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March 2007

Official schedule: March 16 through April 6, 2007

March 16

» Confirmation, Holy Cross Parish, Omaha.

March 17

» Presentation to Christians Encounter Christ women's weekend, Omaha.

March 18

» Confirmation, St. Boniface Parish, Menominee and St. John the Baptist Parish, Fordyce at Menominee.

» Confirmation, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Crofton and St. Joseph Parish, Constance at Crofton.

March 19

» Confirmation, St. Andrew Parish, Bloomfield.

» Confirmation, St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Parish, Osmond.

Winners named in 12th annual pro-life contest

First-place winners of the 12th annual Knights of Columbus Council #3019 pro-life essay contest are congratulated by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss during an award presentation March 7 at the chancery. They include, from left, Corri Goldsmith, sixth grade, Ss. Peter and Paul School; Andrew Martinez, eighth grade, St. Stanislaus School; and Josh Lee, seventh grade, Ss. Peter and Paul School.

Sacred Heart benefit set for March 24

The Gathering, a fundraising dinner to support Sacred Heart School in Omaha, is set for March 24 at the Mutual of Omaha Dome.

Sponsored by the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES), the event includes a social hour starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

This year's theme is Art from the Heart, and commissioned glass and metal artwork by Anne Nye and Sondra Gerber of the Blue Pomegranate Studio will be on the auction block during the oral auction.

Elgin HS gears up for development dinner

Pope John XXIII Central High School in Elgin will host the school's 21st annual development dinner March 25 at Werner Hall in Petersburg.

A social and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with an oral auction.

The money raised will go towards the development of Pope John High School.

Father James Gilg, superintendent of Catholic Schools, will be the master of ceremonies. He taught at Pope John from 1970 to 1972.

Music program needs instruments

The Music in Catholic Schools program needs band instruments in good playing condition.

Donated instruments are loaned to parochial school students who cannot afford to rent or buy instruments.

"Many children have a gift for instrumental music, but if they don't take the opportunity to try it when they are in school, they might never use it," said Debra Lund, director of Music in Catholic Schools.

Omaha businessman to lead AFP board

Paul J. Strawhecker of Omaha is the new chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy.

He is a past president of AFP chapters in Nebraska, Michigan and North Dakota.

Strawhecker is president and founder of Paul Strawhecker, Inc., a fundraising consulting and resource development firm based in Omaha that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

Notre Dame sisters to honor Omaha couple

The Notre Dame Sisters will honor an Omaha couple for their service next month to the community and the Notre Dame Sisters.

Marta and Roland Nieves will receive the Mother Qualberta Krivanec Service Award April 1 at the Notre Dame Development Dinner, held at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha.

Marta Nieves is currently a human and organizational development consultant, who works on women's issues.

Festival of Faith takes on 24-hours

As part of parish Lenten celebrations, St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha is hosting a 24-hour Festival of Faith.

For 24 hours beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, one or more parish ministries will be responsible to create and lead prayer each hour. Each hour also will have a special intention and refreshments will be served.

This event was created to bring the parish community together and assist in engaging parishioners to grow in their faith through prayer, said Father James Tiegs, pastor.

Students learn about life in Iraq from U.S. soldier

Four sixth-grade boys in the religious education program at St. Edward Parish in St. Edward have made a new friend.

The friend's name is Col. Jim Lyman. A native of Oregon, he's the Commander of the Kabul Military Training Center in Afghanistan and a friend of Kevin Lyons, the town's school superintendent, who returned in 2006 after serving in Iraq.

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