A crew of volunteers are the labor and force behind Holy Family’s Lunch Program. Five days a week the crew gathers in Holy Family’s Social Hall to assemble sandwiches and pack lunches for those in need. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help serve the poor and needy are encouraged to join us whenever possible. With the Grace of God, monetary, and physical assistance, Holy Family is able to provide a meal for those who might otherwise not have access to food that day.
On Cue, a new non-profit program located in Omaha, Nebraska, aims to involve underprivileged students in the performing arts with a three fold approach designed to benefit both the students and the school community. Students participating in On Cue will develop social and academic skills through a variety of opportunities including: weekly drama instruction during the school day, an all-school theatrical performance and cross curriculum linking the drama program with other subjects.
The Omaha Mounted Foundation (OMF) was started in 2019 to support the Omaha Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit. With the limited City budget, the Foundation acts as a fundraiser and supporter of the horses in the Unit. 100% of the donations accepted by the OMF go back to the Unit in the form of animals, tack, alternative therapies, barn equipment, transportation needs and any other needs of the Unit.
The OMF works with the Unit to search for additional horses to add to the current herd as well as promoting the work of the Omaha Mounted Patrol Unit in the community. We are always looking for great horses to become police horses!
In their own words:
The Columbans are a society of missionaries, including priests and lay people, who minister to people of various cultures as a way of witnessing to the universal love of God.
We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Our objectives are:
To establish the Church where the Gospel has not been preached.
To help local Churches grow into evangelizing communities open to all peoples.
To facilitate interchange between local Churches.
To promote dialogue between Christians and those from all other religious traditions.
To promote justice, peace and creation from a standpoint of solidarity with the poor.
We work in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Rome, France, Mexico and the United States.
Through living and ministering among peoples of other cultures and traditions, we witness to our belief that all peoples are children of the one God and brothers and sisters in Christ. In those countries where we are unable to preach the Gospel openly, we continue to offer support to small and vulnerable Christian communities through our presence with them in their struggles. We invite people who have been abandoned or forgotten by society to find support and hope in vibrant faith communities.
In the U.S., we continue to invite all the baptized to share in the universal mission of the Church through actively supporting our various missionary endeavors or through exploring the missionary dimensions of their own faith with us in a cross cultural setting. We work with Korean, Hispanic, Filipino and Chinese communities in Washington, D.C., Bristol, Rhode Island, Omaha, Nebraska, El Paso, Texas (and across the border in Juarez, Mexico) and California. Our Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington, D.C., focuses on the issues of justice, peace and integrity of creation, raising awareness among lawmakers and providing young people with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of the voiceless.
In all of our work, we strive to identify with Jesus of Nazareth who said, “He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free and to proclaim the Lord’s year of favor.” (Lk 4:18)
The Missionary Society of St. Columban was formally founded in 1918 and takes its name from St. Columban, Ireland’s sixth century missionary to Europe.
For more information please visit the Columban Father's website.