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7 February 2012 Vol. I No. 20


Six Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate

Please click here for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops clarifications regarding the Health and Human Services regulations on mandatory coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Response to White House Claims

The Obama administration, to justify its widely criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, has posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House February 1 blog "Health Reform, Preventive Services, and Religious Institutions." Please click here for each White House claim that is quoted with a response to that claim.

Action Alert!

Never before has federal law forced citizens to purchase what violates their deeply held beliefs and ethical convictions. But now the Obama Administration is forcing us to act as if pregnancy were a disease to be prevented at all costs. For many Americans, that means choosing between violating our consciences and forgoing health care -- literally an unconscionable dilemma.

Our country's longstanding laws protecting conscience rights must now apply fully to the implementation of health care reform. For that we need more than rule-making, we need a law.

The bishops are urging Congress to support the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" in light of the new HHS rule and the "unprecedented threat to religious freedom" it poses.

Please click here to join your voices with theirs and with the many organizations -- Catholic and non-Catholic -- who are fighting for religious liberty and conscience rights.

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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, understand why good music is necessary for the liturgy, 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 the married and unmarried, as well as those in marriage prep, catechists for kindergarten to adults, parents, clergy, and liturgists. Please click here for the registration flyer. Scholarships are available. Please contact Peter Kennedy with any questions at 402.557.5610.

Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

In the United States, an estimated 200,000 people have Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. In YOAD, symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear before the age of 65, disrupting work, finances and family life. This devastating disease can even start at 40-50 years of age. New Cassel's Franciscan Adult Day Centre, now under the direction of Kelly Schmidt, will host a Valentine's party for Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease individuals and their families on February 11, 2012 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The event is free. For more information, register, or if you are interested in volunteering, contact Mary Eileen at 402.390.5339.

Greening of the Papacy

Since the pontificate of John Paul II, official papal documents have displayed a steadily increasing awareness of environmental issues. This trend has continued in the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. Indeed, one could argue that the encyclical Caritas in Veritate contains the most forceful statements about the environment ever made by a sitting pope. Other equally forceful statements appear in less significant statements, including the World Day of Peace message of 2010. When taken together, these statements represent a significant "greening" of the papacy.

Participants from a variety of disciplines and perspectives will be invited to dialogue with this evolving papal teaching. This symposium will consider this green trend and evaluate it in the light of contemporary academic conversations about the environment. The symposium will be held Thursday and Friday, February 16-17, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Harper Center, room 3029 at Creighton University. Please click here for a schedule of the presenters. The symposium if free and open to the public

Lenten Retreat

If any of the following apply to you - I often think I would like to deepen my prayer life; I let other activities take priority over my prayer life; I'm not sure what to "do" during prayer; or I'm easily distracted when I pray - then plan on attending the Introduction to Contemplative Prayer Retreat, presented by Fr. Bob English, Sr. Ann Marie Petrylka, OSM and Chris Berens, Thursdays during Lent beginning February 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Mary Our Queen Trinity Room. The primary objective of this retreat is to learn how to simply rest with God in prayer. The cost is $14.00, which includes the book, "Armchair Mystic." To register, call Mary Tracy at 402.333.8662.

Lecture on Religion and Art

Brother William Woeger, FSC will present the Pearl Blizek Lecture on Religion and Art "Cathedral Culture," Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building on the UNO Campus. A reception will follow. Please click here for more information.

Young Adults: Theology on Tap Returns

The Theology on Tap Lenten series will be held February 23, March 1, and 8 at Legends, 6910 N 102nd - off 680 at the Irvington exit. Fellowship begins at 7:00 p.m., the speaker at 7:30 p.m., with Q&A at 8:15 p.m. Free appetizers are available. The theme is: Rising after the Fall. The talks include:

February 23, Fr. Valentine Peter from Boys Town: Being a Catholic in the World Today
March 1, Deacon James Keating: Suffering and the Cross of the Christ
March 8, Mr. Bill Beckman: Your Direction to God: Is it up or down?

Come for an evening of education and fellowship for young adults across the Archdiocese. For questions, contact

Day of Reflection

The National Black Catholic Congress, Archdiocese of Omaha, is presenting a Day of Reflection Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Jesuit Academy, 2311 N. 22 Street, Omaha. The title of the program is Sustaining the Faith of Black Catholics within our Church. The day's activities will include panel discussion, dialogue with the Archbishop, interaction between all participants, and lunch. Click here for more information.

A Morning Reflection

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) will host a Lenten morning of inspiration titled "Lent Is For Listening," with Jesuit Frs. Larry Gillick and Greg Carlson. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, St. Elizabeth Anne Parish Center, 114 and Fort Streets. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. The cost is a free-will donation. This event is a cooperative venture between IVC and Christian Life Communities (CLC).

The Ignatian Volunteers Corps (IVC) provides men and women, aged 50 and older, opportunities to serve others, to address social injustice and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of capable volunteers with the social needs in the Omaha area. Click here for more information or call Becky Erhman at 402.681.6311. Click here for a flyer.

Praying and Using the Liturgy of the Hours

Come learn the origin of the Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office, its basic principles, and how to pray it using the single volume entitled Christian Prayer and the Magnificat, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the O'Donnell Lecture Hall, Cathedral Cultural Center, 3900 Webster St., Omaha. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copies of the aforementioned texts. Father Damien Cook is the instructor. Donations accepted.

Boys Basketball Tournament

St Pius X, 6905 Blondo, is hosting a 3 x 3 boys' basketball tournament, ages 13-18, Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Team entry fee is $100; entry deadline is May 10; limited number of teams being accepted. Click here for team registration form and here for a player registration form. For more information, contact Nancy Lobsinger at 402.991.6479.

St. Louis Jesuits

The Creighton University Jesuit Community will host The St. Louis Jesuits for another 35-year reunion concert at the DJ Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center at 19th and Burt Streets, Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from this concert will benefit both the Jesuit Academy and the Composers Forum of St. Louis. Please click here for more information.

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