; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren. BROCKHAUS FUNERAL HOME KIELION-Michael F. Jr., 95. Funeral June 14 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Michael Sr. and Pauline; brothers, Edwin, Leonard and Eugene Kielion. Survived by wife, Mary B.; numerous nieces, nephews and relatives. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME KNOTT-Jeremy Patrick, 35. Funeral Mass June 17 at Holy Cross Church. Survived by wife, Ashley; son, Jude; parents, Shelley Knott, and Rick and Sue Knott; sister, Emily Knott. Memorials to Jude Knott Education Fund. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER
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| RESURRECTION JOY | » Continued from Page 18 KREBS-Mary E., 90. Funeral Mass July 1 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Charles W. Krebs Jr.; and daughter, Mary Claire Bolen. Survived by children and spouses, Rick and Vicki Krebs, Kathy and Ed Teshack, Bill and Jackie Krebs, Cris and Bruce Imig, Skip and Rocky Krebs, Dave and Wendy Krebs, Sharon Krebs; 27 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER KUHN-Jerome A., 80. Funeral Mass July 1 at St. Gerald Church. Preceded in death by wife, Connie M. Kuhn; and daughter, Kimberlee Scott. Survived by children and spouses, Greg and Suzanne Kuhn, Gina and Doug Sheldrick, and Nick and Patricia Kuhn; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials to Nebraska Heart Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LANG-Richard A. Jr., 74. Funeral Mass July 2 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Gretna. Preceded in death by parents, Richard “Bub” and Alice (Lynch) Lang; brother, Pat Lang. Survived by wife, Pamela (Covert) Lang; children and spouses, Rebecca and Chris Hubby, and Brian and Heidi Lang; five grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Janice Johnson, and Marilyn and Pete Vincentini; brother, Jim Lang; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or Josie Harper Hospice House. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LANGER-John E. “Jack,” 92. Funeral Mass June 25 at St. Pius X Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by parents, Margaret and Walter Langer; wife, Mary; daughter, Julie Ann; grandson, Charles; sisters, Helen Smith and Beatrice Burns; brothers, Eugene and Arthur, brother-in-law, Lawrence Smith; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Langer. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen, William and Margee, and Johnny; daughters and son-in-law, Jackie French, Diane and Mick Conway, and Peggy Langer; brother, Urban Leo; sister-in-law, Vivian Langer; and brotherin-law, Jim Burns. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LATIMER-Lyle L., 78. Funeral Mass July 1 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Esther Latimer; and sister, Audrey. Survived by wife, Helen; sisters, Marlene and Beverly; brothers, Terry, Jerry and Robert; children, Susan, Lyle and Nancy; seven grandchildren. CROSBY BURKET SWANSON GOLDEN LAWRENCE-Dorie E., 85. Funeral Mass July 1 at St. Peter Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Herbert and Margaret (Morrissey) Lawrence; and brother, James R. Lawrence. Survived by son, James H. Lawrence. Memorials to Mercy High School. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LITTLE-Stephen A., 50. Funeral service June 15 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Marla Little; father, Dennis Little. Survived by wife, Julie; daughters and son-in-law, Elace and Anthony Pontiero, Erica Little; stepdaughter, Jillian McClenahan; grandchild; mother, Susan Little; sister and brother-in-law, Tracie and Todd Barkley; other in-laws, Michael and Lisa Piccolo, Fred and Krista McClenahan Jr., Rob McClenahan, Don and Kathy McClenahan, Jayne McClenahan; first parents-in-law, Frank and Sherri Piccolo; parents-in-law, Fred and Jean McClenahan Sr.; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Live On Nebraska. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN LUJANO-Richard G., 91. Funeral Mass June 24 at St. Gerald Church. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Sostenes and Refugio Lujano; son, Danny Lujano; one grandson. Survived by wife, Elvira; daughters and son-in-law, Dee and Jim Sorensen, and Margie Abboud; son and daughterin-law, Ronnie and Lisa Lujano; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME LYNCH-Dr. Henry T. M.D., 91. Funeral Mass June 10 at St. John Church at Creighton University. Preceded in death by wife, Jane Frances (Smith) Lynch; parents, Henry and Eleanor Lynch. Survived by children and spouses, Dr. Patrick and Lucien Lynch, Kathleen and Patrick Pinder, Ann and Jim Kelly; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisterin-law, Warren Lynch, Donald and Theresa Lynch; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Lynch Syndrome International. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MARCUZZO-Charles Patrick, infant. Prayer service June 22 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Survived by parents, Danny and Erin Marcuzzo; grandparents, Tom and Agnes Marcuzzo, James McCoy, and Kim Hunting; aunts and uncle, Natalie and Bridget Marcuzzo, Lindsay and Patrick McCoy; other relatives HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
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PEDERSEN-Barbara A. (Kojdecki), 95. Funeral Mass June 11 at St. John Vianney Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Catherine Warinski; husbands, Leonard Kojdecki and Otto Pedersen; brother, Butch; sisters, Irene, Francis, Virginia. Survived by daughter, Joan Flaherty; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; brothers, Pete and Joe; sisters, Mary Ann, Jenette, Linda, and Cathy; nieces; nephews; other family. Memorials to the family. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME RASNICK-Vincent P., 83. Funeral service June 9 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Ida Rasnick; brother, Ken Rasnick; great-granddaughter, Lyla Quist. Survived by wife, Eileen Rasnick; children and spouses, Paul and Deb Rasnick, Ann Marie and Michael Macaitis; two grandchildren; great-granddaughter. Memorials to the church or Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN RIHA-Robert J., 97. Funeral Mass June 28 at St. Bernadette Church, Bellevue. Interment St John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, James and Frances; sisters, Irene and Dorothy; brother, Joe. Survived by wife, Frances; son and daughter-in-law, James and Dorothy; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Brian Beattie; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME RYAN-Nancy J., 64. Funeral June 22 at St. Mary Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Dennis “Denny”; parents, Helen and Charles “Max” Greene; sister-in-law, Marie Ryan. Survived by sons, Gregory and Jason Ryan; daughter, Kari Anne Ryan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Charlene Greene, Larry and Andrea Greene; sister-in-law, Pam Greene; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME SAKOWSKI-Kathleen “Kay” King, 88. Memorial Mass June 26 at Holy Family Shrine, Gretna. Preceded in death by husband, Henry Adam Sakowski; parents, Paul and Stella King; brother, Phil King; sister, Karla Lyons; and brother-in-law, Hal Lyons. Survived by children and spouses, Judith Sakowski, Stacie and Steve Nelson, Henry and Mary Sakowski, Matthew and Linda Sakowski, and Jason Sakowski; seven grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy King; many nieces and nephews. Memorials to the shrine. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SCHAB-Nellie M., 83. Funeral Mass June 12 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Angelo and Angeline Falcone. Survived by husband, Robert L. Schab; daughter and son-inlaw, Deborah and Matt Koch; two grandsons; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Darlene Falcone; other family. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SCHULTZ-Dorothy A., 88. Funeral Mass June 25 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Judson; parents, John and Katherine Gliwa; brothers and sisters. Survived by nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. Thomas More Endowment Fund or to Masses. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME SHALD-RoseMary P., 86. Funeral June 20 at Mary Our Queen Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by husband, Roland; brothers, Edward and Leo Pedersen. Survived by children and spouses, Robert and Susan, Gregory Shald, Pamela and Doug Cossman, Jeffrey Shald; six grandchildren; great-grandson; sister, Loretta “Tudy” Storm; sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Joey Pedersen. Memorials to Catholic Daughters or Masses. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER
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SCHMITZ-Annette “Netsy” (Tomcykowski), 80. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Bernadette Church, Bellevue. Entombment St. John Mausoleum, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Robert C.J. Schmitz; parents, Frank and Helen Tomcykowski; sisters, Julia Krolikowski, Catherine Dennell, Mary Kudlacz, Joan Kovar, Clare Kasper, Connie Stoley; brothers, William and Frank Tomcykowski. Survived by brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Anne Tomcykowski; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Terry Latimer; extended family; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME SCHWISOW-Colleen R., 69. Funeral Mass June 7 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Preceded in death by parents, Thomas and Anna; son, Edward; brothers, Edward, Patrick, Jerry; sister, Catherine. Survived by children and spouses, Jim and Magali Clements, Anna and Michael Palubecki; four grandchildren; five brothers and sisters; nieces; nephews. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SEWELL-Marion Frances “Fran,” 96. Memorial Mass June 13 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Virgil R. Sewell. Survived by son and spouse, Paul and Mary; daughter, Ann S. Moore; two grandsons. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL SIMONEAU-Larry, 74. Funeral June 14 at the funeral home. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Edmund and Mary L. Simoneau. Survived by daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Joe Hawkins; son, Ron Simoneau; grandsons. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL SORENSEN-Lois M., 96. Funeral Mass June 27 at Holy Ghost Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, John; parents, Martin and Margaret Jensen. Survived by children and spouses, Dale and Penny Sorensen, and Peggy and Larry Stephens; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER STEVENS-Laureen L. “Laurie,” 59. Funeral Mass June 15 at Holy Ghost Church. Preceded in death by father, Richard Stevens. Survived by mother, Roberta Stevens; sisters and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Dave McCandless, Jeanine Buresh; brothers, Rick and Ron Stevens; nieces; nephews; other relatives. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME TIERNEY-Denis J., 70. Funeral Mass June 7 at New Cassel Retirement Center. Survived by sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and John Brennan; nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Terry; parents, Jim and Theresa Tierney. Memorials to New Cassel or Saint Joseph Villa. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER TURNER-Gerald C. “Jerry,” 83. Funeral June 20 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, MaryClaire Turner; sisters, Judy, Wanda, Patty; son, Jeffrey Turner. Survived by children and spouses, Sheryl and Jim Taylor, Brian and Renea Turner, Dawn and Donald Leeper, Patty Turner, Frank and Jennifer Colabello, John and Stacey Colabello, Dino Colabello, Delanne Larrick, and Bill and Erin Turner; many grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Kathie and Bert Rose. Memorials to the family. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME
URYASZ-Ann Marie “Peach,” 86. Funeral Mass June 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Tess Welsh; brother and sister-in-law, Robert F. and Margaret Welsh; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Gerald Sharkey; infant sister Kathryn Ellen Welsh. Survived by husband Frank D. Uryasz Jr.; children, Nancy Uryasz (Greg Fennessey), Julie Uryasz, Frank D. III (Ann J.) Uryasz, and Steve (Margie) Uryasz; Carol Garey; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Memorials to St. Bernard Church and School, Sacred Heart School/CUES, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Marian High School, Creighton Preparatory School or Hillcrest Hospice. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN VAMPOLA-Herman J., 83. Funeral service June 15 at the funeral home. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Survived by children and spouse, Beth Caito, Jim and Jerrilee Vampola, Carla Vampola-Kiscoan; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Janice Vampola; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Probst, Delores and John Kaluza, Joan and Ralph Vance, Jean and Ben Garcia, Kathleen Linstrom; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME VAMPOLA-Joseph Henry, 87. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Joseph Church, Springfield. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Silvia (Kozeny) Vampola; brother, Richard. Survived by wife, Karen; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Brenda (Zentner); Timothy and Candace (Smith); daughter and son-in-law, Jan Kirkner and Randy; sister, Rosemary Paasch; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives. Memorials to Springfield Volunteer Fire Department and Springfield Public Library. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME WILHELM-Elsie J., 93. Funeral service July 1 at Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Teresa Mohapp and Charles Mohapp; stepmother, Barbara Mohapp; husband, Robert “Bob” Wilhelm; and brother, Charles Mohapp. Survived by daughter, Beverly Spencer; three grandchildren; many cousins. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER WILLIAMS-Rex L., 97. Funeral Mass June 27 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Jacquelyn; parents, Ruth and Alfred Williams. Survived by sons and spouses, Terry and Denise, and Timothy and Mary Jo Williams; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER WOLFF-Kathleen N., 66. Memorial Mass June 7 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Inurnment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Hilary and Marie Wolff; brothers, Robert, Michael, Patrick; sister, Margaret; grandson. Survived by children, JoshuOne (Tomara) Barnes, Melanie Barnes, Daniel (Elodie) Barnes, Christopher Barnes, David Barnes, Kaitlin (Justin) Lewis, Emily Barnes; Jen DeMelo Barnes; 14 grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Rita Mary and Gene Gordon, James and Pat Wolff, Nancy Wolff, Mona and Pat Halpenny, Mark Wolff, Christine and Mike Mourer; nieces; nephews. Memorials to American Lung Association or the family. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN
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The fundamental problem with religious liberty
n our modern culture, religious liberty faces a fundamental problem. Too often, it is narrowly conceived as “special pleading.” By this, I mean religious liberty is perceived as an avenue by which certain religious views seek special treatment and protections. This applies particularly to religious views which have lost their former cultural and legal influence. Consider two examples. While abortion remains socially and politically contentious, the notion that “abortion is health care” (as Planned Parenthood frequently touts) has taken root in various ways. Abortion is frequently considered routine medicine and the standard of care for certain predicaments. The effect is that medical professionals and institutions are expected to cooperate in providing abortion services. But not all medical professionals and institutions have bowed down to this ideology. Instead, they are determined to uphold the dignity of the unborn child and provide true help to mothers in crisis pregnancies. This has led to creating space within the medical community for professionals and institutions to assert moral or religious objections to abortion. This “exception” to the rule of unfettered access to abortion has been labeled discriminatory – and a special protection for irrational, theological beliefs about when life begins. These exceptions, it is argued, should not exist in a progressively civilized culture. The other example pertains to marriage. With the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the true
Faithful, Watchful Citizens TOM VENZOR meaning of marriage – as an institution between one man and one woman for life and for the good of children – lost its priority in society and law. Breaking with millennia of cultural and legal values, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to effectively reinvent civil marriage by legally expanding it to include a relationship between two people of the same sex. People of faith and religious institutions have sought legal protections from this devastating decision and other aggressive political initiatives seeking to redefine norms of human sexuality. As with the abortion issue, these dissenters have been treated as unwelcomed persons, as those who seek a special protection for their irrational, theological beliefs about whom someone can love or how someone asserts his or her sexual identity. Again it is argued that these religious liberty claims should be impermissible in a modern society. But religious freedom goes well beyond the alleged privileges of special pleading. Religious freedom reflects the goodness, truth and beauty of our humanity: that we are created in the image and likeness of God. During the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, the council fathers issued a monumental document, a declaration on religious liberty entitled “Dignitatis Humanae” (“On Human Dignity”). This document explains the foundations and scope of religious liberty. Using both faith and rea-
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son, the council fathers recognized that religious liberty is grounded in our creation as human beings, formed in the image and likeness of God. In giving us the gift of intellect (reason) and will (freedom), God has fashioned us as creatures who can learn and understand the truth, as well as adhere to it through our actions. We are wired (so to speak) to seek the truth and live it, especially as it pertains to moral and religious matters, if we desire ultimate happiness. Civil society and governing structures (for example, constitutions, laws, etc.) must recognize and respect this inherent dimension of our humanity, and can only limit the exercise of religious freedom to the extent necessary for the common good and public order (for example, prohibiting religious views that would harm public safety). In short, religious freedom exists not to provide “special protections” for those who have lost cultural or legal battles on foundational political issues. Religious freedom is so much more: It is the capacity of every human person to act on the truth as he or she understands it, without undue influence or coercion from the government. Without this freedom, the necessary precondition for human flourishing or the development of the common good is impossible. As St. Pope John Paul II recognized: “Insofar as it touches the innermost sphere of the spirit, one can even say that (religious freedom) upholds the justification, deeply rooted in each individual, of all other liberties.” As religious freedom remains in our cultural and political limelight, may we have the courage to prophetically witness to the fullness, grandeur and necessity of religious liberty! Ss. Thomas More and John Fischer, pray for us! Tom Venzor is executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, with headquarters in Lincoln. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consensus on the environment
s we look at where Americans agree with each other, I would like to take up the question of the environment. Let me start with my own experience. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which has been called the “mistake on the lake.” The epithet was invented because the Cuyahoga River, the main river that divides Cleveland and that feeds into Lake Erie, was so polluted that it caught on fire 13 times in the 20th century, the last time in 1969. My family moved to Cleveland in 1980, and things had not improved all that much. When I was in high school, an abandoned industrial building on the riverside caught on fire, sending a tower of black smoke into the air over downtown Cleveland. Apparently barrels of chemicals had been left there and some spark from nearby construction lit it all up. Today, however, thanks to stringent environmental policies, the river is much better. While Lake Erie still has some environmental issues, they are much more manageable and are in part a result of cleaner water. The success of Lake Erie has been possible because Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of cleaner air and water. According to a 2017 Pew study, 74% of us believe that “the government should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.” Happily, 75% of Americans report that they are concerned about helping the environment in their daily lives. And even better, 83% make the choices to live in ways that help the environment all or at least some of the time. Examples in the study were simple things like bringing one’s own bags when grocery shopping or using cleaning products with fewer harsh chemicals. The church’s teaching on the environment has been consistent. It was St. Pope Paul VI’s 1971 apostolic letter “On the Occasion of the Eightieth Anniversary of the Encyclical Rerum Novarum” that we have the first direct plea
Charity in Truth DEACON OMAR GUTIÉRREZ for the environment in Catholic social doctrine. He wrote, “Man is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it and becoming in his turn the victim of this degradation.” Therefore, he concludes, “The Christian must turn to these new perceptions in order to take on responsibility, together with the rest of men, for a destiny which from now on is shared by all” (no. 21). This teaching on the environment was developed by St. Pope John Paul II and was greatly expanded by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical “On Charity and Truth.” Pope Francis gave us the first social encyclical dedicated entirely to the environment, “Laudato Si’.” Of course there is a good deal of division around the environment as well, particularly concerning not so much the existence of climate change, but what causes it and what is the best way to deal with it. The reasons for the division are legion, and I will not go into them here, but just say that thoughtful dialogue is needed on all sides. For the moment, I want only to point out that we ought to find solace in the fact that we love our land and the many gifts provided to us through the environment by our good God. To demonstrate that love and our gratitude to God, living simply and conscientiously by reducing our consumption, recycling what we do use and when possible reusing resources is in the end not that much to ask. It is, indeed, a more just way of living that will help fulfill our duty to creation, our neighbor and God. Deacon Omar Gutiérrez is director of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Contact him at email@example.com.
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How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise
ore than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the mostviewed show to air on HBO.
Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, fans insisted. It was overly sentimental. It tarnished the show’s legacy. More than 1 million people signed an online petition to remake the show’s final season. Several of the actors took umbrage, including Sophie Turner, who called the criticism “disrespectful” and defended the show’s writers and filmmakers. Whether the many critiques are fair remains subject to debate, but one fact gives me pause: The petition was drafted before the show’s finale aired, meaning a million people lobbied for a remade season before seeing how it would resolve. We live in an unfortunate era for online criticism. Critics fling insults they would never dare utter face to face. Defendants – typically privileged public figures – bristle with self-righteousness, dubbing their
Twenty Something CHRISTINA CAPECCHI critics “haters,” earning praise for “clapping back” in their own defense. I wonder if we’re growing too defensive. When we clap back so fiercely, do we take the time to consider the criticism? Are we cooling down enough to find the teaching moment in the hot exchange? Or are we digging our heels in and sticking our fingers in our ears? A media executive once offered a handy guide on when to take criticism to heart. Ask yourself two questions about your critic, she said: Can you trust that this person is acting in good faith and not on some ulterior motive? Does this person have some knowledge of this particular situation that I do not? If the answers are yes, then heed their words. If the answers are no, make like Taylor Swift and shake it off. Lately I’ve been struggling to determine when to be gentle with myself and when to push myself to
Emilia Clarke stars in a scene from the fourth episode in the final season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The last season of the show sparked particularly strong criticism, especially online, inviting reflection on how we receive such feedback. a higher standard. In my sleep-deprived days with an infant, it’s easy to justify the former. But there are moments I look at my choices and I know I can do better. More green smoothies, earlier bedtimes. Less binging TV, fewer donuts. I know it’s all connected: sleep, sugar, the limits of my patience, the frequency of my prayer.
I used to cling to St. Francis de Sales’ quote: “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.” It is so tender, so loving. But I’d been missing his subsequent statement, meant to be taken as a whole, to moderate the first part: “Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfec-
tions but instantly set about remedying them. Every day begin the task anew.” This is a high bar: Address a shortcoming “instantly.” St. Francis’ charge is twofold, pointing us to a middle ground: to both be patient with yourself and to consider your imperfections. Catholic spirituality equips us with the tools for an examination of conscience and asks us to do so bravely, honestly, daily. This may be harder to do than ever before, in this time when social media makes our personal lives feel public, and we sink in the quicksand of fearing others’ judgment while too readily casting judgments of our own. It may be harder to do than ever before, but also more important. We must learn to cast aside unfounded criticism while accepting difficult feedback from trusted sources: a sibling or spouse, a spiritual director, a confessor. And then, with courage and humility, we can “set about remedying” and find a path toward progress. Again and again, sunrise, sunset – we can begin anew. Christina Capecchi is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.
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ur political life has become such a war of words that many may not notice that the Trump administration has done something very good and long overdue – and is being condemned for it.
The very good thing is a regulation to implement numerous federal laws on conscience rights in health care, chiefly on conscientious objection to abortion. One law, called the Church amendment (after sponsor Sen. Frank Church of Idaho), has been in effect since 1973. Another, the Weldon amendment (after sponsor Rep. Dave Weldon of Florida), has been signed into law as part of the appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services by every president of both parties since 2004. Yet no regulation has been in place to clarify key terms in the laws or ensure effective enforcement. President George W. Bush had proposed such a regulation. But that was reversed by President Obama, who left all matters of interpretation and enforcement to the HHS Office for Civil Rights. That office then proceeded to distort the laws’ meaning so they would seldom do much good. For example, the Weldon amendment clearly forbids state governments receiving federal funds to force private health plans to provide abortion coverage. But when California issued just such a coercive mandate, the Obama administration found no violation, saying
A More Human Society RICHARD DOERFLINGER that no insurance company had claimed a moral or religious objection to such coverage. In fact the complaint had been brought by Catholic and other religious organizations being forced to sponsor and purchase such coverage for their employees. And the protections of the Weldon amendment are not limited to insurance companies or to cases where the objection is moral or religious in nature. But the message went out that nobody needs to worry much about these federal laws being enforced. And more states, including my home state of Washington, were emboldened to enact similar abortion mandates. What this administration has finally done is to take the long-standing conscience laws seriously, defining key terms and establishing an effective complaint and enforcement process. This is what our government’s “executive” branch is supposed to do: faithfully execute the laws passed by Congress. Yet at least 20 states have filed suit against the regulation. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the rule “smacks
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of a century-old, bigoted mindset”; Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser says it “threatens to cause incredible mischief”; and New York Attorney General Letitia James calls it “a gross misinterpretation of religious freedom” (forgetting that federal law protects objections to abortion that are not religious). Ironies abound here. California once sued (unsuccessfully) against the Weldon amendment, saying it would do horrible things. Now it says the new regulation will do those things because it goes beyond Weldon. (One is tempted to ask:
Are you lying now, or were you lying then?) Pro-abortion groups had sued against Weldon saying it was unconstitutionally vague; now the problem seems to be that the regulation makes the law too clear. Opponents also say the regulation allows invidious discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans and conflicts with state laws on measles vaccination, contraception, treatment of ectopic pregnancy and removal of feeding tubes. But like the long-standing laws it enforces, it does none of these things. The real central issue is this:
To abortion supporters, is the killing of unborn children a matter of “free choice” as they once claimed? Or is it now an essential public good that all must be coerced into providing, under threat of being driven out of the health care system by their government? We now know the disturbing answer that some government officials give to this question. Doerflinger worked for 36 years in the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He writes from Washington state.
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Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC), speaks during a panel discussion on religious liberty at Christ the King Church in Omaha. He said the state should have a compelling interest, such as public safety, to justify interfering with actions based on sincerely held religious beliefs. The June 26 event focused on current threats to religious freedom in the United States. Also participating were, from left, Matt Heffron, attorney with the Thomas More Society; Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor for the archdiocese; and Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society attorney. The Thomas More Society, a nonprofit, national public interest law firm supporting life, family and religious liberty, with an office in Omaha, cosponsored the event with the NCC to mark Religious Freedom Week (formerly Fortnight for Freedom) June 22-29.
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Approximately 175 volunteers from the Columbus area packed 40,000 meals in 90 minutes for hungry people in Central America and the Caribbean. The June 15 event at Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus was sponsored by Cross Catholic Outreach, a Catholic relief and development ministry, and a small group of Columbian Squires, a youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. Cross Catholic Outreach will ship the food for distribution at the end of July to Catholic ministry partners in Guatemala or Haiti, depending on need. One of the volunteers, Carmen Mellinger, a member of St. Anthony Parish in Columbus, said it was important to donate one’s time and talent through community service. “I truly believe many good things above and beyond feeding others will come from the event,” she said. “I hope that the service project helped volunteers real-
ize the great need others have, and the fulfillment one receives in becoming a gift of themselves by serving.” The Columbian Squires, made up of young men ages 10 to 18, are the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. Those hosting the event were from Knights of Columbus Council #938 in Columbus. In addition to food assistance, Cross Catholic Outreach, based in Boca Raton, Florida, also provides medical care, clean water, education and emergency relief services to 29 countries around the globe. The organization coordinates similar food packing events across the country, said senior director Sandi Pino. “Though it’s difficult to imagine, an estimated 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night,” Pino said. “(The) food packing event was a great opportunity for the community to rally together to help fight against the terrible scourge of hunger around the globe.”
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Volunteers Emily Stutzman, left, and Isaac Ostdiek, right, members of St. Bonaventure Parish, and Abe Perault, of St. Isidore Parish, all in Columbus, prepare food for third-world families at a food packing event coordinated by Cross Catholic Outreach and the Columbian Squires at Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School June 15.
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Archbishop George J. Lucas and Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, join hundreds of parishioners June 16 for a ribbon cutting to open their new Parish Center. People then entered the center for a dedication ceremony and blessing by the archbishop, a celebration meal and self-guided tours. The two-story, 29,000-square-foot facility includes a large hall, meeting rooms, kitchen and an outreach center/food pantry. Nearly 1,300 families and individuals donated nearly $7.3 million to build the facility.
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Blessing of the bells at Creighton Prep A milestone in the development of the new Lannon Learning Commons at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha was achieved June 11 as President Jesuit Father Tom Neitzke and his predecessor, Jesuit Father Tom Merkel, blessed three bells to be installed in the 116-foot tower under construction at the front of the complex. The Lannon Learning Commons, named for Jesuit Father Tim Lannon, president of Creighton Prep from 1988 to 1995, will provide a new space for student support services including academic and mental health counseling. The project is made possible by an $8 million gift from the Heider family. Plans for the building’s construction were announced in May 2018. The addition and associated renovations at the northwest corner of Prep’s campus are expected to be completed in April 2020. The space will also house offices for campus ministry and school administration along with classrooms for fine arts. Each of the three bells is inscribed with a dedication, one to the Heider family, one to the Society of Jesus and one to its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Climate conference held at Creighton Univ. About 225 people gathered June 27-29 at Creighton University in Omaha to explore the ecological, economic and policy implications of climate change. The event was the first of three biennial conferences, titled “Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home,” aimed at promoting application of the principles contained in Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” on the issue of climate change and its effects on poor communities around the world.
Archbishop George J. Lucas and Creighton President Jesuit Father Daniel Hendrickson welcomed attendees during the opening session. The archbishop called the event a “groundbreaking initiative (that) will help Catholics more deeply encounter Jesus in God’s creation, equip key ministries to better integrate Laudato Si’, and enable people to mercifully and lovingly live the three relationships that ‘ground ... human life’: ‘with God, with our neighbor and with the earth itself.’” Keynote speakers included Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego and Meghan Goodwin, associate director of government relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop McElroy proposed three initiatives to confront the environmental challenges: • a broad, interfaith movement of religious and cultural renewal rooted in God’s identity as Creator • launching within the culture of the United States a conversion from environmental denial to environmental reality • in the U.S. Catholic community, empowering children as the prophetic voice of environmental justice in the country The event also included plenary and breakout sessions with educators, theologians and climate experts. It was sponsored by Creighton University and the Catholic Climate Covenant, a partnership of 18 organizations, including the USCCB,
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Female abuse victims invited to retreat “The Way,” a healing retreat for female survivors of abuse, will be offered August 9-11 by the Diocese of Grand Island in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln. The retreat, developed and led by Sue Stubbs, victim assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, is centered around the Stations of the Cross and examines the steps Christ took to overcome dread, confusion, hurt, anger and betrayal in his own experience of abuse that culminated in his death on the cross. The guided meditations and prayers, facilitated by a retreat team of professional counselors, volunteers and a priest, are meant to help victims of abuse walk the way of the cross as they overcome the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of their own abuse. The retreat will be held at Overlook Lodge at Camp Comeca in Cozad, Nebraska. Cost is $250 and includes private room, meals, retreat materials and program. Women of all faiths and traditions are invited to attend. For an application, contact Elizabeth Heidt Kozisek at 308-382-6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Aug. 1. More information is available at gidiocese.org/ victimassistance.
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The Catholic Voice won two first place awards for reporting at the recent Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, sponsored by the Catholic Press Association. Stories by former News Editor Joe Ruff won two awards for the newspaper – one, an article on the death penalty in Nebraska and another, a feature on a Salvadoran refugee. Both were published last year. The first story, “Weighing Public Safety, Justice, Mercy” (Aug. 3, 2018), examined the death penalty issue in Nebraska in light of Catholic teaching and the impending execution of convicted murderer Cary Dean
Moore. It won in the Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues – Life and Dignity of the Human Person category. The second story, “Salvadoran Woman Finds U.S. Safe Haven” (Jan. 19, 2018), won in the category of Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues – Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. The story profiled a woman fleeing gang violence in her home country; her long, difficult journey to gain asylum and forge a new life in the United States; and the support she experienced from her faith and the help of other people of faith. Ruff is now news editor at The Catholic Spirit, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
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Rebekah Hagan, one of the first women to undergo a successful abortion pill reversal, will be the featured speaker at Essential Pregnancy Services’ 9th annual Breakfast for Life Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the new St. Vincent de Paul Parish Center in Omaha. Hagan, a California native, came to Nebraska earlier this year to testify in support of LB209, which added a new section to Nebraska’s informed consent law requiring abortion providers to inform women of the possibility of reversing a medication abortion if they decide not to go through with the procedure. The bill was passed on May 30 and signed into law June 10 by Gov. Pete Ricketts. “I have a special place in my heart for young women who feel abortion is their only option,” Hagan said. “It is all too easy to assume the worst, but in reality, it often all works out. The life you thought would
be impossible with a baby becomes possible and better than ever.” Bob Goldsmith, interim executive director for EPS, believes Hagan’s story will resonate with a wide audience. “Her testimony speaks to the mindset that so many of our clients are in when they turn to us for help. They are scared, alone, (and) feel they have no support,” he said. The breakfast is open to the public and supports the work of EPS, an organization serving expectant women and parenting families in the Omaha area for 46 years. Tickets are $40 per person and include a continental breakfast catered by Wheatfields. RSVP is preferred by Aug. 9. Tickets may be purchased online at friendsofeps.org/breakfastforlife, by calling 402-554-0121, or sending a check payable to EPS (6220 Maple St., Omaha, NE 68104) with the memo “breakfast” and the number of attendees.
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THANK YOU YOUR GENEROUS RESPONSE STRENGTHENS OUR CHURCH The generous response of so many to the 2018-2019 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is a bold witness of our unity as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha. More than 14,600 individuals and families contributed more than $4.25 million to help people in our community. Because of these gifts, we are better equipped to reach more people, heal more lives and change more hearts. Thank you for your continued prayers and generous support of those we serve. P
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