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March 2007

DORAN-Robert P.

DORAN-Robert P., 74. Visitation March 2, 5 p.m., wake service 7 p.m. at Pacific Street Chapel. Funeral service March 3, 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Preceded in death by brothers, Jack and Jim Doran. Survived by wife, Judy; sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Sharon Moriarty Doran, Dr. Stephen and Sharon Doran, and Christopher and Candace Doran; daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Ken Rihanek, and Joan and Jon Tucker; 13 grandchildren; brother, Patrick Doran. Memorials to Catholic Charities or Maryknoll Missionaries.

Mercy sister retires from busy tour business

What do you do in retirement if your last career involved extensive tour travel? That's the question Mercy Sister Janet Daul is hearing often these days.

She decided to retire in 2007 after 30 years as the driving force behind Mercy Fontenelle Tours, a company specializing in one- to 16-day tours for seniors.

The ministry grew out of her work with seniors at the McAuley Center in east Omaha, where she served after more than 28 years as a classroom teacher at several schools in Missouri and Nebraska, including Holy Cross School and Mercy High School in Omaha.

Parishes work together for Catholic school

They might be eight miles away from each other, but parishioners at St. Michael Church in South Sioux City and St. Patrick Church in Jackson are uniting to help keep Catholic education strong in their area.

Members of St. Michael Parish are building a house in Jackson to raise money for their five-day school, St. Michael, and both communities have volunteered their services and machinery to get the job done.

Lessons from today's cinema

The 79th Annual Academy Awards - held Feb. 25 on ABC - drew an average audience of 39.9 million viewers. Those numbers guarantee it will be one of the most-watched television programs this year. Yes, the glitter and glamour of tinsel town were on display for all to see. And much was written about the Oscar winners and their stylish attire, which is to be expected in our culture so obsessed with celebrities and fashion.

We must do our part to help the poor in our country

Catholic Charities USA has begun a practice of composing a policy position paper on a different social issue each year. This year's paper focuses on poverty.

"Poverty in America: A Threat to the Common Good" launched a yearlong look at the devastating effects of poverty and called for a 50 percent reduction in poverty in the United States in the next 13 years.

Big budget squeeze leaves poor, uninsured on the outside again

As Congress begins its deliberations over President George W. Bush's fiscal year 2008 budget, you might think that decision-making power rests solely with the president who proposed it and the representatives and senators who will approve it.But many of the most critical decisions were made long ago, by members of Congress who could be long dead, according to Eugene Steuerle, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington and a consultant to the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Policy.

Official schedule: March 2 through March 15, 2007

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss' activities over the next two weeks:

March 2

World Day of Prayer, Ladies Guild, Christ the King Church, Omaha.

March 4

Confirmation, St. Francis Borgia Parish, Blair.

March 5

Celebrity reading program, St. Philip Neri School, Omaha.

» Meet with LIMEX participants,

Office of Lay Ministry Formation.

March 6

Mass, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue.

Religion and American culture: Catholicism attempts to balance U.S. global policies with Gospel values

Andrew Bacevich, professor of history and international relations at Boston College, has spent time recently analyzing U.S. foreign policy as it impacts our own people as well as people everywhere in the world. He maintains that, especially since the 1960s, the nation's abiding cultural perception has touched on what freedom actually means for different people.

Bringing down the house!

Students at St. Mary School in Bellevue, from left, Cody King and Pat Cook, demonstrate the effects of an earthquake on a building at the school's Science Fair Feb. 12. Students from the seventh and eighth grades were combined into teams and spent weeks developing their projects. Sid Eckerman, the school's science teacher, directed the fair.


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