News about St. Barnabas in Omaha

From the Omaha World Herald a nice write-up about St. Barnabas, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter parish in Omaha that had its altar dedicated last week by Bishop Steven Lopes.

Here’s a short excerpt. Go on over and read the whole thing.

In January, a Catholic priest — the Rev. Jason Catania — began spending part of his time at St. Barnabas, taking over its administration. The church also has a new music director. And recently, renovations to its 102-year-old building in the Joslyn neighborhood were completed.

The latest landmark at St. Barnabas happened last Sunday, when Catholic Bishop Steven J. Lopes formally dedicated the church as a site of Catholic worship. Lopes is bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the nationwide collective for the 45 Anglican congregations in the United States and Canada that have been brought into the Catholic Church.

Now the church is entering a new phase, said Catania, who went full-time at St. Barnabas in July.

“We’ve been seeing some more pronounced growth, which we’re very pleased about,” he said.

Catania had been dividing his time between St. Barnabas and Christ the King Parish in the Archdiocese of Omaha, though his official boss is Lopes, not Omaha Archbishop George Lucas. The priest has been working to increase his new church’s visibility.

“I’ve been able to dedicate myself entirely to St. Barnabas,” he said. “We did a new website and we’re getting the word out. There’s interest out there.”

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