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18 October 2011 Vol. I No. 4


Archbishop's Annual Appeal: We all can be Jesus to our neighbors

Archdiocese of Omaha Annual Appeal 2011 Goal

The impact of the Archbishop's Annual Appeal reaches every corner of our Archdiocese. Funds raised support our Catholic schools and religious education programs, important outreach efforts to families and individuals who are in the most need and support our dedicated clergy through continuing education, seminarian formation and retirement assistance.

Please prayerfully consider sharing your gifts with these worthwhile causes. Click here to offer your support online. Your gift will make a difference to the countless number of people who benefit spiritually, educationally and materially from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal. We all can be Jesus to our neighbors.

Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty

Please click here for information on the Ad Hoc Committe that the U.S. bishops have established for Religious Liberty to address growing concerns over the erosion of freedom of religion in America.

Tax-free gift

On December 31, 2011, the special tax-code provision that allows donors to make a tax-free gift from their IRA account to not-for-profit organizations will expire. And, with the lawmakers in Washington focused on saving money wherever they can find it, the likelihood that this tax benefit will be extended is remote.

This special tax break allows donors to make a direct distribution from their IRA account to a qualified charity – tax free. By taking advantage of this opportunity before the end of the year, you can fulfill your obligation to take an IRA distribution, avoid taxes you would otherwise have to pay and make a generous donation to the nonprofit of your choice.

Here are two of the primary provisions:

You must be 70½ years of age or older

You may give up to $100,000 (married couples can give $200,000)

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.


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.

The March for Life

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. Registration is online at Early registration is $375 and ends October 21. Final registration is $400 and closes November 21. Please click here for more information.

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.

WYD in the US, October 23

Catholic parishes in the US celebrate World Youth Day each year, on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This year's celebration takes place October 23. This celebration offers all involved in youth ministry an opportunity to highlight the gifts and joys that young people and youth ministry bring to faith communities across the country. The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry offers free resources on their website.

Presentations on Adoption and Foster Care

St. Robert Bellarmine Family Ministry will present Adoption as an Option and Foster Care Awareness on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Representatives from several agencies will be present to make brief presentations and answer questions. For more information, contact Julie Hahler at 402.334.9086 or

Durufle Requiem - Concert Remembrance

In conjunction with the Solemnity of All Souls and in remembrance of loved ones who have died, the Saint Cecilia Cathedral Choir, conducted by Marie Rubis Bauer, with guest organist Wolfgang Reisinger of the Archdiocese of Vienna, will present Requiem by Maurice Duruflé on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Cecilia Cathedral.

Holy Ghost Catholic Church Turkey Dinner

Holy Ghost Catholic Church will be serving turkey dinner Sunday, November 13, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at 5219 South 53rd Street (52nd & Q Street). Meal includes dessert and drink. Take-outs will be available. Dinner Prices: Adults - $9.00, Seniors - $8.00 (62+), Children (12 & under) - $5.00.

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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