WAVERLY (SNR) – Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children in Waverly celebrated Nov. 30, as eight current students, a former student, and a brother of a student, all received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Bishop James Conley celebrated the Confirmation Mass at St. Patrick Church in Lincoln, joined by eight other priests, many of them the pastors of those being confirmed. Villa Marie students Noah James and Andy Kluck assisted in serving for the Mass.
The confirmed were Luke Bartek of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Jamesha Coleman of St. Patrick Parish, Mike Egr and John Sullivan of St. John the Apostle, Charles and Alex Preister of St. Teresa, all of Lincoln, Joseline Ramirez of St. Andrew Parish in Tecumseh, Coltin Lofton of St. Mary Parish in Elmwood, Lillia Koenig of Immaculate Conception Parish in Omaha, and Sapphire Normen of the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Grand Island. Eight different parishes and all three dioceses in Nebraska were represented.
Villa Marie is unique, not only because it is the only Catholic boarding school for special-needs students in the area, but also because the school is not affiliated with any one parish.
“It is desirable that the students receive the sacraments in their home parishes,” said Villa Marie’s principal, Sister Jeanette Rerucha. “However, many times this is simply too overwhelming for children with special needs.”
Msgr. John Perkinton, director of Villa Marie thanked the pastors of our confirmands for their support in allowing their parishioners to prepare for and receive Confirmation with their peers at Villa Marie, and to Bishop Conley for his support.
“We also express our gratitude to Father (Troy) Schweiger for allowing us to use their beautiful church,” he said, “and to the choir, directed by Dan Hendrickson, for the beautiful music they provided for the ceremony.”