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April – World Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Awareness month. As a part of this awareness, friends and neighbors around the world are encouraged to wear blue sometime during the month to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Today, April 4, our office employees wore blue. Autism

Spring Ground Repairs

This has been an exceptionally hard winter. You only need to drive a few blocks to see and feel the damage the weather has done to the streets of Omaha.  The weather was also difficult for the cemeteries.  We moved lots of snow on the

Winter Work (of Love)

When it gets cold, the work for our operations crew gets harder. When it snows, the work load really goes up.  That’s why during the winter, cemeteries need at least two days’ notice to perform a committal.  The team has to locate the grave, then

Flowers For Your Loved One

Meet Thomas – one of our operations employees – getting ready to place a flower request!  We get requests through the year from families in the local community as well as across the country to place flowers with their loved ones.  It’s a nominal fee,

Welcome to 2019

This morning I led the office group in prayer. The gospel reading for today is from John 1: 19-28, when individuals from Jerusalem asked John the Baptist “Who are you, are you the Christ?”  John was very popular, the man to see, and he could

Santa’s Elf

Here is the picture of Santa’s chief elf, who came to Catholic Cemeteries for a quick visit on Wednesday. He was a merry chap.  Notice how large his ears are?  All the better for him to hear all the good people are doing this Christmas. 

Merry Christmas Visitors

We had surprise visitors at Catholic Cemeteries this week. On Tuesday, Mrs. Santa Claus and her daughter were seen from the office windows walking the grounds.  So we made a quick dash out to say hello and have a short conversation.  And on Wednesday, who

Advent – Purple is for Preparation

The Church celebrates the liturgical year with ‘color’ themes. My granddaughter (now 10) taught me a simple little song that she learned about the liturgical colors at the age of 4 in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  (If you haven’t been exposed to this exceptional

Christmas at the Cemeteries

While we may not have a “White Christmas”, we will still have a decorative Christmas. Many family and friends have been on the grounds to decorate for their loved ones.  Catholic Cemeteries aids families in this process by making available both live and artificial decorations. 

Blogging vs. Videos

With the help of a co-worker, I just created my first 2 minute video promoting Catholic Cemeteries. It took me less than 5 minutes to create two possible scripts, less than two minutes to clear papers from my desk, and almost 2 hours to create