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School News 2014-2015

Alum Missionary Home for the Holidays

Chris_SaenzJPG_1_copyFr. Chris Saenz a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and a St. Mary's graduate '82 came back to school to visit with 2nd, 4th and 5th grade classes just before their Christmas vacation. What a blessing since he comes home every 3 years. He brought out the globe so he could show the students where he lives in Chile as a missionary, told them what it's like living there, how they celebrate Christmas and about his mission of bringing people to Christ. The children were very interested in learning all about another culture, what the people eat, what they do, what they are like and what's the climate like. Father Chris told them Christmas in Chile is different than Nebraska, down there it's 90 degrees and summertime. There are Christmas fairs in the streets where people may buy gifts, most people go to Christmas Eve Mass where there is a live manger, and they act out the Nativity with a real baby portraying Jesus. Families share a big meal and maybe some presents after Mass and picnic on Christmas Day. The students asked, "What is a missionary?" He told them, John Paul II says, a missionary is where you are. We don't have to leave home to serve others. Fr. Chris is back in Chile serving the people there. For more photos click here.

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St. Mary's Catholic School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education that nurtures students' hearts and minds to become servant leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our philosophy of education is to offer a five-day program to assist families in teaching those truths, skills, and ideals, which are necessary for Christian living. We believe that education must develop the faculties and abilities of the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally. To help achieve this, our faculty and staff are an integral part of the formation of Christian community and dedicate themselves to the task of developing Christian citizens.



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