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September 2007

Police, fire personnel to gather for Blue Mass

All Omaha, Council Bluffs and Lincoln metro area police, fire, families and supporters are invited to attend a Blue Mass Oct. 17 at St. Peter Church in Omaha.

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., will be the guest homilist for the 6 p.m. Mass, which also will feature an honor guard and a special blessing for members of law enforcement, fire professionals and first responders.

The Blue Mass dates back to the 1930s in cities along the eastern seaboard.

All are encouraged to attend in uniform.

Three-day training event scheduled for Oct. 5-7

The Teens, Troops, Twenties, To and Together Encounter Christ (TEC) Conference is holding its next Communities of Faith and Follow-Through (CF&F) Workshop Oct. 5-7 at the Salvation Army Gene Eppley Camp in Bellevue.

The three-day training event focuses on the role each TEC adult faith community plays in ministering to Catholic youth and young adults before, during and after TEC weekends.

The workshop includes the Eucharist, prayer, round-table discussions and multimedia presentations.

Red Mass for legal profession is Oct. 1

Creighton University will hold a Red Mass for the legal profession Oct. 1 at St. John Church on campus.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will preside and give the homily and members of the Creighton Jesuit Community will concelebrate at the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

The appellation "Red Mass" refers to the annual Catholic Mass that commences the new court term and its history dates to 13th century Europe.

Servants of Mary name award recipient

Dorothy Dietz was awarded the 2007 Partnership Award by the Servants of Mary Aug. 6 at the Servite 2007 Celebrating Partnership fundraiser and recognition evening. Dietz has been a supporter of the Servants of Mary for more than 40 years, beginning in 1964 when she taught at St. Pius X School in Omaha. In 1967, she transferred to Marian High School in Omaha, where she established the business department. Most recently, she served on the blue ribbon committee for the Motherhouse Renovation Project.

Five-year anniversary celebration dinner

A dinner marking the fifth anniversary of A Woman's Touch Pregnancy Counseling Center (AWT) is planned for Oct. 18 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Omaha.

Father Damien Cook, the archdiocese's representative for the Bishop's Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, will be the featured speaker.

A social hour and silent auction will open the event at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Community partners are needed to host tables, underwrite the event and provide donations for a silent auction.

Couple makes dramatic changes as a result of finance class

Jason and Linda Lytle had moved into their dream home in West Omaha. The 3,400-square-foot house had the front porch they always wanted and plenty of space for their growing family.

But a few years after the move, the couple began to take a second look at their home upgrade. The Lytles were taking a financial management class through their parish and it had them looking at their priorities.

Financial programs help keep priorities straight

Money is one of the top reasons why couples get divorced, according to Creighton University's Center for Marriage and Family. And that's why financial management classes can be beneficial to all couples, whether they're struggling with money or have a good financial plan.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, two Christian financial management programs are available to couples looking for guidance in how to manage their finances.

Planning liturgy, designing a church part of the job

When it comes to liturgy and worship, Brother William Woeger, FSC, is the go-to man.

As director of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Worship Office, his expertise is sought not only when planning liturgies, but also when designing places of worship.

And the demand for his design expertise isn't limited to projects in the Archdiocese of Omaha. He's sought out to help design or consult on projects throughout the country.

Mullen Award winner leads in OACCW and at parish

COLUMBUS - A mother known for her dependability and strength, as well as her volunteerism, was honored Sept. 17 by the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) at the council's annual meeting in Columbus.

Jeanette Pinkelman was named the 2007 winner of the Mullen Award, presented annually to a woman whose life reflects the life of Mary Mullen, the first president of the OACCW. Mullen was active in her church, council and community, serving 12 years as OACCW president.

Familiar face absent at OACCW annual meeting

COLUMBUS - There were many familiar faces at the 83rd annual Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) convention Sept. 17 in Columbus, but one very familiar face was noticeably absent.

Msgr. Edgar Wortmann, who was preparing to attend his 39th annual meeting as OACCW moderator, passed away Aug. 31.

"It is hard to put into words what he meant to the OACCW," said Helen Kunz, current OACCW president. "Over the past 39 years, he probably attended more events and conventions than anyone else in the archdiocese."

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