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Archdiocesan youth urged to “Belong” at Steubenville Youth Conference. PAGE 4

IMPACT OF THE WORD Nationally-known Catholic evangelist to speak in La Vista Sept. 7. PAGE 7

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Archbishop George J. Lucas blesses the new El Centro Pastoral Tepeyac (Tepeyac Pastoral Center) located in the former St. Mary School in south Omaha during a July 27 ribbon cutting and dedication. Assisting him are Father Scott Hastings, vicar for clergy and judicial vicar, left, Deacon Luis Valadez of Assumption-Guadalupe Parish and Deacon Gregorio Elizalde of St. Peter Parish, director of Latino Ministry for the archdiocese. The center houses the offices of Latino Ministry and Latino School Enrollment and provides space for retreats, workshops and other faith group gatherings and meetings. PAGE 3

Father Flanagan sainthood cause advances By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

A priest who revolutionized how orphaned and disadvantaged youth are cared for, while facing opposition and even death threats, is one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church. The sainthood cause of Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan took a major step forward July 22 as a Vatican official presented a “Positio” along with a letter of support from Archbishop George J. Lucas to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The Positio is a 400-page summary of the 15,000 pages of documents forwarded to the Vatican in 2015 by the Archdiocese of Omaha. It argues that Father Flanagan, founder of Boys Town in Omaha, led a life of heroic virtue and is worthy of being

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declared venerable by the pope. It also is a statement of support that investigation of his cause should proceed. In January, Archbishop Lucas met with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to personally endorse this step towards the eventual beatification and canonization of Father Flanagan. “It has been a privilege to offer my support for the cause of Father Edward Flanagan at each stage of this process,” Archbishop Lucas said. “I was able to share with Cardinal Becciu the encouragement offered to all of us in the church during this challenging time by the virtuous life and work of Father Flanagan.” Prominent in promoting his cause for sainthood is The Father Spiritual Life Commentary

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Flanagan League Society of Devotion, which has supporters in 20 countries and over 40,000 worldwide followers on Facebook. “On behalf of the League, we thank Archbishop Lucas for making this personal commitment to launch the review of the Positio,” said Steven Wolf, president of the Father Flanagan League. “The archbishop’s visit to the Vatican speaks volumes to the importance of this cause for the Catholic Church.” Advancement of the cause requires approval of the Positio by the historical consultants of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, then by the theological consultants, and finally by the bishops and cardinals who are members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If approved, the Congregation

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would then make a recommendation to Pope Francis that Father Flanagan exhibited heroic virtue and should be declared venerable. HEROIC VIRTUE “The word heroic usually means someone has exposed themselves to danger, discomfort or threats of harm … putting themselves aside to advance the needs of somebody else,” Wolf said. Father Flanagan’s life was full of examples of such behaviors, he said. During Boys Town’s early days, Father Flanagan’s efforts to help boys of different races and religions in an integrated setting drew the ire of the Ku Klux Klan. “They threatened to kill him and burn Boys Town to the ground,” Wolf said.

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Catholic schools: communities of faith and learning In this month’s discussion, Archbishop George J. Lucas sits down with Dr. Michael Ashton, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Omaha archdiocese, to talk about the upcoming school year and recognize the contributions of those who give so much for the education and faith development of our young people.

Michael Ashton: It’s time again to welcome back our Catholic school

communities for the start of another year. I always look forward to the new school year. How about you, Archbishop?

Archbishop: I’m excited as well. It makes me very grateful to think of all the students, faculty, staff, parents and everybody who comes together to make our Catholic schools such wonderful communities of faith and learning. It’s a beautiful aspect of our Catholic schools; they really are communities where people support one another in encountering Jesus Christ. MA: I get excited about all those newcomers to our schools, the people who haven’t experienced Catholic education before and who get to discover why it is so special. In particular, one of the things I find most special is the sort of marriage between the parents’ role in the home and the teacher’s role in the school.

A: We know that God gives to the parents primarily the responsibility to form their children in the faith. For centuries — and for a long time in this archdiocese — the church has partnered with parents to help them with that important responsibility. It is not something that parents can surrender to us, and we certainly don’t want to take it away from them. But we very much look forward to partnering with them to lead their children closer to Jesus Christ, and in helping kids develop all the gifts that God has given them.

What will your legacy be?

MA: Absolutely. We have such out-

standing folks in our schools. Thank you to the teachers, school leaders and volunteers for being those individuals whose formation becomes so important to children and families.

A: We all know that we cannot share

what we do not ourselves possess, and so I also want to add my thanks to our teachers, to our administrators, to our staff and volunteers. The encounter with Jesus that our students experience in our schools is possible because all of you allow Jesus into your own lives, you have a lively faith in him yourselves, and you are anxious to share that with our students.

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MA: I love looking over those stories we’ve

been collecting – which people can see on our blog at lovemyschool.com – stories from families and staff members about where they encountered Christ in their experience in the school community and how it changed their lives. So I look forward to the next 10 months and the great stories that we’re going to hear about the 2019-20 school year. Thanks so much for your service, your dedication and your attendance here in Catholic schools.

A: I add my own thanks, and count on my prayers, all of you, for many blessings in our families, and in our schools during these coming months. MA: And thank you, archbishop for your

prayers and your support of our Catholic schools.

A: Thank you for your leadership. Let us pray together to the Holy Spirit for all the gifts that we need, and for many blessings during this coming school year.

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When it came time to make an estate plan, Tricia and Mark Weber of Omaha reflected on what they valued most in their lives. Those values became the foundation for their plan for their legacy. “Legacy to us is two fold,” said Mark. “Our first legacy is to leave good citizens, so we hope we have done a good job of passing our values on to our children. Our second legacy is to our community.” The couple have been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations in Omaha that have made an impact on their lives and those of their children, and in particular, Catholic education. That’s why it was important for them to include the Archdiocese of Omaha in their estate plan. “We raised five children together,” said Tricia. “We are very proud of the adults they have become. We attribute much of that success to Catholic schools. Our hope, our bequest, is that we can help other children obtain a Catholic education that they might not have gotten otherwise.” Mark said that clarifying your priorities is a good start to planning your legacy. “If I were to talk to someone about why it’s important for them to give back, first I’d ask who is important during their lifetime. I would encourage people to think back to those who have been instrumental to their own success and how they might give back when they die to say, ‘thank you.’”

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OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities: AUG. 19-20 » Priest Council meetings – St. Benedict Retreat Center, Schuyler AUG. 21 » Leadership Team meeting – Chancery, Omaha AUG. 22 » Mass of the Holy Spirit – Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha » Archbishop’s Annual Appeal rural kick-off reception – The Stables, Norfolk AUG. 24 » Assumption-Guadalupe Parish Fiesta – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Omaha AUG. 24-25 » Parish visit – St. Patrick Church, O’Neill, and St. Joseph Church, Amelia AUG. 27 » Managers’ monthly roundtable meeting – Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha » Deposit and Loan Board meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Finance Council meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Archbishop’s Annual Appeal urban kick-off reception – St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha AUG. 28 » Leadership Team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Higher Education Working Group conference call – Chancery, Omaha » Mandation of lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion – St. Mary Church, Norfolk AUG. 29 » Mass of the Holy Spirit – Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha » Mandation of lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion – St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha AUG. 31 » Deacon anniversary dinner – German-American Society, Omaha SEPT. 4 » Leadership Team meeting, Chancery, Omaha » Installation Mass for Father Daniel Andrews – St. John Paul II Newman Center, Omaha SEPT. 5 » Institute for Priestly Formation Mission Advisory Council meeting – Omaha SEPT. 6 » Seeking Truth 10th Anniversary Dinner – UNO Thompson Alumni Center, Omaha

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss’ scheduled activities AUG. 23 – SEPT. 17 » European travel


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Dubuque priest designated as new Des Moines bishop Catholic News Service WASHINGTON – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and named as his successor Father William M. Joensen, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. The resignation and appointment were announced July 18 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States. Bishop-designate Joensen’s episcopal ordination and installation will be celebrated Sept. 27. “Today, our Holy Father Pope Francis gave voice to God’s will by naming Father William Joensen as the next bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines; and Father Bill said, ‘Yes,’” Dubuque Archbishop Michael O. Jackels said in a statement. “We are sad to lose Father Bill as a member of our presbyterate; he will be missed,” he added. “Hopefully, the faithful of the Diocese of Des Moines will very soon come to appreciate the gift God is giving them in their new bishop.” Bishop-designate Joensen, who turned 59 July 8, was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and was ordained a priest in the Dubuque archdiocese in 1989. He attended seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and holds a doctorate in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Bishop Pates, 76, turned 75 in February 2018, and as required by canon law submitted his resignation letter to the pope then, but he continued serving the Des Moines Diocese. He is a former chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace and since leaving that position has taken a leading role in advocacy for the environment. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Pates the ninth bishop of Des Moines. Eight years earlier, he became an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1968 in the Minnesota archdiocese, where he was born Feb. 12, 1943.

By DANIKA LANG Catholic Voice In December 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac hill in what is now Mexico City. Day after day she appeared in the same place and asked him to get permission from the bishop to build a chapel there in her honor. The bishop refused until he received a sign, so Mary sent Juan Diego back to the bishop with a cloak full of roses he’d gathered from the rocky hillside – a miracle in itself since roses didn’t grow there in December. When he opened his cloak to show the bishop, a miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as she would later be known, was imprinted there. Nearly 500 years later, God still touches the lives of his people through Our Lady of Guadalupe. With an inaugural Mass on July 27 at St. Mary Church in Omaha, Archbishop George J. Lucas officially opened El Centro Pastoral Tepeyac, or Tepeyac Pastoral Center, the new home of the Hispanic Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Omaha. At the conclusion of Mass, he blessed a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which will stand on the second floor of the center as a reminder of Mary’s presence. The name “Tepeyac” was chosen for the center in view of the Virgin Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego. “For us, it’s the place where God meets his people through Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Deacon Gregorio

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A group of chinelos, traditional costumed dancers popular in the Mexican state of Morelos, performs at the opening celebration of El Centro Pastoral Tepeyac July 27. Elizalde, manager of the Hispanic Ministry Office. The new center will host archdiocesan activities in Spanish, including retreats, workshops, formation for catechists and preparation for the sacraments of baptism and marriage. It will also be a meeting place of several Christian movements in the Latino community, including Youth/Young Adults for Christ (Jovenes Para Cristo), the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement (Movimiento Renovación Carismatica Catolica) and the Christian Family Movement (Movimiento Familiar Cristiano Catolico), he said.

Centro Pastoral Tepeyac expands the Hispanic Ministry Office’s offerings with a conference hall that can hold 180 to 200 people and two smaller meeting rooms for 30 people each. Now, rather than vying for time and space at local parishes, archdiocesan activities in Spanish can occur in one place, Deacon Elizalde said. In his homily, the archbishop spoke of the world as a mixture of good and evil. God the Father looks upon his children with love, so he sent his son Jesus “as our brother and our Savior to protect us from evil and to bring us to what is good.”

The construction of this new center creates an opportunity for the Hispanic community in the archdiocese to encounter Jesus in a very powerful way, he said. “Jesus wants to be with us right here in this community. We don’t have to look for him in faraway places; he comes here to be with us. “I’m grateful to God and to all of you for the establishment of this center,” the archbishop continued. “Here, Jesus will enter into our lives and our community. He’ll come where we experience many good things.”

Bishops object to reinstatement of federal death penalty By CAROL ZIMMERMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON – The July 25 announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment. “The United States’ death penalty system is tragically flawed. Resuming federal executions – especially by an administration that identifies itself as ‘pro-life’ – is wrongheaded and unconscionable,” said Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, executive director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, a group that champions restorative justice and an end to the death penalty. The execution of five inmates on federal death row will take place from December 2019 through next January. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement: “The Justice Department upholds the

OFFICIAL » From the chancery Thomas Sellentin, ordained in 1965 and removed from public ministry in 2002 due to allegations of the abuse of minors, has been laicized and is no longer a cleric.

rule of law – and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.” The last time there was a federal execution was in 2003. In 2014, President Barack Obama directed the Bureau of Prisons to conduct a review of federal capital punishment cases and issues surrounding the use of lethal injection drugs. According to the July 25 announcement, that review is complete and the executions can proceed. Currently, there are 62 inmates – 61 men and 1 woman – on federal death row, according to the

Death Penalty Information Center. Most of the federal deathrow prisoners are at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Inmates in the group include convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof. In a July 25 statement released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said that Pope Francis in 2015 called for “the global abolition of the death penalty,” which he said

the U.S. bishops also have supported for many years. “In light of these long held and strongly maintained positions, I am deeply concerned by the announcement by the United States Justice Department that it will once again turn, after many years, to the death penalty as a form of punishment, and urge instead that these federal officials be moved by God’s love, which is stronger than death, and abandon the announced plans for executions.” Federal death penalty cases are authorized by the Department of Justice in consultation with local U.S. Attorney Offices.

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Steubenville Youth Conference 2019: ‘Belong’ By GRANT RAMM Catholic Voice

More than 800 high school students and chaperones from 17 archdiocesan parishes crammed into 18 buses at sunrise in Omaha July 19 and headed 350 miles southeast to Springfield, Missouri, for Steubenville Youth Conference Mid-America 2. By sunset, all had funneled into JQH Arena at Missouri State University, joining with other youth to form a patchwork of colorful T-shirts representing at least a dozen dioceses from around the Midwest. This was the opening night scene as 5,000 eager young people anticipated a three-day weekend featuring six speakers, spirited worship music, opportunities for Mass and reconciliation, and plenty of time to spend together in small group discussion. Keynote speaker Sister Miriam Heidland opened the conference Friday night, speaking on the conference’s theme, “Belong,” based on 1 John 3:1: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.” Sister Miriam proclaimed to participants that they were all children of God, that they belonged at the conference and that they belonged to him. Incoming Mercy High School senior Rachel Grigsby, attending the conference for her second straight year, wasted no time applying the message to her life. “Making friends and feeling like I belong has come really easy to me. But for some reason, feeling like I belong to God has been harder for me,” she said. “But this weekend has definitely made me feel more like a child of Christ than my whole life just in these three days. I’ve been so overwhelmed with a presence

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of God and how everyone is living out their faith. I want to strive to be like that.” The 2019 Mid America 2 gathering was one of 25 Steubenville youth conferences spanning 20 sites across North America. Sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, the conferences have helped students encounter Christ and grow as his disciples since 1976. Witness talks that ranged from “Dating 101” to “Men’s Session: Authentic Friendship” called participants to grow in their faith journeys. Katie Corpuz, an incoming Marian High School junior, at her second straight conference, shared her experience of reconciliation. Her priest described her absolution as starting a new journey. She recalled him saying, “You being here at Steubenville, it clears the slate. Going to confession clears the slate. You are free to strengthen your relationship with God and let the Holy Spirit … initiate the change in your life.” One of the high points of the conference was a three-hour eucharistic adoration on Saturday night. Incoming University of Nebraska at Omaha freshman Michael Ryan, a graduate of V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School and future resident of St. John Paul II Newman Center, voiced his love for it. “I got to encounter his (Jesus’) love in a monumental way for the first time in my life during the eucharistic adoration last year,” he said. “I love Christ, and the Steubenville conferences give me a chance to look back at the past year and talk with Christ about my struggles and triumphs.”

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Youth from 17 parishes from the Archdiocese of Omaha, wearing lime green T-shirts, stand in worship and song July 20. The group was one of the largest contingents to attend Steubenville Mid-America 2 in Springfield, Missouri, July 19-21.

Adam Baker is a youth minister for NET (National Evangeli-

zation Teams) Ministries based in West St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Skutt graduate who attended five Steubenville conferences as a student. He talked about leading after his sixth retreat on the bus ride home. “I love coming as a leader to help pastorally care for these students and to witness a lot of God’s movements” within their hearts, and to help them process those things, he said. Baker identified commonalities between NET Ministries events and the Steubenville conferences. A big one was liturgy. “They do a great job of exposing these students to worship and teaching them and leading them in how to worship,” he said. A few bus seats away, Adam

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Stephenson, a youth ministry leader at St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn, talked about the impact of adoration on the youth. “You’re seeing kids that do things that you’d never seen them do before,” Stephenson said. “Whether they’re a first-time kid or a second-time kid or a fifthtime kid, they’re being authentic and having a great time. And I just loved it.” GRAND FINALE As the conference came to a close, three bishops celebrated Sunday Mass. Following Communion, homilist Father Chris Martin of the Archdiocese of St. Louis called forth those in the crowd who had not yet been baptized or who felt called to religious life. More than 300 young people came forth to receive a blessing from St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, moving many to cheers and others to tears. Sister Miriam then called attend-

ees to action with a sports analogy. She explained that professional tennis player Serena Williams once said, “Some mornings I don’t want to wake up and practice, but I never want to wake up and lose.” Sister Miriam applied this to her prayer life: Some days she wakes up and does not want to pray, but she never wants to lose. So, because she wants to go to heaven, she prays anyway. The crowd was then dismissed, and 18 buses started rolling home to Omaha filled with high schoolers equipped with new ways to pray and dispose themselves to a deeper encounter with Christ. Stephenson had one last thought: “We don’t just become holy by going to a couple of Steubenville conferences,” he said. “So I hope that our students realize this was good. It’s an awesome thing. But we really become holy by what we choose to do tomorrow morning.”


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POSITIO: Declaration of ‘venerable’ next step » Continued from Page 1 In 1946, Father Flanagan returned to his native Ireland and took on the establishment there to eliminate the state-run industrial schools for orphaned and homeless children that were fraught with abuse, corporal punishment and forced labor. “The establishment in Ireland tried to completely dismantle his character publicly and make him persona non grata,” Wolf said. But despite opposition, he took a leave of absence from Boys Town and committed himself to shutting down the schools. Although his efforts were unsuccessful at the time, many schools eventually closed and investigations into the abuses were launched decades later. President Harry S. Truman also asked Father Flanagan to help establish youth care systems for war orphans in the Pacific Rim and Europe following World War II. It was during this work that Father Flanagan died in Germany in 1948. STEPS TOWARD SAINTHOOD Once a person is pronounced venerable, the next step is beatification, which occurs when the person is declared “blessed” following proof of a miracle through the person’s intercession. Canonization, the last step, requires a second proven miracle.

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Father Edward Flanagan, the Irish-born priest who founded Boys Town in Nebraska, talks with a group of boys in this undated photo. The effort to have Father Flanagan canonized took a step forward July 22, with the presentation of the “Positio” to the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George J. Lucas. Wolf said 21 alleged miracles have so far been reported and attributed to Father Fla-

nagan’s intercession. Two were chosen for investigation but could not be confirmed to

be of strictly supernatural origin. Despite reports of possible miracles, Father Flanagan’s sainthood cause would come to an end it he is not declared venerable, he said. That’s why the Father Flanagan League promotes devotion to the priest and encourages people to pray to him for intercession, and to pray for advancement of the cause. “We ask ourselves at the league, ‘What more can we do to encourage and inspire a billion Catholics around the world to pick Father Flanagan as their intercessor,’” Wolf said. One such effort, he said, is the league’s effort to raise money for production and distribution of a feature-length documentary on the priest’s life, including broadcast on PBS and other media outlets and video distribution around the world. “We need more examples of what living in the Gospel looks like in the modern age,” Wolf said. “We need Father Flanagan’s example of how to recognize and respect the dignity and the image and likeness of God within every child and every person. “He speaks to us right now in this current time and gives an example of how we can do better. He is an icon and role model for how priests can and should work with children and lift them up when they’re most vulnerable.”


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Girl’s water project transforms Kenyan town By ELIZABETH BACHMANN Catholic News Service

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Rose lives in rural north-central Kenya and is part of the Unbound project in Meru. From 2014 to the present, 10-year-old Jennifer Stuckenschneider of Colorado, partnering with Unbound, raised over $16,000 to build pumps and sanitary outhouses and latrines in Kenya, Honduras, India and Uganda.

WASHINGTON (CNS) – In 2014 a science project sparked the compassion of a 10-year-old girl from Colorado. So, she set out on a walk that would change the lives of an entire town of people in Kenya. From that auspicious day in 2014 to the present, Jennifer Stuckenschneider, partnering with Unbound, raised over $16,000 to build pumps and sanitary outhouses and latrines in Kenya, Honduras, India and Uganda. Jennifer was in the midst of a Catholic school science project studying microorganisms through a microscope, when the thought popped into her head. She wondered about her Unbound pen pal, Rose, who lived in Kenya. She knew Rose had to walk a long way from her home to collect water for her whole family. Jennifer wondered if Rose’s water was clean, or contaminated with the microorganisms that she was seeing through her microscope. Once her imagination was ignited, Jennifer couldn’t stop thinking about Rose and her water. She wondered how it would feel to carry water long distances. So, she tried it out. Filling up an empty milk carton, Jennifer began toting it around town with

her, provoking all sorts of questions and the itching curiosity of her fellow 10-year-olds. They absolutely had to try it too. In that moment, Walking for Water was born. Four hundred people attended that first walk in September of 2014, and Jennifer raised enough money to install a pump for Rose and her family. “I thank Jennifer for bringing us water so that I save on time after school. I do my washing and I have enough time for my studies,” Rose said. “I would also request her to visit us, for me to see her.” Rose, now 12, is studying to be a surgeon one day. But Jennifer discovered in her continued correspondence with Rose, that the Walk for Water didn’t help just her pen pal. Rose’s mother, Rebecca Kagendi, said that other people from their village who were not able to walk 5 km to the nearest well also used Rose’s water. “They wrote this one letter when they talked about how it helped the people in the community as well,” Jennifer told Catholic News Service, “and I wanted to help more people.” Then, Jennifer’s philanthropic endeavors began on a large scale. Now 16, Jennifer partners with Unbound and raised $32,000 to build 32 water tanks in Honduras. The next year she raised $5,000, which Unbound used

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to build latrines in Kampala, Uganda, and last year she continued to raise funds and put three wells and a fan in a school in India. Most of the money comes from donations and T-shirt and water bottle sales, which Jennifer, a budding artist, designs herself. Jennifer still holds a Walk for Water every September at Colorado Mesa University to raise awareness for the cause. Mesa Catholic campus ministry helps sponsor the event. Founded by lay Catholics, Unbound is based in Kansas City, Kansas, and serves the world’s poor through a sponsorship program. Jennifer’s mother, Tricia Stuckenschneider, mentioned that organizing the walk and merchandise sales every year has become daunting for Jennifer, who devotes her whole summer to the process. But, fueled by that first ignition of her curiosity and compassion, Jennifer won’t give up. “’You’ve got to walk if people still don’t have water,’” Stuckenschneider recalled her daughter saying. “That’s Jennifer, to try and help people.” Editor’s note: To donate, visit Jennifer’s website: https:// stuck101.wixsite.com/walkforwater. More information about Unbound can be found at www. unbound.org.

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What role should Scripture play in our lives? Renewal Ministries’ Peter Herbeck to speak at Seeking Truth conference By CONNIE ROSSINI for the Catholic Voice

Peter Herbeck heard the call to serve God fulltime when he was in college. At first he thought this likely meant a vocation to the priesthood. After some discernment, however, he discovered that was not the case: He was called to marry and have a family. But how could he evangelize full time as a layman with a wife and

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kids? Herbeck quickly found the answer: By trusting in God’s promise that he read in the Bible. Today, Herbeck is

the vice president and director for missions at Renewal Ministries, an organization founded by Ralph Martin in 1980 to evangelize in the Catholic Church through parish missions, conferences and various media initiatives. He’s also an author, in-demand speaker, and co-host of two weekly TV programs on EWTN and one daily show on Ave Maria Radio. On Sept. 7 Herbeck and Father John Riccardo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and host of the Ave Maria Radio program “Christ is the Answer,”

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Tell us about your talk at the upcoming Seeking Truth conference.

What I’d like to do is talk a little bit about the times we’re living in to give people a spiritual perspective. You know, St. John Paul II used to say that one of the fundamental calls of the Vicar of Christ is to help the church read the signs of the times and to interpret for the church, to see what the Spirit is saying in response to the signs of the times. And I think it’s very important to just see spiritually what we’re living through right now in the church. It’s significant. And then in that context to see how important it is to do what people like Sharon and Steve (Doran) are doing in Seeking Truth, the Bible study, and how crucial it is for us right now. Because the Word of God has a unique capacity to clear up our thinking, give us clear minds, to give us a fresh spirit, a new way of thinking. … It gives us a deep-rooted,

strong identity, to be able to see the Lord, understand him, understand his teaching. It gives people an unshakable grounding. And that’s exactly what people need right now. … The Second Vatican Council talked so much about the core responsibility of the clergy and the laity in the mission of the church. We still have a long way to go for the laity to be awakened to that core responsibility and what that means. And it’s important. It’s serious. It’s what we’ve been baptized and confirmed for. It’s having people like Steve and Sharon and various kinds of lay leaders who are really responding to God’s call in their lives. Now he’s deploying them and they’re going forward, and bearing fruit. It is such an important sign, such an encouraging sign to know. It’s really a work of God.

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Could you share with us an experience from your own life in which you were enriched by your study of the Bible?

When I was 20, I had been encouraged by friends and mentors to make sure to take up the Bible each day and to read it. And I was in my dorm in college and I was reading through Matthew 6, that beautiful passage where Jesus said, “Don’t be anxious about anything. What you’re going to eat, what you’re going to drink, what you’re going to wear.” It’s so counterintuitive. Reading, I’m thinking, “Everybody’s anxious about everything. How can we not be anxious about anything, about the very things you’re talking about, Lord?” But he’s talking about our need to trust him. And the last line there said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God,” instead of being anxious. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his way of holiness and everything else

will be added unto you. He’ll heal everything. He’ll provide, maybe not everything we want, but everything we need he will provide. And I felt like in that moment, that passage, (it was) the first time really in my life probably where a passage just kind of jumped off the page at me. And I felt as though the Lord was saying to me in my dorm room, “Peter, if you internalize this, you take this into your heart, if you accept this and believe it and live it, I will make something beautiful out of your life. I will show you that this is absolutely true.” And it’s absolutely true for anyone who believes it and lives in accord with it. I’m 61 years old. I was like 20, that was 41 years ago when I read that passage, and it’s absolutely true. And all I can say is God is faithful, completely faithful.

will speak in La Vista at the 10 Year Anniversary Conference of Seeking Truth, an Omaha-based biblical formation apostolate. Herbeck spoke with the Catholic Voice about the impact Scripture should play in the lives of Catholics.

WANT MORE? Read an expanded version of this interview at the Catholic Voice’s website, catholicvoiceomaha.com.

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Did that then play a big role in your getting started in the various apostolates you’re involved in?

That certainly had a role, maybe in keeping me in the ministry, because I knew the Lord certainly was calling me to it, calling me to be involved. I took some time to discern the possibility of looking at the priesthood. But as the doors were opening in my life, both as a single man and even when I was married, (there were) different signs that he was clearly calling me and inviting me to continue on a path. I wasn’t sure how it would all work out – as a layman, married. The Word of God clearly inspired me and challenged me. It consoled me, it encouraged me, it gave me confidence and conviction. Without it, there’s just no way I would be doing what I’ve been doing over the last 40 years.

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What’s the relationship between Bible study and prayer?

Pope Benedict XVI said at one point, he believed that the secret to a new spiritual springtime for the church was the daily reading of the Word of God. The “spiritual springtime” – it doesn’t just mean an organizational springtime. It’s the transformation of the human heart. It’s the awakening of the human heart to living, vital faith and coming alive, having faith, hope and love. At the heart of prayer is a heart made new, transformed. It’s a relationship, it’s a commitment, it’s communication. And as he put it, there’s nothing like the Bible because it’s a love letter. It’s God literally speaking directly to our hearts with the purpose of drawing us into deeper, total, full relationship with him. He is a person and the Bible has a unique capacity to make that link happen because we hear the voice of God. … I love St. Francis’ two simple little questions: “God, who are you, and who am I?” And there’s nothing like the Scripture to reveal that. So yes, the Holy Spirit is at work there, trying to bring us to the Romans 8 experience, that beautiful chapter where it says, “The Spirit of God within us speaks to our spirit, revealing to us that we’re children of God” and prays within us and helps us spontaneously say, “Abba, Father.” That’s just an astounding revelation that the ground of our being is the source of all tenderness and love with the heart of a loving Father. It’s astounding. That’s the heart of prayer you asked about, with the relationship between Bible and prayer. You can’t go deep in prayer without Scripture. It’s just a crucial thing. It’s the language of God. It’s the voice of Jesus. It’s conversation. It’s the beginning of the conversation with God, which is prayer.

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Peter Herbeck gives a presentation on “The Glory of the Lord” at Renewal Ministries’ annual Gathering, a two-day conference held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in April 2018.

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You mentioned the difficult times that we are living in. We’re in a postChristian culture. There are scandals in the church. What can you say to encourage our readers in their faith?

I was reading John’s Gospel and Jesus was so clear to the apostles (about) the trials and difficulties they were going to be going through. And in the midst of talking about it, he kept saying to them, “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Don’t be afraid. You know, these things will happen.” But rejoice, he said, take joy in the fact that you are in my hands and ultimately nothing can harm you. Life can be disrupted and things you prefer not to happen can certainly happen. But he’s saying, look, even when the worst things that can happen to you happen to you, rejoice. When people reject you and despise you because of what? Because of your association with Jesus. Which is what he said in the beatitudes, right? And the last beatitude, he said, if you’re ridiculed, if you’re mocked, you’re marginalized, if you’re persecuted on account of me or on account of my holiness or for the sake of holiness, rejoice, you’re totally blessed. We don’t think that way, but that’s the mind of Christ. … The gates of hell will never prevail against the church. The church is going through a time of purification. The Lord’s pruning his church. People are leaving the church. They don’t even know what they’re leaving. Many of them are just mad. They’re angry. And yes, there’s righteous anger that ought to be in play here because of what’s happening. It’s getting a little tiring, you know, hearing all this and having to deal with it. But we’re not going to leave Jesus because of Judas. And I think people leave and they don’t understand what they’re leaving. They can’t understand who he was or they wouldn’t leave. It’s all in his hands. This is an important time for each of us to stay focused on what he’s assigned us to do and do it with all our heart. He’s the captain of the armies of heaven. He sees the whole battlefield and he’s deployed us and we need to be faithful to that thing or things he’s called us to do. Like Scripture says, “Rejoice always. Pray constantly and give thanks in every circumstance.” So that’s what I’m trying to do in the midst of all this.


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This past legislative session, Sen. Mike McDonnell sponsored and won passage of LB641, which provides a grant through the Nebraska Public Service Commission to fund greater access to the United Way of the Midlands’ 211 helpline. The helpline, which connects citizens to vital referral services in nonemergency situations, first became available in all 93 Nebraska counties in September 2010 and will soon be active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Heart for service drives Senator Mike McDonnell By DANIKA LANG Catholic Voice

Serving others is not formulaic. There’s not one hard and fast way to make a difference. Public service can include coaching intramural sports, volunteering at the local homeless shelter, or even holding public office. That’s the conviction of Sen. Mike McDonnell, who represents Nebraska’s 5th legislative district and is an active member of St. Thomas More Parish in Omaha. For him, the important thing is that everyone is serving according to God’s plan for them. “Public service, it’s that offering of your time, talent, treasure,” McDonnell said. McDonnell has a history of giving back to the south Omaha community where he grew up, beginning in 1989 with his work for the Omaha Fire Department. He was promoted to fire chief in 2008 and served in that role until he retired in 2013. As a firefighter, McDonnell responded to emergency calls in all parts of the city. He saw true poverty, pain and suffering that he hadn’t been exposed to as a child. “Growing up in south Omaha, we didn’t have everything we wanted, but we had everything we needed,” he said. As a first responder with the fire department, he made a difference by rescuing families and salvaging homes. Now as a state senator, he continues to help people, but his objectives are long-term. “Representing district 5 in the Legislature gives Mike a unique opportunity to represent that part of town he grew up in,” said Father Ryan Lewis, former pastor of St. Thomas More and current pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha. “That part of town that he lives

in and raises his own family in, the parish that he loves, the community that he loves – it gives him an opportunity to really give back. It strikes me that being a state senator is really that, it’s selfless service,” he said. SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVE One of McDonnell’s latest legislative initiatives was sponsoring LB641, which provides a grant through the Nebraska Public Service Commission to fund greater access to the United Way of the Midlands’ 211 helpline. The helpline, which first became available on a limited basis in all 93 Nebraska counties in September 2010, will soon be active 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and connects citizens to vital referral services in non-emergency situations. LB641 passed May 23 on a 41-8 vote. “A Nebraskan can call this line with issues ranging from falling behind on bills to food insecurity,” said Sen. Tony Vargas, representative of Nebraska’s 7th legislative district and co-sponsor of the bill. “As I view it, 211 is beneficial to any Nebraskan that needs a helping hand,” he said. “Our state is at our best when we reach out and help our neighbors, and LB641 will help do just that. For instance, when flooding decimated much of Nebraska this past spring, 211 took thousands of disaster-related calls.” BUILDING GOOD NEIGHBORHOODS The passage of LB641 helped McDonnell deliver on promises he made in his first election campaign in 2016. His campaign focused on the idea that good neighborhoods build good cities, and good cities built good states. And good neighborhoods depend on well-paying

jobs, good education and good public safety, McDonnell said. Providing those things by connecting people to services such as rent and utility assistance, job training, home health care and crisis intervention is just what 211 will do. “I look forward to hearing the success stories stemming from Nebraskans who now have an opportunity to call a funded 211 line,” Vargas said. “Success stories like a veteran who was struggling to provide food for their family, but can now call 211 to be pointed in the right direction for help, (or) a senior who has fallen victim to cybercrime, but now has a resource that protects them and combats elder fraud.” SERVANT LEADERSHIP A leader in the Legislature, McDonnell also takes initiative in his parish. He is grand knight of St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus Council #10184. He also was instrumental in bringing back the ‘That Man is You” program to the parish and coordinating the parish festival with his wife, Amy, for the past six years, Father Lewis said. “Our festival grew considerably in the years that Mike was in charge of it,” he said. “He’s just got natural leadership ability and people follow his strong, yet collaborative leadership model.” For McDonnell, this collaboration is crucial for an effective legislative body. Each senator is different and brings with them unique life experiences and areas of expertise, he said. “Our strength is that we disagree,” McDonnell said. “You’ve got 49 different people down there that disagree. It only becomes a weakness if we’re not willing to compromise.”


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Wimbledon doubles champ carried sponsor’s gift from confirmation to each match By KATE TURGEON WATSON Catholic News Service

RALEIGH, N.C. – Abbey Forbes, the 18-year-old winner of the junior girls doubles championship at Wimbledon, has kept an inspirational book in her tennis bag at recent competitions and for all seven Wimbledon matches. The book, from her confirmation sponsor, Joan Monti, is a daily devotional called “Jesus Calling.” The best-seller was well-known to Monti and her friends. But it was completely new to Forbes, who was baptized Catholic as a baby and was just confirmed and received her first Communion April 20 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh. “I decided that I was going to keep that book in my tennis bag,” Forbes said. “Every match. Every practice. I open it and I read the daily reading or confession. And I pray on it. It just keeps me connected to my faith while I am playing sports,” she told NC Catholics, magazine of the Diocese of Raleigh. The book was with her at the French Open in late May and in July at Wimbledon. “I was so nervous ... excited. I really wanted to win,” Forbes said about her feelings just before the final Wimbledon match with partner Savannah Broadus. “I was asking God for strength and grace and all of those things to be brought with me out onto the court ... and I asked him to be with me. That book is just my reminder.” A year ago, she was focused on tennis training six hours a day, doing high school coursework online and acting as big sister to her two brothers. And then she decided to add something else to her life – spirituality. That’s when she met Monti, 80, a retired nurse, widow and grandmother of seven. The pair met at an introductory gathering in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program for adults wanting to become full members of the Catholic Church. As people socialized, Forbes mentioned the U.S. Open, in which she had just competed as a junior. Monti, who played tennis and brought her tennis-playing daughter to tournaments, had recently returned from watching the U.S. Open with her son. “Something just drew me to Joan. I like to say now that it was

the Spirit,” Forbes said. “I told our leader … ‘Hey, can Joan be my sponsor?’ I found it really nice of her that she was able to talk to me about my sport, something I love so much.” During the course, Forbes played in 10 tennis tournaments and sometimes joined the group through the FaceTime app on her phone when she couldn’t be there in person. Through faith and sport, Forbes has learned to focus on prayer, which she said is something she first picked up by watching her mom. Like many athletes, she notices how her performance may improve or suffer based on what’s happening in her life. As she attended RCIA and grew even closer to her grandfather who took the classes with her, she noticed her happiness and how that translated to success on the court. She calls it “playing free.” When her brother Luke, who has autism, was diagnosed with leukemia in May, she noticed that her fear about his diagnosis caused her tennis to struggle. “Luke is my rock. I relied on God there because I wasn’t able to be home. I had to be in Paris that next week (after his diagnosis) and I felt like the only person I could trust was God. I really leaned on him. I still do because it’s still happening and it’s going to be a long process for him to get better,” Forbes said. At home in Raleigh now, she shows the engraved Wimbledon trophy to those who ask to see it. It sits in a green wooden case lined with purple satin. She is looking forward to her college experience, which will begin soon when she arrives at UCLA to study and play tennis. She has already visited the University Catholic Center and said it will become an important part of her life as she continues her faith journey. Forbes had a celebratory lunch with Monti July 22 at a Raleigh pizza place, and then Monti watched her practice with a group at a public court. As she watched Forbes take the court and begin hitting the tennis ball with intensity, Monti’s eyes grew wide. “She’s … strong and fierce on the tennis court, and the other side of her is she’s sweet and kind and not so fierce,” she said. Watson is editor of NC Catholics, magazine of the Diocese of Raleigh.

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God calls us to trust beyond our own limits

esuit author Father John Cavanaugh was working at the Home for the Dying Destitutes in Calcutta, India. On the first morning, he met Mother Teresa after Mass at dawn. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” He asked her to pray for him: “Pray that I have clarity.” She said no. That was that. When he asked why, she announced that clarity was the last thing he was clinging to and

Scripture Reflections FATHER DENNIS HANNEMAN had to let go of. When he commented that she herself had always seemed to have the clarity he longed for, she laughed: “I have never had clarity; what I’ve always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust.” Father Cavanaugh said that Mother Teresa became for him a member of that cloud of witnesses to which the Letter to the Hebrews refers: “heroes of

SCRIPTURE READINGS OF THE DAY AUGUST 12 Monday: Dt 10:12-22; Ps 147:1215, 14-15, 19-20; Mt 17:22-27 13 Tuesday: Dt 31:1-8; (Ps) Dt 32:34b, 7-9, 12; Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 14 Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12; Ps 66:13a, 5, 8, 16-17; Mt 18:15-20 15 Thursday – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Rv 11:19a; 12: 1-6a, 10ab; Ps 45:10bc, 11-12ab, 16; 1 Cor 15:2027; Lk 1:39-56 16 Friday: Jos 24:1-13; Ps 136:1-3, 1618, 21-22, 24; Mt 19:3-12 17 Saturday: Jos 24:14-29; Ps 16:12a, 5, 7-8, 11; Mt 19:13-15 18 Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40:2-4, 18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53 19 Monday: Jgs 2:11-19; Ps 106:3437, 39-40, 43ab-44; Mt 19:16-22 20 Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a; Ps 85:9, 11-14; Mt 19:23-30 21 Wednesday: Jgs 9: 6-15; Ps 21: 2-7; Mt 20: 1-16 22 Thursday: Jgs 11:29-39a; Ps 40:5, 7-10; Mt 22:1-14 23 Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Ps 146:5-10; Mt 22:34-40 24 Saturday: Rv 21:9b-14; Ps 145:10-13ab, 17-18; Jn 1:45-51

25 Sunday: Is 66:18-21; Ps 117:1-2; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Lk 13:22-30 26 Monday: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Mt 23:13-22 27 Tuesday: 1 Thes 2:1-8; Ps 139:1-6; Mt 23:23-26 28 Wednesday: 1 Thes 2:9-13; Ps 139:7-12b; Mt 23:27-32 29 Thursday: 1 Thes 3:7-13; Ps 90:3-5a, 12-14, 17; Mk 6:17-29 30 Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8; Ps 97:1, 2b, 5-6, 10-12; Mt 25:1-13 31 Saturday: 1 Thes 4:9-11; Ps 98:1, 7-9; Mt 25:14-30 SEPTEMBER 1 Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68:4-7, 10-11; Heb 12:18-19, 2224a; Lk 14:1, 7-14 2 Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18; Ps 96:1, 3-5, 11-13; Lk 4:16-30 3 Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14; Lk 4:31-37 4 Wednesday: Col 1:1-8; Ps 52:10-11; Lk 4:38-44 5 Thursday: Col 1:9-14; Ps 98:2-6; Lk 5:1-11 6 Friday: Col 1:15-20; Ps 100:1-5; Lk 5:33-39 7 Saturday: Col 1:21-23; Ps 54:34, 6, 8; Lk 6:1-5

faith, who had conviction about things unseen.” Our ancestors described in Sunday’s readings showed this patient, abiding faith in God by trusting in his promise, which he wouldn’t even fulfill within their lifetimes. Abraham spent his entire life on a journey after God without a map, and without much evidence that God was going to honor his divine promises anytime in his life.

Can you imagine believing God would still give you descendents as numerous as the sands of the sea, when at 90 you were still childless? How many of us would wait that long for a promise that looked so unpromising? God calls us to be faithful whether or not we live to see every riddle solved, every prayer answered or every injustice set right. For what makes the brief few years in our lives the limit for

God’s activity? To believe in God beyond the limits of our own sight and even beyond the limits of our own lives calls us to abandon our impatience, let go of our fear and give ourselves trustingly to God’s gracious care. When all else is ambiguous and unclear, the Lord speaks to us: “Be not afraid. Trust me.” And the heart of faith responds, “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Responding to desolation in prayer

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his summer we’ve been discussing St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teaching on consolation and desolation in prayer, which he calls “discernment of spirits.” Let’s look briefly at desolation to see how we should respond to it.

Recall Ignatius’ definition of desolation: “I call desolation all the contrary of (consolation), such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, without hope, without love, finding oneself totally slothful, tepid, sad, and, as if separated from one’s Creator and Lord” (Fourth Rule, “The Discernment of Spirits,” Father Timothy Gallagher, p. 60). Desolation comes to all people who pray. It alternates with consolation. Both consolation and desolation are needed to help us grow in holiness. God allows us to feel desolate so that we do not become proud, thinking we are already saints. He also allows desolation to bring us to a deeper repentance, teach us to persevere and wean us from dependence on consolation. Dryness or lack of consola-

Conversation with God CONNIE ROSSINI tion in prayer is common and frequent. Desolation, however, is a specific kind of dryness. It is not just a lack of consolation, but the opposite of it. While consolation draws our minds and affections toward God, desolation turns our thoughts and desires toward worldliness, sin and despair. It saps our spiritual energy, tempting us to give up. Just as true consolation always comes from God, desolation always comes from the enemy, only being allowed by God. How should we respond when desolation hits? Ignatius urges us to remember that desolation is temporary. It will pass and consolation will return. Knowing that desolation is normal and usually short-lived helps us to cling to hope and persevere in prayer. The enemy sends desolation to make us give up our virtuous habits or fail to follow through on resolutions. In contrast, the Fifth Rule in the discernment of spirits is to “never make a change” in what we have previously resolved to practice in our spiritual lives. This is the time for faithfulness, for follow-through. Persevering while in desolation is difficult, yet the

very perseverance often chases desolation away. We may only have to take one small step to feel our spirits relieved. Instead of giving up on spiritual practices and resolutions, Ignatius in his Sixth Rule encourages us to “change ourselves” by more prayer, examination and penance. This courageous behavior necessitates leaning more on God’s strength than on our own. It shows us who is really in charge and that he always gives us the grace we need to do his will. The Seventh and Eighth Rules teach that we need to resist the temptations toward despair and base thoughts and be patient in our trials. God will come to our aid in his own way and time. Meanwhile, Ignatius counsels us to open our hearts to a spiritual director or another person knowledgeable in the discernment of spirits who can help us (13th Rule). The enemy thrives on secrecy and isolation. God works in the light. Sometimes just being honest with another person removes temptation and dark feelings. Desolation can be a time of surprising spiritual growth if we refuse to give in. It gives us the opportunity to prove the love that we expressed while in consolation and shows how completely dependent we are on God.

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St. Monica a witness to effective intercessory prayer By DEACON OMAR GUTIÉRREZ For the Catholic Voice

St. Monica is often only known for being the mother of one of the most influential men in western civilization, St. Augustine. However, she exemplifies in so many areas of her life the depth of human love and how it can be elevated to saintly heroism. Born to Christian parents in Tagaste in North Africa (present day Libya) in 332, she was raised in a well-off family that trained her to be a lady of her station. However, as a young teen she was sent to draw wine from the cellar for meals and special occasions, and she began to take sips. This led to whole cups of wine consumed while no one was looking. When a slave with whom she had been arguing called her a lush, she became ashamed and never drank again. That resolution to be pure and holy served her well as she matured, and she was eventually married off to a wealthy and respectable man. Patricius was a pagan with a bad temper and lax morals, and he would make fun of her and her faith. Nevertheless, while other wives spoke ill of their husbands, Monica never said a bad word about him. In this way, she eventually brought him to Christianity along with her mother-in-law. The couple had three children, a girl and two boys, the older of which was Augustine. He showed a great deal of intellectual promise from a young age, but in his twenties he broke her heart when he became a heretic. Her response at first was to bar him from the family home and table to spare herself from having to hear his blasphemies. But in a dream a divine being said to her, “Your son is with you.” She was consoled by this, believing it to be a prom-

SAINT OF THE MONTH ise that her son would convert. So she welcomed him back to her home trusting in the providence of God. Still, Monica was a mother with a mother’s heart, which bled for her son and worried for his immortal soul. She prayed and fasted for her boy. She pestered, like the widow in the Scriptures, local priests and bishops to argue with him to convince him of his error. They, wisely, knew that such arguments were no good for a young man in his state of mind. But one young bishop with whom she pled said famously, “Go now, I beg of you. It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” Eventually those tears did win the day and Augustine would find the true faith through the help of the great St. Ambrose of Milan. Monica, who had followed her son to Milan, was overjoyed, but she would not again see the shores of North Africa where her son would become bishop. In 387 in the town of Ostia, just outside of Rome, she passed away from an illness. She was 55. Augustine was 32, and he wept like the little boy his mother always saw in him. St. Monica, whose feast is Aug. 27, is a patroness of difficult marriages, troubled children, victims of abuse and adultery, and the conversion of relatives. She was a mom, a wife and a woman whose love for her husband and children remained even when it was difficult and even when they abused her. Thus her witness is to effective intercessory prayer, trust in God and the evangelical power of a love imbued by Christ Jesus.

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Supreme Court decision upholds religious liberty

he U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently celebrated Religious Freedom Week (June 22-29). This provides as good an occasion as any for an update on religious freedom.

The development is a U.S. Supreme Court decision, American Legion v. American Humanist Association, upholding the constitutionality of a cross monument on public property. In honor of the fallen soldiers who did not return from World War I, the community of Prince George’s County in Maryland made plans in 1918 for a plain Latin cross memorial. The American Legion

helped complete the project in 1925 and erected the 32-foottall cross, which bears the names of 49 soldiers. At its dedication, both a Baptist pastor and Catholic priest were present to offer prayers of invocation and benediction. Over the years, the cross also served as the venue for many memorial services, patriotic gatherings and community events. In 1961, the memorial was acquired by a government entity that transformed the property into public ground. Since then, the cross has been maintained using public funds. In 2014, the American Humanist Association, among others, filed a lawsuit, claiming that the memorial’s presence on public land violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause. A district court con-

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Faithful, Watchful Citizens TOM VENZOR cluded the cross was constitutional. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision. In a rather complicated 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court then reversed the 4th Circuit, ruling that the memorial’s presence on public land is not a violation of the First Amendment. Seven Supreme Court justices determined the cross does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, but only five of those justices agreed on the main holding (or rule) the case establishes. In writing the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito stated that although the cross originally had a clear religious significance and a distinctly Christian connotation, the cross also had a (non-religious) secular meaning as a memorial. Justice Alito also noted that the cross over time took on new meaning, a meaning that was not exclusively Christian but was respectful of and encompassed the entire community. Justice Alito further

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expressed concerns over the 4th Circuit’s suggestions for remedying the constitutional problem they saw with the cross. The 4th Circuit proposed lopping off the arms of the cross to make it secular and neutral. Justice Alito retorted: “A government that roams the land, tearing down monuments with religious symbolism and scrubbing away any reference to the divine will strike many as aggressively hostile to religion.” In other words, government action that modifies or expunges religious displays may be imbued with and viewed as having hostility toward religion – itself a violation of the Establishment Clause. As religious liberty scholars Mark Movsesian and Marc DeGirolami have observed, this decision stands for, at least, the idea that old historical religious monuments and displays are presumptively constitutional. They also criticize the decision, saying that if it only upholds this “antiquarian” rule, it makes little logical sense. In other words, if the rule of this case is “if it’s old enough, it’s constitutional,” the case is problematic. For example, what if a city council were to establish the same type of religious/secular monument today to honor

the lives of those who do not return from overseas combat in, say, Afghanistan? The memorial cross in Maryland is arguably constitutional, but the city council memorial cross is possibly too new and religious to be constitutional – an obviously odd and inconsistent outcome. In response to this shortcoming of the case, Justice Neil Gorsuch, who agreed with the case’s outcome, proposed a different test for evaluating these types of displays and monuments. He argues for a “history and traditions” test. This test would ask the question whether a monument or display (old or new) is constitutional as “consistent with our nation’s traditions.” In the end, there will be much scholarly ink spilled over this decision as it abounds with ambiguity and nuance – and may create more problems for lower courts than it solves. Nevertheless, the case also marks an important religious freedom victory and allows us, in the meanwhile, to lift high our (partially secular) cross in the public forum! Tom Venzor is executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, with headquarters in Lincoln. Contact him at tvenzor@necatholic.org.

Big impediments to agreement on racism

fter a series of columns about where we all agree, I come to the question of racism, and things become complicated. What I mean is that with the issues of immigration, jobs, abortion and the environment, overwhelming majorities of Americans agree on many of the same policy solutions. I have written on this over the last several months using studies and data to support these claims. But when one searches for a simple poll that asks Americans if racism is good or bad, one finds nothing. This is not to say that no one is interested in the question. Search for “racism” on the internet and you will find a great deal, particularly about the president. No, what it means is that the “badness” of racism is so thoroughly ingrained in our society that no one has bothered to poll Americans on that question. Everyone today knows racism is

Charity in Truth DEACON OMAR GUTIÉRREZ bad. But it was not always so. Racism, classically understood, is an ideology dating back to the 19th century that claims one’s own race is superior intellectually, physically and/or morally to another’s. As a pseudo-scientific ideology loosely based on Darwinian arguments, this kind of racism is a choice to believe something about one’s own race over and against others, and it was part of America for a long time. But today, this is not even a debate. Racism is bad. Everyone but a few fringe groups agree on this. So why is racism such a complicated issue? Perhaps part of the problem is that “racism” is apparently a difficult thing to define. There is the classical racism I mention above, but then there is the definition of racism given by others who say that it is “race plus power.” That means that if one belongs to a race that has a good deal of political power, then one is a racist. Gone is any need to prove that the particular person has made a choice to hate those of a different race. All that is necessary to be guilty of racism these days is that one be of the race in power. I’m rather concerned about all of this because of my own family

background. My father was from the Dominican Republic and was black. My mother is from Costa Rica and is white. And when they sought to get married in Michigan in the 1960s, the first priest they approached refused to marry them because they were of “mixed race.” That is classic racism, but that same level of racism doesn’t exist in the church anymore, or I believe in the nation. Racism does still exist in the nation, but it comes in subtler forms. It is the topic of conversation quite a bit actually, but there is something sinister about the way we talk about race, about the way we use it as a means to political ends. These days racism is used as a kind of cudgel to win an argument. One need not actually engage in someone else’s ideas if they have a certain skin color or if they belong to a certain political party. Call someone a racist or imply it, and the argument is won. This works precisely because our nation was so racist, because of slavery and the Jim Crow South, but it is sinister because it enables real racists. Next month, I’d like to delve deeper into this question and draw out what the church teaches us. For now, let us agree to pray for an end to racism in all its forms. Deacon Omar Gutiérrez is director of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Contact him at ofgutierrez@ archomaha.org.


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Lessons in virtue from Apollo 11

ifty years ago last month, the crew of Apollo 11, the world’s latest heroes, were doing decidedly unheroic things: napping, drinking beer, playing cards, reading magazines and otherwise killing time in the Manned Spacecraft Center’s “Lunar Receiving Facility.”

They were quarantined there to ensure that no lethal bugs had been brought back from the moon’s surface by Neil Armstrong (who saved the mission by taking personal control of the Eagle and landing it safely after overflying a vast field of lunar boulders), Buzz Aldrin (who memorably described the moonscape as one of “magnificent desolation”), and Michael Collins (who, orbiting the moon in Columbia while Armstrong and Aldrin were on its surface, was more alone than any human being since Genesis 2:22). The lab was perhaps the least glamorous (and, as things turned out, least necessary) of NASA’s Apollonian inventions. For as Charles Fishman vividly illustrates in “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon” (Simon and Schuster), just about everything involved in effecting that “one small step … (and) one giant leap” had to be imagined, and then fabricated, from scratch. When President John F. Kennedy verbally committed the country in April 1961 to “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth” before the decade was out, no one knew how

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want to talk about the “Equality Act” (H.R. 5) approved by the House of Representatives this spring. But first a disclaimer.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reaffirms that homosexual acts are not morally acceptable – and it teaches that men and women with homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity,” avoiding “unjust discrimination in their regard” (nos. 23572358). Must we respect and reach out to sinners and those tempted to sin? Yes, or there’d be no “we” left. The Equality Act has been hailed as a measure to prevent such discrimination. But for four reasons, it may pose the most serious threat to civil rights ever passed by a chamber of Congress. First, it threatens the right to life and the right of conscientious objection. It amends laws against sex discrimination, defining “sex” to include “pregnancy ... or a related medical condition.” Such language was used in the past to demand that institutions receiving federal funds provide abortions and abortion coverage. Congress has therefore amended such laws with “abortion-neutral” language to prevent

The Catholic Difference GEORGE WEIGEL to do that. No one. NASA chief James Webb, who hadn’t been given advance warning of Kennedy’s pledge, asked his senior staff whether we can “do this.” An uncomfortable silence followed. No one knew for sure. About what? About everything. No one knew the appropriate mission architecture: One enormous spacecraft that would go out and back? Or a “stack” of different spacecraft that would do different jobs – en route to the moon, while there, and on the way home? No one knew how to maneuver in space: Orbital mechanics weren’t entirely understood and orbital navigation was therefore in its infancy. Nor were there computers capable of making the instant calculations necessary to rendezvous two spacecraft in orbit (around the earth or the moon) – which was essential when the stack scheme was adopted as the basic mission architecture, with a command module and a lunar module (itself consisting of two parts) having different functions but requiring assembly by “rendezvous and docking” in earth orbit, and a later, similar maneuver in lunar orbit. Was it possible to build and program a computer light enough to install on a spacecraft but powerful enough to do the necessary navigational calculations and guaranteed to get everything right every time (the consequence of slight

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The Apollo 11 mission crew successfully landed on the moon 50 years ago this summer. From left are Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. computer failure often being mission catastrophe)? No one knew, because no one had ever done it before. Nor did anyone know exactly what the moon was like: Would a lander sink into the lunar dust? And if not (as soon became fairly clear), how many legs should a lunar lander have: Five for optimal balance? Would four do? (Four would.) What about the rockets necessary for launch from earth, for course adjustment in flight, and from the moon’s surface? In 1961, American rockets had a disconcerting tendency to blow up on the launch pad or explode shortly after ignition. Could booster rockets and spacecraft engines be built that would work all the time: here, in space, and in the moon’s

environment? Yet in less than eight years, NASA and its academic and industry associates resolved every one of these questions – and solved some 10,000 more conceptual and technical problems. It was an extraordinary exercise in creativity and cooperation involving some 400,000 people. How did it happen? Answering that question, as Mr. Fishman does with panache, tells us a lot about what genuine national greatness involves: commitment to a grand goal; a willingness to think outside the conventions; the courage to face failure, examine its causes without prejudice, and change what needs changing to get things right; self-sacrifice to the common good; solidarity, expressed as esprit de

corps; and no cutting the corners of excellence for the sake of identity politics, political correctness or partisan advantage. The tendency to remember Project Apollo as mere technological wizardry, albeit of a very high order, should be resisted. There were great virtues involved in this remarkable adventure, and without those virtues there wouldn’t be six American flags planted on the moon by a dozen American citizens. Whether those virtues exist in sufficient measure today is an important question to ponder on this golden anniversary. George Weigel is distinguished senior fellow and William E. Simon chair in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

A threat to civil rights A More Human Society RICHARD DOERFLINGER this outcome, as in the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988. H.R. 5 omits that clarification. Declining to perform abortions would be illegal discrimination. Even long-standing state and federal laws against using tax dollars for abortion could be attacked. Second, H.R. 5 undermines the rights of women. Title IX of the Education Amendments has long required educational institutions to provide equitable support for women’s athletic teams, as well as men’s. But H.R. 5 requires the law to treat a person’s self-assigned “gender identity” as that person’s sex. So a school can simply field two men’s teams, one of which consists of men who identify as women. Already biological males are winning female wrestling and racing tournaments, enjoying the advantages of a male physique and physiology. Some House members tried to amend H.R. 5, so it would not diminish protections for women under title IX. Their motion was rejected 228 to 181.

Girls and women have also been able to expect some regard for their privacy and their safety from male predators. But H.R. 5 insists that men who identify as women must have complete access to girls’ and women’s locker rooms, restrooms and dressing rooms. Third, H.R. 5 nullifies religious freedom, a right upon which our nation was founded. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by President Clinton in 1993, is explicitly overridden by the requirements of H.R. 5. Even Catholic hospitals may be forced to provide abortions; even devout Christians will have to recognize and accommodate samesex marriage, since H.R. 5 labels resistance to that idea as a discriminatory “sex stereotype.” The fourth aspect of H.R. 5 is the most sweeping. To be sure, the bill does define “sex” to include “a perception or belief, even if inaccurate,” concerning someone’s sex. But it also broadly applies this philosophy that people are whatever they say they are, by redefining “race,” “color,” “handicap” and other categories. Laws forbidding discrimination against an individual “because of such individual’s race” must forbid discrimination because of such individual’s “perception or belief, even if inaccurate,” regarding his

or her race. It seems a scholarship program required to be equally available to black students could comply with the law by admitting white students who identify as black. By making objective reality irrelevant to civil rights laws, H.R. 5 weakens protection for those who have been able to rely

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on those laws in the past. I am astonished that it was supported by all House Democrats – and eight Republicans. Perhaps the Senate will have more sense. 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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JANDA-Jim J. Sr., 76. Funeral Mass July 31 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Ray and Mary Janda; sister, Mary Ann Kleffner. Survived by wife, Elaine Janda; children and spouses, James Jr. and Amanda Janda, Therese and Kenneth Kephart, John Janda, and Maria and David Ruzicka; 11 grandchildren. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

GRASSAU-James H., 71. Funeral Mass July 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Preceded in death by parents, Hugo and Irene. Survived by wife, Vicki A. Grassau; children and spouses, Mike and Dori, Chris and Neil McGrath, Karen and Ron Zink, and Julie and Mark Digilio; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Teri, and Rick and Jeanne; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Mike Bush; nieces; nephews; other relatives. Memorials to American Cancer Society. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER GROW-Carey A., 59. Funeral Mass July 15 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Preceded in death by parents, Jo Ellen Josephine and James A. Grow Sr.; brother, James R. Grow Jr. Survived by sister, Cassandra Thomas; nieces; nephew; grandnieces; grandnephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER HAIAR-Carol Jo, 83. Funeral Mass July 29 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, and husband, Francis B. “Fritz” Haiar. Survived by daughter, Renee Jackson; sonin-law, Jeff Jackson; granddaughter. Memorials to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER HANSEN-Delbert W., 90. Funeral Mass July 11 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, RuthAnn; son, Stephen. Survived by children and spouses, Diane Hansen, Dale and Patty Hansen, Kathy and Paul Carnahan, Patty Houdesheldt, and Cheri and John Curtis; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren. Memorials to American Cancer Society or the church. ROEDER MORTUARY HASIAK-Rita W., 91. Funeral Mass July 6 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond; and infant, Judy Ann; Gregory. Survived by children and spouses, Raymond and Debra Hasiak, Dennis and Kathy Hasiak, Timothy and Nancye Hasiak, Mary Pat and Ken King, and James and Terri Hasiak; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Memorials to Notre Dame Sisters or St. Thomas More School. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME HEAVRIN-Beverly J., 82. Funeral service July 20 at the funeral home. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Gertrude Doyle; brother, Robert Doyle. Survived by husband, Ronald Heavrin; daughter and son-in-law, Jeannette and Mike Hergenroder; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

JIZBA-Deacon Richard Jaroslav, 61. Funeral Mass July 13 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Committal Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Lois Barber Jizba and Jaro Z. Jizba; brother Gregory Marc Jizba. Survived by wife, Janet L. Adams Jizba; daughter and son-in-law, Ann M. and Mike Cavanaugh; sons and daughter-in-law, Peter D. and Rebecca Jizba, and Nicholas J. Jizba; four grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas D. and Teri Jizba; sisters and brothers-in-law, Laurel Jizba Kesler and Thomas Kesler, Elaine and Richard Henzler; mother-in-law, Mary Gehl Adams; father-in-law, John Q. Adams; uncle, Zdenek Jizba; nieces; nephews; cousins. Memorials to Catholic Charities. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME LUJANO-Elvira L. (Arroyo), 93. Funeral Mass July 22 at St. Gerald Church, Ralston. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Richard; parents, Manuel and Dolores Arroyo; son, Danny Lujano; grandson, Angelo. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Dee and Jim Sorensen, and Margie Abboud; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Lisa Lujano; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Lujano; nieces; nephews. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME KALINA-Margaret C. “Marge,” 81. Funeral Mass July 17 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Molly and Earl Graham; husband, Richard Kalina; grandson, Connor Joseph; brother, Donald Graham. Survived by children and spouses, Susan Kalina, Richard Jr. and Susie Kalina, David and Meredith Kalina, and Diane and Rick O’Doherty; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister and brotherin-law, Jan and Tom McCrudden; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER KIENY-Ryan T., 55. Funeral Mass July 6 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Patrick and Mary K. Kieny. Survived by siblings and spouses, Pat and Sue, John and Judy Johannsen, Tim, Mike and Michelle, Dan and Julie, and Liz and Jeff Swantek; nieces; nephews. Plant a flower, shrub or tree as a memorial. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER KRIEGLER-Dixie Lee, 77. Funeral Mass July 29 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph T. Kriegler; grandson, Michael J. Skryja. Survived by children and spouses, Phillip and Jeanette Kriegler, Susan and Frank Skryja, and Dennis Kriegler; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Howard Brubacker; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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teach people the Catholic faith, died July 8. He was 61. A funeral Mass was held July 13 at the church with interment at Res- DEACON urrection Cemetery RICHARD JIZBA in Omaha. Ordained in 2005, he was part of the parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) leadership program. His love for the liturgy was one of the prominent parts of his ministry, said Father Daniel Kampschneider, pastor. “Deacon Jizba dug deeper into

what the spirit of the Mass was about. He enjoyed leading other people to understanding God’s love for them and for the church,” Father Kampschneider said. He made an impact on people by helping them understand the Catholic faith, and often looked for the questioner and people who wanted to understand, Father Kampschneider said. Deacon Jizba and his wife, Janet, started an inquiry class called “Who Is God?” and inspired many to become involved in the Catholic faith. Father Kampschneider said Deacon Jizba’s marriage with Janet was “a great example of a husband and wife in love with God.” Deacon Jay Reilly, who served with Deacon Jizba, said he was a

kind soul and a true friend. “He taught more by what he did than what he said,” Deacon Reilly said. “He was Christ to (Janet) every day. He was Christ to everyone every day.” Deacon Jizba was preceded in death by parents Lois Barber Jizba and Jaro Jizba, and brother Gregory Jizba. He is survived by his wife, Janet; children and spouses, Ann and Mike Cavanaugh, Peter and Rebecca Jizba and Nicholas Jizba; four grandchildren; brother, Thomas (Teri) Jizba; sisters, Laurel Jizba Kesler (Thomas) and Elaine Henzler (Richard); mother-in-law Mary Gehl Adams; father-in-law, John Q. Adams; uncle, Zdenek Jizba; nieces; nephews; cousins; friends.


| RESURRECTION JOY | » Continued from Page 14 KUHRY-John M. Sr., 80. Funeral Mass July 8 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by daughter, Mary Lynn; son, Patrick; grandson, Stephen. Survived by wife, Rose; daughter-in-law, Leigh Kuhry; daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Tom Dervin; son and daughter-in-law, John Jr. and Amie; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob and Terry; sister and brother-in-law, Antoinette Kuhry-Haeuser and Tom Haeuser. Memorials to Creighton Preparatory School, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart or the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LIMBECK-Richard A., 70. Funeral Mass July 25 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Scott; parents, Marvin and Viola. Survived by wife, Donna M. Limbeck; children and spouses, Paul and Angela Greise, Carrie and Andy Copenharve, and Eric and Barb Limbeck; four grandchildren; siblings and spouses, Ron and Sue, Randy and Joyce, and Robert; nieces; nephews; other relatives. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER LOPEZ-WORDEN-Josephine, 58. Funeral Mass July 30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Survived by parents, Pete and Teresa Lopez; daughter and son-inlaw, Gabrielle and Steven Woodward; brother and sister-in-law, Philip and Teresa Lopez; niece; nephew. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME LUCAS-Bernita Anne Joyce, 91. Funeral Mass July 30 at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Kenneth; parents, Albert and Margaret Joyce; sisters, Catherine Joyce Rerucha, and Mary Clare Joyce Kosch. Survived by nieces; nephews; grandniece; grandnephews. Memorials to Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MARESCALCO-Frank J., 91. Funeral service July 26 at the funeral home. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Francis Joseph Marescalco; mother, Anne Frances Olivo; brother, Richard Marescalco. Survived by wife, Millicent “Patti” Glup; daughters, Rita (Bob) Ford, Theresa (John) Kudlacz, Gina (Tom) Richards, and Pattye (Joe) Gulizia; sons, Mike, Frank (Diana Clark), and Chris (Michele Dudley); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; cousins; nieces; nephews; friends. Memorials to Nebraska Humane Society of Omaha and Felius Cat Cafe. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER MARTINEZ-Archie, 81. Funeral Mass July 24 at St. Gerald Church. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Jose and Maria; brother, Richard. Survived by wife, Maddie; other family. Memorials to the church choir. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER MUNDY-Vivian Ann, 90. Funeral service July 22 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Dale Mundy; parents, Albert and Alice Jenson; brother, Harold; sisters, Betty and Mildred. Survived by children and spouse, Greg and Kathi Mundy, Mark Mundy; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Memorials to American Cancer Society. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN NEILSEN-Ellen Marie (Saner), 97. Funeral Mass July 30 at St. Leo the Great Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by children and spouse, Mary Ann and Dave Meier, Chris Nielsen, Barbara Nielsen, and Susan Nielsen; five grandchildren; two-great grandchildren; other relatives. Memorials to Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER O’HARA-Frank W. “Herk”, 79. Memorial service July 31 at Pacific Street Chapel. Inurnment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Fern O’Hara; siblings: Mary, Nadine, Alvin, Alfred, Chet, Bob and Don. Survived by wife, Karen; daughters and sons-in-law: Julie and Mike Caranci, Fran and Dave Pullen, and Amy and Steve Turner; six grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bernie and Lynne O’Hara; sister, Lorraine Kealy; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN PENCE-Mary Joellen, 89. Funeral service July 15 at Christ the King Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, James Harvey Pence and Genevieve Fraher Pence. Memorials to the church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN POULICEK-John F., 86. Funeral Mass July 19 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, James and Bessie Poulicek; wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Poulicek. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Laura and Bob Lord, and Lisa Poulicek; son, John M. Poulicek; nieces; nephews; cousins; family. Memorials to Alzheimer’s Association. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

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Sister of Mercy Mary Charlene Ross, whose 70 years of religious life included service as a teacher, pastoral associate and director of religious education, died July 8 in Omaha. She was 89. A funeral Mass was held July 11 at Mercy Villa with SISTER MARY interment at Res- CHARLENE urrection Cemetery ROSS in Omaha. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Sister Charlene entered religious life in 1948, professed first vows in 1951 and final vows in 1954. A graduate of College of Saint Mary in Omaha, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 33 years, with an emphasis on music education. She primarily taught at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph in Missouri. She also taught at St. Margaret Mary and the former St.

Patrick School, both in Omaha, from 1955 to 1957, as well as schools in Lincoln and Denver. According to Sister of Mercy Jeanne Christensen, friend and former housemate, Sister Charlene was an outstanding educator. “Everything I knew about teaching in elementary school, I learned from her,” Sister Jeanne said. “Her students respected her because she was honest and direct with them. She expected them to do the best they could.” Her niece, Sister of Mercy Marilyn Ross, admired her aunt’s honesty and compassion. “I knew her to be a strong and determined woman who always said what she was thinking,” Sister Marilyn said. “She was a strict but compassionate teacher, especially to those who had trouble learning.” After teaching for over 30 years, Sister Charlene also served as pastoral associate and director of religious education at parishes in Kansas City. Sister Charlene moved to

Omaha after her retirement in 2011. She resided at the Mercy Apartments, Vie Christie, House of Hope Alzheimer’s Care, and finally Mercy Villa until her death. Sister Charlene is preceded in death by parents John and Ruth (Parrish) Ross; brother, John Ross; and sister, Dorothy Kelling. She is survived by her sisters of the Sisters of Mercy, including her niece, Sister Marilyn Ross; brothers Bernard and Fred Ross; many nieces and a nephew.

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Sister of Mercy Mary Eleanor Castle, whose 68 years of religious life included work as a teacher, principal and caregiver, died July 22 in Omaha. She was 87. A funeral Mass was held July 26 at St. Peter Church in Marshall, Missouri, with inter- SISTER MARY ment at Mount St. ELEANOR Mary Cemetery in CASTLE Shackelford, Missouri. A native of Shackelford, Sister Eleanor entered religious life in 1950. She professed first vows in 1953 and final vows in 1956. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from College of Saint Mary in Omaha and a Master of Arts degree in administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She spent the majority of her ministry in education, primarily in Missouri. She was a teacher and administrator at Catholic schools in Kansas City, Marshall, Joplin, Cape Girardeau,

Blue Springs and Glasgow, all in Missouri. She also taught at schools in Iowa and Colorado, and at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha in 1971-72. “Sister Eleanor loved teaching primary grades as well as doing remedial reading with any student who needed more help,” said longtime friend and fellow Sister of Mercy Eva Fritz. “She was loved by her students and respected by her peers in the classroom.” After teaching for 39 years, Sister Eleanor ministered as a caregiver for the elderly for seven years at CSJ Home Care in Kansas City, Missouri. She returned to the Archdiocese of Omaha in January 2019 and resided at Mercy Villa until her death. Sister Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, William and Winifred Castle; brothers, Glenn, Leo and William Jr.; and sisters, Patricia Campbell and Jean Burnside. She is survived by her fellow Sisters of Mercy; sister, Sara Morris; brother, Bill Castle; and many nieces and nephews.

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Brother Francis Schmitz, OSB, who had many roles as a monk at Mount Michael Benedictine School and Abbey near Elkhorn, died July 25. He was 89. A funeral Mass was celebrated July 31 at the David “DJ” Sokol Memorial Chapel on the Mount Michael campus with interment at the Abbey cemetery. Brother Francis was among the group of men who made up the first novitiate class of Mount Michael Abbey in 1961. He professed his first vows as a Benedictine monk in 1962 and final vows in 1965.

» Continued from Page 15 STREET-Colleen K., 64. Funeral Mass July 12 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Survived by husband, John; children and spouses, Andrea and Luke Karohl, and Kayla and Dustin Hunt; two grandchildren; extended family. Memorials to the family for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or Methodist Hospital Foundation-Cancer Care. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SWANSON-Christopher H., 53. Funeral service Aug. 1 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Preceded in death by father, Gilbert C. Swanson; stepfather, Bruce Steinfeldt. Survived by wife, Tara Swanson; daughter, Olivia Bosco; son, Jacob Swanson; mother, Mary H. Steinfeldt; sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Bob McCarthy Haney; brother, Carl Swanson; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Swanson Children Education Fund. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER TERESI-Lucille E., 100. Funeral Mass July 24 at Christ the King Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Hilda (Erickson) Kistler; husband, Harry Teresi; brother, Jack (Lois) Kistler; sister, Dorothy (Todd) Streshley; nephew, Brad Kistler. Survived by nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; great-grandnieces; great-grandnephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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“His outstanding characteristic is he was an eternal optimist,” said Abbot Michael Liebl. “He used to have a saying that ‘it’s darkest before dawn,’ and he applied that often to our athletic teams. BROTHER But I think he lived FRANCIS by that philosophy SCHMITZ in his own life too.” In addition to never missing monastic prayer or Mass, his loyal support over the years for Mount Michael sporting events was obvious to many. Initially a meat cutter in the school kitchen, Brother

Francis later worked extensively as the school’s director of intramural sports, athletic equipment manager and athletic director. He also maintained the grounds and established the former Christmas Tree Farm in the 1980s. Brother Francis was preceded in death by his parents, Benedict and Lillian Schmitz; brothers, Percy Stanosheck, Benedict “Dick” Schmitz, Ralph Schmitz and Leonard “Lenny” Schmitz; and sisters, Lucille Apple, Mary Lillian Borin and Edith Bittner. He is survived by the community of Mount Michael Abbey; nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

TIRRO-Gloria J., 92. Funeral Mass July 15 at St. John Vianney Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Alfred J. Tirro. Survived by daughter and sonin-law, Lynn and Cary Weiss; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Christine Tirro; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

VARNEY-Timothy G., 77. Funeral Mass Aug. 1 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Edgar and Dorothy (Welte) Varney; first wife, Jane Varney; brother, Ran Varney. Survived by wife, Dr. Marilou Niemeyer; children and spouses, David and Michelle Varney, Stephanie and Bob Bossert; stepchildren and spouse, Chad Greene, and Heather and Keith Geise; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Joy Varney, and Matt and Nancy Varney; sister- and brother-in-law, Nancy and Ran Ferguson; eight grandchildren. Memorials to the family. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

TRAGGIAI-Ronald Paul, 54. Memorial Mass July 27 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Preceded in death by grandparents; father-in-law, John Spreitzer; niece, Jacoba. Survived by wife, Lora Traggiai; children, Veronica, Lauren, and Tony Traggiai; parents, Ron and Pat Traggiai; siblings and spouses, Mary Beth and Frank Allen, Joe Traggiai, and Michele and Mike Kwon; mother-in-law, Shirley Spreitzer; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Faith and John Evans; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Columban Fathers, the church or Midwest Cancer Center. BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL UDRON-Mary R. (Kurcz), 87. Funeral Mass July 31 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Rose; brothers. Larry, Wally, Ben, Ted, Edward, John and Gus; sisters, Pauline and Leona. Survived by husband, Frank “Teku” Udron; children, Laurie and Dan Udron; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; family. Memorials to the church. BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

WALDEN-Frederick “Chuck,” 64. Funeral service July 25 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by parents, Fred and Jan Walden; wife, Cindy Walden; children and spouse, Rick, Mindy, Melissa, and Brian and Ashley Walden; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Ruth Walden, and Kevin and Melody Walden; cousins; nieces; nephews. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN WATSON-Joseph P., 58. Funeral Mass July 25 at St. Stanislaus Church. Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Rita Watson; stepmother, Patricia Watson. Survived by wife, Gaile; daughters, Klaudija and Olivia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Beth, Tom and Ronnie, Bill and Laurie, Jerry and Kathy, Dwick, and Jim and Dorene; nieces; nephews; cousins. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME

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Columbus Aug. 6 at the organization’s Supreme Convention in Minneapolis. Castillo’s parents, John and Maria, also accepted the Caritas Medal on his behalf. It is second-highest honor of the Knights of Columbus. Their son is just the fourth recipient of the award, created in 2013 to recognize extraordinary acts of charity and service. “Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last

moments, Kendrick Castillo did both,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said in an address to more than 2,000 convention attendees. Castillo had taken part in 2,600 hours of service with the Knights, along with his father, who belongs to the Knights’ Southwest Denver Council 4844. According to the Knights, it is a rare occurrence for an individual to be granted membership posthumously and has happened less than a handful of times in the 137 years since the organization was founded.

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| CALENDAR | EVENTS Catholic Charities Bags of Hope Kids Consignment Sale: Aug. 16-18, at Westroads (across from DSW store). New Cassel Lecture Series: Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. at 900 N. 90th St., Omaha. Speaker from the Institute for Holocaust Education. Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study and Faith Formation’s 10-Year Anniversary Conference: Sept. 7, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the La Vista Hotel and Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy., La Vista. Speakers are Sharon Doran, Father John Riccardo and Peter Herbeck. Cost $25 per person. Register at SeekingTruth.net. Nebraska vs. Colorado Tailgate: Sept. 7, Ss. Peter and Paul Gym, 3619 X St., Omaha. Pregame 1:30 p.m., kickoff 2:30 p.m. Watch the Huskers on the big screen along with food, drinks, raffles, games and giveaways. Magnificat-Omaha Brunch: Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 114th and Fort streets, Omaha. Speaker is former missionary Barbara Heil. Cost $20. For reservations go to magnificatomaha.org. Magnificat is an archdiocese-wide Catholic women’s group devoted to evangelization. Couple to Couple League’s Natural Family Planning: Series of three classes, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17, 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 16701 S St., Omaha. Teaching couple is Jason and Lynette Oberg. Register to ccli.org. LaSalle Club: Single Catholic archdiocesan young adult group. For more information, see facebook.com/lasalleo, lasalleomaha.webs. com or email lasalleo@aol.com. Caregivers’ Solution Group: Second Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Vincent Room, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha. Call Nancy Flaherty at 402-312-9324 or Nicole Florez at 402-4967988, 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., potluck 1 p.m. and Fraternity gathering, all at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish’s Gonderinger Center, 16701 S St., Omaha. Contact Luis at 402-594-0710 or lalvarez62@yahoo.com, or Kent at 402-3396826 or kkriesberg@gmail.com.

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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 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 402-378-6252. 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 attend. Spiritual direction and/ or sharing are available. Call Franca, Renee or Teresa at 402-553-4418. 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

FAX » 402-558-6614 EMAIL » tcvomaha@archomaha.org Notices cannot be taken by phone. DEADLINES » Deadline for the Sept. 6 issue is noon, Monday, Aug. 26. ON THE WEB » Want to know what’s going on in the Archdiocese of Omaha? Visit Catholic Voice Online – catholicvoiceomaha.com – for more details and an updated list of archdiocesan activities.

the Catholic Church from many walks of life. Call Molly Anderson 402-676-6221 or Theresa Kottwitz at 402-440-2617.

at the church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha. Call Kathy at 402-496-7988 or Mary at 402-496-0075.

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. at St. Gerald Church (Lakeview Chapel), Ralston, and St. Columbkille Church, Papillion (Communion service).

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.

SCHOOLS St. John Neumann School’s Summer’s Bounty Farmers Market and Breakfast Buffet: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school social hall, 420 Cherry St., Clarkson.

PARISHES Holy Cross Parish Festival: Sept. 6 and 8 at Holy Cross Church, 48th Street and Woolworth Avenue. Sept. 6, over-21 concert, 6:3010:30 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. Philip Neri-Blessed Sacrament Parish Fall Festival: Sept. 21, 8200 N. 30th St., Omaha. Food, family games, beer garden. Begins at 11 a.m. and runs all day. St. Vincent de Paul Parish’s Hour of Adoration: Third Sunday of each month, 3 p.m.

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, 9:3011 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

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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 402-332-4444.

SPIRITUALITY CENTERS Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. To register, call 402-9513026, email scc@osms.org or visit osms.org. • Weekly Contemplative Prayer Group: Mondays, 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. Silent prayer/meditation within a traditional framework of sitting and walking meditation. • World Religions Study Group: First Wednesday of each month, September to May, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $45. Using the book “World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery” by Jeffrey Brodd. Participants are responsible for obtaining the book. Facilitator is Margaret Stratman, OSM. • 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. • Is It Normal Aging or Something Else?: Sept. 7, 9:30-11 a.m. Free will offering. Facilitator is Nancy Flaherty, MS, CDP. St. Benedict Center, three miles north of Schuyler. Call 402-352-8819, email retreats@ stbenedictcenter.com or register online at stbenedictcenter.com. Rooms $45 single, $37 double, meals are $27.65 per day; tax on rooms and meals. • Journeying into a Grace-Filled Third Chapter: Aug. 23-25, Friday 7:30 p.m. to Sunday after lunch. For retirees and those planning for retirement. Facilitator is Nancy Hemesath, M.A. Cost: $205.77 (Single), $188.40 (Double). Includes program fee, meals and taxes. • Gifts and Fruits–Cultivating a SpiritFilled Marriage: Sept. 7-8, Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m. Includes talks, personal and couple reflection time, Mass and reconciliation. Facilitators are Jim and Maureen Otremba. Cost $115.08 per person (Double). Includes program fee, meals and taxes.

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REVIEW: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Latest franchise addition explores familiar theme By JOHN MULDERIG

RATING: PG-13 for frequent stylized combat, mature references, including to pornography and prostitution, at least one mild oath, as well as a couple of crude and a few crass terms. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults.

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NEW YORK – Snappy and substantial, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (Columbia), director Jon Watts’ follow-up to his 2017 feature “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” is an adventure full of bloodless derring-do and gentle, innocent romance. As a result, many parents may consider it acceptable for older teens. True to its title, the film finds the eponymous superhero (Tom Holland) traveling across Europe on a summer trip organized for the students of his alter ego Peter Parker’s high school. He wants to spend the journey, which includes stops in Venice and Prague, courting MJ (Zendaya), the vaguely goth classmate with whom he’s smitten, and hanging out with his best pal, Ned (Jacob Batalon). But hard-driving crime fighter Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) forcefully recruits him to join the battle against the sole survivor of a quartet of monsters known as Elementals. So, at Nick’s behest, Peter teams with Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), an alien whose world – a version of Earth that existed in a different part of the multiverse – was destroyed by the creatures. He’s eventually so impressed

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Numan Acar, Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal star in a scene from the movie “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” with this new comrade that he gives him the vastly powerful technological system, dubbed EDITH, that he inherited from his late mentor, Tony Stark, alias Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr., seen only in

images). Peter soon discovers, however, that his trust may have been misplaced. Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers continue to explore the franchise’s recurring

theme about the responsibilities that come with power. In this case, Peter’s regifting of EDITH, a sort of weaponized Alexa or Siri, is symptomatic of his doubts about his ability to step into Tony’s shoes.

(The fact that Peter is mourning Tony connects the movie not only to its predecessor but to “Avengers: Endgame” from earlier this year in which Iron Man’s self-sacrificing death was portrayed.) The script touches comically on some subjects unfit for little kids. Thus a character is quoted as theorizing that Peter’s long, mysterious absences while he’s off being Spider-Man are due to his secret career as a male escort. Similarly, Tony’s sidekick, Happy (Jon Favreau) – who has begun a romance with Peter’s guardian, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) – references the fact that he once came across some salacious material in Peter’s possession but concealed this discovery from May. These brief jokes are intended light-heartedly, but they’re clearly not fare for small fry – who might also be frightened by the scale and intensity of the action.

‘Unplanned’ faced social media, other hurdles By ELIZABETH BACHMANN Catholic News Service WASHINGTON – The directors of “Unplanned,” the life-affirming, true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist, described a White House summit on social media as a needed opportunity for conservatives to discuss how Facebook, Twitter and Google and other outlets are shutting out their voices. Those popular online social networking services were conspicuously invitation-less for the July 11 summit. Writers and directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, who talked to Catholic News Service ahead of the event, are the creative team behind “Unplanned.” The movie chronicles Abby Johnson’s rejection of her role as Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic director after assisting in an abortion and watching on the sonogram machine, for the first

time, as an abortion instrument shreds a baby into pieces. After quitting her job immediately, Johnson worked as a pro-life activist and wrote a memoir narrating her life-changing experience, which inspired Solomon and Konzelman to create “Unplanned.” Nothing about making the film was easy, from casting, to funding, to advertising, to screening, with Hollywood and the country vehemently bucking this film’s pro-life depictions. In an April Senate hearing on free speech and online censorship, Konzelman gave example after example of media bias against his film. First the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) burdened it with what the filmmakers considered an unfair R rating for two scenes: One shows the sonogram portrayal of an abortion and one shows Johnson herself taking an abortion pill and experiencing bloody hemorrhages. The MPAA cited no other rea-

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sons for its rating decision, according to a letter Johnson released in an appeal to parents to not let the rating discourage them from taking their children to see it. This R rating meant that its previews could not be shown before non-R rated movies without special permission. That permission was denied. Further, Google and most cable network stations refused to play ads for “Unplanned,” and Twitter temporarily suspended the movie’s account. Solomon and Konzelman both said that this summit needed to happen to give conservative groups an opportunity to speak about the media bias they are suffering, though they didn’t know exactly what to expect from the meeting. “I think it is an extension of back several months (being) called to testify before (Sen.) Ted Cruz subcommittee on questions of conservative thought,” Konzelman told CNS. CANADIAN OPPOSITION The pair faced a similar battle to release the film in Canada. After top Canadian distributors rejected their film, they worked, alongside New Brunswick pastor BJ McKelvie to get the film into the country. Canadian media outlets have dubbed the film “propaganda,” claiming it propagates bias and lies about abortion and abortion clinics. The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada released a statement in opposition to the movie. “The film’s vicious falsehoods against providers could incite hatred and violence against them, including here in Canada,” Joyce Arthur, the coalition’s executive

director, said. Meanwhile, two independent theater owners in Canada have received death threats from abortion supporters. Backlash against the film is so violent that some theaters decided to hire extra security for the film’s opening July 12, while other theaters have decided retroactively to pull the film from their offerings. “I think it is straight out of fascism 101 playbook,” Konzelman said. “Pro-choice advocates claim we are creating a dangerous environment for abortion supporters. Meanwhile they have created death threats to the point that two theaters have pulled out of exhibition, one has hired security, one has said they won’t pick it up. ... They create this controversy and blame the victim.” HELP FROM ABOVE However, both Solomon and Konzelman are certain that God’s providence will guide “Unplanned” and its pro-life message, not only into Canada but across the world. The directors faced many roadblocks in the process of creating the film. First, they had no lead actress, only to serendipitously discover their leading lady, Ashley Bratcher, five days before they were scheduled to begin shooting. Then they ran out of money. They needed another million dollars to complete the movie, and they needed it soon, or the production would shut down. “At 4:30 on Friday, we are sweating, all the people are coming in screaming, ‘What are we going to do?’ We had put every dollar we had into this,” Solomon said. “A

couple minutes later, the phone rings, a voice on the other end says, ‘Give me your routing number’ and I’m like ‘that’s an unusual request.’ Then he said, ‘I am flying over in a jet, and Kendra’ – that was his girlfriend – ‘and I have been praying to Jesus. Four times and he told us to give you a million dollars.’ Then I’m watching my screen and my screen went from $13.71 to $1,000,013.71.” So this latest hurdle is just that; something that, with God’s help, they will eventually overcome. “When you see miraculous healing and profound doors being opened. God wants to end abortion,” Solomon said. “We are seeing an end to it. This is the beginning of the end for the devil and his grinding machine who slaughters children. This is God doing a divine act of mercy.” Despite the public outcry against the film, “Unplanned” has a staunch base of pro-life supporters. It has enjoyed success at the box office, grossing $18.8 million total, with $6.4 million during its opening weekend. It was the No. 4 movie at the box office that weekend. Now, with its upcoming DVD release Aug. 13, it already tops the Amazon best-seller list in preorders alone. “The Lord is doing mighty work here. The forces against us are trying to prevent that mighty work. People should pray, fast and do penance, because this message needs to get out,” Solomon said.“People will be accorded blessings for fighting this fight and we ask everyone out there to continue to pray. We are taking this out to the nations and we need help.”


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News from around the archdiocese ORGANIZATIONS

Mercy student attends Italian heritage summit Gina Troia, an incoming senior at Mercy High School in Omaha, was one of 20 students chosen nationally to attend The Sons and Daughters of Italy Foundation Student Summit in Washington, D.C., Aug. 1-4. The summit offers students an opportunity to connect with peers from across the United States and learn about Italian culture and heritage. Troia earned the honor through her commitment to the Omaha community and the city’s Italian community. In 2018, she was named queen of the Santa Lucia Festival in Omaha. She also is a member of the Italian American Heritage Society, Faces of Catholic Education and the Sons and Daughters of Italy Colombo Lodge. Troia recently was accepted into the Greater Omaha-Council Bluffs Youth Salute, a council that honors students for academic achievement. She also participates in speech, cross country and track teams at her school.

New Serra Club officers sworn in On July 8, USA Council of Serra International District Governor Bill Stull swore in new board members for the Serra Club of Omaha’s 2019-20 fiscal year. The newly appointed members include: Sally O’Neill, president; Linda Antonelli, secretary; Tom Russell, treasurer; Margaret Quinn, vice president of vocations

affirmation; Dan Wells, vice president of vocations parish ministries; Mike Knier, vice president of membership; Rich Cupich, vice president of communications; and Bill Altman, vice president of vocations recruitment. Past president is Pat Fahey. Trustees are Greg Schwietz, Tim O’Neill and Jerry Merwald. The Serra Club of Omaha, which has about 95 members, is part of an international organization aimed at developing and promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

PARISHES

Traveling rosary unites rural parishes In light of recently announced rural parish groupings, Catholics from Norfolk and the surrounding area gathered together every Monday evening in July to pray a traveling rosary, which they called Tour de Maria. The goal of the ministry was to unite the communities and connect members in prayer and fellowship, said Tour de Maria’s founder Emilie Borer. Each week the rosary was prayed at a different parish. The tour began at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk and on successive Mondays traveled to St. Peter Parish in Stanton, St. Leonard Parish in Madison, St. Patrick Parish in Battle Creek and St. Francis de Sales Parish in Schoolcraft. Tour de Maria will continue through August at St. Francis Parish in Humphrey and the surrounding parishes of Holy Family in Lindsay, St. Mary Parish in Leigh and St. Michael Par-

ish in Tarnov. The rosary will again be prayed every Monday of the month.

RELIGIOUS

Notre Dame Sisters’ “Mission Momentum” The Notre Dame Sisters shared news on the future of their mission and announced staff changes during a July 26 event entitled, “Mission Momentum,” hosted at their Omaha headquarters. During the event, the sisters announced that a grant from the Lilly Foundation funded an audit of the order’s fundraising and communication activities connected with two of their major ministries, Notre Dame Housing and Safe Homes, and plans for centralizing administration of those programs. Since 1997, Notre Dame Housing (NDH) has provided affordable senior housing through living options and supportive services that address the social, spiritual and physical needs of its residents and give them the ability to live independently for as long as possible. Through the Safe Homes Program, the sisters provide start-up funds for people escaping domestic violence situations. They also help victims rebuild their self-esteem damaged in abusive relationships, and find employment and a home where they will be safe from harm. The sisters also bid farewell to Scot Adams, who retired as vice president for advancement, and welcomed Sandra Koch as his replacement.

Fort Calhoun KCs win international award By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice A Knights of Columbus council from a small rural town received big recognition during the Knights’ 137th Supreme Convention Aug. 5-8 in Minneapolis. Council 10305 from St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun was selected from among hundreds of entries to receive an International Award in the “Life” category for its “Rebuilding the Cradle of Christianity” effort early in 2018. Supreme Director Mike Conrad and past Grand Knight Jim Hubschman received the award on behalf of their council during an awards session Aug. 7. The project raised awareness of the plight of middle-East Christians, such as residents of Karamles, Iraq, who were persecuted by Islamic State militants and driven from their homes. The town, which fell to ISIS in August 2014, was liberated in late 2016. Of the nearly 800 homes in Karamles, 464 were burned, 97 were destroyed by bombs and the rest were damaged or vandalized. “Rebuilding the Cradle of Christianity” included two events in Omaha – a public Syrian Rite Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral with

Syriac Bishop Yousif Behnam Habash and a fundraising dinner and auction. The dinner event featured a successful Syrian farmer who left everything behind and moved to Omaha where his daughter lived, narrowly escaping execution by ISIS for his refusal to convert to Islam. The 2018 project raised more than $173,000 to help build 85 modest homes and allow Karamles residents to return to their community and rebuild their lives, Conrad said. It piggybacked on

the national Knights’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund effort and its initiative to help resettle middle-East refugees. In addition to the direct beneficiaries, council members also were blessed for their efforts, said Conrad. “We are a small council – around 160 members from a community of 950 – and it has brought our members to a whole new spiritual level. I don’t think anyone had any idea of the impact this would produce.”

ANNIVERSARY

Celebrating the sacrament of marriage Ed and Sheila Osterhaus, members of St. Bernard Parish in Omaha, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 15 with a party, picnic and open house at Danish Vennelyst Park in Omaha. Attending grandchildren the United pastor, Father

were their children, many and family members from around States. During the celebration, their Daniel Wittrock, blessed the couple.

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Building up young men in the community through faith and virtue. That’s the goal of Camp Virtus et Veritas (Latin for ‘virtue and truth’), a Catholic summer camp sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha for boys entering sixth through ninth grades. The camp is held annually at Camp Kateri Tekakwitha in McCool Junction, Nebraska, about 10 miles south of York and midway between Lincoln and Grand Island. According to its mission statement, it combines athletic challenges such as archery, tomahawk throwing, water sports and an obstacle course with prayerful activities such as daily Mass, eucharistic adoration, Bible study and altar server training “to assist boys to become self-disciplined and confident young men.” “Through this formation, we hope to imprint within their soul a true zeal to know Christ and to embrace his plan for their lives. Our goal is to give them the confidence and strength they need to continue their faith journey and to help them foster healthy vocations,” the statement says. In addition to the campers, young men entering their sophomore, junior and senior years of high school lead camper groups as junior or senior counselors and squad coordinators. They also assist the camp chaplain as sacristans, preparing for Mass and eucharistic adoration. This year, Camp Virtus et Veritas conducted two back-to-back, weeklong sessions from July 21 to Aug. 3. Campers were divided into teams, with each team being led by a volunteer dad and two counselors. Teams chose names and had their own colors and flags they carried from activity to activity. Throughout the week, teams also rotated responsibilities such as serving and cleaning up after meals. During work, play and prayer, activities focused on instilling leadership qualities such as handling difficult situations, acting maturely and working collaboratively with other people on a team, said the camp’s co-director Taylor Korensky. “Those skills will set them up to have leadership roles at camp and then hopefully in other parts of their lives in the future,” he said.

Brady Sullivan, left, a member of Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha, dodges a throw from fellow camper Keegan Greese of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha while playing gaga ball as Sam Kirchner, also of St. Stephen, looks on July 25 at Camp Virtus et Veritas in McCool Junction, Nebraska.

(Above) Ben Robinette, a member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish, throws a tomahawk at a target. (Top Left) Campers and staff gather July 25 for Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas and concelebrated by camp chaplain Father Taylor Leffler. (Left) Archbishop Lucas talks with a group of campers before lunch.


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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

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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

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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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New Parish Center

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 cpo@gidiocese.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

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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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