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27 September 2011 Vol. I No. 1


HHS mandate on services and coverage for health care plans

Please read the very important memo attached to this message asking Catholics to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging HHS to include strong conscience protections to the recently issued interim final rule on mandated services and coverage for health care plans. The interim final rule as currently written mandates that all health care plans – regardless of an organization’s or individual’s moral beliefs – provide coverage for sterilization and contraception. Also linked here is a bulletin insert that can be easily reproduced and placed in parish bulletins or distributed to parishioners. (The memo and insert are linked in English and Spanish.)

We encourage you to forward this message to your friends and family.

Attacks on DOMA threaten marriage, Church-State relations, warns Archbishop Dolan in letter to President

The Obama Administration’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of Church-State relations, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote in a September 20 letter to President Barack Obama,

The Administration’s assault on DOMA, Archbishop Dolan said, will “precipitate a national conflict between Church and State of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.” The letter with its accompanying analysis of the Administration’s threats to marriage can be found here.

Round One of the Parish and School Study: Jesus light our Way, recently concluded

Round One consisted of meetings with pastors, school principals and parish/school lay leaders involved in an interaction of questions and feedback from each group.

Meetings took place with 18 school principals and 37 parish pastors, as well as lay leaders in the study area. The lay leader meetings were especially well attended; an estimated 350 people attended in groups of 10 to 15 persons.

The meetings were positively received. There was a general sense that this study was important and a positive step for the archdiocese. A number of parish groups identified areas of growth and improvement. The Hispanic/Latino community was very engaged in the discussions.

Meitler Consultants will be collecting the feedback from these various discussions and presenting portions of it and other comments back into the Round Two general meeting of parish and schools. Round Two meeting will take place November 8th. Additional details about this meeting and who should participate will be sent out to parish pastors in the coming weeks.

Augustine Institute accepting students for Spring semester

Do you have a passion to study theology, a desire to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic Faith, and a fervor to share that knowledge with others? If so, now is the time to consider graduate studies through the Augustine Institute’s distance education program. The DE program allows students from around the world to study at the AI from their own home without ever having to visit their Denver campus. The institute offers a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology with concentrations in Biblical Theology, Catholic Youth Ministry, and Evangelization & Catechesis. You can also earn a basic certificate (no undergraduate degree required) or a graduate certificate in theology from the AI. Please click here for more information. Contact Brad Becker at 303.937.4420, ext 130 or email to apply for, or ask questions about their distance education program.

October 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.



This movie will be released in over 1,100 theaters nationwide on September 30, 2011. If you have seen the preview, you understand the impact this film can have. As Courageous prepares to open, our prayer is that God will use this film to impact fathers and strengthen families. While this movie will provide great entertainment, with drama, humor, action, and the heart-touching storylines, there is an underlying theme in this film that will inspire and challenge men to be Godly fathers. Please click here to view a Catholic resource website designed to help you, your family, your parish, and your community move toward the next steps you feel called to take with Courageous. Please remember the importance of opening weekend. Your support September 30-October 2 shows the movie industry that this is your kind of movie.

40 Days for Life

From September 28 - November 6, our community will be one of many joining together for a faith-filled, groundbreaking pro-life mobilization. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. Please click here for more information and to sign up for a time to pray at the Bellevue abortion facility or the Planned Parenthood off of 93rd and Maple.

Life Chain

Please defend life and join the 24th Annual Life Chain Sunday, October 2, 2011, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Signs will be provided before the event at the parking lots of Family Fun Center, St. Margaret Mary Church, and the 8712 Building, all located on the north side of Dodge Street. Contact your local parish or school for your location on Dodge Street. For more information, contact Elizabeth Murphy in the Family Life Office at 402.551.9003, ext. 1323 or email

The First Act

Please join us for an hour of contemporary praise and worship Sunday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 4710 N 90th Street, Omaha. Please click here for more information.

Holy Hour for Vocations

The Serra Club of West Omaha and St. Wenceslaus Parish invite all to gather and pray during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the Holy Hour for Vocations with Archbishop George Lucas Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church-Omaha. A light reception to follow.

White Mass

Please join the Omaha Guild in celebration of the White Mass for Catholic physicians, dentists, allied health, medical students, clergy and family. The Most Reverend George Lucas will be the celebrant at the Mass, October 18, Feast of St. Luke, 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on 27th and Leavenworth, Omaha. Please click here for more information.

March for Life Pilgrimage

Defend the right to life and visit holy and historical sites in Gettysburg, Emmitsburg, and our nation’s capitol on a pilgrimage for high school youth and young adults ages 19-34. Click here to register online. Early registration is $375 and ends October 21. Final registration is $400 and closes November 21.

Please click here for more information.

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