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14 February 2012 Vol. I No. 21


Updated Response to the HHS Mandate

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued an updated response to the White House's so-called "accommodation" for religious employers. Click here to read "Six More Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate."

USCCB Statement regarding the HHS Mandate

In a statement issued Friday evening, the U.S. bishops said President Obama's proposal "continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions." Please click here for their statement.

Conscience Rights, Religious Liberty Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Click here for information addressing President Obama's so-called religious liberty accommodation for religious institutions. The U.S. bishops continue to call for legislation to correct threats to religious liberty and conscience rights. This document gives information how you can help advance this legislative effort.

Have you heard of Natural Family Planning (NFP)?

If you interested in learning more about it, the Family Life Office has developed a 3 hour "come and see" class on the beauty of marital intimacy and responsible love which includes education on the biological basis of NFP and details on charts and usage statistics; all in the context of the Church's care for us. The class is led by certified teachers from the Couple-to-Couple League and FertilityCare Centers. Couples attending have the opportunity to ask candid questions of practicing NFP couples as well as spend time in couple prayer and discussion. The cost is $25 per couple. For more information, contact Heidi Emanuel at the Family Life Office at 402.551.9003 or 888.800.8352.


Spring 2012 Course Offerings

The Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts is now offering their Spring 2012 courses. Please click here for details on courses, lessons, locations and times. To register for a course, visit here and click on the "How Do I…?" link then choose "Register Online for Classes" or call Darrel at 402.558.3100.

Bethany Discernment Group

Young adult women who are seeking God's will for their life are invited to meet with this group every Wednesday, February 15 to May 2, 7:15-8:30 p.m. The Apostolic Oblates of the Pro Sanctity Movement will facilitate presentations, discussion, and prayer on vocational discernment, particularly on the vocation to consecrated life. Click here for more information or contact Joan Patten, AO at 402.553.4418.

Trivia Night

It is not too late to sign up for the St. Peter Church 4th 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.

Pro Sanctity's Celebration of Our Lady of Trust

All are welcome to Pro Sanctity's Celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Trust Sunday, February 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church basement hall, 2110 S. 32nd Ave., Omaha. This family-friendly event will focus on cultivating Marian trust in the home and daily life through testimonies, prayer, and activities for children. Free will donation, please bring snacks to share. Click here for more information, or contact Joan at 402.553.4418 or Teresa at 402.289.2670.

40 Days for Life

Join people across the nation uniting in a prayerful, peaceful pro-life campaign consisting of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and community outreach February 22-April 1, 2012. Click here for more information or call Nebraskans United for Life at 402.399.0299 to sign up for a time to pray at the Bellevue abortion facility or the Planned Parenthood off of 93rd and Maple.

Family Movie Night

You are invited to Family Movie Night in the St. Robert Bellarmine Mainelli Center, 11802 Pacific St., Omaha, Thursday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. "Courageous," four men, one calling: To Serve and Protect. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Protecting the streets is second nature. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous. Great movie that highlights the awesome call God gives to men to be Fathers! For more information, call 402.333.8989.

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.

Bella Italia Fundraiser

The Italian Heritage Documentary Committee is hosting a pasta dinner Sunday, February 26, 12:00-5:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Gym, 10th & William St. All proceeds are going to the Italian Heritage Documentary Project to preserve the History of St. Lucy, the Santa Lucia Festival and Little Italy. Enjoy Italian food, music and traditions. To purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Mandolfo Carey at 402.320.1277. Adults are $10, children age 10 & under are $5. For more information or to make a donation, click here.

Celebrating Life's Transition to Adulthood

The Couple-to-Couple League is offering educational programs for mother/daughter, father/son that will explore God's gift of human fertility and growing up and becoming an adult, including topics like: changes in the adolescent body, functions of the human reproductive system, respect and reverence for our sexuality, the virtue of chastity, and more. Programs are open to girls age 10 to 12 and boys age 11 to 14, are offered on various evenings February 27-March 26 at parishes in Omaha and Elkhorn. For more information or to register, click here or email Colleen at

Knowles Mercy Center events

Please click here for a listing of events occurring at the Knowles Mercy Center during February-March 2012.

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 el cual ofrece una variedad de recursos incluyendo videos, devocionales, oraciones y reflexiones en diferentes idiomas. Click here for Spanish flyer.

Italian Renaissance Tour / March 3 through March 12, 2012

Join Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B., on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage tour to Venice, Florence and Rome. Enjoy dining along the Venetian islands, visiting the burial place of Michaelangelo, viewing the beauty of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, where one can experience the Sunday Papal Blessing. Mass will be celebrated daily. Cost is $3,795 departing from Omaha. Contact Kimberly Volpone at the Mount Michael Benedictine Office 402.253.0964,, or Magi Travel at 952.949.0065.

Forty Hours Devotion

Join the St. Gerald parishioners in Ralston as they gather as a people of faith to honor the great gift of the Eucharist. This devotion will begin with a Solemn Mass of Exposition at noon on Sunday, March 11, 2012, with an Evening Prayer and Benediction at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. The homilist for Evening Prayer on Sunday will be Fr. Scott Hastings, and on Monday will be Fr. Paul Hoesing. The Forty Hours will conclude with Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, the Memorial of St. Gerald of Mayo. Fr. Tom Bauwens will be the homilist. St. Gerald is located at 9602 Q Street. Please consider spending an hour with our Lord. Click here for a schedule of events or call the church office at 402.331.1955, for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit

Music in Catholic Schools will again host an all-you-care to eat spaghetti dinner benefit, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Lisa's Radial Café, 817 N. 40 Street. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under. Proceeds will go to the Dave Delaney medical bill fund and to Professor Charles Miller Scholarship Fund. Please click here for more information.

Lenten Retreat for the "Young at Heart"

Father Dave Korth, retreat director, will speak on Giving Voice to the Soul: Praying with Music March 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska. The retreat will consist of two talks, Mass and lunch. Father Korth will draw all into prayer using his Native American flute and will reflect on the role of music in helping open hearts to God during the season of Lent. The cost is $30 and includes lunch. For reservations, contact Mary Eileen Andreasen at 402.390.5339. Please click here for a flyer.

Spiritual Retreat

A weekend retreat based on the Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola will be offered by Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J. and Fr. Greg Carlson, S.J. of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University. It will be held at the St. Benedict Retreat Center in Schuyler, Friday evening, March 23 to Sunday noon, March 25, 2012. It is a silent retreat with conferences by Fathers Carlson and Gillick encouraging prayer on the themes from the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. It is centered on the spiritual themes, so it is not about marriage, but on the spirituality of people who are married. Cost is $250.00 per couple. Deadline for reservations is March 2, 2012. For further information, please call Julie Carlson, Deglman Center for Ignatian Sprituality, 402.280.2773 or

Workshop on Mobilizing Volunteers

The Center for Ministry Development is coming to the Archdiocese of Omaha to present a workshop on Mobilizing Volunteers for Your Ministry, Thursday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Omaha. Don't miss this opportunity to get numerous strategies and ideas for recruiting volunteers for your ministry, setting them up for success with the right amount of training, and keeping them through support, affirmation, and spiritual growth. Click here for more information.

Omaha Prayer Breakfast

Plan on attending the 47th Annual Greater Omaha Prayer Breakfast, Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites LaVista Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway (Located next to Cabela's), LaVista. Please click here for more information or here for a flyer.

Hispanic Ministry Conference

Ministry leaders who serve the Hispanic population in their parish are invited to attend the Biennial Region IX Hispanic Ministry Conference. Please click here for a flyer. The conference will be April 14-15, 2012, at the Our Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas. It is a great opportunity for meeting other ministry leaders, prayer, and receiving formation, resources, and news about parish ministry in Spanish. Cost is $60. To register, contact Mariana at 402.551.9003, ext. 1303.

Los líderes de ministerio que sirven la comunidad hispana en su parroquia son invitados a asistir el Encuentro de la Región IX de Ministros Hispanos que ocurre cada dos años. El próximo encuentro será el 14-15 de abril, 2012, en Our Savior Pastoral Center en Kansas City, KS. Es una gran oportunidad de conocer a otros ministros, rezar, y recibir formación, recursos, y noticias de ministerio parroquial en español. Cuesta $60. Para registrarse, comuníquese con Mariana: 402.551.9003, ext. 1303.

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