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February 2008

Forbes named 62nd Queen of Hearts

Lauran Forbes, a theology senior from Omaha, was named College of Saint Mary's 62nd Queen of Hearts during a dinner and dance Feb. 16 at the DC Centre.

Selection is through an election open to students, faculty and staff.

Forbes has been involved with faith planning ministry, Christian life community, Student Educational Association of Nebraska, Amnesty International and CSM presidential ambassadors.

She also served as captain of the school's soccer team, and was named to the Sigma Phi Sigma Mercy Honor Society.

Father Boes named to board of directors

Father Steven Boes, Boys Town national executive director, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Alliance for Children and Families, a Milwaukee-based national non-profit membership association of more than 370 social service providers, including Boys Town.

"This is a great opportunity to further enhance Boys Town's mission of saving children and healing families," said Father Boes. "The collective knowledge represented on this board is a strong asset for improving the lives of America's children and families."

St. Bernadette group plans dinner theater

St. Bernadette Parish Play Production in Bellevue is preparing for dinner theater performances of "The Wizard of Oz."

Performances will be held March 1 at 6 p.m. and March 2 at noon in the parish social hall.

The cast consists of St. Bernadette School students in grades 5-8.

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the parish office at 731-4694, ext. 302.

Fun Fest fundraiser planned in Howells

Howells Community Catholic School is gearing up for its Fun Fest fundraiser March 9.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at St. John Church in Howells with a Polka Mass and include dinner in the Howells Ballroom.

Children's games, an auction and drawing will be after dinner. Grand prize in the drawing is a choice of $3,000 or a complete home theater.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (402) 986-1689.

Benefit for Bellevue school to be March 1

St. Mary School in Bellevue will host its 14th annual "Spring for the Children" benefit auction and dinner March 1.

Held in the Patriot Club on Offutt Air force Base, the event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., and will include dinner and an auction.

Tina Targy, Jodi Belcastro and Bill Huben, school principal, are chairs for the event.

Tickets are available by calling Bob or Suzanne Hasiak at 680-6744.

Sacred Heart benefit slated for March 28

The Gathering, a fundraising dinner to support Sacred Heart School in Omaha, is set for March 28 at the Hilton Hotel Omaha.

Sponsored by the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES), the event includes a social hour starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

This year's theme is 25 Sterling Years, and artwork inspired by the designs of Sacred Heart students and created by artists from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will be on the auction block during the oral auction.

Deacon Information Day set for March 15

Men interested in the permanent diaconate are invited to attend a Deacon Information Day March 15 in the parish center of St. Mary Church in Norfolk.

Wives also are encouraged to attend the 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. program, which will include talks by deacons, deacon couples and those currently going through formation. An overview of the four-year formation course description also will be presented.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Dennis and Celie Anderson at (402) 923-1697 or dcanders27@hotmail.com.

Electrocution ban puts hold on Nebraska's capital punishment

Previously in this column, I stated that the death penalty in Nebraska is on course to fall apart under the weight of its own inherent deficiencies. My reason included ongoing judicial review nationwide on a plethora of issues; a growing body of evidence, much of it involving DNA analysis; the real risk of executing innocent persons; increasing frustration regarding the level of economic cost involved with utilizing something so irreversible that extreme caution has to be employed, leading to multiple appeals; and the overall general discomfort with state-sanctioned killing.

Abortion numbers horrific, but declining in the U.S.

National news providers have reported recently that the number of abortions has declined over the last several years. In 2005, the most recent year for which national data is available, there were an estimated 1,200,000 abortions in the United States. This is an 8 percent decline from 2000 and a 25 percent decline from 1990 (the high water mark for abortions in the United States).

Since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws prohibiting abortion, there have been an estimated 50 million abortions in the United States.

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