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17 January 2012 Vol. I No. 17


Parish and School Study

A variety of options for clustering, merging or increasing collaboration among 37 parishes in east Omaha were discussed in four meetings last week. Click here to read the Strategic Directions draft proposal. The recommendations are subject to change in future consultation gatherings.

Please give to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal

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2012 Pro-Life Student Essay Contest

All students in grades 7-11 or their equivalent attending Catholic schools, Catholic religious formation, or Catholic homeschool in the Archdiocese of Omaha are eligible to participate in the 2012 Archdiocesan Student Pro-Life Essay Contest. Cash prizes will be given to the top three winners in each grade; first-place winners will compete against others in the state for additional awards and cash prizes. The contest begins January 22 and ends March 25, 2012. Please click here for a registration form or contact Elizabeth Murphy at 402.551.9003, ext. 8, for a registration form.

Events and programs for Catholic young adults

For the 20s & 30s crowd: The Archdiocese of Omaha has an updated list of events and programs for Catholic young adults, single or married, offered through parishes or other organizations in our area. Whether you are looking for fun, fellowship, faith formation, service opportunities, or a parish with an active young adult community, we've got it. Click here for a list compiled and updated by the Family Life Office and Office of Vocations.


Festival of Faith

Children ages 3-10 are invited to the Festival of Faith, Saturday, January 21, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Suneg Center (6116 Dodge St, Omaha). The theme is "Celebrating St. Agnes." Activities will include songs, games, crafts, and prayer. The event is coordinated by the ProSanctity Movement. Please click here for more information.

Silent Directed Retreat

A silent-directed retreat facilitated by spiritual directors Sr. Anne Pellegrino, RSM, Sr. Jean Sitter, RSM and Marisa Gilbert will be held January 22-28, 2012. This experience focuses on your personal relationship with God, an opportunity to experience the quiet and solitude. Participants will meet daily with a spiritual director and gather for prayer daily as a group. It begins Sunday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. and ends Saturday, January 28 at noon. The cost is $420/person and includes all meals and overnight accommodations. $50 non-refundable deposit due with registration. For more information or to register, call 402.359.4288.

Public lecture at Creighton University

Dr. Wendy Wright, Ph.D. will lecture on Le Point Vierge: "Mary and the Catholic Imagination", Thursday, January 26, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at the Lied education Center for the Arts, room 104 on the Creighton University campus.

Discernment Retreat

Are you searching for meaning, trying to make good decisions, making an important life choice in the next year, choosing a marriage partner, changing jobs, going back to school or considering vowed life as an option for the future? You are invited to attend the Discernment Retreat I, January 27-29, 2012, at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler. This retreat will offer you, in the spirit of St. Benedict, the tools to help you discern daily life choices in a prayerful manner and will introduce you to the Rules of Discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola. The retreat is led by Teresa Monaghen, AO, Fr. Thomas Leitner, OSB, Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, and other Consecrated Life members from Omaha. Please click here for more information.

Annual Walk for Life

January 28, 2012, the annual Walk for Life will begin at 10:00 a.m. at 14th and J streets in Lincoln, and will travel to the west steps of the State Capitol. The keynote speaker is Ryan Bomberger. There will be a Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Lincoln (14th and K), by the Most Reverend William J. Dendinger, preceding the walk at 9:00 a.m. For those leaving from Omaha, there is a bus traveling from St. Columbkille Church, 84th and Cornhusker, at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $20 round-trip. Call Cathy 402.504.1264 or email to register. There are only 55 seats available. For more information, contact Nebraska Right to Life at 402.438.4802, or visit

An Evening for Women

The second-half of Joy: Spirituality for Women at Mid-Life is Tuesday, January 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Hanneman Hall. Join Mary Eileen Andreasen, wife, mother of five and almost empty-nester, for a presentation and lively discussion about the questions of identity and dreams surrounding women at mid-life. Take a look at how mothering changes and faith has new opportunities to grow. Wine and dessert will be served. Free-will offering is accepted. Please RSVP to Jenny Wiswell at 402.493.1642 or

Benefit dance and silent auction

Music in Catholic Schools will hold a benefit dance and silent auction on Friday, February 3, 2012, 7:30-10:30 p.m., St. Robert Parish Center, 11802 Pacific St, with music by the Swingtones. Free dance instructions from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door. Funds raised enable students with need to participate in band at their school. For more information, call 402.557.5600 or click here.
Music in Catholic Schools is a parent-pay band program in 25 Catholic and 4 Lutheran grade schools in the Omaha metro area. Outside income earned enables students with financial need to participate in band at their school.

Young adult retreat

As we begin to prepare for Lent, spend a day with Father Paul Hoesing, Father Michael Voithofer and other young adults in reflection and prayer. And He Will Lead You: Listening to and Discerning the Will of God is a retreat opportunity for young adults in their 20s and 30s, single or married. This one-day retreat, Saturday, February 4 at St Robert Bellarmine Parish (11802 Pacific Street, Omaha) will offer reflective talks about discernment and Ignatian prayer, silent prayer time, the opportunity for confession, and a chance for fellowship with other young adults. The retreat will begin with Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the main church and wrap up around 3:30 p.m. Bring $10 for lunch. For more information, contact Katie Winkler at 402.558.3100 or click here to register online.

The Spiritual Path of Friendship

The annual Women's Day of Reflection, Saturday, February 4, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (114th & Fort) will feature Dr. Wendy Wright, Ph.D. from Creighton University presenting "The Spiritual Path of Friendship: Guidance from the Saints". Dr. Wright will talk about the great friendship between two saints, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal. There is much we can also apply to our own lives and friendships. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m., with the workshop from 9:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. There is a $15 fee. Please contact Jo Kusek at 402.572.0369 to register.

Marriage retreat

Deacon James Keating is giving a retreat titled "My Spouse: The Concrete Presence of Christ in my Life" - Saturday, February 25, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Marriage has become a secular endeavor that often is reduced to useful and expedient realities such as "my spouse gives me comfort," "he helps me." Catholic marriage is about the killing of our relentless ego, and the giving birth to hearts that long for Christ and Him alone. Come and see how Christ is your marriage. To register, please contact Jenny Wiswell at 402.493.1642.

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