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February 2008

Reflect light of Lord and move closer to God

On Ash Wednesday, I overheard several people talking about what they were giving up for Lent. One woman was giving up chocolate in order to lose weight. Another was going to Cancun, so she decided to go on the South Beach diet; two men said they were giving up eating between meals in preparation for their spring basketball season. A middle-age man was giving up coffee. All of them gave up the same things last year.

Catholic principal writes first mystery novel

An Omaha principal has found a way to combine her experience in Catholic education with her love of literature and the Catholic Church.

She has written a novel about a Catholic school principal.

Pam Schiffbauer, principal at St. Richard School in North Omaha, recently published her first mystery novel "Death in December." The murder mystery, the first of a series of 12, takes place in a small town outside of Omaha and tells the story of Emily Sinclair, principal of a Catholic school, who helps police figure out who killed a member of her parish.

Immigration workshop set for March 15

A Lenten opportunity - a workshop to learn more about immigration - is planned for March 15 in Omaha.

The workshop will provide an introduction to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development's immigration program - Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities, the 8:30 a.m. to noon workshop will be held at the Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Ave.

Workshop participants will:

Collection helps warm feet and bottoms during winter

Parishioners at three Omaha churches have covered a lot of bottoms in the past 16 years.

With the annual Undie Sunday collection at St. Bernard, St. Stephen the Martyr and Assumption parishes, thousands of homeless men, women and children have received new underwear and socks.

The collection, which took place Feb. 9-10, averages 1,500 to 1,600 pieces of clothing - clothing that is given to homeless shelters in Omaha, including Siena/Francis House and The Stephen Center.

Marketing program takes Circle of Grace beyond archdiocese and beyond the church

What began in the fall of 2005 as a pilot program in grades K-2 of parish religious education programs in the Archdiocese of Omaha might soon be the safe environment training program of choice in several dioceses across the country.

Circle of Grace, the safe environment training program for students in grades K-12, is in the early stages of being marketed outside the archdiocese.

First visit to U.S. as pope

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States as head of the Catholic Church features a diverse series of encounters with government leaders, interreligious and ecumenical representatives, the academic world and the Catholic faithful.

The pope's events in Washington and New York April 15-20 include a meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House and a visit to ground zero in lower Manhattan.

First visit to U.S. as pope

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States as head of the Catholic Church features a diverse series of encounters with government leaders, interreligious and ecumenical representatives, the academic world and the Catholic faithful.

The pope's events in Washington and New York April 15-20 include a meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House and a visit to ground zero in lower Manhattan.

St. Margaret Mary School, Omaha

Michael Tritz: Presidential scholarship to Creighton Prep, Omaha

Mitchell Kilborn: Presidential scholarship to Creighton Prep, Omaha

John Joyce: Labaj scholarship to Creighton Prep, Omaha

Hannah Benedix: Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha

Meghan Meyer: Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha

Hannah Miller: Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha

Christina Rommelfanger: Marian High School, Omaha

Cassie Thompson: Marian High School, Omaha

Hannah Toohey: Marian High School, Omaha

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