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HEARTFELT STORIES The head of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Racism joined Archbishop Lucas for a listening session on racism. PAGES 2, 4

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EVERYDAY HERO John Moore was the focus of a KC video depicting his crosscountry pilgrimage to pray for the unborn. PAGE 11

Tanya Murray, principal of Holy Name School in Omaha, speaks with second-graders Ayden O’Neal, left, and Kira Brown Nov. 4 at the school. Holy Name is one of many schools around the archdiocese that have received a big boost from the archdiocese’s $50 million Ignite the Faith Capital Campaign, which is now drawing to a close. Watch for the Dec. 6 issue of the Catholic Voice for a special section highlighting ways Catholics around the archdiocese have benefited from funds generously donated to the campaign.

Loneliness a big challenge for the aging Acts of kindness, faith in God help

More seniors could use that sort of attention. Many are isolated and lonely, statistics indicate. About 30 percent of people ages 50 to 80 reported feeling a lack of companionship or loneliness, according to a survey conducted this year by the University of Michigan. The absence of others in their lives can be especially acute around the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, which are traditional times for families to come together. Isolation and loneliness can be as bad for health as obesity and smoking, according to research by AARP, an advocacy group for seniors.

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When Cindy Vrba visits the elderly residents of St. Joseph Retirement Community in West Point, she has a goal. “I just try to make a little difference in their lives,” she said. It’s the little things they appreciate, she said – listening, asking questions, showing an interest in them.

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People who are not active socially seem to decline faster cognitively, too, said Deacon David Probst, pastoral care director at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha. “It’s important that they stay involved,” he said. LOSSES ISOLATE Deacon Probst said four main losses tend to isolate people: the death of a spouse or loved one, declining health, losing the ability to drive and the loss of nearby relatives to watch over them. Safety concerns also keep some seniors isolated. “They watch the news and they worry,” he said.

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“When people realize their bodily strength is waning, they might feel inadequate, said Msgr. Bill Whelan, a retired archdiocesan priest living at St. John Vianney Residence in Omaha. They might feel isolated when they are no longer able to do everything for themselves and feel dependent on others. “It’s not good to dwell on loneliness,” he said. But there are ways that loved ones, volunteers and others can help. And there are some things seniors can do for themselves if they feel isolated or lonely. Being BLESSINGS >> Page 6

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Racism is still a problem in our schools, communities In this week’s interview, communication manager David Hazen speaks with Archbishop George J. Lucas about a listening session he attended in Omaha on Nov. 2 to highlight the experiences of minorities in view of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recent pastoral letter on racism. For more on the event, see Page 4.

The Shepherd’s Voice ARCHBISHOP GEORGE J. LUCAS

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November is Black Catholic History month, and on Saturday the 2nd you attended a listening session hosted by the Archdiocese’s Black Catholic Implementation Team. What was the aim for that gathering?

The aim was to highlight a pastoral letter published by the USCCB in 2018 entitled, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.” We, as pastors in various dioceses around the country, continue to notice with sorrow that racism is an issue in our country that sadly has not gone away. When the bishops published the letter, the

Conference committed to scheduling listening sessions in dioceses across the country to look at its content, and to allow those who have experienced racism in their own lives to talk about it, and be invited to a greater level of healing. I’m grateful that one of my brother bishops, Bishop Shelton Fabre from the Diocese of HoumaThibodaux in Louisiana, the head of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee

Against Racism, joined us in Omaha. We heard testimonies that Saturday morning from local people who have been affected by racist speech and actions. I’m always grateful when someone is willing to share his or her experience, especially if it has been hurtful. Those experiences were shared very respectfully that day. They were heartfelt and powerful.

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What did you find most striking?

After listening to the testimonies, I offered a couple of observations to the group which I am happy to share here. One of them is that I was reminded of how deep and long-lasting the hurt can be for someone who has been disrespected or ostracized because of their race. We heard from adults, now well into middle age, who recounted experiences their families had in schools or parishes when they were younger. Those experiences have continued to shape them. I admired those who spoke, for the healing that they have been open to over time, but also for being very frank about the injustice that they have felt in a very personal way. The second thing that struck me was hearing from teenagers who have been experiencing racism in their public high school. That is a reminder to me and to all of us, that this is still going on. I feel sad for them and for all of us that we have not as a community and as a society been able to overcome the sin of racism. It is the effect of original sin, that we experience differences among us as a negative. It makes me sad that we have not come to grips with that more, both

in the church and in our larger society. I’m sad to know that young people are still experiencing this hurt, which elders in the community have talked about from decades ago. We all must be committed to work as we move forward to eliminate the sin of racism from our own hearts and lives, but also to work together in the community to eliminate the institutional forms of this sin as well as we can. Bishop Fabre reminded us at the beginning of the session that the pastoral letter focuses on individual conversion of heart. We are called first not simply to call out examples of racism we see around us, but to look at our own hearts. That is, we need to be willing to go before God and admit our sinfulness, to ask for healing, and to ask the Lord to reveal to us how we might be more open to positive personal connections with brothers and sisters of different races and backgrounds, particularly in the church. I think the letter calls us to realize also that racism grows out of original sin, and the effect of sin is division. Whenever we see division, whenever we see one group pitted against

the other, that is the work of the devil, and we need to recognize it for what it is. The pastoral letter encourages us to listen to each other, and encourages us to allow anyone who might have experienced the hurt of racism to speak for himself or herself about what they have experienced. It is easy enough for me, or any of us, to say, “Well, that is not a problem – you shouldn’t feel that way,” or, “You are just holding on to something. You just need to let go of all that.” But nobody likes to hear that about their own experiences. I mean, we kind of flippantly say that to others, but if I have experienced a struggle, I appreciate it when others honor my opportunity to speak about it for myself. We really do not move in the direction of the common good, in the direction of the unity that is Jesus’ desire for us in the church, if we are not able to listen to each other and allow one another to express our own experiences. It is also important then, that we do acknowledge where evil has crept in, or where we have allowed evil in by our own ignorance, selfishness, pride or prejudice.

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Where do you see opportunities for people to overcome the divisions in their local communities, and to begin to share more of the experience of Christian life together?

The Lord has put many different people in our lives, and in our community, and he loves and values each of us. I think our experience, if we are open to it, is that when we have the opportunity to get to know someone of another race or another culture, we are not diminished ourselves, but we really become more ourselves. Our pastoral vision for the archdiocese begins with the phrase, “One church.” We know that is the mind and the heart of Jesus, and that needs to be our mind and heart also. When we talk about who are we in the Catholic Church in this archdiocese, it is a rich tapestry of races and cultures. On a more personal level, I think we need to see it as part of our responsibility as missionary disciples of Jesus to share the reality of human life and dignity which comes from God with our neighbors. As we talk about the future of our country, as we talk about political and social issues, we really need to be conscious of speaking respectfully and not be drawn into crude humor, or stereotyping, or any kind of talk that denigrates individuals or groups in our society. Jesus has invited us to be with him in the church, but he sends us out to be light for the world, to be salt for the earth. So we are supposed to be having an effect. And at this particular moment in our history, I think this is a particular calling that we have. Most people know that we are Catholic. Most people know that we claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ, so any racist speech or actions can scandalize young people especially, but also our neighbors. This has been a problem in our country from the beginning, and still is. It can certainly be a problem in the church as well. Prayerful self-examination before the Lord is helpful. We should ask the help of the Holy Spirit to see how we can have a good influence in this regard. I invite any who are able to pick up the bishops’ pastoral letter against racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts.” It offers a very engaging, scriptural approach to this important issue and I think it could benefit anyone who would read it and reflect on it.

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE Archbishop George J. Lucas’ scheduled activities: NOV. 16-17 » Parish visits – Holy Trinity Parish, Hartington; St. Michael Parish, Coleridge NOV. 18 » Latino Leadership Formation meeting and dinner – El Centro Pastoral Tepeyac, Omaha NOV. 19 » Deposit and Loan Committee meeting – Chancery, Omaha Finance Council meeting – Chancery, Omaha

NOV. 20 » Leadership Team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Meeting and tour – Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Omaha » Dinner with Columban Fathers – St. Columbans NOV. 23 » Mentorship Program visit – St. James Parish, Omaha NOV. 23-24 » Parish visit and confirmation – Christ the King Parish, Omaha NOV. 25 » Confirmation – St. Joseph Parish, Omaha NOV. 26 » Catholic Education Partners conference call – Chancery, Omaha » Managers’ Monthly Roundtable Meeting – Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha » Confirmation – St. Joseph Parish, Omaha NOV. 28 » Thanksgiving Dinner at Stephen Center – Omaha NOV. 30-DEC. 1 » Parish visit and confirmation – St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Omaha DEC. 2 » Review Board meeting – Chancery, Omaha DEC. 3 » Mass and tour – Christendom Academy, St. Joan of Arc Campus, Omaha DEC. 4 » Leadership Team meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Urban Southeast Deanery meeting – St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Omaha DEC. 5 » Global Outreach students’ meeting – Chancery, Omaha » Archbishop’s Committee for Development meeting – St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Omaha DEC. 6 » Mass – QLI, Omaha

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

NOV. 19-21 » Ordination and installation of Bishop Austin Vetter – Helena, Montana NOV. 27 » Mass – Pope Paul VI Institute, Omaha


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CCHD collection helps break the cycle of poverty in America By MELISSA MESTL Catholic Voice

Forty-six million people now live below the poverty line in the United States, according to recent figures. That means one in seven adults and one in five children. Catholics have the opportunity to help those in need through the 2019 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection during weekend Masses Nov. 23 and 24. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this anti-poverty appeal aids organizations nationwide to combat the cycle of poverty in low-income communities. For 50 years this special collection has provided financial assistance to the marginalized through its emphases on economic development initiatives and training programs. The CCHD collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address obstacles as they work to make lasting improvements in their communities, and to address the

causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for people who struggle across the country. “When you join with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, you are helping community development projects led by low income groups to make a difference in their communities,” said Bishop David P. Talley of Memphis, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Each diocese retains 25% of the money collected to fund local projects for the poor. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, these funds are managed by Catholic Charities of Omaha for specific programs. For example, last year’s archdiocesan portion of $37,680 supported microbusiness development, the Latina Resource Center and family strengthening services at Juan Diego Center; family services such as parenting and pregnancy support and the Mentoring Moms program at Catholic Charities; and Immigration Legal Services.

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Migrants in Tamaulipas, Mexico, bathe in the Rio Grande Oct. 7 near a makeshift memorial honoring the lives of fellow migrants who have died on their journey north. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is making immigration reform a top priority of his three-year term.

Immigration reform among priorities for new USCCB president By CHAZ MUTH

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BALTIMORE – It will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez that immigration reform is at the top of his priority list as the newly elected president of the U.S. Con- ARCHBISHOP ference of Catho- JOSE H. GOMEZ lic Bishops. “That’s something I’ve been working on for almost 25 to 30 years,” Archbishop Gomez told Catholic News Service during the U.S. bishops’ fall general assembly Nov. 11-13 in Baltimore. On Nov. 12, the body of bishops elected him to lead them for a threeyear term, and he is the first Latino to hold the USCCB presidency. Archbishop Gomez has served as the conference’s vice president since 2016. As president, he succeeds Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. His term begins at the end of assembly. For the 67-year-old shepherd of the largest archdiocese in the U.S., Catholic teaching drives his advocacy for migrant rights, based on biblical principles of welcoming the stranger and upholding the dignity of immigrants and refugees as children of God. In fact, the U.S. bishops have listed immigration reform and migration rights as a top priority for many years. The bishops have sparred with the Trump administration over its policies for asylum-seekers at the border. Pope Francis also has made migrant rights a top priority during his papacy. This topic also is very personal for Archbishop Gomez, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and eventually migrated to the U.S., where he has served as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Denver, archbishop in San Antonio and eventually archbishop in Los Angeles. “It’s really part of my life,” he

said. “I have relatives and friends ... on both sides of the border. So, I think it’s important for us to understand that we are all children of God. If we work together, we can find a solution for this reality and come up with a really clear, simple and good immigration system that can address the needs of the people on both sides.” GLOBAL CONCERN Violence and poverty at home have been a driving factor for Central Americans seeking refuge in the U.S., but Archbishop Gomez points out that migration is more than an American issue – it’s a global concern. According to statistics reported by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, by the end of 2018, “70.8 million individuals have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.” The Bush and Obama administrations both attempted and failed to get immigration reform passed through Congress to make it easier for immigrants to legally migrate to the U.S. The U.S. bishops were in dialogue with previous administrations to develop what they believe is a humane resolution to the immigration debate. Archbishop Gomez said he will continue to talk with President Donald Trump, whose administration has been criticized by Catholic advocates for its former policy of separating families at the border, its restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum and a proposal to further decrease the number of refugees accepted into the United States. The Catholic Church does defend a nation’s right to secure its borders, but most of the world’s migrants are leaving their homeland to escape war, violence and extreme poverty, he said. “There is a lot of suffering. Most of them come to our country because they want to provide for their families.” Ahead of the Nov. 12 oral arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pro-

gram at the U.S. Supreme Court, Archbishop Gomez said there are “no doubt” constitutional and legal questions “raised by DACA and how it was enacted.” “But we need to be clear: The fate of these young adults should never have been in the courts in the first place,” the archbishop wrote in a Nov. 6 column in the Angelus, the online news outlet of the Los Angeles archdiocese. “And it would not be, if our leaders in Washington would simply set aside their political interests and come together to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.” The “failures” of the nation’s leaders in Washington to make “comprehensive reforms to immigration policy “cut across party lines,” Archbishop Gomez said. DACA was established by President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order, and Trump ordered an end to the program in 2017. Several legal challenges to this order have resulted in a consolidation of three DACA cases now before the high court. “Our nation made a promise to these ‘Dreamers,’” Archbishop Gomez wrote. “We have a moral obligation. It is time for the president and Congress to honor that promise and live up to this obligation.” Though he’s passionate about immigration reform, the archbishop said he will not be a single-issue president of the USCCB. Continuing renewal and reform in the church with regard to the clergy sexual abuse crisis will be an ongoing priority, as will combating clericalism in the church, support and promotion of marriage and the family, and evangelization. And he will continue to pray for the laity to become missionary disciples. “It has been a challenging time for the church in these past three years,” Archbishop Gomez said, and as vice president of the USCCB, he had a leadership role in dealing with the crisis. “I hope I continue to be a source of support for my brother bishops and especially to continue this time of renewal.”


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Listening session airs personal stories of racism By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

Being eyed suspiciously and followed while shopping. Having to sit in the balcony, away from the main congregation, in an Omaha Catholic church during the height of racial segregation. Being looked down upon by another minority group at school. These were some of the stories of pain and humiliation shared during a listening session on racism Nov. 2 at Omaha’s Highlander Center, sponsored by the archdiocese’s Black Catholic Implementation Team, a chapter of the National Black Catholic Congress. In response to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts – the Enduring Call to Love,” the event highlighted the personal experiences of racism of several members of the community and discussion of ways to overcome its effects. Attending the listening session were Archbishop George J. Lucas; Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism; Danielle Brown, associate director of the committee; and nearly 70 people, including many from the North Omaha community and St. Benedict the Moor Parish. The ad hoc committee was established in August 2017 in response to increased racial tensions and white nationalism in the

U.S., and issued its pastoral letter last November. As the letter states, “Every racist act – every such comment, every joke, every disparaging look as a reaction to the color of skin, ethnicity, or place of origin – is a failure to acknowledge another person as a brother or sister, created in the image of God. In these and in many other such acts, the sin of racism persists in our lives, in our country, and in our world.” Bishop Fabre said he has attended about a dozen listening sessions around the country this year. “Whenever I go for these listening sessions, I consider what people share from their hearts as they have done here, really to be sacred,” he said following the testimonies of several attendees. The testimonies were “very personal, very touching,” said Angela Hardin, implementation team leader and member of St. Benedict the Moor. But racism in the church is not a problem of the past, she said. “It still happens. That’s something that all of us on the team have experienced.” For example, she described recent instances of not being acknowledged at the sign of peace when attending Mass at other, mostly-white Omaha parishes. Remembering history is important, Bishop Fabre said, not to wallow in it, but to own and acknowledge it so as to become instruments

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Archbishop George J. Lucas greets Clarissa Love prior to a Nov. 2 listening session on racism at Omaha’s Highlander Center, sponsored by the archdiocese’s Black Catholic Implementation Team. Steve Goodwin, left, and Steven Gregory are in the background. All three are members of St. Benedict the Moor Parish. of healing and reconciliation through encounter. He said the USCCB can provide resources and serve as an advocate, but action must take place at the local community and parish level. “I think it begins with an encounter,” Bishop Fabre said. “Then, I think it begins with saying, OK, as people of faith, what can we do to assist in ridding our church and our society of this evil

and scourge of racism.” Ideas that emerged from group discussions during the session included promoting greater minority participation in archdiocesan programs and events, awareness training for priests, deacons and seminarians, and inclusion of black history in school curricula, among other activities to raise awareness about racism. The implementation team plans

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Calix offers cup of salvation to recovering addicts By SUSAN SZALEWSKI Catholic Voice

“Calix,” a word that comes from Latin, means chalice. But for people recovering from addictions, and for others who have suffered their consequences, it means so much more. For Vern, a recovering alcoholic, Calix brings to mind an uplifting, reassuring, void-filling sense of God’s peace and forgiveness. Kathy, who was married to an alcoholic, says that calix is the cup that holds “the wine of salvation ... of recovery, wellness and wholeness before God.” The calix Kathy and Vern know is not only the eucharistic chalice but the Calix Society, an international organization with an Omaha chapter that helps those recovering from addictions resist temptation and grow spiritually. Calix’s approach is Catholic – offering Mass and the sacraments and promoting personal prayer and holiness – but is open also to non-Catholics who want to deepen their spirituality. “Substituting the cup that stupefies with the one that sanctifies” is the Calix motto. The Omaha area chapter meets on the last Saturday of each month at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha, where participants attend Mass, listen to speakers and enjoy fellowship. At Calix people aren’t questioned about their addictions and are not pressured in any way, organizers said. Anonymity is ensured. IN NEED OF GOD’S HELP Kathy and Vern, who belong to Omaha parishes and have been part of Calix for decades, asked not to be fully identified for this article. They stress that Calix is not a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Rather, it’s geared for those who’ve completed 12-step programs and want to continue their recovery, leaning on God for support. Recovering addicts learn to turn their lives over to the care of the Lord, surrendering to his will, said Benedictine Father Eugene McReynolds of Mount Michael Abbey near Elkhorn. “That’s where our Catholic faith triumphs.” Prayer, meditation and “the beauty of the sacraments” have an effect, giving those who struggle the grace needed to live one day at a time. “We never cease needing God’s help,” said Father McReynolds, Calix’s chaplain. Vern, 89, has been going to Calix meetings since 1965, shortly after he began his sobriety. And he still needs the support, he said. Kathy has been going since 1969, after she was forced to separate from her alcoholic husband and raise their three young children without him. “I haven’t missed very many meetings over the past 50 years,” she said.

She joined a 12-step program for support. Father James Schwertley, a longtime Calix chaplain, encouraged her to try Calix, too. “I had to have a higher power to help me through some of those struggles,” Kathy said. She wasn’t angry with her husband, she said. “He had a terrible disease and made choices he didn’t like.” “I was disappointed and sad. But I also know I had a responsibility to the children.” Kathy said she learned her separated husband later tried AA but he wasn’t able to overcome his addiction. He has since died but was able to reconcile with his grown children before his death, she said. At Calix, Kathy said, she found a network that was supportive of families and offered companionship and a “spiritual cohesiveness.”

ago, when he was in his mid-30s. His journey into addiction had begun early. He said he developed a taste for beer when he was still in grade school. He had lied about his age and started working at a neighborhood grocery store, where the owner sometimes brought out beer for the employees after work. “And I enjoyed it,” Vern said. His drinking picked up in high school. A summer job at the stockyards turned into a full-time job after graduation. And having a couple drinks after work was just “part of life.” “I enjoyed drinking,” Vern said. “I enjoyed the laughs and so forth. Until I went too far.” “I didn’t recognize there was a problem for years,” he said. “There was dancing and partying and all the social activities that went with it.” But there came a point “when you have to have it,” he said. Depression followed, but he continued to drink and “hated every bit of it.”

‘A NEED IN EVERY PERSON’ Vern followed his late wife’s example and turned to AA, which helped both of them become sober. But they each needed something more, Vern said. When people become sober, they often feel proud and happy, he said. But “after a time they start feeling that there’s more, that they need more.” “Calix can offer a place to come, be welcomed,” with no pressure, “just to associate with people with the same needs and to draw closer to God.” “I think there’s a need in every person to have a relationship with God,” Vern said. Calix aims to help those who are overcoming addictions attain a stronger Christian life. “In any addiction, you hurt yourself and you hurt others,” he said. “You need peace of mind and self-forgiveness.” VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS The Omaha Calix meetings typically offer Mass, a social hour, dinner and a speaker on spirituality, health or other topics. The meetings draw anywhere from 50 to 90 people, who come

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The chalice symbolizes holy Communion and the blood Jesus shed on the cross. Thus it connotes suffering, redemption and holiness (see especially Mt 20:22-23 and 26:27) – fitting for the name of the Calix Society. The stained glass image shown is from St. Patrick Church in Elkhorn. from a variety of age groups and backgrounds. Most are recovering alcoholics and most are Catholic, Father McReynolds said.

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HIGHER POWER Leaving her husband “was one of the most difficult choices I’ve ever made,” said the now 79-yearold grandmother, great-grandmother and retired counselor. But she didn’t want to harm her children, who were 3, 2 and 1 at the time.

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His wife started going to AA about six months before he did. Vern gives her credit for her example, support and prayers for his recovery. “Without a doubt it was her love and prayers that pulled me through,” he said. They were married 67 years. “We had a few rough years there,” he said, “but we had some magnificent years.” During his long recovery, Calix has lifted him up and fortified him, Vern said. Father McReynolds said that addiction is a disease that requires continuous care. “You never outgrow the need for recovery,” he said. Daily spiritual practices help, he said, “turning your will and life over to God day by day.” For some that may include daily Mass. The sacraments, he said, are essential. At Calix, “we revisit the power of our Catholic faith.”

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BLESSINGS: Elderly offer visitors lessons in life, aging >> Continued from Page 1

“Do not cast me aside in my old age; as my strength fails, do not forsake me.”

rooted in a relationship with God is especially important, Msgr. Whelan said. Vrba, a medication aide at St. Joseph and a member of St. Mary Parish in West Point, said her interest in helping the elderly began with her grandmother, who would take her on nursing home visits. They would bring treats for friends or anyone who might be alone, Vrba said. Sometimes they would take the residents for car rides. Her parents also found ways to help, she said, and were ready to bring a casserole or gift to anyone in need.

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‘AGING GRACEFULLY’ Kathy Bigelow, a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Gretna and a regular volunteer at New Cassel, helps with grief groups there, interviews new residents to determine their pastoral needs, serves as a sacristan and helps with Bible studies and movie gatherings. What she gets in return are lessons in life and aging, she said. “The people here really teach you how to live,” she said. “They have their priorities straight. They’re a great example. They’re appreciative of anything you do for them.” “So many people here are aging gracefully,” said Bigelow, a retired teacher who volunteers as part of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. “I’ve been blessed with a lot,” she said. “My health is still good, and I want to do what I can to help.” Some residents seem lonely when they first arrive at New Cassel, Bigelow said, but they adjust as they get to know more people.

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ways to help keep seniors feeling happy and connected: • Go through a scrapbook together. This is especially good for seniors who might suffer from memory loss, she said. Most seniors enjoy telling stories of how they grew up, what their grandparents were like or what they did when they were young, Vrba said. “Any type of reminiscing.” Visitors benefit by learning about history, she said, and the seniors benefit, too. “When you show an interest in what they did, it makes them feel good.” • Say a prayer together. “It’s amazing how they can remember prayers, even if they can’t remember who you are,” said Vrba, who said she particularly enjoys working in the memory care unit at St. Joseph. “It’s more of a challenge, and it’s important to brighten their day,” she said of the unit’s residents. • Stop by for a visit, send a card or call by phone. • Bring a meal, or even just a cookie to have with coffee. • Take a senior out for a car ride. • Give a hug. • Just sit down and watch television with a senior. • Bring along your children, because many seniors love their visits.

OTHER TIPS Deacon Probst added his own suggestions: • “Simple face-to-face time,” he said. And if that’s not possible, try facetime via social media or emails. • Set up regular times for coffee or tea. • Extend an invitation to lunch or dinner. • Allow visits with a pet. Pets can be therapeutic. New Cassel residents flock to dogs that New Cassel brings in for residents, Deacon Probst said. Seniors who still live at home could take a short walk with their dog, giving them an opportunity to stop and chat with people. He also offered tips for seniors for staying socially active: • Make connections with people who have similar interests or backgrounds. • Take part in social activities like bingo, Bible studies, movies and birthday celebrations. • Go to Mass. Mass is an opportunity for Catholics to gather in faith, he said. Many seniors are able to do that at their neighborhood or community church. When they are no longer able to live at home, residences like New Cassel offer daily Mass. ‘FAMILY IS OUR HOME’ Msgr. Whelan stressed the importance of family in caring for seniors. Family gives people a sense of belonging and worth, he said. “Family is our home on earth.” He said family relationships should take precedence over work, careers, entertainment and friendships. Msgr. Whelan also stressed the importance of faith in combating loneliness.

God can provide a consolation that no human can, he said. Anyone, especially as they are approaching old age, can renew their spiritual life and turn more toward God as they get older, he said. “I would counsel them that as they draw closer to God (and death), they need to make their relationship deeper.” He urged people who feel lonely to pray “God, do not abandon me in my old age,” based on Psalm 71. “God, you are everything,” Msgr. Whelan said to pray. “You’re the answer to my loneliness.” TAKE HOLD OF PRAYER Most Catholics have developed ways to pray over their lifetime. Msgr. Whelan said he encourages people to turn to those prayer forms and “know that God will be there.” “When we’re searching for God, we have to take hold of our prayer,” he said. “We live in a temporal world, but there’s a deeper meaning. We thirst for him and need to find him.” “We’re made for communion with God, but we don’t really know how personal and real that can be.” He is a person who is “really real,” Msgr. Whelan said, and “he has a plan for us.” “It’s very beautiful the way God has planned life,” he said. People become more dependent as they grow old, and they can turn more to God in their needs, he said. “We can’t do everything for ourselves, and we find ourselves needing God. God is provident, but we need a relationship with him.” The retired priest said he often stops by the chapel at the St. John Vianney Residence to pray, where he finds “a wonderful peace,” gratitude and communion with God. “The Spirit of Love provides tremendous consolation in times of need.” Archbishop George J. Lucas has been urging all of his flock to discover an encounter with Jesus, Msgr. Whelan said. “It’s a wonderful consolation.” “I find that my relationship with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit helps me find solutions to problems and helps me make decisions,” he said. “I promised to not make any decisions without him.” A relationship with God helps people find the peace and comfort they need, he said. And they will discover that they are “not really alone.” “When you feel alone, turn to Christ,” he advised. “He is a friend, God with us, Emmanuel. Christ is a wonderful friend for all of us.”


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Religious sisters teach truth in diverse ways

Claiming to be “no holy roller” as a youth, Sister Elizabeth Ann said she was attracted to a life of service and the “mystery of religious life,” and credits the formation she received through her religious community for deepening her faith. “Over the years I have seen a transition from a life of service and eagerness for spreading the Gospel to a life of deeper commitment to a love relationship with the Trinity. I have gone from doing to being,” she said. “Being able to share my faith through my teaching, I hope to inspire and eliven the students’ own love for God and to come to accept God’s abundant and unconditional love for them.”

By MIKE MAY Catholic Voice

Truth and love. Sister Renée Mirkes has dedicated her whole life to those things. And not just as ideals – but as very concrete, personal realities. “The two things that I do in my religious commitment as ‘sponsa Christi,’ the spouse of Christ,” she said, “is to give myself over to God who is all love and to give myself to the truth, who is a person, Jesus Christ, the incarnate God.” Sister Renée’s concise explanation of her vocation might apply equally well to the other members of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who this year celebrate 150 years of service to God’s people. The sisters live out their vocations in diverse ways – as teachers, health care workers and administrators, to name a few. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, for example, Sister Renée has served as director of the Center for NaPro Ethics at the Saint Paul VI Institute in Omaha for the past 23 years, while Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller has spent nine years as a teacher at Guardian Angels Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School in West Point. Three more sisters are involved in health care ministries in West Point. Sister Renée’s vocation has followed a unique path. Originally earning several college degrees in music, she followed the promptings of her order and later earned a doctorate in theological ethics. As a medical ethicist, she conveys the truth of the church’s teachings on procreation in accordance with St. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.” Sister Renée’s work involves phone consultations for up to five hours a day with people from around the world on procreative and birth ethics, sexuality, marriage, family and family planning issues, illuminated by the Catholic Church’s deep understanding of these matters. She also provides instruction

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Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller, left, and Sister Renée Mirkes have found different ways to live out their religious vocations as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. at the institute’s educational conferences for physicians and people training to be teachers of the institute’s fertility care system, and publishes articles in medical, science, Catholic theology and philosophy journals. MORAL DISTINCTIONS The institute, founded in 1985 by Dr. Thomas Hilgers, pioneered a system of natural fertility awareness and regulation through its Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System and NaProTechnology treatment for infertility. Sister Renée spells out to clients the moral distinction between contraception and natural family planning, as well as acceptable and unacceptable methods of treating infertility. At the institute’s recent Women’s Healthcare Matters conference in Omaha, Maureen Karpf was moved by Sister Renée’s presentation on divine personhood. “Her insightful explanation of the freely-willed actions of the

inseparable body and soul moving us (either) toward or away from God was truly inspiring,” Karpf said. “In her lecture on the injustices of in vitro fertilization, I though her description of the baby’s existence as a good, independent from the fulfillment of the parents’ desire, was very thought provoking.” And for Karpf, development associate for the institute for the past six years, the influence of Sister Renée and the institute has had a profound effect on her life. “Practicing the Creighton Model has been transformative in my relationship with my husband (Eric) and my family,” she said. The couple is expecting their fifth child, and Karpf, who was raised Baptist, is considering conversion to Catholicism. Another couple helped by Sister Renée and the work of the institute is Frank and Akemi Johansen, members of Christ the King Parish in Omaha.

Originally from Mexico, Akemi moved to the U.S. in 2000 and became acquainted with Sister Renée through her mother-in-law, who volunteered at the institute. After the birth of the couple’s first son, they suffered three miscarriages. Turning to Dr. Hilgers for fertility treatment, Sister Renée also counseled them through their challenges. Now the parents of five children, ages 9 through 18, the Johansens learned the Creighton Model as a family planning method, avoiding the “pitfalls of contraception,” she said. A TRADITIONAL ROLE Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller has spread the truth of the Gospel through a more traditional role – as a teacher for more than 41 years, including nine years at Guardian Angels. “It has been a wonderful way to help the students and families to know God, active and alive in their lives,” she said.

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, founded Nov. 9, 1869, began with a mission to teach and catechize. Over the years, that mission expanded to include health care and care of the vulnerable. Its diverse ministries now include parish administration, spiritual direction, youth ministry, religious education and community outreach, among others. Anniversary celebrations included a July 4-6 gathering at the order’s motherhouse in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, culminating with a Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, followed by a celebratory dinner. In addition to the Omaha archdiocese, the order’s 220 women also serve in the St. Louis archdiocese, the diocese of Lincoln and seven others in Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Mississippi. Other sisters serving in the Omaha archdiocese in West Point are Sister Patricia Linssen and Sister Joy Rose at Franciscan Care Services and St. Joseph’s Elder Services, and Sister Katherine Warning at St. Joseph’s Elder Services.

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Pope expected to take aim at new arms race Japan trip to focus on morality of nuclear weapons By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis’ top aide made no secret of what will be on the pope’s mind when he visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 24: “the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” In a late September visit to the United Nations, the aide, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, spoke repeatedly and passionately about the need to stop manufacturing, testing and stockpiling nuclear weapons. During his Nov. 20-26 visit to Thailand and Japan, Pope Francis will deliver a message at the “hypocenter” or ground zero park in Nagasaki and will hold a meeting for peace later that day at the peace memorial in Hiroshima. The U.S. military dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima

Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki Aug. 9, 1945. Tens of thousands of people died immediately from the blasts and tens of thousands more died over the next several months from burns and radiation sickness. Japan surrendered to the Allies six days after the bombing of Nagasaki. Pope Pius XII, who already had expressed concern to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences about plans to develop an atomic weapon, told the academy in 1948 that the “the ‘atom bomb’ or ‘nuclear energy bomb,’ (was) the most terrible weapon which the human mind has conceived to date.” For decades, Pope Pius’ successors judged the policy of nuclear deterrence to be morally acceptable, but only on the condition that real efforts continued for a complete ban of the weapons. The position began to change when St. John Paul II visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1981 and noted that despite talk about disarmament, “nuclear stockpiles have grown in quantity and in destructive power. Nuclear weaponry continues to be built, tested and deployed,” making the destruction of humanity “a real possibility.”

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strongest appeal possible for concerted steps toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” Sister Filo Hirota, a Mercedarian Missionary of Berriz and longtime peace activist, told Catholic News Service that she and other members of the Catholic Council for Justice and Peace of Japan hope for even more. “We hope that he would say that the prohibition of the production of nuclear weapons is a moral imperative,” she said. Pope Francis is not expected to call out U.S. President Donald Trump for his administration’s delay in extending New START or specifically mention the United States and Russia allowing the treaty on intermediate-range weapons to expire. But, Sister Hirota said, “even if he does not make himself so specific, we hope he could refer to the actual political means to move the states toward a world without nuclear weapons.” “We also hope that he would address himself to nuclear power plants,” she said. “There is no peaceful use of nuclear energy.” In fact, the pope is scheduled to visit Nov. 25 with victims of Japan’s 2011 “triple disaster” when a strong earthquake caused a severe tsunami that flooded the

Fukushima nuclear power plant, causing a meltdown, hydrogen explosions and the release of radioactive contamination. In late October, La Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal reviewed by the Vatican Secretariat of State prior to publication, ran an article titled, “It’s Time for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.” The article was written by Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Reports of Russian development of the Burevestnik or Skyfall nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed missile and of a submarine drone believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons show “the enormous risk that a new nuclear arms race between Russia and the United States represents for the world,” Father Christiansen wrote. Every Catholic should know and support the Catholic Church’s clear call for the abolition of nuclear weapons, he said, and embrace that teaching along with the defense of the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.


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Veteran says ‘Little Flower’ kept him alive Months of bombing runs made survival unlikely By DAVE HRBACEK

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NEW HOPE, Minn. – A German Messerschmitt fighter plane was bearing down on Don Stoulil’s B-17 bomber as he flew a mission during World War II. Stoulil, the pilot, looked out the windshield of his cockpit and saw the enemy plane zooming straight at him with machine guns blazing. “This is it,” he thought, as he braced for the barrage of bullets that he expected to blast through the glass and tear into his body. It didn’t happen. Not one piece of lead penetrated the cockpit. The reason? Stoulil, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, believes he had a layer of protection no German machine gun could penetrate – a first-class relic of St. Therese of Lisieux. Tucked into the pocket of his uniform pants, it was with him on every mission. He believes St. Therese kept him alive in the cockpit during six months of bombing runs that ended in 1944 when he reached the end of his tour of duty and returned to the United States. The then-22-year-old got the relic from a chaplain, Father Edmund Skoner, at an airfield in Molesworth, England, shortly after arriving in December 1943. After surviving 31 bombing missions into Germany, Stoulil came to believe that St. Therese was watching over him. He escaped several close calls and saw other planes flying near his get hit and go down. Nary a bullet touched his cockpit. Only once did a member of his 10-man crew get injured. None were killed. “St. Therese, oh, she took care of us – absolutely,” Stoulil

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Don Stoliel of Sacred Heart Parish in Robbinsdale, Minn., holds a picture of himself Sept. 6, 2019, which was taken near the end of his tour of duty in World War II as a B-17 bomber pilot. He carried a relic of St. Therese of Lisieux in the cockpit during all of his 31 missions and credits the saint for his survival. told The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. “She means just about everything because I wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for St. Therese.” Today, the 98-year-old, who married after the war and had four children with his late wife, Shirley, is as passionate as ever about his favorite saint, “The Little Flower.” Fittingly, he lives at a facility in New Hope, Minnesota, that bears her name: St. Therese of New Hope. He has told his story numerous times, both to Sacred Heart parishioners and students at

Sacred Heart Catholic School. BOYHOOD DREAM Stoulil crossed paths with the relic by chasing his boyhood dream of becoming a pilot. He had what he called “a romance with the clouds.” Growing up in Olivia, Minnesota, about two hours west of the Twin Cities, he often would run out of his house to watch World War I-era planes fly overhead. After graduating from high school in 1938, he enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1940 with the hope of becoming a pilot. He was placed into the regular

Army after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Transferred to Camp Haan in California, he noticed a nearby aviation training facility called March Field. “I used to watch those B-17s take off over at March Field,” he said. “My body was in Camp Haan; my heart was over there across the road at March Field. I wanted to get in the (Army) Air Corps.” It took some persistence. Initially, he was assigned to operate anti-aircraft artillery. That landed him in Alaska, where U.S. forces were anticipating a Japanese attack. For several months, it looked as though his military tour would involve firing at enemy fighter planes. “But, I still had my heart in the air,” he said. “I wanted to do that more than anything else in the world.” With the help of a commanding officer, he was able to go to Anchorage to apply for aviation cadet training in the Army Air Corps (now called the Air Force). He was rejected the first time because of a medical condition, but eventually passed in June 1942. The news “was like going to heaven,” he said. Once in flight school, he chose to be a bomber pilot and was assigned to the 303rd Bomb Group in Molesworth. There he met the chaplain who gave him the relic. HOLY GIFT Stoulil wants to make sure his story – especially the part about the relic – lives on. After carrying the relic in his pocket for decades after coming home, he gave it to

the pastor of Sacred Heart, Father Bryan Pedersen, three years ago. The two met just a week after Father Pedersen came to Sacred Heart in 2008. They forged a friendship through weekly breakfasts at a local restaurant after morning Mass, and built a trust that motivated Stoulil to place the relic in his pastor’s care. “I just felt humbled that he would want me to have that relic,” Father Pedersen said. Meanwhile, Stoulil continues his devotion to St. Therese. He currently is reading her autobiography, “The Story of a Soul,” and also makes regular visits to a smaller, secondary prayer space at his care facility called Little Flower Chapel. He goes to this chapel for Mass twice a week and tries to stop by daily to acknowledge the saint’s help in the cockpit of his B-17. “I go by there and I’ll say, ‘Thank you, Therese, for 31,’” he said. “She got me through those 31 missions without a scratch. There were some mighty, mighty, mighty close calls.” Father Pedersen is glad to have the chance to know someone from what is known as The Greatest Generation. Stoulil is “a man of service, and dedicated to country, to family and to his faith, the Catholic faith in particular,” he said. “We need more men like Don Stoulil today. Our world, our country would be far better off.”

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REVIEW: MIDWAY

Historical drama recounts decisive naval victory By JOHN MULDERIG

RATING: PG-13 for frequent stylized violence with little gore, brief gruesome images of a burned corpse, about 10 uses of profanity, an equal number of milder oaths, at least one rough term and considerable crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults.

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NEW YORK – It’s all hands on deck in the vivid fact-based naval epic “Midway” (Lionsgate). In fact, the cast of this historical drama is so crowded that viewers might feel the occasional roll call was in order. The film recounts the period from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, to the Navy’s decisive victory in the battle of the title in June 1942. Indeed, so overwhelming was the triumph at Midway that it turned the tide in the Pacific Theater of World War II. As the movie demonstrates, military personnel at all levels contributed to this success. Among the top brass, Adms. Chester W. Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) and William “Bull” Halsey (Dennis Quaid) collaborated to outfox their most gifted counterpart, Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa), the architect of the Pearl Harbor operation. They were aided by the work of Lt. Cmdr. Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), a brilliant intelligence officer who correctly surmised that the Japanese were intent on mounting an assault on Midway Island and thus enabled American forces to get the drop on them. Layton’s most significant subordinate was eccentric codebreaker Joseph Rochefort (Brennan Brown).

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Keean Johnson and Ed Skrein star in a scene from the movie “Midway.” Another figure who helped to lay the groundwork for the outcome was Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle (Aaron Eckhart). His famous air raid on Tokyo in April 1942 was a major propaganda coup for the Allies. It also contributed to a shift in Japanese strategy. Convinced that the U.S. aircraft carrier fleet, which had escaped

damage at Pearl Harbor, must now be dealt with to prevent another raid like Doolittle’s, the Japanese commanders decided to lure it into a trap at Midway. Instead, thanks to Layton, the carriers were waiting for the Japanese and succeeded in snaring them. As for those who actually fought the battle, they’re represented here

primarily by two daring pilots, squadron commanders Dick Best (Ed Skrein) and Wade McClusky (Luke Evans). While on shore, Dick benefits from the support of his loving wife, Ann (Mandy Moore), who argues against the self-doubts that trouble him. As this partial list of characters suggests, director Roland Emmer-

ich has a lot of personal storylines to keep bound together – with the result that the details of his film are sometimes confusing. But there’s a good balance in Wes Tooke’s script between action scenes and human interest. The patriotism, courage and tenacity on display, moreover, go a long way to maintain attention. Predictably, a lot of realistic sailors’ talk is worked into the dialogue. In particular, the servicemen have a habit of impugning the marital status of their adversaries’ parents. Still, given the excellent history lesson on offer in “Midway,” at least some parents may consider it acceptable for older teens. All the more so since the mayhem of war – though its dangers are effectively brought home to viewers – is nonetheless portrayed in a restrained way.

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Father, daughter make cross-country pilgrimage for life By ANDREW BUTLER Catholic News Service

For John Moore, each step is a prayer. And when you’re walking the 2,800 miles from San Francisco to Washington, that’s a lot of prayer. Last January, Moore completed a cross-country walk to pray for the unborn. Accompanied by his youngest daughter, Laura, who drove along in a support vehicle, he carried two crosses as he walked through deserts and mountains, rain and snow. The journey began April 8, 2018 – Divine Mercy Sunday – and ended at the national March for Life in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Moore is a member of Knights of Columbus Fray Marcos Council 1783 in Gallup, New Mexico. “The reason I did the walk is because I wanted to thank and pray for the Knights and the March for Life because of all they’ve done, how they’ve brought awareness, and I wanted to give them those crosses,” Moore said. Moore’s journey, his commitment to the faith and the unborn, makes him an everyday hero and the subject of a video series produced by the Knights of Columbus. The series highlights men and their families who do extraordinary things. At age 67, Moore saw this pilgrimage as something he needed to do. “I felt like I was called upon to do this walk, to humble myself before God, to be a witness for Christ,” Moore says in the Everyday Heroes video, shot while he was on his pilgrimage. CRUCIAL ROLE Moore’s daughter played a critical role in the journey, booking hotel rooms along the way, and standing ready to pick him up if he should find himself in need. Each day, Laura Moore drove him to where he left off the previous day. “We have a lot of bonding time,” Moore said during the pilgrimage. “So, nine months of getting to be with one of your family members is a real treat, something I value.” On any given day, logistical plans could change several times. The largest interruption occurred just after their arrival in Utah in June 2018, when they were forced to return home to take care of the family business. “We weren’t able to return to the walk until August, which

meant Dad had to walk further and harder every day than he planned,” Laura Moore said. Despite some frustrations and miscommunications between father and daughter at times, Laura Moore said she is happy to be able to help her dad achieve his dream, one that she sees as very meaningful. “I think that the pro-life struggle is a spiritual battle,” she said. “I think that when we stop respecting life at its purest, most innocent, no life matters, right?”

grimage was all about, and some even offered him money. Moore accepted it but never kept it for himself – he donated it to the Knights so that more ultrasound machines could be installed. “Being a Knight increases your faith,” he said. “If I wasn’t a Knight myself, I doubt if I would be walking right now.” WALKING AND PRAYING Of all the pilgrimages he’s made – he’s been doing them for 15 years – he sensed something special about this one in the way it affected people. His daughter speculates that prayer has a lot to do with it. “When we did the walk, we weren’t holding signs, or screaming at anybody, or saying crass things to people who disagreed with us,” she said. “My dad walked, and we prayed every day and I just feel like I’ve seen those prayers come to life.” Laura Moore works with her father at their family’s hotel business in Colorado. John Moore is a husband and father of six, one of whom helped manage the business during the pilgrimage. When he turns 70, Moore hopes to semi-retire and make more pilgrimages to Ireland and Spain. Moore’s story shows that an ordinary Catholic man can apply his faith in an extraordinary way.

ALL ABOUT LOVE Moore first attended the March for Life six years ago and was inspired that one person – founder Nellie Gray – could initiate such a massive event for the pro-life cause. He wanted to do something to pray not only for the unborn but for all involved in the pro-life movement. Having previously completed a 630-mile walking pilgrimage from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Pilsen, Kansas, in honor of Father Emil Kapaun, a Korean War hero and chaplain, he decided to do an even longer one for the pro-life movement. While the journey was a team effort between father and daughter, it also mandated a degree of solitude. For Laura Moore, the silence of being alone in the car provided an opportunity for prayer. By spending time praying the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet, she found it changed the way she viewed her own struggles. “It’s all about how much love you put into it. And you can turn everything into a prayer,” she said. “And for me, I find that when I’m cold and I don’t want to be in the car, I can turn that into a prayer for somebody.” ULTRASOUND INITIATIVE The Knights of Columbus have braved the cold to support the pro-life cause at every March for Life since the first one in 1974. Support for life in all its stages is one of the key activities of the organization. In addition to praying novenas for life, supporting the Special Olympics and organizing Masses for people with special needs, the Knights recently donated their 1,000th ultrasound machine for pregnancy centers around the world. Such machines give women the opportunity to see their babies developing and help them choose life. The Moores’ pilgrimage pro-

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Jesus’ risen body is our eternal refuge

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he Jewish people took great pride in their Temple. It was costly and took them 46 years to build. For them it was the most sacred place on earth. It was a place of sacrifice, prayer and worship. It was where heaven met earth and where the covenant of Abraham continued to be fulfilled through the chosen people. Jesus warns his disciples that the temple will not always be there. He tells them, “The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone.” Jesus spoke these sobering prophetic words to his disciples as they rested near the Mount of Olives on their way back to their lodging just outside the walls of Jerusalem. They sat there on the

Scripture Reflections FATHER WALTER NOLTE hillside gazing at the horizon as rays of the setting sun reflected off the stones of the Temple. Its brilliance caught their eyes and captured their imaginations. Jesus uses this opportunity to begin moving their hearts deeper into the mystery of the truth of his identity. In prophesying the destruction of the Temple, Jesus is preparing their hearts for the destruction of the temple of his body. He is preparing them for the Cross and a time that he will no longer be with them. He forewarns them about the persecution that will come for them and encourages them to persevere by remaining faithful in prayer. His death and resur-

rection will bring them to a new understanding of prayer, sacrifice and worship. His risen body will become the place of right worship. It will be the place of sacrifice and praise. It will become their sanctuary. Jesus’ risen body is the eternal temple that can never be destroyed. We enter this sacred space every time we contemplate the wounds Jesus suffered for us. In moments of weakness and temptation, we take refuge in God’s love for us by entering the sanctuary of his Sacred Heart and hiding ourselves in the Holy of Holies. When we pray is this fashion, we become a temple of God’s presence and the brilliance of his glory emanates from our very being, leading others to Christ. Father Walter Nolte is pastor of St. Patrick Parish and president of Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools in Fremont.

SCRIPTURE READINGS OF THE DAY NOVEMBER 18 Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158; Lk 18:35-43 or Acts 28:11-16, 30-31; Ps 98:1-6; Mt 14:22-33 19 Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31; Ps 3:2-7; Lk 19:1-10 20 Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31; Ps 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b, 15; Lk 19:11-28 21 Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29; Ps 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15; Lk 19:41-44 22 Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59; (Ps) 1 Chr 29:10b-12; Lk 19:45-48 23 Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13; Ps 9:2-4, 6, 16b, 19; Lk 20:27-40 24 Sunday – Feast of Christ the King: 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122:1-5; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 25 Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20; (Ps) Dn 3:52-56; Lk 21:1-4 26 Tuesday: Dn 2:31-45; (Ps) Dn 3:57-61; Lk 21:5-11 27 Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; (Ps) Dn 3:62-67; Lk 21:12-19

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Can there be a ‘Christian Zen’?

or the past three columns, we have been discussing the document on prayer issued by Spain’s bishops in September, “My Thirst for God, for the Living God.” Last time we examined what it says about the problems with Buddhist methods of meditation. Now we’ll delve into the final paragraph of that section, which answers a vital question: To what extent can Christians incorporate Buddhist practices into their spirituality? Paragraph 14 of “My Soul Thirsts” begins, “Sometimes Zen meditation is practiced by Christian groups and church organizations. Some even speak of a so-called Christian Zen. In principle, this would not represent an obstacle if it were limited to incorporating certain techniques into the pedagogy of Christian prayer that predispose the body and spirit to the silence necessary for prayer. Nevertheless, often times it goes beyond this, having no little impact on the understanding of what prayer is.” In 1971, William Johnston published a book titled “Christian Zen.” He was a Jesuit priest living in Tokyo who took up Zen meditation and sought to find commonality between Buddhism and Christianity. The bishops are almost certainly referring to Johnston’s work. We should also recall, however, that the Spanish bishops apply the term “Zen” to all meditative practices that originate in Buddhism. The only specific practice they reference is mindfulness. Therefore, what they say of “Christian Zen” especially applies to what is sometimes called “Christian (or Catholic) Mindfulness.” The bishops distinguish between “techniques” and “methods”: “The method, considered as a complete itinerary of meditation, is inseparable from the goal to be achieved and from the anthropological, religious and theological assumptions from which it is born and that sustain it. On the other hand, concrete techniques to help reach a certain disposition prior to prayer could be separated from the whole method and its foundations. It is not possible, however, to have true Christian prayer that assumes a method in its entirety

Conversation with God CONNIE ROSSINI that does not originate in, or departs from, the content of faith.” Incorporating a complete program of Buddhist meditation into one’s prayer life would be problematic. If one exclusively used Buddhist methods in place of traditional Christian ones, one might adopt a view of human nature and of the divine that has no room for redemption in Christ. Practicing Buddhist methods outside of one’s prayer time could reap similar results. “Techniques,” on the other hand, may be separated from their Buddhist influences. How? By using them only as a physical or psychological preparation for prayer, rather than a stand-alone “supplement” to prayer or substitution for it. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) noted this same possibility in its 1989 document “On Some Aspects of Christian Meditation.” In context, the CDF is referring to such practices as focusing on one’s breath or doing stretches before prayer. These practices can calm the body and the mind and help set aside distractions. However, the CDF teaches that these practices are only a preparation for prayer, not prayer itself. While a particular technique might be separable from the goals and assumptions of Buddhism, a method of meditation cannot. For the Spanish bishops, full-fledged Buddhist meditation is a danger, whether or not the practitioner sees it as prayer. (See my column, “Spain’s bishops: Only God can quench our thirst” in the Oct. 4 edition of the Catholic Voice.) What, then, about mindfulness, which often relies on Buddhist meditation to help form the habit of living in the present? Like other Buddhist practices, mindfulness is “inseparable from … the anthropological, religious and theological assumptions from which it is born and that sustain it” (no. 14). In other words, it is incompatible with Christian prayer and belief. Connie Rossini is a member of St. Peter Parish in Omaha. She is co-author of “The Contemplative Rosary” released by EWTN Publishing and author of four other books on Catholic spirituality.

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Pope adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to universal calendar By CAROL GLATZ

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Putting the celebration of the feast day on the universal calendar “will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of the perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the head of the church also accepted us as her own,” the decree said. The decree, dated Oct. 7, feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, was published Oct. 31 by the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. According to tradition, the Holy House of Loreto was carried by angels from Nazareth to the Italian hillside town of Loreto the night of Dec. 9-10 in 1294 after making a three-year stop in Croatia. Tradition holds that the small house, made of three stone walls, is the place where Mary was born, where she was visited by an angel and conceived Jesus through the Holy Spirit, and where the Holy Family later lived. The decree said the shrine in Loreto “recalls the mystery of the Incarnation” and helps visitors “meditate both on the words of the angel announcing the Good News and on the words of the Vir-

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Pope Francis prays before a statue of Our Lady of Loreto at the Sanctuary of the Holy House on the feast of the Annunciation in Loreto, Italy, March 25, 2019. Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. gin in response to the divine call.” And it has been able to “illustrate powerfully the evangelical virtues of the Holy Family,” it added.

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Mother of the Redeemer and of the church, saints and blesseds have responded to their vocation, the sick have invoked consolation in suffering, the people of God have begun to praise and plead with Mary using the Litany of Loreto, which is known throughout the world,” the decree said. “In light of this, Pope Francis has decreed, by his own authority, that the optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto should be inscribed in the Roman Calendar on 10 December, the day on which the feast falls in Loreto, and celebrated every year.” “Therefore, the new memorial must appear in all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.” Liturgical texts for the feast day were published in Latin with the decree, which said the translations would be approved by bishops’ conferences and then published after confirmation by the Vatican dicastery. Custodians of the shrine have said the stones of the house were removed from the Holy Land and carried by ship by a member of the Angeli family. The family name is also the Italian word for “angels,” thus being a possible explanation for the more popular notion of winged angels flying the house to Italy. Despite the possibility that the house came by way of ship, Our Lady of Loreto is still the patron saint of aviation and air travel.

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Historical clarity and today’s Catholic contentions

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ne of the curiosities of the 21st-century Catholic debate is that many Catholic traditionalists (especially integralists) and a high percentage of Catholic progressives make the same mistake in analyzing the cause of today’s contentions within the church – or to vary the old fallacy taught in Logic 101, they think in terms of post concilium ergo propter concilium (“Everything that’s happened after the council has happened because of the council”).

And inside that fallacy is a common misreading of modern Catholic history. The traditionalists insist that everything was fine before the council (which many of them therefore regard as a terrible mistake); the progressives agree that the pre-Vatican II church was a stable institution but deplore that stability as rigidity and desiccation. But that’s not the way things were pre-Vatican II, as I explain at some length and with some engaging stories in my new book, “The Irony of Modern Catholic History: How the Church Rediscovered Itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform” (Basic Books). And no one knew the truth about pre-Vatican II Catholicism better than the man who was elected pope during the council and guided Vatican II through its last three sessions, St. Pope Paul VI. On Jan. 25, 1959, Pope John XXIII, thought to be an elderly placeholder, stunned both the church and the world by announcing his intention to summon the 21st ecumenical council. That night, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini (who would be known as Paul VI four and a half years later), called an old friend. An experienced churchman who had long served Pius XII as chief of staff, Montini saw storm clouds on the horizon: “This holy old boy,” he said of John XXIII, “doesn’t know what a hornet’s nest he’s stirring up.” That shrewd observation turned out to be spot on – and not simply because of the council, but because of the bees and hornets that had been buzzing around the ecclesiastical nest for well over 100 years. Contrary to both traditionalist and progressive misconceptions, Catholicism was not a placid institution, free of controversy and contention, prior to Vatican II. As I show in “The Irony of Modern Catholic History,” there was considerable intellectual ferment in the church during the mid19th century, involving great figures like the recently-canonized John Henry Newman, the German bishop Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler (grandfather of modern Catholic social thought), and the Italian polymath

The Catholic Difference GEORGE WEIGEL Antonio Rosmini (praised by John Paul II in the 1999 encyclical, “Faith and Reason,” and beatified under Benedict XVI). That ferment accelerated during the 25-year pontificate of Leo XIII, who launched what I dub the “Leonine Revolution,” challenging the church to engage the modern world with distinctively Catholic tools in order to convert the modern world and lay a firmer foundation for its aspirations. American Catholicism, heavily focused on institution-building, was largely unaware of the sharp-edged controversies (and ecclesiastical elbow-throwing) that followed Leo XIII’s death in 1903. Those controversies, plus the civilization-shattering experience of two world wars in Europe, plus a rapid secularization process in Old Europe that began in the 19th century, set the stage for John XXIII’s epic opening address to Vatican II. There, the pope explained what he envisioned Vatican II doing: gathering up the energies let loose by the Leonine Revolution and focusing them through the prism of an ecumenical council, which he hoped would be a Pentecostal experience energizing the church with new evangelical zeal. John XXIII understood that the Gospel proposal could only be made by speaking to the modern world in a vocabulary the modern world could hear. Finding the appropriate grammar and vocabulary for contemporary evangelization didn’t mean emptying Catholicism of its content or challenge, however. As the pope insisted, the perennial truths of the faith were to be expressed with the “same meaning” and the “same judgment.” Vatican II, in other words, was to foster the development of doctrine, not the deconstruction of doctrine. And the point of that doctrinal development was to equip the church for mission and evangelization, for the modern world would be converted by truth, not ambiguity or confusion. Over the past six and a half years, it’s become abundantly clear that more than a few Catholics, some quite prominently placed, still don’t get this history. Nor do the more vociferous elements in the Catholic blogosphere. Which is why I hope “The Irony of Modern Catholic History” helps facilitate a more thoughtful debate on the Catholic present and future, through a better understanding of the Catholic past. 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.

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n my last column, I discussed Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. This legal case will be heard by the United States Supreme Court sometime this fall. The main issue in Espinoza is whether it is unconstitutional to discriminate against religious believers and institutions in dispersing public funds that other people and institutions may generally receive. In Espinoza, the Montana Legislature passed a scholarship tax credit policy to incentivize increased charitable giving for children in low-income families to attend the school of their choice. Three low-income families filed a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Revenue (MDR) because it would not implement the program, claiming the law was unconstitutional because it provided financial assistance to students who attended religious schools. The MDR cited its state constitution’s Blaine Amendment, a provision which prohibits public funds from directly or indirectly benefiting a church or sectarian educational institution. While my previous column alluded to the state’s Blaine Amendment, it did not discuss the bigoted history behind it. And as the saying goes, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The Blaine Amendment is named after James G. Blaine, who served Maine in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1863 to 1881. During his tenure in the House, he rose through the ranks and was elected Speaker of the House. Blaine later served as the Secretary of State. He also made three unsuccessful runs for the presidency: Twice he lost the bid for the nomination and the third time he won the nomination but was defeated by Grover Cleveland in the 1884 general election. In 1875, as a member of the House of Representatives after he served as Speaker of the House, Blaine offered his amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment stated, in part, that “no money raised by taxation in any State for the support of public schools, or derived from any public fund therefor, nor any public lands devoted thereto, shall ever be under the control of any religious sect; nor shall any money so raised or lands so devoted be divided between religious sects or denominations.” While on its face, such a provision might seem sensible, the historical situation provides context to its deeper, bigoted meaning. As Eric Rassbach, a religious liberty expert, recounts: “In the period following the Civil War, anti-immigrant sentiment, particularly against Irish Catholics, was

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Faithful, Watchful Citizens TOM VENZOR running high. Many saw the newcomers as poor, uneducated and loyal to a foreign power – the pope. They were thus a threat to the American way of life. As a result, many Protestants wanted to ensure that Catholics had no influence in public institutions, particularly in the public schools.” Rep. Blaine politically capitalized on these fears. As one historian notes: “The proposed amendment served Blaine’s purpose of rallying Protestants to the Republican party and promoting himself as one of the party’s foremost leaders.” Rick Garnett, a professor and legal expert on Blaine Amendments, has noted: “Of course, supporters of the Blaine Amendments made it clear that any prohibitions on the use of public funds for K-12 education conducted by ‘sectarian’ institutions would not prevent the continued moral education of public-school children in accordance with Protestant Christian teachings that, in their view, were foundational to America’s greatness and survival. Thus, by adopting Blaine Amendments, state officials were not arguing against the teaching of religion in public schools – they were arguing in favor of a monopoly for the teaching of a ‘common,’ pan-Protestant civic religion.” In short, the Blaine Amendment proposed to the U.S. Constitution was rooted in an anti-Catholic animus to ban aid to “sectarian” schools, a term which was merely code for Catholic schools. Unfortunately, Blaine’s constitutional amendment received the necessary twothirds support from the House (180-7). Fortunately, it did not gain a super-majority in the U.S. Senate and failed to advance in the adoption process. However, this failure simply moved the political campaign to the individual states where nearly 40 states subsequently adopted them, including Nebraska. As Rassbach has said: “The anti-Catholic history of the Blaine Amendments cannot be whitewashed.” The question now: Will the Supreme Court – nearly 150 years later – finally “put an end to Blaine’s odious legacy” and strike a death blow to Blaine Amendments? To quote Cicero: “While I breathe, I hope!” Tom Venzor is executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, with headquarters in Lincoln. Contact him at tvenzor@ necatholic.org.


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t’s become a fourgeneration tradition to head south of the cities and take in a small-town celebration of fall. Our route winds between soaring bluffs and a shimmering lake. It feels like a narrow passageway, a tunnel back in time.

Christina Capecchi’s grandmother, Mary Ellen Storms, and her daughter, Katherine, 9 months, ride the carousel at Lark Toys in Wabasha, Minnesota.

radio with her grandpa. She is still a kindergarten teacher, overwhelmed and inspired to teach 110 students. She is still a newlywed, deeply in love, merging two lives. She is still a stay-at-home mom, humbled by the task of raising children. She is still a Girl Scout leader, teaching the third graders in Troop 551 a melody they will sing when they are new moms soothing colicky babies. She is still a widower at 45, given to fits of uncontrollable crying, triggered by daily reminders like shoes in a closet, but also propped up by enormous kindness. (“I never knew there was such compassion,” she said. “I’ll never be the same.”) She is still a program coordinator at a social-service agency called Neighbors, determined to serve the needy in her midst. She is still a grandma, floored by the joy of her baby’s baby. She is still a great-grandma, elevated to “another whole level, floating above Never, Never Land, fully aware of each blessing but totally free of responsibility.” She has kept all these things in her heart, and she can access any one at any time. At 90 she is ageless: tender and tough, young and wise, more alive than ever.

mined to prove she is taller than he (though she is not). She is still a teenager, dream-

Christina Capecchi is a freelance writer from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

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We perused antique dolls at a whimsical toy store in Wabasha, Minnesota. Grandma recognized a Shirley Temple doll on display; she’d had the same one. Then we climbed aboard the hand-carved carousel, Grandma in a gilded chariot pulled by an ostrich, the baby on her lap. It seemed a fitting placement for our freckled matriarch who turns 90 this month: a few musical loops for the woman who has circled the sun 90 times, all while remaining in close orbit with the Son. On the drive home, we gazed at blazing maples and listened to “How Great Thou Art” – a song played at Grandpa Jim’s funeral, she told me. In the back of the van, a great grandchild snapped her reverie, and stories of toddler antics ensued. Again she seamlessly spanned the decades, recalling her days with young children. She laughed about the time her son Michael got stuck in a muddy field at stern Farmer Sperl’s.

A neighbor boy breathlessly alerted her, advising: “You might need boots.” The lake danced behind us, and I circled back to her milestone birthday. “I feel pretty much the same as 70,” she said. Grandma stimulates her mind and soul: daily Mass and crosswords and journaling, weekly adoration, frequent phone calls and chocolates. She credits “God’s grace and the luck of the Irish, which includes my genes.” She does not look 90. She is spry, plucking out songs at the piano, scooping up great-grandbabies, serving guests. She is beloved by everyone she encounters – a Universal Grandma, a stand-in with a ready hug and listening ear, a candy dish and a crackling fireplace. She makes each visitor feel understood and embraced. That is her superpower: she remembers. She is 90 and also 50 and 20 and 5. She recalls each stage – not only where she was and what she did but how she felt. She remembers how it feels. She is still a redheaded girl living in St. Paul with her grandparents, tormented by the neighbor boy Donny Stulhman, deter-

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DICKEY-Aaron M., 27. Funeral Mass Nov. 7 at St. Thomas More Church. Survived by parents, Dan and Pam; brothers and sister-in-law, Matt and Melissa Dickey, and Collin Dickey; sister, Brittany Dickey; niece; nephew; grandparents, Mary Brunow, Bob Johnson, and Dan and Carol Kampan; aunts; uncles. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME ECABERT-Richard J., 89. Vigil service Nov. 6 at West Center Chapel. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Rita; sons, Richard and Timothy; daughter-inlaw, Molly; parents, Lillian and Walter Ecabert; sister, Betty Shelton; brother, Robert. Survived by sons, Tom Ecabert, Bill Ecabert and Robert Ecabert; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Bob Schultz; daughters-in-law, Gayle Ecabert and Theresa Ecabert; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Memorials to Our Lady of Lourdes or Holy Name Church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER EICKELMAN-Colleen E., 78. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Private interment. Preceded in death by parents, Gertrude and Patrick Heenan; daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Gregory Schleisman; granddaughter, Erin Schleisman. Survived by children and spouse, Scott Eickelman, and Molly and Travis Carroll; five grandchildren. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER FLANAGAN-James M. “Jim”, 76. Funeral Mass Oct. 28 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Interment Bellevue Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Jim Flanagan and Amelia (Moya) Flanagan; brother, Michael; granddaughter, Tessa Perez. Survived by wife, Patricia (Finn); son, Sean; daughters, Shannon Groves (Mark Rankin), Erin Flanagan, Kelly Zachs (Steve); three grandchildren; brothers, Dennis (Katherine), and Gary Flanagan. Memorials to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL GIBBS-Joyce Elaine, 85. Funeral service Nov. 4 at St. Leo the Great Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, William and Mary Matt; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnne (Joe) Baldus; brothers, William Matt, Richard Matt, Stephen Matt; sister-in-law, Judy Matt. Survived by husband, John “Jack”; children, Dave (Leslie) Gibbs, Dianne (John) Mackey, Sue (Barry) Scheinost, Don Gibbs, Beth Gibbs, Greg (Lynette) Gibbs; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom (Janet) Matt, Jim Matt; two sisters-in-law, Carol (Jerry) Dugan, Janet (Jim) Wicka. Memorials designated at a later date. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER HASENJAGER-Eleanor L., 101. Funeral Mass Oct. 31 at Holy Cross Church. Entombment Calvary Mausoleum. Preceded in death by parents, Stephen and Mary Hannis; husband, William; sisters, Carolyn Benedict and Florence Yanko. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jerome and Margaret Hasenjager; daughters and son-in-law, Lorene Melby, and Joan and Phil Huston; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Alice Birdner. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED HEBLE-Sister Phyllis Marie, N.D., 87. Funeral Mass Nov. 5 at the Notre Dame Chapel. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Frances Micek Heble. Survived by brothers and sister-in-law, Richard, and Duane and Marilyn; nieces; nephews; friends; Notre Dame Sisters. Memorials to the Notre Dame Sisters. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER HEGGE-Lester G. “Les”, 69. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Inurnment Omaha National Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, George and Annamarie Hegge. Survived by wife, Linda; daughters and sons-in-law, Shellie and Justin Gomes, Marcie and Chris Sanders, and Nicole and Dave Walker; eight grandchildren; great-granddaughter; siblings and spouses, Diane and Joe Janssen, Linda Donner, Lonnie and Karen Hegge, Susie Pautler, Bobbie and Dave Zavadil, Bruce and Vicky Hegge, and Brian and Karen Hegge; nieces; nephews. Memorials to St. Croix Hospice. ROEDER MORTUARY HENGEN-Francis Leo “Frank”, 78. Funeral Mass Nov. 5 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Eilene; children and spouse, Janet and Paul Burgeson, Carl Hengen, and Stacy Hengen; four granddaughters; brother and sister-inlaw, George and Mary Kay Hengen; nieces; nephew. Memorials to the American Cancer Society. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER HENNING-Douglas B., 88. Funeral Mass Oct. 24 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Capehart Chapel, Bellevue. Interment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by daughter, Susan Nims; sister; three brothers. Survived by wife, Madeline “Lena”; son, Brian Henning; two grandchildren; great-grandson. Memorials to Stephen Center, 2723 “Q” St., Omaha NE 68107 (www.stephencenter.org). BELLEVUE MEMORIAL CHAPEL ISHII-David L. Sr., 66. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at St. Bridget Church. Preceded in death by parents, James and Loretta; brother, Jerry. Survived by wife, Paula (Cushing); sons and daughters-in-law, David Jr. and Desaray, Paul and Andrea, and Jonathan; four grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, James “Jimbo” and Jo; sisters and brother-in-law, Linda Ishii, and Nancy and Tom Hazuka; sister-in-law, Pam Ishii. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME JUAREZ-Joseph J., 95. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Mary L. Juarez. Survived by children and spouses, Joseph J. Jr. and Mary Ann Juarez, and Debra L. and Jeff Sinnett; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

Remembering Pray for those interred during October Rev. James Fitzgerald, SJ Deacon William “Bill” J. Barnes Robert D. Adams Bernard A. Baratta Frank J. Barrett Ellen Arlene (Ristich) Casaccio Maria K. Cordel Joyce L. Current Dorothy Mary Curtis Susan K. Decker William J. Dunn Helen M. Ehrenberg Colleen E. Eickelman Irene (Frankoff) Flaxbeard Robert E. Fleissner, Sr. Alexander “Alex” Franksmann, Jr. Dolores M. Fritch Cecilia “Sheila” B. Garcia Marlene “Molly” H. Gatz Lori K. Gigliotti Jean M. Giles Baudelio Gonzalez Mary (Kelley) Granger Joseph Alexander Grasso, DDS Raymond J. Groves Jerry P. Guinane Barbara A. Hansen Eleanor L. Hasenjager Donald Victor Hobza Lucille C. Hubenka Michael Joseph Hurley Barbara Indracek Robert J. Joyce Joseph J. Juarez Lloyd E. Keller Linda M. Kenefake Barbara H. (Huse) Kennedy James E. Killips David R. Kistler Arnold D. Klein

Elizabeth J. Kleine Ralph “Sonny” G. Koch, Jr. Lawrence T. Koenig, Sr. Paul C. Kowal Lynn M. Lamoureux Norman Lehman, Sr. James G. Linhart Jalmer Stanley Logan, Jr. Paul Macias, Jr. Julia May Maly Russell George Mitchell Patricia Ann Moe Frank J. Morello, Sr. John Blaine “JB” Murphy Martha S. Nuffer Robert J. Nussrallah Karen L. O’Brien John Jeffrey Olmo Terrence P. O’Reilly Timothy F. O’Reilly Michael J. Pazderka Mary Ann Pisci Stephen M. Pondelis Maria Clair Russell Geri Lynn Scarpello Nicholas J. Schafer, Jr. Teresa M. (Kozel) Sheppard Diane Marie (Barry) Stander Bernard J. Stock Jill Stoner Paul H. Thompson Esther E. Wageman John E. Waltermeyer Lois M. Waltermeyer Joseph J. Welter III Katherine (La Fleur) West

KEATING-Patrick G., 60. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Preceded in death by parents, William J. and Ruth Grace Keating; brother, William J. Keating Jr.; brotherin-law, Paul F. Keller. Survived by wife, Jill; sons, Sean, Conor and Brogan; sisters, Deborah J. Keating and Rebecca Keating-Leffler (Steve); brothers-in-law, Michael Degan (Jaime) and Jeff Degan; mother-in-law, Carol Degan; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the Keating children education fund. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER KOSTER-Robert L., 82. Funeral service Nov. 8 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Emelie. Survived by children, Christine Anne (Richard) Hawkins, Martin Leo Koster, William John (Terri) Koster; six grandchildren; siblings, Kenneth (Judy), Dean (Kathy), Madonna Goraczkowski, Yvonne (Sylvan) Klein, Betty Leuck and Joyce (Marv) Threan; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Gretna American Legion or St. Patrick Church. ROEDER MORTUARY KOWAL-Paul Christopher, 88. Funeral Mass Oct. 25 at St. Joseph Church. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Garrett Paul; grandson, Paul Garrett; parents, John and Victoria Kowal; brothers, Michael, John, Joseph, Thaddeus, Anthony and Edward; sisters, Anna, Sr. Mary Ignatius OSF and Rose Pistillo. Survived by wife, Lorry; sons, Craig (Lori) and Scott (Julie); nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank and Richard (Phyllis), sisters-in-law, Joan and Bernardette; brother-in-law, Al Vampola. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

MORITZ-Rita Rose, 78. Funeral Mass Oct. 28 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Survived by husband, Zig Moritz; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah J. and David Hill; grandson; sister, Eva Langer; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Alzheimer’s Association. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER MUMM-Mary Ann, 87. Funeral Mass Nov. 8 at Holy Name Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Edward Mumm; son, Jim Mumm; son-in-law, Joe Buckler. Survived by children and spouses, Bob and Colleen Mumm, Jean and Bill Adler, Julie Buckler and Dave and Michelle Mumm; daughter-in-law, Maureen Mumm; 15 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Kalina. Memorials to Holy Name Church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN O’BRIEN-Karen L., 78. Funeral Mass Oct. 31 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Memorials to the Sisters of Mercy. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN O’LEARY-Donna R., 87. Funeral Mass Oct. 25 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Jr.; parents, Herman and Hazel Engelke; brother, Marion Engelke. Survived by children and spouses, Thomas O’Leary, Cathy and LeRoy Peters, and Laurie and Tony Cherko; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME OLMO-J. Jeffrey, 51. Graveside service Oct. 26 at Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Raymond Olmo Sr. Survived by mother, Phyllis Olmo; son, Jason; brothers and sisters-in-law, Christian and Christine, and Raymond Jr. and Yvette Olmo; nieces; nephews. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

KRAWCZYK-Edward P., 89. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at Holy Cross Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Josephine and Frank Krawczyk; granddaughter, Mary Kathleen Krawczyk. Survived by wife, Marj (Kastl) Krawczyk; children and spouses, Ken Krawczyk, Karol and Jim Carroll, and J.G. and Kathie Krawczyk; 10 grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bernie and Carol Krawczyk. Memorials to the church or the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

PAZDERKA-Michael J. “Mike”, 62. Funeral Mass Oct. 28 at St. Leo the Great Church. Private Interment. Survived by parents, William “Bill” and Antonette “Toni”; siblings and spouses, Mary and Tim, Joanne and Steve, Joe and Margaret, Karen and Kevin, Anne and John, and Tosia and Jeremy; nieces; nephews; ex-wife, Debi; her children, Michael, Amanda and Cole; her parents, Ellen and Hans. Memorials to Hospice House, The Josie Harper Residence or Stephen Center HERO Programs. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

LEHMAN-Norman Leo, Sr., 92. Funeral services Oct. 29 at West Center Chapel. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Rose (Manzo) Lehman; infant daughter, Mary Rita; son-in-law, Tim Mach. Survived by daughters, Kathy Mach and Karen Lehman; sons ands daughter-in-law, Kenneth J. Lehman, and Norman L. Jr. and Trang Lehman. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

PETTIGREW-Richard A., 66. Funeral service Nov. 7 at Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Frances and Robert Pettigrew; brother, Stephen. Survived by daughters, Lisa Puhala, Lindsey Pettigrew; grandchildren. Memorials to Stephen Center or charity of choice. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

MCNALLY-Patrick T., 29. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at St. John Vianney Church. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Survived by wife, Rachel A. McNally; children, Kaelyn Hericks and Liam McNally; parents, Rebecca K. McNally and Thomas O. McNally; twin brother, Andrew T. McNally; sisters, Katie Shores and Sage Smith; grandfather, Donald W. McNally. Memorials to the McNally Children’s Education Fund. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

SALAZAR-Antonio R., 73. Funeral Mass Oct. 29 at St. Columbkille Church, Papillion. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Antonio M. Salazar; brother, Leonard Salazar; sister, Priscilla Martinez. Survived by wife, Theresa Salazar; daughters and son-in-law, Lydia and Robert Dahl, and Lisa Salazar; three grandchildren; mother, Lucia Salazar; eight brothers and sisters. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

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Pray for dead, gain indulgences for them, cardinal urges By CINDY WOODEN Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – The early November feasts of All Saints and All Souls are reminders that God’s church exists both on earth and in heaven and that all the faithful, living and dead, can and should pray for each other, a top Vatican official wrote. Cardinal Mauro Piacenza heads the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that deals with matters of conscience and with indulgences, an ancient practice of prayer and penance for the remission of the temporal punishment a person is due for sins that have been forgiven. While drawing on the merits of Jesus and the saints, the faithful can claim the indulgence for themselves or offer it on behalf of someone who has died; in the month of November the church offers Catholics special indulgences to be applied to those who have died. Cardinal Piacenza, in a letter posted on the penitentiary’s website, told Catholics that as November begins with the feast days commemorating all the saints – known and unknown – and all the faithful who have died, it is a special month for remembering the “heavenly dimension” of the church, which includes “all our brothers and sisters who have been saved and have already left this world.” At the feast day Masses and in >> Continued from Page 16 SCARPELLO-Geri Lynn (Dasovich), 55. Funeral service Oct. 30 at West Center Chapel. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum. Preceded in death by twin sister, Teri Lea Dasovich; parents, Frank and Patricia Dasovich; step-mother, Carol Henderson. Survived by husband, Rick Scarpello; daughters and son-in-law, Maria and Brian Devine, and Gina Scarpello; step-father, Jack Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gayla Dasovich, Lisa and Michael Bennett, Gina and Jay Gould, and Nicole Hanratty; brother, Michael Dasovich; cousins; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society, Twinless Twins Support Group International or the Open Door Mission. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SCHAFER-Nicholas J. “Skip”, 78. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at Holy Cross Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Nick and Agnes. Survived by wife, Barbara; children, Jenny Schafer, Thomas (Mary) Schafer, Mary Schafer (Bart Schechinger), Sarah Schafer, and Kurt (Adrienne Detanico) Schafer; two grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lou and Mike Johnson, and Rhondell and Mike Zimmerman. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SCHULTE-Evelyn “Evy”, 96. Funeral Mass Oct. 31 at St. Wenceslaus Church, Dodge. Interment St. Wenceslaus Cemetery, Dodge. Preceded in death by husband William “Bill” Schulte; parents, Joe and Katie Vogel; son, Donald Paul Schulte; brother, Gilbert Vogel; seven sisters-in-law; nine brothers-in-law. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Tom, Jim and Mary Jo, and Jerry and Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Terry Totten; daughterin-law, Brenda Jones Schulte Bray; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marilyn Vogel; nieces; nephews. A memorial has been established. STOKELY FUNERAL HOME SCOLARO-Louise Nellie, 86. Funeral Mass Oct. 31 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Preceded in death by husband, Augustine S. “Gus” Scolaro; daughter, Linda; parents, Nellie and Joseph Cuva. Survived by daughters, Lori Scolaro and Ann Scolaro; brother and sister-in-law, Angelo and Barbara Cuva. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SHERRY-Langdon C., 71. Funeral service Nov. 5 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Survived by daughter, Gina Mancuso; son, Traten Sherry; brothers, Bill Sherry, Walt Sherry and Steve Sherry; sister, Ann Stednitz. Memorials to Wounded Warriors Project. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

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Pope Francis visits graves of children before celebrating Mass marking the feast of All Souls at Laurentino Cemetery in Rome Nov. 2, 2018. personal prayer, the cardinal said, “we are called to draw copiously from the limitless treasure of communion” between Catholics living and dead, a communion that has a very particular expression in “the reality of the indulgence.” Through prayer, confession, receiving the Eucharist, giving alms and performing works of SLOUP-Anne M., 86. Funeral Mass Nov. 5 at St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Alvin; parents; 12 siblings. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Patsy, Chris, Tim, and Rick; two grandchildren; sister, Susie Davis. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER STEC-Eric T., 48. Funeral Mass Oct. 30 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment Gretna Cemetery. Preceded in death by fatherin-law, Emil D. Sobota; sister-in-law, Holly Sobota. Survived by wife, Robin Stec; children, Keaton and Kathryn; parents, Pete and Rosella Stec; brothers, Bruce Stec and Jeff Stec (Melinda); brothers-in-law, Matthew Sobota (Laura Cuda) and Mark Sobota (Lori); mother-in-law, Donna Sobota; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the Stec Children’s Education Fund. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER SWANSON-Angela, 92. Funeral Mass Oct. 14 at St. Anthony Church, Columbus. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Columbus. Preceded in death by husband, Milton Swanson; parents, John and Luella Johnson; brothers, John Johnson, Richard Johnson, Robert Johnson, Tom Johnson and Don Johnson; sisters, Kathleen Johnson, Mary Loretta Johnson, Rita Grace Johnson, Marian Kohlund, Lillian Altmanshofer and Patricia Poe. Survived by children and spouses, Kathy and Buzz Burt, Joan and Ralph Laird, Kristi and Tom Yungdahl, and Jim and Sandra Swanson; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. MCKOWN FUNERAL HOME THOMPSON-Paul H., 51. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Raymond. Survived by wife, Marcy; mother, Barbara; sister, Leslie Lasko; brothers and sisters-in-law, Scott and Julie, and Mike and Nicole; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER

mercy, he said, Catholics cooperate with “Christ’s great work of redemption.” The November indulgences are granted for those who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead, receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist around the time of the visit, recite the Creed and pray for the intentions of the pope. VALENCIA-Louis M., 59. Funeral Mass Nov. 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Preceded in death by father, Leandro Valencia Sr. Survived by wife, Kathleen; children, Anthony Valencia, Rosa Valencia-O’Donnell (Terrence); three grandchildren; mother, Esperanza Valencia; brother, Leandro Valencia Jr. (Kelly); sisters, Lisa Valencia, Laura Valencia-Flores; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER WALTERMEYER-Lois M., 92. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at St. Leo the Great Church. Preceded in death by son, John. Survived by daughters, Linda Vacanti and Julie Waltermeyer; grandson; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Pat and Jerry; sister, Jeanette. Memorials to Sun Ridge Village. ROEDER MORTUARY YETTS-Evelyn M. (Vieregger), 91. Funeral Mass Nov. 6 at Assumption Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Clyde; son, Daniel; granddaughter, Marissa Yetts; brothers, Edward Vieregger and Gordon Vieregger. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Jim Campbell, Dolores and Mark Stangl, and Denise and Kevin Vail; daughter-in-law, Rhona Yetts; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Janice Kucirek; brother, Henry Vieregger. Memorials to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK-CUTLER ZVOLANEK-William J., 86. Funeral Mass Oct. 26 at Holy Ghost Church. Interment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Defaine; parents, Willam and Antoinette Zvolanek; stepfather, Charles Ribick; twin brother, Joseph; brother, Edward; sister, Betty Wilson. Survived by daughter, Cherri (John) Setlak; stepdaughters, Reginia Schneider, Cheryl Hauschild; stepson, Keith (Sue) Stewart; six grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother, Charles (Judy) Ribick. KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ FUNERAL HOME

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To receive a plenary indulgence, a person must also be free of all attachment to sin, even venial sin. Through those “simple and concrete gestures,” Cardinal Piacenza wrote, Catholics “reaffirm their full communion with the church.” At the same time, “humbly kneeling in the confessional, confessing all of one’s sins with a contrite heart and imploring divine mercy,” he said, Catholics not only receive the supernatural grace of the sacraments, but they strengthen their faith. “So, let’s go, or rather, let’s run to the confessional in these holy days,” he wrote. “Let us humbly and devotedly, joyfully and gener-

ously accept the gift of the plenary indulgence and offer it, with generosity, for our brothers and sisters who, having crossed the threshold of time, can no longer do anything for themselves but can still receive our charity.” Offering the indulgences for one’s dearly departed, he said, “our relationship of love with them continues and is reinforced.” Cardinal Piacenza also expressed his hope that in November priests would be particularly generous with their time in offering people the sacrament of reconciliation and that doing so would “make a shower of grace pour down on the church.”

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Notre Dame Sister Phyllis Marie Heble, whose 68 years of religious life included service in education and faith formation in the Omaha archdiocese, died Oct. 27 in Omaha. She was 87. A funeral SISTER Mass was held PHYLLIS Nov. 5 at the MARIE HEBLE Notre Dame community’s chapel with interment at Calvary Cemetery, both in Omaha. A native of Atwood, Kansas, she joined the Notre Dame Sisters in 1951, professing first vows in 1954 and final vows in 1957. She received a bachelor of science degree from the College of Saint Mary and a master of spirituality degree from Creighton University, both in Omaha, as well as a master of arts in spirituality from the University of San Francisco. Sister Phyllis served as a grade school teacher at the former St. Adalbert School in Omaha

from 1954 to 1956, St. Wenceslaus School in Dodge from 1956 to 1959, and in three Iowa schools. She was CCD director for the Omaha archdiocese from 1968 to 1971, and served in the pastoral development office from 1972 to 1973. She then became religious education coordinator and director of adult education at St. Pius X Parish in Omaha, serving there until 1980. She also was part of the Leadership Team for her order’s Omaha Province. After 1980, Sister Phyllis held various positions, including director of spirituality and Christian Life Centers, spiritual director, and pastoral minister in Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado. She retired in 2011, returning to the Notre Dame Sisters’ community in Omaha. Sister Phyllis was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Frances Micek Heble. She is survived by brothers and sister-in-law, Richard, Denver, and Duane and Marilyn, Colby, Kansas, as well as nieces, nephews, friends and the Notre Dame Sisters. Memorials to the Notre Dame Sisters.


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Regina Caeli Academy (RCA) – Second Annual Priest Talent Show and Fundraising Gala: Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Mainelli Center at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 11802 Pacific St., Omaha. Includes dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions, raffle and performances of priests. Steve Pries of Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will emcee the event. Proceeds support RCA of Omaha’s local center. Contact Kay Stander at 402-8073336, ext. 2, or kstander.oma@rcahybrid. org for more information. Young Catholic Professionals Executive Speaker Series: Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St, Omaha. Mass 6:15 p.m.; networking 7 p.m.; Father Jeffrey Lorig is guest speaker at 7:45 p.m. Meet other young Catholics committed to professional growth, learn more about YCP Omaha and how to get involved. Free drinks and appetizers. All young professionals in their 20s and 30s from every industry are invited. Creighton Model FertilityCare System–Making Sense of Your Fertility: Introductory session Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m. at FertilityCare Center of Omaha, St. Paul VI Institute, 6901 Mercy Road, Omaha. Ten people per class, Spanish-speaking teacher available upon request for Saturday appointments. Reservation required. Call 402-392-0842. The Institute for Priestly Formation’s “All Flesh Shall See the Salvation of God” Advent Morning of Reflection: Dec. 14, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th Street, Omaha. A “mini-retreat” including Mass, breakfast, presentations, prayer and reflection. An opportunity for the laity to experience the IPF charism used in the spiritual formation of diocesan seminarians and priests who participate in its programs. No cost, but free will offering accepted. To register, contact Linda at 402-280-3901 or email http://priestlyformation.org/ contact-ipf-staff-forms/1187.html. Caregivers’ Solution Group: Second Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m., at St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Vincent Room, 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha. Call Nancy Flaherty at 402-312-9324 or Nicole Florez at 402-496-7988, ext. 221.

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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 402-339-6826 or kkriesberg@ gmail.com.

Be Not Afraid Family Hour: 6-7 p.m. each Sunday at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th St., Omaha. • Nov. 17: Knowledge of Self • Nov. 24: Knowledge of Mary – Feast of Christ the King • Dec. 1: Knowledge of Jesus • Dec. 8: Act of Consecration • Dec. 15: Behold Your Mother

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. LaSalle Club: Single Catholic archdiocesan young adult group. For more information, see facebook.com/ lasalleo, lasalleomaha.webs.com or email lasalleo@aol.com.

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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. Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites: Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon at St. John Vianney Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha. The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Carmel study group. This group is composed of practicing members of the Catholic Church from many walks of life. Call Molly Anderson 402-676-6221 or Theresa Kottwitz at 402-440-2617. World Apostolate of Fatima – The Blue Army: Mass first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Dowd Chapel, Boys Town, and Immaculate Conception Church, Omaha; 7:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral; 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church; 8:15 a.m. at Mary Our Queen Church, all in Omaha; 8:15 a.m. at St. Gerald Church (Lakeview Chapel), Ralston, and St. Columbkille Church, Papillion (Communion service).

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Mercy High School Show Choir Camp: Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mercy High School, 1501 S. 48th St., Omaha. Open to 4th-8th grade girls. Cost is $35, lunch and snacks included. Learn to sing and dance in a show choir and make new friends. Participants will present a short performance at 3:30 p.m., followed by a performance of the 2019-2020 Treblemakers. More information and registration at mercyhigh.org/events/. Scotus Central Catholic Junior/ Senior High School – Craft Boutique: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1554 18th Ave., Columbus. Over 100 tables of homemade crafts. Breakfast and lunch available. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for grades 1-6. Contact Carrie Maguire at 402-8719955 for more information.

PARISHES St. Pius X – Staley’s Chicken Dinner: Nov. 15, 5-7:30 p.m. at parish center, 69th and Blondo streets, Omaha. Pies, baked goods and crafts for sale. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 and under. Contact Karen Walag at 402-390-2717 for more information. St. Boniface Parish’s 95th Annual Thanksgiving Bazaar: Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church, 209 Remington St., Elgin. Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, dressing, sausage, potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut and ribs, vegetables, salads and desserts. Bingo, games and raffles for all ages. Adults $12, ages 6-12 $6 and ages 2-5 $4. More information at stbonparishes.com or call 402-843-2345. Our Lady of Lourdes/St. Adalbert – 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.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Holy Hour for Vocations: Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at 5419 N. 114th St., Omaha. Call Shelly at 402-4933006. St. Frances Cabrini – Taize Prayer: First Thursdays, 8 p.m. at 10th and William streets, Omaha. All are welcome for this hour of simple, meditative worship. St. Joan of Arc – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Perpetual Adoration: at 74th and Grover Streets, Omaha. Open 24 hours. St. Joan of Arc – Well-Read Mom Small Group: Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at 74th and Grover, Omaha.

Includes great books, spiritual classics, worthy reads, poetry and selected essays from the Catholic and Western traditions. $39.95 annual membership includes materials. Call 402-740-0004 for more information. St. Margaret Mary – Prayer and Praise Group: Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Suneg Center, 6116 Dodge St., Omaha St. Patrick – Fresh Hope: First and third Thursday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m. at 508 W. Angus St., Gretna. Christian support group for those with mental disorders and their families. Meetings are confidential and open to anyone. Call Rose or Elaine at 402-332-4444. St. Peter – Eucharistic Adoration: Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. Use west wheelchair door. St. Peter – Chanted Vespers: Saturdays, 6:15 p.m. in Spanish; Sundays, 5 p.m. in English at 2706 Leavenworth St., Omaha. St. Robert Bellarmine – Daily Rosary and Mass for the Homebound: Monday through Saturday, 8:05 a.m. rosary, 8:30 a.m. Mass, Sunday 11 a.m. Mass. All available on demand online at stroberts. com. St. Vincent de Paul – Hour of Adoration: Third Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at 14330 Eagle Run Drive, Omaha. Call Kathy at 402-496-7988 or Mary at 402-496-0075..

SPIRITUALITY CENTERS Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha. To register, call 402-951-3026, email scc@osms.org or visit osms.org. • 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. • A Journey with the Sunday Readings – From Advent to Lent: Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Scripture, prayer, journaling, quiet time. Learn how to create an ongoing experience of prayer and reflection from Advent 2019 through Lent 2020. A 2019-20 prayer journal will be provided. Facilitators are Joan Houtekier, OSM, and Val Lewandoski, OSM. Cost is $20. 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. • Christmas Craft Show: A special two-week opportunity to do Christmas shopping at Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler, Dec. 1-15, Monday-Friday, 2-6:30 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A large variety of crafts and gifts made by area artists for sale. Book and Gift Store will be open MondayFriday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Visit Nativity Scenes: Dec. 1-16 and Jan. 2-6, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Benedict Center. Make a pilgrimage to St. Benedict Center, view God’s love made visible in nativity scenes from the Holy Land, Africa, Asia, South and North America, and Europe. No cost.

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Holy Child Jesus of Cebu confraternity installed On Oct. 26, the local chapter of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu (Holy Child Jesus of Cebu) of Greater Omaha was officially installed as the first cofradia (confraternity) of the worldwide organization in the archdiocese. Father Noel Cogasa, vice rector for the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, in Cebu, Philippines, led the installation and enthroned a gifted replica of the Señor Santo Niño de Cebu statue at Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The tradition associated with the statue comes from explorer Ferdinand Magellen’s gift of a 12-inch wooden statue of the Christ Child to the local ruler of the island of Cebu upon the latter’s conversion to Catholicism in 1521. The image is now one of the most recognizable and beloved Filipino icons. The public is invited to the upcoming Fiesta Señor 2020 honoring Señor Santo Niño de Cebu on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at the cathedral. The event will include Mass, a traditional procession and authentic Filipino cuisine, as well as colorful performances and dances. For more information about Señor Santo Niño de Cebu visit https://santoninodecebubasilica.org/.

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Five honored at Prep’s Loyola Dinner Creighton Preparatory School honored five individuals for their

service and loyalty to the community, the school and the church at the 24th annual Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction at the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Campus Center Oct. 23. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, received this year’s Sword of St. Ignatius award, recognizing his exemplary service for the greater glory of God. The honor recognizes those who employ the spiritual virtues of courage, loyalty and service to the church, which are associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola. An Omaha native, he grew up in Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Omaha and attended the parish school. The Alumnus of the year award was given to Patrick Duffy ’90 for his commitment to living a life of service. Karen Van Dyke earned the Ancilla Domini honor, celebrating her example of fully sharing her God-given gifts with her family and community. Bob Carlisle ’76 and Cindy Heider were inducted into the 2019 Creighton Prep Hall of Fame for exhibiting personal lives of faith and distinguished service to Prep.

CSM students volunteer at Pine Ridge reservation Nine College of Saint Mary (CSM) students spent their fall break serving others at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. From Oct. 17-20, the group delivered donations they brought, helped set up an affordable supply store at Crazy Horse High School, packaged meals for individuals in need and participated in traditional cultural activi-

ties, including a powwow. “The most important thing I learned on this service trip was the true importance of giving back to others,” said student volunteer Sarahi Torres Alvarado. Student volunteer Grace Rooks added, “This trip was very eye-opening. It taught me a lot about what different types of people are going through and helped remind me of why I want to go into the medical field.” This is the second year in a row that students from CSM have gone to the Pine Ridge Reservation to volunteer.

St. James/Seton student wins community service challenge Emma Kreikemeier, a sixth grade student at St. James/Seton School in Omaha, is the winner of the second annual Catholic Schools Office’s community service challenge, “Shine a Light in the Community.” Catholic school students from all 71 archdiocesan schools were encouraged to think creatively about ways to serve their communities and explain those ideas on video. Kreikemeier will receive up to $1,000 to implement her idea, along with a $200 Amazon gift card. Her project will create a “giving closet” for hygiene and clothing items to help students in need at Hartman Elementary School, which serves a large refugee population. Her winning entry video can be viewed at photos.app.goo. gl/DP6AqM7h3jYnDMmj7. During the Nov. 4 announcement of the winning contestant, Father Ryan Lewis, pastor of St.

Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, said, “It’s really living out our Catholic education vocation to do for others. Emma’s project is a beautiful way to show others dignity. We are all so proud of her.”

Holy Name, CUES launch fundraising effort On Nov. 7 the Men’s Club of Holy Name Parish and the CUES school system kicked off a joint effort to improve facilities at Holy Name School and sustain operations at the school and the other two CUES schools in Omaha — Sacred Heart and All Saints. The “Restore the Glory Campaign” will raise $5 million to renovate the school’s field house and add a new entrance and community center to the school. The community center will be home to an after-school program in partnership with Hope Center for Kids. The effort, which already has raised $1.8 million, will also earmark 10% of funds raised for school operations. CUES also announced its “Building a Foundation to Sustain Our Future” campaign to fully fund the three inner-city schools. Nearly $6 million of a $12.8 million goal has already been raised.

Fundraising underway for new school building in Winnebago A $13 million fundraising effort is underway to build a new 33,000-square-foot school at the St. Augustine Indian Mission in

Winnebago. The new facility will include nine classrooms for grades K-8, a gym, cafeteria, commons area, media center, and rooms for art and music. The existing 52-year-old structure was not designed as a school and has a range of problems, including outdated electrical and HVAC systems, security deficiencies and structural problems. As the only Catholic school in the archdiocese created to serve Native American students, the mission plays a critical role in providing a high-quality education to combat widespread unemployment in the communities it serves. “Education in a faith-based, Native American cultural environment is key to building a brighter future for our students, improving life on the Omaha and Winnebago Reservations, and breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Father Mark Beran, director of the mission.

St. Wenceslaus School conducts food drive Students at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha held their 24th annual Canned Food Drive for St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry in Omaha Oct. 15 – Nov. 1. The students aimed to collect 23,600 pounds of goods, which would bring their 24-year total to 500,000 pounds. School counselor Cara Hilgert confirmed that, having brought in 23,750 pounds this year, the half-million-pound mark was reached. A “stuff the bus” event was also held, collecting paper and baby supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries, diapers and baby wipes.

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Teen spends his final days reaching out to poor, vulnerable By CHRISTINA GRAY Catholic News Service

he had the best sleep he ever had because he knew that a homeless man named Joseph was warm, safe and dry.” Nicholas and Mel had found a motel room for Joseph for the night. He spent the next week working on a resume for Joseph. And then there was Anabel, a homeless mother who had lost custody of her child because of drug abuse and told Nicholas that she was convinced God didn’t love her anymore. “After Nick assured (her) of God’s love, she returned home to her parents’ home and began recovery,” Peters said. Jennifer Kau, a registered nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, where Nicholas was treated, wrote him a letter to express how his loving courage had “changed me forever.” “Nicholas, without ever intending to,” she wrote, “you have taught me that the measure of who we are lies in the person we choose to be as we face our darkest days.” Gray is associate editor of Catholic San Francisco, newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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SAN FRANCISCO – When 19-year-old Nicholas Peters of San Carlos understood that his life would not be a long one, he decided to spend the days that might be left to him ministering to the forgotten and the hopeless on the streets of San Francisco. “Nicholas’ biggest mission was spreading God’s word and giving dignity to the homeless,” his mother, Becky Peters, said in a message she delivered at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County’s annual awards luncheon in September. The organization recognized Nicholas’ legacy of Christian love by renaming its youth service award the Nicholas J. Peters Ozanam Spirit Award. The award, which recognizes service to the poor and needy by youth, pays tribute to Frederic Ozanam, a French university student who in 1833 founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to confront the dire poverty he saw on the streets of Paris. The Peters family belongs to St. Charles Parish in San Carlos. Nicholas and his sister, Lauren, attended St.

Charles School from kindergarten through eighth grade. From January to July of this year, when Nicholas succumbed to the liver cancer he was diagnosed with at age 16, Peters said her son spent up to 40 hours a week or more with the homeless or homebound, volunteering at soup kitchens, homeless encampments and senior centers. When he felt he had still more to offer, she said, he would head to the urban parks nearby afterward with soup-kitchen leftovers. Nicholas’ reading of the Bible cover to cover 15 times over the course of his treatment, combined with the constant presence of an adult companion, Mel, hired by the family, gave the young the man the spiritual and organizational support to make his mission possible. Nicholas and Mel headed out each day to “bring food and God” to those in need of both. “He had no time left, but all the time in the world” to be a presence to the vulnerable and the poor, Peters said. “I will never forget the morning I came into Nick’s room and he looked at me with the biggest smile on his face,” she said. “He told me

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