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28 February 2012 Vol. I No. 23


Update on HHS Mandate

Please click here for the latest facts on the White House's proposed HHS accommodation.

Nebraska Choose Life License Plates

Nebraska has been approved to collect applications for the Choose Life license plate. The cost for each plate is $70.00 per year. For more information and an application form, please click here. Application forms must be sent to: Choose Life Nebraska, c/o Living Word Ministries, Inc., PO Box 540003, Omaha NE 68154.

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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.

Getting to Know our Neighbors

A six-part series to help us better understand our brothers and sisters who share our common Father in faith will be held at St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion. Abraham Rabbi Aryeh Azriel will lead the first three sessions on Judaism and Mr. Chaka Muhammad Benson the next three sessions on Islam. Please click here for dates and times. For more information, contact Fr. Damian Zuerlein at 402.339.3285 or Nicole Cook at 402.339.0990.

Knowles Mercy Center events

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

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, here for a brochure, or call the church office at 402.331.1955, for more information.

Religion and Science Lecture series

Professor Robert Richards will deliver a lecture "Roots of the Conflict between Religion and Evolutionary Theory," March 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at Creighton University Harper Center 3028. Please click here for more information or contact Pam Yenko at 402.280.2303.

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 Fr's 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

Living Rosary and Benediction

The Catholic faithful in the Omaha area are invited to participate in the Annual Pro-Life Living Rosary and Benediction in honor of the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. at St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 16701 S St, Omaha. Priests, consecrated women, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, and members of each parish and metro area Catholic high schools will lead prayers of the rosary to support the culture of life. Please join us and sit in the pew marked for your parish or school. A social will follow the service. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Murphy in the Family Life Office at 402.551.9003, ext. 1323.

Parish Mission

Join Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB as he reflects on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, March 25-28, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Parish Mission, Crofton, Nebraska. Click here for more information.

10th Annual Women and Religion Lecture at Creighton

Professor Carol Meyers will deliver the 10th annual Women and Religion Lecture in support of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Creighton University, Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at the Creighton University Harper Center Ballroom. Professor Meyers will present "All About Eve: The Last Word on the First Lady." Please click here for more information or contact Pam Yenko at 402.280.2303.

Divine Mercy Sunday Concert

The St. Stephen the Martyr Praise Choir invites you and your families, friends, and military veterans to attend the "Divine Mercy Sunday Concert" Sunday, April 15, 2012. Music and scripture will be provided by the Praise Choir and should be an evening to repeat. The concert will be held in the gym of St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 16701 "S" Street, the east end of the building, at 7:30 p.m., following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. Please bring a food donation and spend an hour of praise, worship, and reflection. Click here for more information or contact Paula Bonkiewicz at 402.861.4536.

Love and Life Unlimited Conference

Recognizing much of the world's confusion on issues pertaining to human life, Pope Paul VI dedicated most of his pontificate, as a vehicle of the Holy Spirit, to proclaiming the imperative message of marriage, procreation, sexuality, dignity of the human person and a true freedom to love in Humanae Vitae. The Love and Life Unlimited Conference was started in response to helping priests, religious, deacons, physicians, family life directors, NFP coordinators, pro-life directors, RCIA team members and other interested lay and religious educators come together with "the same mind and the same judgment" about human life. Moreover, the conference is designed to assist in joyfully articulating the teachings of the Church. For further information on the Love and Life Unlimited Conferences held April 16-20, 2012 and October 8-12, 2012, please contact Jena McFadden at the Pope Paul VI Institute at 402.505.8943.

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