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March 2007

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.

Event to feature gratitude letters

The parishioners of St. John Vianney Church in Omaha want to get people thinking about the people who have touched their lives in a special way.

That's why the parish has invited people in the Omaha area to write letters of gratitude to those who have inspired their lives.

A selection of those letters will be read at the parish's second annual Gratitude Gathering fundraiser Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall in Omaha.

Omaha pastor to take assignment in Rome

Father Joseph Hanefeldt, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for 12 years, will be moving from the Northwest Omaha parish this summer, but his move won't take him across town or across the archdiocese.

Father Hanefeldt will be moving to Rome.

The Creighton native has accepted an assignment as spiritual director for seminarians at Pontifical North American College, where he studied for the priesthood in the early 1980s.

Pledges to annual appeal total nearly $2.8 million

More than 14,000 people have pledged nearly $2.8 million to the annual Feed My Sheep Stewardship Appeal.

The number of participants and the amount pledged are all-time highs for the appeal, which was introduced by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss in 2000.

"The people of the archdiocese continually amaze me with their generosity," Archbishop Curtiss said. "By increasing the 2006 goal, I wanted to challenge the good people of Northeast Nebraska. With everyone's help, I think we will reach our goal ($3 million)."

Archbishop welcomes hundreds into Catholic Church at Rite of Election

Cheryl Conn said she has found love again after the death of her husband of 37 years.

That love, she said, came in the form of the Catholic Church ... the church she'll become a member of at the Easter Vigil at St. Gerald Church in Ralston.

"When (my husband) went into the hospital for the last time, the chaplains were very helpful and it just seemed like all of the help that I got was through the Catholic Church," said Conn, an ordained session member (local ruling body) of the Presbyterian Church.

KILL-Merril Henry

KILL-Merril Henry, 97. Funeral March 2 at Holy Name Church. Interment St. Patrick Cemetery, Maryville, Mo. Preceded in death by parents; wife, Theresa; brothers, Louis, Albert, Francis "Tony" and Ralph; nephew, Dick Kill. Survived by sister, Mary Regina "Jean" Anderson, Montrose, Calif.; sister-in-law, Mary Frances Carmichael, Toledo, Iowa; nephews, Jim Kill and wife, JoEllen, Muscatine, Iowa, and Jim Carmichael and wife, Karen, St. Charles, Mo.; nieces, Karen Carmichael, Loveland, Colo., Barbara (Kill) Martin and husband, Mike, Ft.

in the 3/16/07 issue

Wedding/Marriage Special Emphasis Issue: Several stories will focus on marriage and marriage preparation.

Lenten meals: Parishes hold Lenten fish dinners and pasta meals as a way to raise money and foster community.

ZELENKA-Eleanor M.

ZELENKA-Eleanor M., 94. Funeral March 1 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, John W. Survived by son, Jack R.; niece, Joanne Schwartzenberger and husband, Anton "Tony"; nephew, Richard Marik, all of Placentia, Calif.; great-nephew, Michael Schwartzenberger; friends.


McGILL-Mildred M.

McGILL-Mildred M., 81. Funeral March 1 at St. Patrick Church, Elkhorn. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by husband, Edward C. McGill; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathleen McGill, Garland, Texas; daughter, Catherine Pitt, Blair; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Jones, Lees Summet, Mo.; sister, Beatrice Kramer, Dubuque, Iowa.



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