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May 2007

Vocation awareness in rural communities

Two Vocation Awareness Days were held for sixth graders in rural Archdiocese of Omaha communities last month.

Students gathered April 18 at the St. Benedict Retreat Center in Schuyler and April 19 at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk.

Both days, the students listened to presentations from various priests, deacons, and men and women religious on the call to religious life, and played BINGO with vocations related information.

Funds raised for Omaha school

More than 300 people attended the Crusade for Excellence Development Dinner April 14 to benefit St. Joan of Arc School in Omaha.

The theme for the evening was Hollywood Nights and featured auctions, dinner and a video presentation highlighting the last 49 years at the school.

The evening was emceed by Carol Schrader, a St. Joan of Arc School alum, and Cathy Raneri served as chairman.

All proceeds will go towards curriculum resources, technology and tuition assistance.

Marian honors its volunteers

Marian High School in Omaha held a recognition Mass and reception April 22 to honor three people who have dedicated themselves to supporting Catholic education and are leaders in the community.

Honored were LaVonne (Jenson) Piotrowski, and Dr. Jim and Ann McGill.

Piotrowski, a 1969 Marian graduate, was named the 2007 Marian High School Alumna of the Year, and the McGills received the Marian Award.

Ascension Thursday Mass to celebrate life

Servants of the Heart of the Father, a Catholic pro-life ministry, will hold a Mass to celebrate life on Ascension Thursday, May 17, at St. Joseph Church in Platte Center.

Prayers at the 7:30 p.m. Mass will be for protection of the unborn, healing to those who have been hurt by abortion and strength to those who desire to take the Gospel of life to the world.

Healing teams will be available to pray with those who have been hurt by abortion.

Christ Child Society gala set for June 28

The L'Esprit Auxiliary of the Christ Child Society of Omaha will hold its second annual Summer Soiree, A Wagon Full of Wishes Gala, June 28.

One of the primary fundraising efforts for the operating costs of the three Christ Child Society Centers in the Omaha area, the gala will be held at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and conclude with an oral auction.

Stopping the violence at its roots and respecting life

On April 16, our whole nation seemed to stop, utterly speechless and sickened by the murderous rampage at Virginia Tech. The hearts of at least 26,000 sets of parents raced in agony and 33 had their worst fears become living nightmares. Even the most mature college kids were introduced to a reality that no amount of violent video games or horror movies could have ever prepared them.

Deciphering language of God in nature: Leading scientist presents evidence for belief in God

Francis Collins is one of the leading scientists in the world today. He directed the International Human Genome Project which successfully completed mapping of the human genome in 2006. He recently wrote a book, "The Language of God," in which he not only wrote an apologia for his personal religious beliefs but he also presented a brilliant argument for religion itself.

Omaha nuns help battle osteoporosis

By the end of the first eight-day session of the Omaha Nun Study in 1967, Sister Rosalina Wilkinson was sick of chocolate bars.

The Sister of Mercy had eaten one chocolate bar each day.

"I only picked the chocolate bar because it was on the list they gave me and I thought it sounded good," Sister Wilkinson told the Catholic Voice. "Boy was that a mistake."

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