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11 October 2011 Vol. I No. 3


Catholic Bishops Object to Coercive Federal Action

Nebraska's three Catholic bishops have written the Obama administration expressing their objections to a governmental initiative mandating private health plans to cover FDA-approved contraceptives and sterilization procedures. Click here to read the news release. Click here to read the bishops' letter.

For Your Marriage

The For Your Marriage campaign has launched a new round of television and radio public service announcements with the theme, "A good marriage goes a long way." For Your Marriage is a major activity of the U.S. bishops' priority to strengthen marriage and family.

The spots encourage couples to visit the popular and award-winning website, as well as and for tips to strengthen and improve their marriages. Online resources include regularly updated articles, blogs and a Daily Marriage Tip. The first television spot, "Marriage Takes Teamwork," can be viewed on the website. The radio spots are available for download at:

For more information on the social benefits of marriage, one resource on the For Your Marriage website, visit:

Saint Cecilia Institute October Announcements

Click here to review the latest offerings from the Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts.

Apartments available

Apartments are now available at John Vianney Residence, 7323 Shirley, Omaha. Please call Buffy at 402.392.1542 if interested.


Annual Blue Mass

The Annual Blue Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia Cathedral October 13 at 10:00 a.m. with Archbishop George Lucas as the main celebrant. The Mass is celebrated to honor and celebrate the lives of first responders of the Omaha area: police, fire personnel, EMT's, etc. All are invited to come celebrate the Mass and honor those who serve our city.

Festival of Faith

All children ages 3-10 are invited to the Festival of Faith Saturday, October 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary School Auditorium, 123 N. 60th St, Omaha. The entrance is on the northeast side of the school. This month's theme is "St. Teresa of Avila and Friends." Activities will include songs, games, crafts, and prayer. Please bring a snack to share. Older children may come as helpers. Cost: free-will offering. For more information, contact Monica at 402.553.4418 or, or Anne at 402.289.1938 or Event coordinated by the Pro Sanctity Movement.

American Artist Series

The Cathedral Arts Project is presenting Michael Bauer from the University of Kansas on Sunday, October 16 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Michael Bauer will perform his works - ancient and modern - including Bach, Buxtehude, Eben, King, and Forrest Pierce on the Martin Pasi, op. 14 pipe organ. Admission is free. St. Cecilia Cathedral is located at 701 North 40th Street.

Catholic Theater Production

"The Vitae Monologues,"a highly acclaimed and groundbreaking theatrical production by Epiphany Studio Productions will be performed at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the UNO Ballroom, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha. Parking is available across the street at St. Margaret Mary Church, 6116 Dodge Street. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

"The Vitae Monologues" is a 2-person, one act play by Epiphany Studio Productions, featuring international performers Jeremy and Sarah Stanbary, based on eye-opening and inspiring true stories of post-abortive women and men who tragically suffered in silence for years from the aftermath of abortion before eventually finding healing and forgiveness. "The Vitae Monologues" seeks to bring greater awareness to the reality that abortion is often a deeply traumatic experience that goes unnamed and unrecognized due to a culture of denial about its long lasting negative consequences, which are affecting millions of men and women today.

Please note: this play may not be suitable for youth under 12 years of age. For more information about this event, please contact Students for Life sponsored by MAVCatholic: Click here to read endorsements by U.S. bishops.

Deacon Ordination

The following fourteen men will be ordained to the permanent diaconate on October 22, 2012, by Archbishop George Lucas at St. Cecilia's Cathedral in Omaha:

Gary Bash-St. Mary Parish, Bellevue; David Baumert-St. Mary Parish, West Point; Thomas Burton-Holy Cross Parish, Omaha; Gregg Drvol-St. James Parish, Omaha; Frank Fillaus-St. Rose Parish, Crofton; Daniel Keiter-St. Bonaventure Parish, Columbus; Harlan Long-St. Edward Parish, St. Edward; Stephen Luna-St. Gerald Parish, Ralston; Steven Nelson-St. James Parish, Omaha; Richard Niedergeses-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Omaha; Harold Nienaber-Holy Family Parish, Lindsay; Melvin Schaecher-St. Patrick Parish, Battle Creek; John Small-St. Peter Parish, Fullerton; and Paul Weeder-St. Michael Parish, Albion.

A reception will follow in the cafeteria.

Chanting and Core Repertoire courses

With the completion of classes in preparation for the reception of the new Roman Missal, the Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music, and the Arts will begin a series of continuing formation and enrichment classes and will continue lessons in voice, organ, piano, violin, and harp.

The following single-session classes will be offered throughout the archdiocese early in the fall. Click here for a flyer with details on courses, lessons, locations and times. Please click here to register online or contact the Data Support Office at 402.558.3100 for registration assistance.

For musicians: Core Repertoire I: Singing and Playing the Mass - with focus on the two Archdiocesan Mass settings and sections for Keyboardists, Cantors, Choir Directors, and Guitarists. There will be multiple faculty instructors. A $5 fee is required.

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