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27 December 2011 Vol. I No. 14


January 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.

Family Life Office calendar

Click here to view the Family Life Office January-March 2012 events calendar.

Prayer requests

Please click here to leave a prayer request through the Family Life Office. Prayer requests received are shared with the Poor Clare sisters who regularly pray for all of the submitted intentions.


New Year's Eve celebration

Are you looking to spend a little time in reflection and spiritual renewal before the ball drops on New Year's Eve this year? You are invited to the Pro Sanctity New Year's Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31, at St. James Catholic Church, 4710 N. 90th St., Omaha. There will be two hours of quiet prayer focused on personal preparation for the New Year from 10:00 p.m.–midnight with confessions available from 10:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Mass at midnight, which meets the January 1 obligation, followed by breakfast and fellowship. Please click here for more information.

Mass to end school violence

St. Stephen the Martyr Parish will be offering up Mass Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to pray for an end to school violence in memory of the shooting at Millard South last January. Please click here for a flyer.

"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, 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.

Lord, Teach Me To Pray

Part 1: Praying Christian Virtues is a 12-week program offered separately for men and women that introduces Ignatian prayer and spirituality. There will be an information night Monday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. at St. Gerald's Fellowship Hall. Please click here for a flyer with dates and times of the sessions or for more information call Anna Marie Spargo at 402-339-1679 or John Meyer at 402-933-6856.

Discernment Retreat

Are you searching for meaning, trying to make good decisions, making an important life choice in the next year, choosing a marriage partner, changing jobs, going back to school or considering vowed life as an option for the future? You are invited to attend the Discernment Retreat I, January 27-29, 2012, at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler. This retreat will offer you, in the spirit of St. Benedict, the tools to help you discern daily life choices in a prayerful manner and will introduce you to the Rules of Discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola. The retreat is led by Teresa Monaghen, AO, Fr. Thomas Leitner, OSB, Fr. Paul Coelho, SJ, and other Consecrated Life members from Omaha. Please click here for more information.

Married Singles Lifestyle

The Married Singles Lifestyle describes couples that may have lost a sense of closeness they once had as marriage partners and are living more like roommates. Retrouvaille teaches couples how to survive times like these in their marriages. This program has helped couples experiencing difficulty at all levels of marital distress from disillusionment to deep misery. For confidential information about, or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on February 17-19, 2012 call 1.888.317.5654 or visit on the web.

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