Bell Restoration

OMAHA, Neb. —Omaha’s oldest Catholic church has a growing wish list: Fix the cracks in the building, bring back the pipe organ, repair the sloping floors in the rectory, take over a nearby community center and make the 143-year-old bells in the bell tower ring again. [Video: St. Frances Cabrini aims to bring music back to bell tower] “The sound recalls that God is here. It says we’re here. You hear the bells ringing over the neighborhood,” said …

Big Plans

OMAHA, Neb. —Saint Frances Cabrini sits in historic south Omaha. A building across the street may be up for sale and the church hopes to buy it, to bring new life to the parish. Video: Big plans coming for Omaha’s oldest parish “This is the oldest parish in Omaha, so our records date back from 1857,” Father Damian Zuerlein said. The church is under new leadership. “I’m new here,” Zuerlein said. “I’ve only been here six weeks.” Zuerlein came from …