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February 2008

FRY-Rose M.

FRY-Rose M., 85. Visitation 1 p.m., rosary, vigil service 3:30 p.m., all Feb. 24 at the funeral home. Funeral 11:30 a.m., Feb. 25 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Plattsmouth. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Tom.

O'DONNELL-Charles "Dan"

O'DONNELL-Charles "Dan", 78. Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Mary Kaye (Miller) O'Donnell; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Christene O'Donnell, Pat and Kelly O'Donnell, Tim and Teresa O'Donnell, and Brother Paul O'Donnell, FBP, St. Paul, Minn.; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Russ Nyberg, and Barb and Bob McCann, Maple Grove, Minn.; brother, Msgr. Edward O'Donnell; sister, Sister Marie Patrice O'Donnell, OP; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; friends.

Poster contest promotes vocations


Six students at St. Boniface School in Elgin were winners of a poster contest aimed at promoting vocations to religious life. Winners are, from left, Baylie Schiltmeyer, Morgan Childers, Regan Dierks, Brienne Gossman, Chad Bode and Miles Schrage. Sponsored by the St. Boniface Parish vocation committee and the Knights of Columbus, the contest was designed to encourage vocation discussion and thought. The winners received gift certificates to the parish religious store.

Official schedule, Feb. 23 through March 6, 2008

Feb. 23

» Father R.P. Krajicek memorial Mass,

St. Columbkille Church, Omaha.

Feb. 24

» Confirmation, Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes at St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Feb. 25

» Serra Induction Mass and dinner, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha.

Feb. 26

» Archdiocesan Investment Committee meeting.

» Serra Club Altar Server Awards ceremony,

St. Wenceslaus Church, Omaha.

Feb. 27

» Archbishop's Cabinet meeting.

Our secular culture: Spirituality without religion, religion without church, church without authority

There seems to be a growing number of people in our society who place a high value on spirituality, but a low value on religion, especially organized religion. It is like saying that they place a high value on democracy, but disparage democratic institutions. But how do we maintain democracy without any structures that make it possible? How do we keep a religious spirit alive in our country without any structures to support it?

Entering the Catholic Church

After 73 years and having read Rick Warren's book "The Purpose Driven Life," Shirley Storm now knows her purpose in life is to serve the Lord.

To do that, though, she says she needs to be baptized.

The youngest of 12, Storm has gone to Mass at Catholic churches off and on for years with family members and friends, but has never been baptized. Now that she's the only one in her family still living, she feels it is time to officially join the Catholic Church.

CSM choir to perform for Pope Benedict

Two vocal groups from College of Saint Mary in Omaha - the chorus and Musica Sacra - have been invited to sing at a March 2 Mass at St. Peter's Basilica with Pope Benedict XVI.

The groups will be in Italy for its upcoming "Heart of Italy" choir pilgrimage, Feb. 29 through March 9.

The tour program titled "Lenten Music by American Composers," features works by Virgil Thomson, Robert Powell, Richard Proulx and Marty Wheeler Burnett, College of Saint Mary's director of fine arts.

The chorus also will perform at sites in Florence and Rome.

Event raises $310,000 for Omaha school

More than $310,000 was raised at Congé, the annual auction and dinner fundraiser for Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha.

The Jan. 26 garden party-themed event was held at the Mutual of Omaha Dome.

Duchesne parents Bob Braun and Mary Heng-Braun, Steve and Anne Raynor, and Craig and Lisa Strutzel were this year's event chairs.

All proceeds will go to support the education of the young women and preschoolers of Duchesne.

Seventh grader wins free throw title

Lia Mancuso, a seventh-grade student at St. Margaret Mary School in Omaha, recently was named national champion for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championships in the girl's division for 11-year-olds.

Mancuso received a trophy Feb. 14 in a half-time ceremony at the Millard West High School at Marian v. Millard West high school basketball game.

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