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November 2007

Archbishop and Catholic radio saluted

Catholic radio was celebrated Nov. 7 at a banquet at the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center in Omaha.

The second annual Spirit Award Dinner, which drew a crowd of 293, paid tribute to Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss. Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS honored the archbishop with the 2007 Spirit Award for his "outstanding support" of the station and its mission of bringing Christ to people and people to Christ. His program - The Shepherd's Corner - was one of the station's first local programs.

Holidays provide opportunity to teach children about consumerism, sharing

Sometimes a lesson about what's least admirable about us is concealed within what appears to exemplify the best of us. A dentist in Madison, Wis., had an idea that has since spread to many cities in the United States by which some 200 dentists offer a dollar or two dollars a pound to children for the candy they collected during trick or treat.

Dentists say this time after Halloween is the worst time for their profession as their young patients have mangled their braces with chewy candy.

Thanksgiving is good time to thank our many priests

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that highlights what we should do each day of the year - give thanks to God and to all who are gifts in our lives. Perhaps this Thanksgiving we should say a special thank you to the priests who serve the Archdiocese of Omaha and who are so important to us and our families. We turn to them at the birth of our children and at the death of our loved ones. We depend on them for our gifts of the Mass, Eucharist, confirmation and the sacrament of reconciliation. Our lives as Catholics depend on these holy men.

Thanksgiving is good time to thank our many priests

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that highlights what we should do each day of the year - give thanks to God and to all who are gifts in our lives. Perhaps this Thanksgiving we should say a special thank you to the priests who serve the Archdiocese of Omaha and who are so important to us and our families. We turn to them at the birth of our children and at the death of our loved ones. We depend on them for our gifts of the Mass, Eucharist, confirmation and the sacrament of reconciliation. Our lives as Catholics depend on these holy men.

Official Schedule Nov. 16 through Dec. 6

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

Nov. 16-23

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Rome, meeting with Vatican officials and archdiocesan seminarians.

Nov. 23-30

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Visit with family and friends in Slovenia.

Dec. 2

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Confirmation, St. Leo the Great Parish, Omaha.

Dec. 3-4

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Serra International and USA Council leaders meeting, Omaha.

Dec. 5

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Archdiocesan Committee for Development, new members luncheon, Champions Club, Omaha.

U.S. Constitution and religion: We do not have a Christian state nor do we have an atheist nation

I read recently that a new poll released by the First Amendment Center indicated that fully 55 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution established a Christian nation. Surely anyone who has taken a basic civics course should know that the constitution did no such thing.

Liturgical composers record lullaby CD

Singer/songwriter duo Cher and Gene Klosner have completed their fourth CD, Stardust, a collection of lullabies for all ages.

"Our mom used to sing us to sleep when we were kids," said Cher Klosner. "Now I sing my son to sleep almost every night, with many of the same songs she sang to us."

The Klosners, Omaha natives who have recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, chose Omaha for the project. Musicians on the CD include members of the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Conservatory of Music.

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