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29 November 2011 Vol. I No. 10


Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Schuyler's Divine Mercy associate pastor Father Andrew Syring, Omaha's Holy Name principal Sophia Koch, and area high school students tell how the Archbishop's Annual Appeal has impacted them and our community. Click here to hear what they have to say.

Your support of the Archbishop's Annual Appeal impacts countless lives across our Archdiocese. Thank you for your loving support.

Obama's 'good-faith' policy assaults Catholic principles

If you did not read the column by the Washington Post's Michael Gerson in the Omaha World-Herald, please click here for the full text. Gerson writes about the ways in which the Obama administration's policies are at odds with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Executive Secretary position

The Stewardship and Development Office is accepting applications for an executive secretary. Please click here for a job description. Applications are due December 6, 2011.


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.

Married Couple Retreat

A retreat for married couples will be led by Father James Mason December 2-4, 2011 at Broom Tree Retreat Center. Check-in Friday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Mass and reconciliation will be offered each day throughout the retreat. Private sharing between spouses is encouraged throughout the retreat, but we ask that silence be kept between couples. There is an optional social time in the evening for those who wish to visit with other couples on the retreat. The retreat will conclude after lunch on Sunday. For more information, call 605.263.1040 or visit

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.

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, 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.

Morning of Reflection

The Institute for Priestly Formation invites you to a morning of reflection: "Receiving Christ: Our Rest and Consolation," Saturday, December 10 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 119th and Pacific. There will be Mass offered at 8:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast at 9:15 a.m., with a time of listening, prayer, and sharing from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free-will offering. Click here for more information and here to register.

Pro-Life Celebration

You are invited to attend a Pro-Life Celebration in honor of Saint Gerard Magella, Patron of Mothers, Sunday, December 11, the anniversary of Saint Gerard's canonization, at 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Name Church, 2901 Fontenelle Blvd. You will be able to visit Holy Name's St. Gerard Prayer Room, be a part of a blessing for those expecting a birth or adoption of a child, and enjoy refreshments after Mass.

Parish Mission

All are invited to the St. Thomas More Parish mission: "Our Lady's Seeking," lead by Omar Gutierrez, December 12 & 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Confessions available after the mission on December 13.

"Been There…Done That" A Life Review Retreat

Join Sr. Ann Marie Petrylka, OSM and Mary Eileen Andreasen at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska January 6-7, 2012 to examine the spiritual questions of mid-life. January is an excellent time to look back and look forward in faith. There will be presentations, discussions, plenty of quiet time, great food and Mass with the monks. Make a New Year's resolution to follow the path of Christ more closely during the coming years. For more information, contact or 402.390.5339. This retreat is sponsored by New Cassel Retirement Center.

TEC Retreat

High school juniors and seniors, and college students are invited to a dynamic three-day retreat called TEC (Teens Encounter Christ). TEC is a high-energy, youth-focused, spirit-directed faith experience offered by the Archdiocese of Omaha. The next TEC retreat is January 14-16, 2012 at the Archdiocese Retreat and Conference Center in Omaha. The cost is $60. Scholarships are available. Applications are available here.

Italian Renaissance Tour / March 3 through March 12, 2012

Join Abbot Michael Liebl, O.S.B., on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage tour to Venice, Florence and Rome. Enjoy dining along the Venetian islands, visiting the burial place of Michaelangelo, viewing the beauty of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica, where one can experience the Sunday Papal Blessing. Mass will be celebrated daily. Cost is $3,795 departing from Omaha. Contact Kimberly Volpone at the Mount Michael Benedictine Office 402.253.0964,, or Magi Travel at 952.949.0065.

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