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31 January 2012 Vol. I No. 19

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The Elementary and Secondary Educational Opportunity Act,

LB 50, The Elementary and Secondary Educational Opportunity Act, would establish and make available to individuals and businesses a state income-tax credit for a portion of donations made during the year to any state-certified, non-profit organization dedicated to providing tuition scholarships to help children from low- and moderate-income families to attend private schools. Many Nebraska families want educational options for their children, but they cannot make these choices because they lack the financial means to pay tuition costs. Greater access to privately-funded scholarships would enable families to make educational choices otherwise beyond their means. The tax credit would be a modest investment by the state for the purpose of providing individuals and businesses with an additional incentive to financially support scholarship programs. It would be a tool for scholarship-granting organizations to use in obtaining these donations. Please call or e-mail members of the Revenue Committee, identify your affiliation with a private school, and urge them to advance LB 50 to general File for debate. Committees initially determine the fate of bills, so please contact these senators even if they are not from your district. Revenue Committee members, district #, e-mail addresses and phone numbers:

Abbie Cornett (45) acornett@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2615
Lydia Brasch (16) lbrasch@leg.ne.gov, 402. 471.2728
Greg Adams (24) gadams@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2756
Pete Pirsch (4) ppirsch@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2621
Galen Hadley (37) ghadley@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2726
LeRoy Louden (49) llouden@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2725
Deb Fischer (43) dfischer@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2628
Paul Schumacher (22) pschumacher@leg.ne.gov, 402.471.2715

Please help spread the word about LB 50 to other members of your parish/school community and request that they call or e-mail the senators on the revenue Committee and urge them to support and advance LB50.

Apartments available

John Vianney Residence, a retirement home for priests and lay people, has apartments now available. It is located at 7323 Shirley St., Omaha. For more information or to request a tour, call 402.392.1542.

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Upcoming Retreats

Please click here for a flyer of the upcoming retreat opportunities being offered at Broom Tree in 2012.

WebEx series in Spanish

The Rev. Juan Rivas Pozas, LC will present a series in Spanish called El Año de la Fe. The series will be through WebEx at Our Lady of Guadalupe office located at 4930 23 St. in Omaha on 4 consecutive Fridays beginning February 3, 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Mariana Flores-Chávez at 402.557.5513.

Habrá una serie de sesiones llamada El Año de la Fe proporcionada en español a través del programa del internet WebEx, que tendrá como Instructor a Rev. Juan Rivas Pozas LC se llevarán a cabo los viernes 3, 10, 17 y 24 de Febrero iniciando a las 5:00 p.m. Para aquellos que no tengan acceso a Internet pueden asistir a la oficina de la iglesia de Nuestra Sra. De Guadalupe 4930 S. 23 St., Omaha. Para más información, comuníquese con Mariana Flores-Chávez, 402.557.5513.

World Day for Consecrated Life

This day is an occasion for consecrated men and women to rejoice in the work the Lord is doing in them and to renew their commitment. The day is also intended to invite the Church to thank God for the gift of consecrated life and to promote awareness of the consecrated vocation. All consecrated men and women and the lay faithful are cordially invited to celebrate this day with Archbishop George Lucas at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, February 4, at St. Robert Bellarmine-Omaha. A reception will follow in the Manelli Center. For more information, contact Joan Patten, AO at 402.553.4418.

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 in Spanish

St. Joseph Parish will again be hosting the Annual Marriage Retreat in Spanish February 10-11 in collaboration with the Family Life Office. All married couples are invited to attend this event held at St Joseph Parish.

Nuevamente la Iglesia de San José será la anfitriona del Retiro Anual para Matrimonios invitando a las parejas casadas a ser partícipes de este evento que se llevará cabo en la Iglesia San José en colaboración con la Oficina de Vida Familiar. Favor de presionar aquí para el flyer con información.

Feel like a night out for dinner and a great time with friends

It all comes together at "Game On" February 11 at St John Vianney Church. "Game On" is a fund-raiser for Holy Ghost church. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with a delicious Mexican Buffet, dessert bar and drinks, and then the fun begins at 7:45 p.m.

"Game On" is trivia night on steroids. Tables of eight accumulate points during the night in various competitions. The "Hurricane" raffles are sprinkled throughout the night for a little added zest, and our nacho bar stays open all night for the after-dinner snackers. At the end of the night, a "Game On" Champion is crowned, but everyone goes home a winner! All this for $30 per person.

Assemble a team of friends, family or co-workers and join us for the most fun you will have for a long time. Please click here or call Johna Belling 402.982.9417 for more information or to register.

Theology of the Body Training

On February 11, 2012, the Archdiocese will be offering a training session called Theology of the Body for Teens. While this program is excellent for assisting parents, teachers and catechists with chastity education, familiarizing ourselves with Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body can help us to see both the physical and spiritual aspects of the sacraments, to understand why good music is necessary for the liturgy, to understand the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, and to more fully comprehend our eternal destiny. This is why the training session is valuable for both the married and unmarried as well as those in marriage prep, for catechists for kindergarten to adults, for parents, for clergy, and even for liturgists. Please click here for the registration flyer. Scholarships are available. Please contact Peter Kennedy with any questions at 402.557.5610.

Build Family, Restore Community, Invest in Our Future

Damon Owens, nationally acclaimed presenter and certified speaker, will share with parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers and community leaders an inspiring message full of practical advice on how to invest in our future and restore faith to those in our community by building strong Christian families Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at St. Benedict the Moor Parish. Light refreshments will follow. Click here for more information or call 402.738.0578.

Trivia Night

Help raise funds for St. Peter Church and have a blast at the 3rd annual Catholic Trivia Night at 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.

Lenten Retreat for Couples

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. Registration ends Tuesday, February 21. Please click here for more information.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

On March 2-3, a conference titled Building a Kingdom of Love through Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be held at St. Margaret Mary-Omaha. Msgr. William Whelan, Msgr. John Esseff, and Deacon Marv and Clarice Capoun are the principal presenters along with lay faithful who attended the Sacred Heart Enthronement World Congress in France this past October. Please click here for more information and to register. Click here and visit Msgr. Esseff's website for more information on this Devotion and Enthronement which offers a variety of resources including videos, devotionals, prayers and reflections in multiple languages.

La conferencia Edificando un Reino de Amor a Través de la Devoción al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús: el 2 y 3 de marzo, tendrá lugar en la Iglesia Santa Margarita María 6116 Dodge St. en Omaha. Mons. William Whelan con Mons. John Esseff y el Diácono Marv and Clarice Capoun son los principales presentadores además de fieles laicos quienes asistieron al Congreso Mundial de Entronización al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús que se llevó a cabo este pasado octubre. Para más información en esta Devoción y Entronización, favor de ir al sitio de la internet de Mons. Esseff's http://www.buildingakingdomoflove.com/ el cual ofrece una variedad de recursos incluyendo videos, devocionales, oraciones y reflexiones en diferentes idiomas.

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