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13 March 2012 Vol. I No. 25


US Bishops' visits to the Vatican

Video features on the ad limina visit of each USCCB region can be found on the USCCB website by clicking here.

USCCB Blog Series

As part of USCCB's yearlong promotion of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the bishops' call to political responsibility, the USCCB is spearheading a blog series, "Catholics care. Catholics vote." This will appear weekly between now and the end of May. Click here for the introductory post. Future entries will include why Catholics get involved in politics, conscience formation, human life and dignity, religious liberty, marriage, poverty, war/the Middle East, immigration, applying prudential judgment, and having a civil dialogue.

Amish, Ok. Catholics, No.

The Amish are exempt from the entire health care reform law. So are members of Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry. Yet, when the Catholic Church asks for a religious exemption from just one regulation issued under the law – the mandate that all employers, including religious institutions, must pay for sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs – the Administration balks. Click here to read the USCCB's latest blog post.

Pope shares comments

Click here to read the Holy Father's important comments about the challenges to the life of the family, and the church's teaching on human sexuality in the public square. The pope shared these comments with a group of U.S. bishops making their ad limina visit to Rome.

HHS Mandate

Catholics can respond to misguided mandate with openness to the fullness of love and life. Click here to read Archbishop Lucas' column.

Lenten Prayer Requests

The Family Life Office accepts prayer requests 24/7 through their website by clicking here. Please remember the prayer support available to anyone at any time of day or night. We are grateful to the Poor Clare Sisters for their prayer ministry.

What is an Adult Day Center

Each year, many frail and disabled elderly people are institutionalized prematurely or unnecessarily due to the lack of affordable quality care. An Adult Day Center provides stimulating activities in a safe environment, and provides the caregiver with respite from full-time responsibilities or an opportunity to go to work. The Franciscan Centre at New Cassel serves adults who have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, physical problems, chronic mental illness, or behavioral problems. It specializes in caring for older adults who benefit from cognitive engagement, structured activities, social opportunities, medication monitoring and nutritious meals all provided in a secure environment. For more information about the Adult Day Center at New Cassel, please call Kelly Schmidt at 402.390.5326.


Cathedral Arts Project Concerts

The Rubis Duo will be in concert, Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Lady of Nebraska Chapel, St. Cecilia Cathedral. A Bach Birthday Concert will be held Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. at the St. Cecilia Cathedral. Please click here for more information.

The Good Life

Diane Stanton of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging will be discussing how to plan for our "Golden Years' so that our loved ones know what our wishes are Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish center. Diane will be discussing and answering questions on the many advantages of aging that we can look forward to. Come and join the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Stephen Ministry Program and leadership for discussion and refreshments.

Silent Retreat for Men

Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center is offering an Ignatian Silent Retreat for Men March 15-18, 2012. The retreat, directed by Father Scott Traynor, begins on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday late afternoon. There is no set cost for the retreat. Those attending are asked to prayerfully consider what they can offer. Click here for more information or to register, or call 605.263.1040.

Father Flanagan, Servant of God

A March 17 Mass at Boys Town's Immaculate Conception Church will mark the official opening of the process to determine whether Father Edward Flanagan should be declared a saint. Father Flanagan will be named a "Servant of God" at the Mass. Archbishop George Lucas will also receive the oaths of the tribunal members charged with investigating Father Flanagan's work and reputation. The Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Family Movie Night

You are invited to Family Movie Night Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. in the St. Robert Bellarmine Mainelli Center, 11802 Pacific St, Omaha. Continue your Lenten Journey by viewing "The Passion of Christ", this prayerful meditation of Christ's saving work. Prepare for Holy Week. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation (22:13). For more information, call 402.333.8989.

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.

Omaha Rally for Religious Freedom

On Friday, March 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m., thousands of faithful citizens will gather in prayer and public witness in cities and towns across the United States to oppose the HHS mandate, an unprecedented assault on religious freedom and Catholic beliefs. The Omaha rally will be held at the U.S. District Court, 111 S. 18th Plaza, Omaha. For more information, call Nebraskans United for Life at 402.399.0299.

2012 Pro-Life Student Essay Contest

All students in grades 7-11 or their equivalent attending Catholic schools, Catholic religious formation, or Catholic home school 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 ends March 25, 2012. Please click here for a registration form or contact Elizabeth Murphy at 402.551.9003, ext. 1323, for a registration form.

Coalition to Protect Aging Adults (CPAA)

A free workshop titled "Long Term Care Insurance-Pros and Cons for Seniors" will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Marlene Lund will be the presenter. Registration at 3:15 p.m. The presentation is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the New Cassel Auditorium. Free CEU's available.

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.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday Devotion, Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, will be held at St. Margaret Mary Church-Omaha, Sunday, April 15, 2:00-7:00 p.m. Please click here for more information.

Attention Catholic Bands

Rocking Romans is accepting song entries for the 2012 Best of New Catholic Music contest until April 15. In these times of uncertainty for religious liberty in so many parts of the world, Catholic artists have an increasingly important role to play in touching people's hearts and souls with music. Click here for information and to submit one or more of you band's songs.

Ryan Family Dining room

The New Cassel Retirement Center will be dedicating the new Ryan Family Dining Room Saturday, April 21. Archbishop George J. Lucas will be present to bless the new facility. Come visit and enjoy the updated facility.

Living Single in a Couple's World

In the light of our Christian faith, it's time to explore the social and spiritual possibilities of single life. A one-day retreat for singles, facilitated by the Widowed, Separated & Divorce Support Group of Omaha, with Father Thomas A. Greisen and Peg Schindler, will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Benedict Center, Schuyler. Some are single throughout their life. For others, re-entry into a single life is traumatic. There is a program fee of $30. Lunch is available at the Center for $ 9.76 (includes tax). For more information call 402.352.8819 or email Click here for more information.

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