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20 March 2012 Vol. I No. 26


Obamacare and $1 Abortions: Latest Rule Requires an 'Abortion Surcharge'

Nestled within the 'individual mandate' in the Obamacare act -- that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government-approved insurance or pay a penalty -- is an 'abortion premium mandate.' This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. Click here to read more.

USCCB Blog Series

Click here to read week two of the USCCB blog series, "Catholics Care. Catholics Vote." This week's entry explores the theme of political involvement, as addressed in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

Bishops Promise to Continue 'Vigorous Efforts' Against HHS Violations of Religious Freedom in Health Care Reform Mandate

The U.S. bishops are strongly united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom, the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a March 14 statement. The Administrative Committee, chaired by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the USCCB, is the highest authority of the bishops' conference outside the semi-annual sessions of the full body of bishops. The Committee's membership consists of the elected chairmen of all the USCCB permanent committees and an elected bishop representative from each of the geographic regions of the USCCB. The full statement can be found here.

The Administrative Committee said it was "strongly unified and intensely focused in its opposition to the various threats to religious freedom in our day." The bishops will continue their vigorous work of education on religious freedom, dialogue with the executive branch, legislative initiatives and efforts in the courts to defend religious freedom. They promised a longer statement on the principles at the heart of religious freedom, which will come later from the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

The bishops noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that forces all private health plans to provide coverage of sterilization and contraceptives – including abortion-inducing drugs – called for an immediate response. Of particular concern, they said, are a religious exemption from the mandate that the bishops deem "arbitrarily narrow" and an "unspecified and dubious future 'accommodation''' offered to other religious organizations that are denied the exemption.

Your Gift Makes a Difference.

Thank you for prayerfully considering a gift to the 2011-12 Archbishop's Annual Appeal. Gifts to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal allow us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ, together as a church, in ways that we cannot do so individually. Your support makes a real difference in the lives of our neighbors and in all corners of northeast Nebraska. Your gift to the Appeal provide important support to priests and seminarians and to Catholic schools; your gift ensures quality youth and adult faith formation opportunities are available in our parishes; and your gift gives hope to many people through the work of Catholic Charities.

You can make your gift today by clicking here or calling 402.557.5650. Thank you for your prayers, your generosity and your dedication to our Archdiocese.

Learn more about the Archbishop's Annual Appeal from Archbishop Lucas and others who have been touched by the generosity of more than 12,000 members of our Archdiocese. Click here to hear their stories.

April Youth Ministry update

The monthly publication of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis Youth Ministry is linked here. It can also be found online here.

Events and programs for Catholic young adults

For the 20s & 30s crowd: The Archdiocese of Omaha has an updated list of events and programs for Catholic young adults, single or married, offered through parishes or other organizations in our area. Whether you are looking for fun, fellowship, faith formation, service opportunities, or a parish with an active young adult community, we've got it. Click here for a list compiled and updated by the Family Life Office and Office of Vocations.


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.

Dementia Care Conference

The Annual Regional Dementia Care Conference for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals will be held Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Tip Top Ballroom, 1502 Cuming Street, Omaha. The featured speaker will be Eric M. Reiman, MD. Click here for more information.

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. Join Archbishop George J. Lucas at the rally that will occur at the U.S. District Court, 111 S. 18th Plaza, Omaha. Click here for more information or contact Nebraskans United for Life at 402.399.0299. The event is sponsored by NUFL, the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Omaha, and Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS.

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. Please join us and sit in the pew marked for your parish (or high 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.

Bendición de Rosario Viviente

Los fieles católicos en el área de Omaha son invitados a participar en el Rosario Viviente Pro-Vida Anual y Bendición en honor de la Solemnidad de la Anunciación, domingo, 25 de marzo, a las 3 p.m. en la Iglesia de San Esteban Mártir, 16701 calle S, Omaha. Por favor acompáñenos y siéntense en la banca marcada para nuestra parroquia (o escuela secundaria). Habrá una reunión después del servicio. Para más información, por favor contactar Elizabeth Murphy en la Oficina de Vida Familiar al 402.551.9003, ext. 1323.

2012 Pro-Life Student Essay Contest

The 2012 Archdiocesan Student Pro-Life Essay Contest ends Sunday, March 25. 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. 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. Please click here for a registration form or contact Elizabeth Murphy at 402.551.9003, ext. 1323, for a registration form.

Bach Birthday Concert

Marie Rubis Bauer, organist at St. Cecilia Cathedral, will present the annual Bach Birthday Concert on Sunday, March 25, 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral, 701 N. 40 Street, Omaha. This year's concert, entitled Toccatas! will feature 5 toccatas for organ or harpsichord on four different instruments, including the Cathedral's landmark dual temperament pipe organ by Martin Pasi, a small pipe organ by Nebraska builder Gene Bedient, an Italian harpsichord and a Lute Harpsichord. The concert is free and sponsored by supporters of the Cathedral Arts Project. Click here for more information or call 402.553.5524.

World-Wide FertilityCare Week

There is an alternative to artificial methods of birth control and artificial reproductive technologies. Learn about the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, a new reproductive science that is highly effective in achieving and avoiding pregnancy, and offers couples who are experiencing infertility the hope of achieving pregnancy while following the teachings of the Catholic Church. World-Wide FertilityCare Week is March 25-31, 2012. Click here for more information, or contact the FertilityCare Center of Omaha at 402.392.0842. Call in March or April to receive 20% off your introductory session and 1st follow-up. Code: FertilityCare Week.

Palm Sunday Production

Our Lady of Guadalupe-St. Agnes parish invites you to attend Mi Cristo Roto (My Broken Christ), a theatrical production in Spanish that is open to persons of any language or background. Presented by Alberto Mayagoitia, this play is a way to meditate on Christ during the season of Lent, and a neat experience for students of Spanish. The play will be offered at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Palm Sunday, April 1, in the St. Agnes gym, 5221 S. 23rd St., Omaha. Cost is $15 per person; children under 10 are free. Snacks will be available. For more information, call Conchita Mayorga at 402.686.1600. Click here for a flier.

Dining Out for St. Vincent de Paul Society

Tuesday, April 3, enjoy fine dining and help the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the same time. Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar located at 168th & Center, 119th & Pacific or 1911 Leavenworth, and Bailey's at120th & Pacific will donate 10% of all food and drink sales to SVdP to help in their mission to help the poor. Help those who need it in these tough times. For more information, contact Anne Severes, director, St. Vincent de Paul Society at 402.346.5445.

Holy Ghost Chicken Dinner

Plan to attend the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Fried Chicken Dinner, Friday, April 13, 4:00-8:00 p.m. at 5219 S. 53 Street. This is a parish/school fundraiser. Click here for more information.

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