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10 January 2012 Vol. I No. 16


Parish and school study

Options for clustering, merging or increasing collaboration among 37 parishes and 18 elementary schools in east Omaha will be discussed in four meetings this month. Click here to learn more.


Prayer Shawl Ministry

On Wednesday, January 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m., join this wonderful group of knitters of all levels, creating prayer shawls for those in need at the Knowles Mercy Center, 2304 Campanile Road, Waterloo, Nebraska. This group meets every second Wednesday of the month from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Information night on cyberspace, Facebook, Twitter and Tweeting

Do you wonder what your children are looking at when they are on the computer? Officer Joel Strominger from the Omaha Police Department will discuss issues regarding cyberspace, Facebook, Twitter, and Tweeting, as well as how to protect children from computer predators and cyber-bullying. This event will be held at St. Pius X / St. Leo School Cafeteria, 6905 Blondo Street, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m. There will be a question and answer period. Parking is available on the east side of the school building. Access the cafeteria through the east school doors. Officer Strominger is sponsored by The Strengthening Catholic Families team at St. Pius X. For more information, contact Patty Griffith at 402.558.1898.

Important Pro-Life information

All principals, DREs, and parishes are encouraged to click here and read the letter from Father Damien Cook, director of the Respect Life Apostolate, with details about:

2012 Archdiocesan Pro-Life Essay Contest for Students
• Bulletin Announcement and explanation
• Downloadable Essay Contest Form

New Mass for Pro-Life on January 22 (or January 23 in 2012)

Prayers for Youth and Young Adults attending the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to the March for Life from January 19-24, 2012.

Keep the Heat On

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit the "Keep the Heat On" fund will be held Sunday, January 29, 2012, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Creighton Prep High School Sullivan Center, 7400 Western Avenue. The "Keep the Heat On" fund helps needy in our community who are threatened with evictions or utility shutoffs.

Enjoy chili prepared by 26 cook-off contenders. Also available: hot dogs, nachos, cold beer, soft drinks, and a selection of desserts including Village Inn pie. To-go orders are available. The family event features entertainment by Johnny Ray Gomez, plus raffle and silent auction items such as a Kindle Fire, Flat Screen TV and snow blower. Admission is $5.00 per person, $20.00 for a family, children 6 and under free. Click here for more information or call 402.689.3301.

Trivia Night

Help raise funds for St. Peter Church and have a blast at the 3rd annual Catholic Trivia Night at the McMahon Hall, 723 S. 27th St., Omaha, Saturday, February 18, 2012 (February 25 is the snow date). The event begins at 6:00 p.m., ends by 10:00 p.m. and includes dinner, team trivia game, silent auction, and surprise gifts. Guests are welcome to attend Mass at St. Peter Church beforehand at 5:00 p.m. Click here to download rules and registration forms or call the parish office at 402.341.4560, ext. 100. Limited spaces available, so register soon.

World Meeting of Families

Join Pope Benedict XVI in Milan, Italy May 30–June 3, 2012 for the Seventh World Meeting of Families. Registration is open to everyone and must be completed by March 31, 2012. The meeting focuses on the family, work and celebration. Click here for more information, here to register and for links to a prayer, leaflet and poster. Materials are also available in Spanish: click here for more information, here to register and for links to a prayer, leaflet and poster.

Applied music lessons

Private lessons in flute, guitar, harp, organ, piano, violin and voice are offered at the Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts in Omaha. Organ and piano are also offered in Norfolk at Immaculata Monastery. The spring 2012 session begins the week of January 16. For more information or to sign up, please contact Krystal at 402.553.5524, ext. 1.

Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts spring 2012 courses

Come and prepare for using and teaching the Core Repertoire in your communities. Classes include singing and accompanying hymnody, singing and accompanying psalmody, and keyboard improvisation and harmonization. Registration is necessary for all classes. Visit; click on "How Do I . . . ?" and then choose "Register Online for Classes" or call Darrel at 402.558.3100.

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