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3 April 2012 Vol. I No. 28

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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.

Freedom Rally Talks.

If you were not able to attend the Religious Freedom Rally in Omaha on Friday, March 23, click here and visit the Spirit KVSS website where you can listen to each and every talk including that given by Archbishop Lucas.

Conscience concerns could prove decisive in health care ruling.

A deficiency in conscience protections may lead the Supreme Court to strike down the 2010 health care law, according to a priest and legal scholar. Click here for more information.

USCCB Blog Series.

Click here to read the fourth entry in "Catholics Care. Catholics Vote," a blog series on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. This week's post looks at the Church's approach to issues of human life and dignity.

Action Alert on Prenatal Care for Unborn Children.

Click here for an action alert from the Nebraska Catholic Conference asking our help to urge state senators support LB 599, to restore access to prenatal health care for vulnerable unborn children by means of the unborn-child option of the Children's Health Insurance Program.

U.S. Bishops, other denominations file amicus curiae brief in Supreme Court Case of Arizona vs. United States.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and several other Christian denominations filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arizona vs. United States, supporting the principle that the federal government controls the enactment and implementation of the nation's immigration laws. The March 26 brief argued that the federal government is in the best position to protect the well-established goals of family unity and human dignity in the nation's immigration system.

The brief also made the case that a patchwork of state laws could inhibit the Church's mission to serve immigrants, thus impinging upon religious liberty. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service joined the bishops in filing the brief.

Citing numerous examples of federal immigration policies designed to further family unity and human dignity, the brief argued that Arizona's SB 1070 is not a solution to the problems in federal law and in fact creates more problems than it solves. Please click here for a copy of the brief.

Vatican approves blessing for child in the womb.

The Vatican has approved the publication of the "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb," which will be printed in English and Spanish, according to a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here for more information.

Reflections for 2012 Good Friday stations draw on family life.

Pope Benedict XVI's annual meditations for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross have been written by an Italian couple that has been married for nearly 50 years. Click here for the story.

Top 5 Pitfalls for New Converts.

Click here for the most common challenges that converts may face about their faith.

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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 is 3:15 p.m. The presentation is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the New Cassel Auditorium. Free CEU's available.

Pope John Paul II Award for Priestly Service

The Institute for Priestly Formation invites you to A Celebration of Priesthood where the Reverend James F. Schwertley will receive the Pope John Paul II Award for Priestly Service, Thursday, April 12, 2012 at St. Robert Bellarmine Mainelli Center, 119 & Pacific, Omaha. The keynote speaker will be Archbishop George J. Lucas. Social hour is 6:30 p.m., with dinner and award presentation at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, $65 tax deductible. Click here for more information or contact Linda at 402.280.3901.

Madonnapalooza

A benefit for the students with special needs at Madonna School, Madonnapalooza, will be held Friday, April 13, 2012 at Anthony's Steakhouse. Please click here for more information and call 402.556.1883 for tickets and reservations.

Made for Love: Discernment Retreat

The April 13-15 retreat is for single women age 17-35, desiring to grow in their capacity to discern God's activity in their heart and discover the beautiful vocation dwelling within. Experience silence, Mass, confession, fellowship, conferences, spiritual direction with retreat directors: Father Scott Traynor and the Apostolic Oblate of Pro Sanctity. Click here for more information. Registration is due by April 9. Sponsored by the Pro Sanctity Movement.

A Day of Prayer

The Institute for Priestly Formation invites you to a day of prayer with Fr. Mark Toups, Saturday, April 14, 2012, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with Mass at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 119 & Pacific, Omaha. The day will offer reflections on "Were Not Our Hearts Burning?", practical suggestions for prayer, and time for quiet prayer. Click here for more information or contact Linda at 402.280.3901.

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.

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.

Camp Fun & Faith Fundraiser

Join Camp Fun & Faith for their 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction, Saturday, April 21, 5:00 p.m. social hour and 6:00 p.m. dinner, in the new Pro Sanctity Retreat Center & Camp building, 11002 N. 204th St. Elkhorn. Come and see the good things God has done. Support camp development, spend time with your family, and grow in your faith, all in one entertaining night. Click here for more information.

New Lecture Series

Fr. Roc O'Connor, theology professor at Creighton University and member of the St. Louis Jesuits, will present the lecture "Lift Up Your Hearts: Liturgical Prayer Since Vatican II" at the "Coffee and Conversation…at the Cassel." The lecture will be held Wednesday, April 25, 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the New Cassel Auditorium. 11:00 a.m. Mass will follow the lecture in the New Cassel Chapel. To register, please contact Mary Eileen at 402.390.5339. A free will donation will be accepted. Please click here for more information.

Pro-Life Teen Boot Camp

The Archdiocese of Omaha Respect Life Apostolate will provide transportation and participate in the 2nd Annual Truth Illuminated Teen Pro-Life Boot Camp offered by the Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, May 30-June 2, 2012. This camp is open to teens ages 14-18. Registration is $130, which includes t-shirts and all but one meal. Checks should be made out to "Respect Life Apostolate." The bus will leave Omaha Wednesday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. and arrive back Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 p.m. Please click here for the schedule and to register. All registration forms and checks must be sent to Elizabeth Murphy in the Family Life Office, 3300 N 60th St, Omaha NE, 68104. For more information, contact Elizabeth at 402.551.9003, ext. 1323. (Chaperones are needed. Chaperone applications will be considered in the order received. Costs will be covered by RLA.)

Theology of the Body Training

The Theology of the Body Institute, located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, is dedicated to educating and training men and women to understand, live, and promote the Theology of the Body, which examines the beauty of human sexuality lived out uniquely in the Sacrament of Marriage. This summer TOB Institute will offer three 5-day courses or 30 hours each of comprehensive teaching in a retreat-like experience with daily Mass, confession, adoration and Liturgy of the Hours in a beautiful retreat center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Click here to find information for the next Theology of the Body I: Head & Heart Immersion Course, June 10-15, 2012; The Philosophy of Blessed John Paul II with Dr. Peter Kreeft, June 24-29, 2012; and Theology of the Body II, August 19-24, 2012 (there is a prerequisite of completing TOB I). Please click here or contact Jen Settle, 215.302.8200, ext. 103 for partial scholarships and more information.

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