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April 2007

Booster Club banquet May 3

J. C. Watts will be the keynote speaker May 3 at the 40th annual Girls and Boys Town Booster Club Banquet.

A former U.S. Congressman and University of Oklahoma quarterback, Watts is the chairman of J.C. Watts Companies and sits on the boards of several major corporations. He is also a political contributor and Republican strategist on CNN's The Situation Room.

The event, which benefits and honors Girls and Boys Town student athletes, will begin at 6 p.m. at Omaha's Holiday Inn Convention Center, 3321 S. 72nd St.

80th birthday open house

An open house and card shower in honor of Msgr. Tom Furlong's 80th birthday will be held May 6.

The 1-3 p.m. event will be held at St. Matthew Church, 11210 S. 36th St., Bellevue.

Cards may be sent to St. Matthew Rectory, 3605 Looking Glass Drive, Bellevue, NE 68123.

Welcome to the archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Omaha welcomes the following people who joined the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, April 7.

Christ the King - Omaha

Laura Hale, Elizabeth Heath, David Lagenberg, Charles Liakos, Brad Nelson, Roger Petersen, David Rogers and Trish Solomon

Mary Our Queen - Omaha

John Beckenhauer, James Dauben-diek, James DePooter, Marla Flet-cher, Arthur Huerta, Andrew Mc-Nally, Patrick McNally and Robert Passmore

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Omaha

UNO Catholic Campus Ministry assists victims

While many of their college classmates were partying and relaxing on warm beaches during spring break, nine students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha were rising early to spend hours cleaning out mold-infested homes in dismal New Orleans neighborhoods.

The March 9-17 service trip was sponsored by UNO's Catholic Campus Ministry Office.

Working with Catholic Charities of New Orleans' Operation Helping Hands, the students spent the week tearing down drywall and removing water-damaged items from houses and sheds destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Students and couple assist African schools by providing computers

Thanks to a couple in Omaha and several young volunteers, children in Africa are using computers to improve their future.

Computers 4 Africa (CFA), a non-profit program headquartered in Omaha, refurbishes computers and creates ready-to-set-up computer labs for Africa. Founded in 2002 by Tim and Ruth Leacock, CFA works to promote sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development in rural African communities.

Students and couple assist African schools by providing computers

Thanks to a couple in Omaha and several young volunteers, children in Africa are using computers to improve their future.

Computers 4 Africa (CFA), a non-profit program headquartered in Omaha, refurbishes computers and creates ready-to-set-up computer labs for Africa. Founded in 2002 by Tim and Ruth Leacock, CFA works to promote sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development in rural African communities.

Ten priests celebrate 450 years of service



Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss stands with jubilarians following the April 17 Priest Jubilee Mass at St. Patrick Church in Fremont. Pcitured with the archbishop, from left, are Father Martin Conley, Father Daniel Galas, Msgr. Melvern Wiese, Father Lucian Astuto, Father Thomas Griesen, Father Robert Burns, SJ, Father Thomas Shanahan, SJ, Father William Whelan, Father Michael Printy and Father James Ryberg.

WASKIEWICZ-Alyssa Marie and Andrew James

WASKIEWICZ-Alyssa Marie and Andrew James. Graveside services April 20 at Calvary Cemetery. Survived by parents, Michael and Karrie; grandparents, Gail and Michael Waskiewicz, Kathryn and Robert O'Keefe, and Arlie Ruger, Gillette, Wyo. Memorials to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Children Hospital Foundation of Omaha.

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Keeping faith with parishioners

A former pastor of St. Patrick Parish was sentenced April 4 to five years probation for stealing $125,000 from the south Omaha parish. He was also ordered to repay $40,000.

Father Stephen J. Gutgsell faced one to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine after pleading guilty to theft by deception on Feb. 16.

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