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August 2006

Five parishes combine their RCIA programs

By DEACON RANDY A. GROSSE
The Catholic Voice

The first draft of the archdiocesan strategic plan has yet to be written. And it won't be reviewed by the Strategic Planning Commission until Sept. 30.

But several parishes in one archdiocesan deanery already are taking to heart the strategic planning concepts of sharing resources and combining programs. And they're not waiting for the completion of the archdiocesan plan.

Archbishop praises permanent deacons

A model of faith for the archdiocese.

That's how Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss described the permanent diaconate in his remarks during the annual ordination anniversary dinner in Omaha.

Twenty permanent deacons of the archdiocese were honored during the reception-dinner program Aug. 25 at St. Vincent de Paul School.

Noting there are about 200 permanent deacons in the archdiocese, Archbishop Curtiss said the archdiocese is blessed by diaconate ministry.

Catholic tradition: The cause of our unity in the world today, and of our continuity with the first apostles

            In a recent address to people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome, Pope Benedict explained the importance of Apostolic Tradition in the life of the Church. He said that 'it is a living chain whose links are disciples of Jesus who have transmitted the original faith of the apostles."

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