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March 2007

Lent preparation in Elgin

Regan Dierks, a second-grade student from St. Boniface School in Elgin, was among the preschool through sixth grade students who "nailed" their hearts to a cross in preparation of Ash Wednesday. The cross will be on display at St. Boniface School through the Lenten season.

Ready, set, robot at Mount Michael

Teams from Mercy High School in Omaha and Crete High School in Crete combined to claim top honors Feb. 24 in a robotics tournament at Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn.

The win qualified both teams for the national competition April 12-15 in Atlanta, Ga.

Members of the Mercy team included Mandy Hohman, Alyssa Hernandez, Anna Berg, Liz Kinzer, Sarah Veys, Susan Davis and Amanda Wiese. The Mercy team also earned the Think Award, presented for the best journey through the design process, as recorded in a competition notebook.

St. Wenceslaus wins Wits Clash competition

St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha earned first place Feb. 24 at Roncalli Catholic High School's 32nd annual Wits Class Competition, a college quiz bowl competition.

Members of the first-place team included Michael Wincek, Jenny May, Zach Buttner, Dane Weinert, James Wilson, Danny Selzle, Erin O'Brien, Tyler Bolden, Matt Capoun and Corey Thiele. Sherri Springer served as coach.

Many junior high schools participated in this year's competition, including Catholic and public schools in the Omaha, Elkhorn, Bellevue and Millard districts.

Event to raise funds for school

"St. Mary on Safari" is the theme for the 13th annual fundraising dinner and auction for St. Mary School in Bellevue.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the March 17 event at the Patriot Club at Offutt Air Force Base.

Hundreds of items are up for bidding during the silent and oral auctions, including theme baskets, Precious Moments collectibles, furniture, travel packages and electronics. The oral auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Dinner includes a choice of either London broil or chicken cordon bleu.

Parish house drawing winners announced

One of its own parishioners won the Building Futures, Unlocking Dreams House Lottery at St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn.

Kevin Daly had his ticket drawn from the 7,859 tickets sold in the drawing for the 3-bedroom, ranch-style home with an open floor plan, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.

Daly purchased the ticket from his son, Collin, who also won $1,000 in gift certificates for selling the winning ticket. Collin donated half of his prize to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

IrishFest 2007 to feature Styx

Catholic Charities IrishFest 2007 - Shamrocks & Styx - is set for March 10 at the Qwest Center Omaha.

This year's event will feature the 1970s band, Styx. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and an oral auction at 7 p.m.

Auction items include an all-inclusive Masters Tournament Experience, a china, flatware and crystal package from Borsheims, a trip to New York City with tickets to the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys," and a football autographed by 16 Heisman trophy winners.

Interfaith architecture tour set for March 18

One local synagogue and St. Cecilia Cathedral make up an interfaith architecture tour March 18 in Omaha.

The 1-5:30 p.m. event will begin at Beth Israel Synagogue, 12604 Pacific St., and continue to St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.

The afternoon will be spent exploring the role art and architecture play in shaping congregational life and practices in different religious traditions.

A community reception will be held at the Cathedral Cultural Center after the tour.

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