Welcome to the Catholic Homeschool Association of Omaha.   We are an organization of homeschooling families who exist first and foremost to promote unity and support around the sacraments of the Church, particularly the Eucharist. In addition to our monthly Mass, the group offers four quarterly family meetings each year, and a variety of social and spiritual opportunities for parents and children. United in Christ and our sharing of the Eucharist, it is our mission to minister to homeschooling families and those who wish to explore this option. We believe that in renewing the family, we contribute to the “new evangelization” spoken of so often by Pope John Paul II. To register with the Catholic Homeschool Association of Omaha, Inc., please download the family registration form:  2014-2015 New CHAO Registration Packet If you need more information, please email:  chaoquestions@yahoo.com

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“The Pilgrim Church and Pilgrimages”

By Fr. William Sanderson

The word “pilgrim” is derived from the Latin peregrinus meaning “foreign”. It is a combination of two words “per” with the literal meaning “through” and “ager” with the literal meaning “field” or “land”. In common usage a pilgrim is any wayfarer. In the religious sense a pilgrim is a person who undertakes a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion. In his gospel St. Luke carefully traces Jesus’ final journey (or pilgrimage) to Jerusalem. He goes on pilgrimage to be present in the holy city to celebrate the Passover for the last time as He offers His own life as the perfect Paschal sacrifice. St. Luke notes the beginning of this journey in 9:51, “When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” Other references to this journey are made all the way into chapter 19 (see e.g. 9:53, 56; 13:22; 17:11; 18:31; 19:28). Keep in mind that Jesus had made this Passover pilgrimage many times as a youth with Mary and Joseph as the event we call “the finding in the Temple” took place in that context. In the religious sense making pilgrimages has been a part of Christian life from early times. The first surviving account of a pilgrimage was written . . . . continue reading

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