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25 October 2011 Vol. I No. 5


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

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.

Archdiocese of Omaha Annual Appeal 2011 Goal

Calling All Communities winner

St. Stephen the Martyr School was the first announced winner in U.S. Cellular $1 million Calling All Communities campaign, which comes with a $50,000 prize. U.S. Cellular associates visited the school October 17 to deliver the news. St. Stephen the Martyr is the first of 18 winners to be announced in the wireless carrier's nationwide $1 million contest. Click here to read more.

Annulment process

An annulment is an official declaration by the Catholic Church that a particular marriage was lacking, from the very beginning, some essential element for a valid, permanent, sacramental union. Click here to learn more about the Church's annulment process. Share this link with someone you know who may benefit from this information.

November Youth Ministry update

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

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)


Pastoring a Multi-Cultural Church

The Creighton University Center for Catholic Thought and the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs are please to host Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe, who will speak on Pastoring a Multi-Cultural Church Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at the Creighton University Harper Center Auditorium. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 402.280.2303 or click here.

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

Catholic Cemeteries Monthly Memorial Mass

The Catholic Cemeteries monthly memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, November 3, 5:30 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery's Holy Angels mausoleum.

Surviving the Holidays

A seminar will be offered for those who have experienced the death of a loved one or have experienced separation or divorce. It will be held November 3, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at St. Gerald Catholic Church, Ralston. Please click here for more information on how to register.

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.

Young Adult Catholic Women's Study

A small women's study group on John Paul II's "A Letter to Women" will be sponsored through the ENDOW program starting November 6. This study will meet weekly on Sunday evenings, November through February (except for holiday weekends), 6:45-8:15 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40 St. in Omaha. All young adult women (20's and 30"s) in the Omaha-area are invited to join. Registration is found online here. The program cost is $60, with a $20 scholarship option. For more information, contact Ashley Kosmicki at

Nov. 8 is big date for parish, school study

A meeting of about 150 pastors, school principals and lay leaders will meet Nov. 8 in the gym at St. Cecilia Cathedral School to receive a preliminary look at early findings of a study of 37 Catholic parishes and 18 elementary schools in east Omaha.

The Archdiocese of Omaha began this pastoral planning initiative last spring. The idea is to build on current strengths, forecast growth and anticipate future challenges. You can read more about this important study by visiting or click here.

The Son of God came to us with a mission and plan. He accepted that plan in a very public way at the Jordan. To help him carry out that plan, he gathered resources and formed leaders and disciples and committed to the mission all the way to Jerusalem. The four Gospels are the working documents of that plan and reveal the spirit in which it was accomplished.

Jesus was the first to understand the importance of effective pastoral planning. He left it up to the apostles to implement and expand his plan. In the modern Church, we get our direction for strategic pastoral planning from the Documents of Vatican II, especially #4 of the Pastoral Constitution of the Church: "…the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel."

Over the past number of years the Archdiocese of Omaha has witnessed many changes in parish and school life. Parishes have merged, many parishes share a pastor, schools have closed or consolidated, and several parishes have undergone a reduction in priest staffing. These realities have and will continue to affect all aspects of parish life.

In the throes of these changes we must discover again what it means to be Church. The challenges we face are also opportunities for us to deepen our commitment to and enhance our practice of collaboration in ministry.

Effective pastoral planning is the key to ensuring that the work of the mission of Jesus is carried out in the archdiocese. When archdiocesan and parish leaders come together to vision and plan for the future, prayer, discerning the "signs of the times" and a spirit of collaboration all play crucial roles in contributing to vibrant parish life.

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.

Cathedral Arts Project fundraiser

Plan on attending an evening of Stardust and Swing with Todd Murray at the Glo Lounge located in the Marcus Theatre at Midtown Crossing, Wednesday, November 16, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $65 with the proceeds going to the Cathedral Arts Project. Garage parking is free.

UNO Art Gallery exhibit

Julie Green, an artist who teaches at Oregon State University, is bringing her art exhibit The Last Supper to the UNO Art Gallery, January 13-February 9.

The Last Supper is an on-going decades-long project in which the artist has painted on ceramic plates the last meal requests of death row inmates. This project began when Ms. Green noticed that final meal requests were announced in the local newspaper. Each plate represents a specific death row inmate; she has painted over 485 plates to date.

Click here for the artist's website and here to review the UNO Art Gallery.

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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