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1 November 2011 Vol. I No. 6


Daylight savings time ends

This weekend, at 2:00 a.m. on November 6, Daylight Savings Time will end, and revert back to Daylight Standard Time. You'll need to "wind back" the clock one hour, going back in time to 1:00 a.m.

Radio app for mobile devices

The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network (Buffalo, NY) recently launched the first-ever Catholic radio app for Apple and Android mobile devices, iCatholicRadio. This free resource can be a powerful tool for spreading and building up the faith on college campuses.

Modern day students have many obligations and commitments that fill their schedule. They may not be able to read about the Catholic Church or know where to look to find answers to the challenging questions that they are faced with regularly. However, this application is easily accessible and offers insights leading others closer to God. Whether they are curious about the Catholic Church or looking to go deeper, iCatholicRadio offers a means to strengthen their Catholic foundation and deepen their relationship with God.

Click here to learn more about iCatholicRadio.

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.


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

St. Mary's 45th Annual Golden Harvest Roast Beef and Roast Pork Dinner

This annual dinner is complete with homemade pie and beverage. It will be held Sunday, November 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's School Gym, 36th and 'R' Streets, Omaha. Dinner tickets are available at the door - adults $9.00, $4.00 for children 12 & under. Carry-outs will be available. The event will feature a silent auction, Christmas Store, Bear Tree, Sweet Shoppe, raffles, pickles, grocery raffle and children's games.

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.

Workshop on serving older adults

The New Cassel Outreach Ministry is offering a workshop, Aging with Grace: Resources for Parish Ministers and Volunteers, Thursday, November 10, 2011, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the New Cassel Auditorium. Join Michaela Williams, Care Consultants for the Aging; Chris Stewart, Respite Resource Center; and Mary Eileen Andreasen in discussing how parish ministers and volunteers can serve the older adults of their parishes. Continuing Education Units are available to health care providers. A free-will donation will be accepted. Many resources will be shared. To register, call 402.390.5339.

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 fund raiser

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.

Advent reflection

The New Cassel Retirement Center will present The Ghost of Advent Past, The Reality of Christ Present, Friday, December 2, 2011, 2:00-3:45 p.m. in the New Cassel Auditorium. Deacon Tom Schulte, an inspirational speaker throughout the archdiocese, will look back into Advents of the past in order to re-examine our longing for God. Join us for this Advent reflection as we start a new church year. Benediction will follow in the chapel. Cost is $5. To register, call 402.390.5339.

Limando Asperezas: Spanish Communication Workshop for Couples

The goal of this workshop is to improve married, dating, or engaged couples' communication in order to prevent abuse and domestic violence, thereby strengthening families in their mission to "guard, reveal, and communicate love." (John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio.) PREP is a dynamic workshop that will help you to say what you need to say, reach the heart of your issues, and strengthen your union. Through talks, dialogue, and activities, you will learn respectful and effective communication strategies. The next PREP workshop is Sunday, December 4, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Church gym, 2706 Leavenworth, Omaha. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Register by December 1 by contacting Mariana Flores-Chávez, coordinator of Hispanic ministries, Family Life Office, by email, 402.551.9003, ext. 1303 or at 888.800.8352, ext. 1303.

¡Llamando a todas las parejas, casados o novios, que quieren mejorar su comunicación! PREP es un taller dinámico que les ayudará a decir lo que necesitan decir, alcanzar el corazón de sus problemas, y hacer más fuerte su unión. Por medio de charlas, diálogo, y actividades, aprenderán estrategias respetuosas y eficaces de comunicación. El próximo taller de PREP será domingo, el 4 de diciembre, de 8 am – 1 pm en el gimnasio de la iglesia de San Pedro, 2706 Leavenworth, Omaha. El costo es $10; incluye el desayuno. Regístrense a más tardar el 1 de diciembre con Mariana Flores-Chávez, 402-551-9003, ext. 1303 (gratuito: 888-800-8352, ext. 1303) o Coordinado por la Oficina de Vida Familiar de la Arquidiócesis de Omaha.

Sing in Exultation!

A benefit concert of the Poor Clare Sisters of Omaha will be held Tuesday, December 6, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654 S. 86th Street, Omaha, featuring the Frontier String Ensemble of the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Please click here for more information.

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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