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Priesthood Sunday

I don’t know when it started but a while back the Serra Club started what is known as Priesthood Sunday.  I happen to be the current chaplain of the Serra Club of West Omaha, so I thought that it would be a good idea to be the one to push this activity this year.  It…

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SausageFest Time

It’s less than a week until the SausageFest at St. Joan of Arc! The Saturday, September 11th festivities will mark the 53rd Anniversary of this great SJA tradition. The fun goes from 5pm – 11pm. Enjoy the food, drinks, desserts, music, raffle and kids games!

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Job Opening

Director of Evangelization Description Midtown Catholic is a family of parishes in the center of Omaha, Nebraska. Starting in 2020, St. Thomas More and St. Joan of Arc parish came together and share a pastor, parish office, and staff. We are looking for an energetic Director of Evangelization who will help the pastor create and…

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St. Augustine 2nd Collection

Support Mission Work Close to Home During the weekend of August 28th, the Feast of St. Augustine, there will be a second collection for the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago, Nebraska. Founded in 1909 by St. Katharine Drexel, the Mission educates over 100 children from the Omaha and Winnebago Tribes in the northeast corner…

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First Ever World Day of Grandparents and Elederly

This past Sunday, July 25th, three parishes in midtown Omaha: Holy Cross, St. Thomas More, and St. Joan of Arc, combined efforts to host three meals throughout the day to honor our seniors. The turnout was amazing and the comments were overwhelmingly positive. Many attendees commented that it was nice to see familiar faces again…

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Moving Forward

Last summer when I first arrived, I set a vision for our organizational structure. All the items on that list of where we need to be are complete or in process. These tasks were essential for us to move forward to the next phase of parish renewal. The first phase of renewal was mostly an…

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Fr. Greg’s Retirement

Some of you are already aware that Fr. Greg Benkowski, former Pastor and now Senior Associate at St. Joan of Arc, officially retired in January. At the end of July, he will be moving to Wisconsin to be closer to family. His last Mass will be on July 24th at 5pm. If you know him…

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Communication Priorities

We continue to evaluate our communication strategies for Midtown Catholic. I recently stumbled upon this statement from a church communications blog. Don’t prioritize communicating anything outside of your vision and discipleship plan.Communication without purpose is just noise. As you define the journey that your church will guide people through, resist the urge to communicate anything…

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An Early Summer Update

The highlights below are far from an exhaustive list of the things happening in our parishes. While the schedule is different when school is not in session, things haven’t slowed down as there are many projects in motion. Midtown Catholic The name Midtown Catholic is beginning to appear a little more frequently in our bulletin…

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Re-envisioning Religious Ed

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Rachel Bielstein. I joined St. Thomas More last year as the Coordinator of Religious Education. Beginning this summer, I will be overseeing the RE program for St. Joan of Arc as well. I am so excited to continue meeting all the incredible people in…

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Meet Eric Keisling

Hello! My name is Eric Keisling, and I am excited to be joining Midtown Catholic as your Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to joining Midtown Catholic, I served as a campaign manager for one of the candidates running for Mayor of Omaha this past Spring. Before joining the campaign, I worked at TD Ameritrade…

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