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October 2007

Faith and helping others bring healing to family

Twenty-one years ago in May, Joseph and Margaret Benak and 11 of their 13 children were celebrating the graduation of their son and brother, Danny, from Creighton Prep High School in Omaha.

Danny hugged his mom after the convocation, stopped home to change clothes and then headed to a friend's party across town with another friend and classmate, Tom Brown.

The night of joy, however, turned tragic. At the intersection of 72nd and Maple streets, a drunk driver ran a red light, his vehicle slamming into the boys' car.

Hospice House helps families with grief

In February 2003, doctors diagnosed Mary Rossman's mother, Joyce Hillyer, with an aggressive bladder cancer. They said she might live six months.

When radical surgery failed to keep the cancer from metastasizing to her back and brain, Hillyer decided to make the most of her remaining time by moving to Hospice House, 415 Cedar St. in Omaha.

Rossman, who is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha, said Hospice House was the answer to many prayers.

National celebration calls church to honor youths

At the end of this month, churches across the country are asked to take time to recognize the young members who play a vital role in their parish.

The U.S. bishops have designated the 30th Sunday of ordinary time as the National Celebration of World Youth Day, a special day to celebrate the presence of young people in the life of the church and the gifts they bring.

Father Micek dies at age 95

A funeral Mass Oct. 20 celebrated the life and 65 years in the priesthood for an Omaha native who died Oct. 14 in a Las Vegas, Nev., hospital.

Father Joseph S. Micek, 95, who moved to Nevada to be with his sisters when he retired in 1990, had been battling pneumonia and other health problems the last few weeks, said his brother, John, of Omaha.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss presided at the 10 a.m. funeral at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. Msgr. Andrew Meister, a retired priest who was ordained two years after Father Micek, delivered the homily.

Omaha church finally gets new steeple

After more than 100 years, St. Mary Magdalene Church in downtown Omaha finally has a steeple.

This newest addition to the historic church on 19th and Farnam streets not only gives glory to God, but also helps identify the sacred space amid Omaha's business and government buildings.

A 70-foot aluminum steeple was placed on top of the church's northwest tower Oct. 11. A parish celebration of the steeple is being planned.

Omaha church finally gets new steeple

After more than 100 years, St. Mary Magdalene Church in downtown Omaha finally has a steeple.

This newest addition to the historic church on 19th and Farnam streets not only gives glory to God, but also helps identify the sacred space amid Omaha's business and government buildings.

A 70-foot aluminum steeple was placed on top of the church's northwest tower Oct. 11. A parish celebration of the steeple is being planned.

Parade recalls past, praises present and looks to future

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared Oct. 6 "St. Cecilia Cathedral Day" in the state, marking the significance of the cathedral's cornerstone centennial celebration.

A representative of the governor read the proclamation after nearly 1,500 people marched through the streets of Omaha as part of the St. Cecilia Cathedral Centennial Parade.

The parade followed the same route as the 1907 parade.

Crowds lined 40th Street from Joslyn Castle to the cathedral's north lawn to cheer on parade participants.

Archbishop: Teachers need to instill faith in students

Faith - that's what it's all about.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss told the more than 1,300 administrators and teachers Oct. 5 at the 2007 Fall Education Conference to remember to stay strong in their faith and to continue to instill that faith in young people.

The annual conference was held at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

"Catholic identity in schools needs to be strong," Archbishop Curtiss said during his homily at the opening Mass. "Your key role is to instill faith in our young people."

Archbishop: Teachers need to instill faith in students

Faith - that's what it's all about.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss told the more than 1,300 administrators and teachers Oct. 5 at the 2007 Fall Education Conference to remember to stay strong in their faith and to continue to instill that faith in young people.

The annual conference was held at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

"Catholic identity in schools needs to be strong," Archbishop Curtiss said during his homily at the opening Mass. "Your key role is to instill faith in our young people."

Plan announced to close St. Ann Parish in Omaha

Members of St. Ann Church were told Oct. 13 their parish was closing after nearly 90 years of serving downtown Omaha.

Father Joseph Taphorn, chancellor and administrator of the parish, delivered the news during the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass attended by about a dozen parishioners.

"Some people are hurt and heartbroken because some of them have been members of St. Ann Church for decades," Father Taphorn told the Catholic Voice. "But I don't think it was a terrible shock because there was a sense that the closing was inevitable."

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