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September 2007

Parade to mark historic event at cathedral

A parade in downtown Omaha Oct. 6 will mark the centennial of an historic event - the laying of the cornerstone for St. Cecilia Cathedral.

On Oct. 6, 1907, an estimated 10,000 Catholics marched in a parade to the site of the future cathedral. Waiting their arrival was a crowd of 20,000. All eyes were on Bishop Richard Scannell who then used his own hands to set the cornerstone.

It was a momentous day for the Catholic community as members from parishes in Omaha, Hooper, Gretna, Spalding and Blair gathered to celebrate.

Pope puts away traveling shoes, prepares for busy fall and winter

VATICAN CITY - After a three-day trip to Austria in early September, Pope Benedict XVI is putting away his traveling shoes and settling in for a long fall and winter at the Vatican.

The next foreign trip fixed firmly on the pope's calendar is mid-July of 2008, when he plans to fly to Australia for World Youth Day celebrations.

Confusion common when it comes to science and ethics

In the numerous presentations I have given around Nebraska on stem cell and cloning research, one reality is clear: there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the science and ethics of this research.

Given that most people get the bulk of their information on this research from the mainstream media, this confusion is understandable.

Official schedule - Sept. 21 through Oct. 4

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

Sept. 21-23

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Knights of the Holy Sepulchre annual meeting, St. Paul, Minn.

Sept. 24

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Day off.

Sept. 25

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Nebraska Catholic Conference meeting, Grand Island.

Sept. 26

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Office appointments.

Sept. 27

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30th Annual Archbishop's Dinner for Education.

Sept. 28

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Confirmation, Hispanic community, St. Joseph Parish.

Sept. 29

Ways that American Catholics identify with the Church: Good news and some not so good

Dean Hoge, a researcher at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., recently published a book titled "American Catholics Today." His findings were based on a list of 12 "elements" of Catholicism that were rated by the respondents he contacted in a random sampling of people who listed themselves as "Catholic."

The survey instrument allowed respondents to choose those aspects of their Catholic heritage that were most important to them and tied them most deeply to the Church.

THE PRIORITIES RESPONDENTS SELECTED

Music program needs instruments

The Music in Catholic Schools program needs band instruments in good playing condition.

Donated instruments are loaned to parochial school students who cannot afford to rent or buy instruments.

"Many children have a gift for instrumental music, but if they don't take the opportunity to try it when they are in school, they might never use it," said Debra Lund, director of Music in Catholic Schools.

All types of instruments and cases are needed. Financial gifts also are appreciated.

Mother Teresa focus of two Omaha talks

Father Jeff Lorig, associate pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Omaha, will present two "retreat-like" sessions focused on Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Oct. 13 and 20.

The two 9 a.m. events at the St. Elizabeth Ann Parish Center will include reflections based on the recently released book, "Come Be My Light."

The first session will focus on the early foundations of her spiritual life and the second will concentrate on the spiritual darkness she experienced for the greater part of her life.

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