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15 November 2011 Vol. I No. 8

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Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Please click here for an important letter from the Archdiocese of Omaha Office of Missions and Justice regarding the collection this weekend for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

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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.

Evangelization sessions in Spanish

Through WebEx, Fr. Juan Rivas, LC will give a series of sessions in Spanish called New Evangelization's Apostles for three consecutive Fridays starting Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption-Guadalupe School Cafeteria located on 5602 S. 22nd St., Omaha, NE. The cost is $3 a person or $5 per couple. To register, contact Mariana Flores-Chávez at 402.557.5513 or email mfloreschavez@archomaha.org.

P. Juan Rivas, LC in Omaha con sesiones en español todos los que deseen crecer en fe Católica asistan! Click aquí para el flyer.

St. Cecilia Cathedral upcoming event

You are invited to a special "Saint Cecilia Sing" November 20 at 3:00 p.m. with honored guest Dr. David Hurd. Hurd is an internationally acclaimed composer, organist, and church musician who was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Omaha to write Mass in Honor of Saint Cecilia in celebration of the reception of the new translation of the Roman Missal. This special day will include some reflections by Dr. Hurd, singing the new Mass setting, joining together to sing hymns, and to hear some of his own compositions and improvisation. We look forward to welcoming him, and to celebrating with him in honor of the Feast of Saint Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians. The event is free thanks to the generous benefactors of the Cathedral Arts Project.

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 mfloreschavez@archomaha.org, 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 mfloreschavez@archomaha.org. 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.

Advent Night of Reflection

Attend an evening honoring Mary through story, prayer, scripture, song and celebration Monday, December 6, 2011, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Bernadette Church, 7600 S. 42nd Street, Bellevue. Father James Keena, C.Ss.R. will give a presentation on the various ways we relate to Mary. A special opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place after the presentation, followed by fellowship & refreshments in the social hall. The event is free, but to help with planning, we ask that you contact the St. Bernadette Parish Religious Education Office by email jdiane60@hotmail.com, or call 402.731.4694 if you plan to attend.

Religious retirement fund collection

The 24th annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up December 10-11, 2011, in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the appeal asks Catholics to Share in the Care of more than 34,000 women and men religious past age 70.

Last year, the Archdiocese of Omaha contributed $174,080.60 to this collection. In 2011, the Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, Missionary Society of St. Columban, Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey, Notre Dame Sisters, Servants of Mary, and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas received a combined total of $575,294.17 in financial assistance made possible by the national appeal. As a result of the 2010 collection, which garnered $26.7 million, the NRRO was able to distribute $23 million to religious communities to help support the day-to-day care of senior members. An additional $2.7 million was allocated toward initiatives targeted for religious communities with the greatest needs. Ninety-three cents of every dollar aids elderly religious.

While the response to the collection is unprecedented, so is the need. In 2010 alone, the total cost of care for women and men religious past age 70 exceeded $1 billion dollars.

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.

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