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6 December 2011 Vol. I No. 11



The IRA Charitable Rollover will expire on December 31, 2011. Originally passed in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act, the IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) organizations, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes. Please consider making a donation to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal or your favorite archdiocesan or parish organization.

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

Schuyler's Divine Mercy associate pastor Father Andrew Syring, Omaha's Holy Name principal Sofia Kock, 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.

December Youth Ministry update

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

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.


Holiday stress

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-St. James Stephen Ministries are sponsoring a discussion on coping with holiday stress. Join Dr. Sean Stevens Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Elizabeth Ann Parish Center for learning, discussing, fellowship and refreshments.

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 Tuesday, 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 and 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," presented by Omar Gutierrez, December 12 & 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Confessions available after the mission on December 13.

Las Posadas: A Mexican Christmas Tradition

Experience something new this Advent, and teach your family to prepare spiritually for Christmas! All families are invited to share in the celebration of "Las Posadas," Spanish for "The Inns", a traditional Mexican gathering for the nine evenings before Christmas, recalling how Mary and Joseph went from inn to inn before finding shelter in a stable in which Christ was born. Las Posadas will be celebrated at various parishes in Omaha in Spanish from December 16-24; this is a great opportunity for bilingual persons and students learning Spanish, as the songs, rosary, and procession will be in Spanish. Click here for more information.

"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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Reservations are now being taken for couples and religious to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend scheduled for February 10-12, 2012 at BroomTree Retreat and Conference Center in Irene, South Dakota. Contact Curt and Rochelle Lauret at 605.362.9145 to register or visit

Pilgrimage to Italy for Spanish-speakers

Father Paul Colling of the Diocese of Grand Island and Father Jorge Canela will be co-leading a pilgrimage for Spanish-speakers to Italy. The trip will include visits to Assisi, Loreto, Lanciano, the tomb of St. (Padre) Pio, and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. For more information, contact Ana María at 303.324.5320, 308.784.5270, or Registration required by January 18, 2012.

¿Quiere Ud. ver los sitios sagrados de nuestro fe católica en Italia? ¿Ver las iglesias de San Francisco y Sta. Clara de Asís, Loreto, Lanciano, la tumba de Santo Padre Pío, y finalmente una audiencia con el Papa Benedicto XVI? La parroquia de Sta. Ana de Lexington, NE, está organizando una peregrinación a Italia para hispanohablantes, guiado por P. Paul Colling y P. Jorge Canela. El viaje será el 16-26 de abril de 2012, cuesta $3, 595, y salen de y regresan a Omaha. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Ana María: 303-324-5320, 308-784-5270, o Necesita registrarse antes del 18 de enero, 2012.

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