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December 2007

MONACO-Rosary J. "Sarah"

MONACO-Rosary J. "Sarah", 93. Funeral Dec. 21 at St. Frances Cabrini Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Angelo Sam Monaco; daughter, Carmen Monaco. Survived by son, Filadelfio Monaco; step-brother, Don LoSole; nieces; nephews; cousins.


NAPLE-Nicolena "Nicky"

NAPLE-Nicolena "Nicky", 92. Funeral Dec. 21 at St. James Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Survived by sister, Susan Tucker; nephew; grand-nieces; grand-nephew; relatives; friends. Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Church.


School alum returns to visit with students

Father Carl Zoucha, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Agnes parishes in Omaha, is surrounded by the third grade class from St. Anthony School in Columbus after a recent presentation. Father Zoucha grew up in the Columbus parish and went to school at St. Anthony. He talked to the students about becoming a priest and being true to the faith. He also sang and played the guitar.

St. Bernard students assist those in need

After Thanksgiving, the 12 students in Donna Molacek's third grade class at St. Bernard School in Omaha set a goal of collecting $150 for the parish's Christmas giving tree.

By the Dec. 13 deadline, the students had raised $174.03, enough to buy 12 gifts for the parish Giving Tree and give $100 to the Open Door Mission in Omaha.

The students collected the money by selling their Halloween candy, doing extra chores, shoveling snow, giving birthday money and holding a big pumpkin raffle.

Students raise $1,200 for charity

Students at Holy Cross School in Omaha raised more than $1,200 through an in-school program called Operation Giving.

Operation Giving is organized annually by a committee of teachers and the student congress to help the less fortunate in the community. Students raised money by holding days out of uniform and collected change by acting as their own bell ringers at the entrances. A drawing to be principal for a morning also was held.

The students also collected toiletries for the Douglas County Hospital in Omaha.

Display of photos to benefit mission

Seventeen new portraits of St. Augustine Indian Mission students photographed by Father Don Doll, SJ, are on display at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center's Betty Strong Encounter Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Father Doll is a professor of photojournalism at Creighton University in Omaha.

These photos also are featured in the 2008 St. Augustine Indian Mission calendar, which is available now for $10 by calling (402) 878-2402.

A time to thank people for their generosity

There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all." (1 Corinthians 12: 6 - 7).

The Archdiocese of Omaha is filled with generous hearts - many people who use the abilities given to them for the benefit of others and those who are willing to share their financial resources for the greater good of all.

Official schedule for Dec. 21 through Jan. 14

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

Dec. 21

Day off.

Dec. 22

Family members arrive for Christmas.

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve

Christmas Midnight Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day

Christmas Day Mass, 9:30 a.m., St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Dec. 26-28

Family visit.

Jan. 1

Mary Mother of God, holy day of obligation.

DivorceCare - Jan. 15

DivorceCare, a 13-week video seminar and support group for people experiencing divorce and separation, will be held Jan. 15, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 102nd and Blondo, Omaha. Cost is $20 and includes workbook. For pre-registration or more information, contact Pat Seier at 557-5514 or


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