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November 2007

Free concert Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral

St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum will hold a 3 p.m. St. Cecilia Day Concert Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer will conduct a performance of George Frederick Handel's oratorio, "An Ode for St. Cecilia's Day," featuring the choirs of the Schola Cantorum with orchestra and guest soloists Rebecca Lloyd, soprano, and David Adams, tenor.

Holy Family Shrine to celebrate fifth year

The fifth anniversary of the dedication of the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna will be celebrated Dec. 15 with an open house from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will include a silent auction, music, refreshments and fellowship. Proceeds will go to support the operations of the shrine.

For those planning to attend, parking is limited and some walking may be required.

Built as a place for travelers, the Holy Family Shrine is located off Interstate 80, exit 432, south on Highway 31 and west on Pflug Road.

Original members observe 40 years


Five of the original members of the Ses Enfants auxiliary of the Christ Child Society, from left, Sharon Reefe, Mary Monson, Babe Feeney, Ann Kineen and Mary McFadden, attended a celebration in October to mark the group's 40 years of service. The Ses Enfants continue service by making blankets for Christ Child's layette program and supporting activities at the centers.

40 Days pro-life program attracts new volunteers

National court cases or marches on Washington often grab the headlines in the campaign to end abortion.

Sometimes though it's the less visible work that might eventually yield the best results, Ann Marie Bowen of Nebraskans United for Life told the Catholic Voice.

That was the case, she believes, for the 40 Days for Life program that ended Nov. 4. During that 40-day program, more than 1,000 individuals were involved in a program of presence and prayer 24 hours a day at the Abortion and Contraception Center, the abortion facility in Bellevue.

Appeal pledges push total past $1 million

With more than 5,000 pledges received as of Nov. 13, the 2007 Feed My Sheep Appeal of the Archdiocese of Omaha is more than a third of the way to the $3 million goal.

A total of $1,117,031 has been pledged from 5,258 households.

Judy Tamisiea, executive director of the Office of Stewardship, Planning and Development, said she is pleased with the early numbers - just three weeks after commitment Sunday. "Things are going well," she said.

Students reach out to neighboring school's secretary

The sign outside of St. Mary School in Bellevue Nov. 5 said it all - "Welcome St. Matthew Student Council."

This flag of hospitality was raised to greet students from the other Catholic school in Bellevue, who were arriving with a gift for someone in need - Jennie Kemler.

Kemler, St. Mary school secretary for three years, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2007 and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since that time.

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