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March 2008

Parents need to remain informed

It's the nightmare of every parent. The police come knocking on your door in the middle of the night. You're informed that a terrible accident has occurred involving your son or daughter.

The questions begin. What happened? Was alcohol involved? What could we, as parents, have done to prevent such a tragedy?

With prom and graduation fast approaching for high school students, parents again find themselves worrying about the way their teenagers will celebrate these momentous occasions.

'Wizard of Oz' performed

The "Wizard of Oz," performed at St. Bernadette's social hall, sold out both performances March 1 and 2. The dinner theatre/musical play was attended by more than 400 people. Dinner was prepared and served by parishioners. The cast included fifth- to eighth-grade students at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue. The play was directed by Father Al Salanitro, with the music by teacher Stacey Fanciullo. Colleen Mimick produced the play and costumes were made by parishioner Maggie Tooley. Courtesy photo

Fundraiser planned at Gross Catholic High

Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue is gearing up for the 24th annual CeleBration 24 - A Night at the Oasis fundraiser April 26.

The evening features a social hour at 6 p.m., silent and oral auctions, dinner at 7:30 p.m., and raffle drawing for a 2008 Dodge Charger.

Hosts for the evening are current parents, Tim and Terri Burke, Bill and Cynthia Buettner, and Mike and Valerie Conzett.

For more information, contact the development office at 734-2000 or

Wits Clash held at Roncalli Catholic

Eighteen schools participated in the 33rd Roncalli Catholic High School Wits Clash Feb. 23, with Kiewit Middle School capturing first place and St. Columbkille in Papillion placing second.

The winning team members from Kiewit were: Cole Wilhelmi, Kevin Adler, J. Mediratta, Shannon Reevos, Mitch Goldhorn, Patrick Luddy, Brent Griffiths, Xiong Fei Zhgng, Bridget Tuttle, Rohan Khazanchi and Coach Rose Bernstein.

St. Wenceslaus wins Bible Bowl

The team from St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha captured first place in the 17th annual St. Bernard's Bible Bowl March 8.

The winning team members - Kathryn Fuxa, Leo McGrath, Marie Wagner, Matt Wynegar, Jacob Eyth and Sam Howard - tallied 5,420 points.

Fifteen Catholic schools sent 90 contestants to the event, which is similar to Wheel of Fortune except all the puzzles come from the Bible.

Jesuit receives leadership award

Father John P. Schlegel, SJ, will receive the Tim Rouse Advocate for Women in Leadership Award from the Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) at the 15th Annual Women's Leadership Conference April 2 at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

The annual award is presented to a man who believes in the empowerment of all women by acknowledging the talents and rights of working women and who participates in the advancement of women in leadership.

Celtic Cross Award given

Helen and the late Bill Parr - who passed away in September 2005 - were recognized as the recipients of the Celtic Cross Award at the Holy Cross Parish Gaelic Gala March 15 in Omaha.

The Parrs, who were married in 1950 at Blessed Sacrament Church, raised six boys and three girls. All nine children are graduates of Holy Cross School.

Families praying for vocations

Families in St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha are spending 2008 focused on vocations.

Each week a different family will receive the Traveling Vocations Crucifix and an accompanying box that contains another crucifix, several rosaries, a prayer for vocations, the video "Fishers of Men" and a CD on the rosary.

Families are asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood, religious life and the diaconate, as well as married and single life.

Former pastor Msgr. James Cain donated and blessed the Traveling Vocations Crucifix.

Walk planned to assist mothers

Essential Pregnancy Services is hosting the first annual Miles for Mothers Walk Saturday, March 29, at Elmwood Park.

Nancy Foral, executive director of EPS, said the event is being held to raise funds for EPS as well as improve awareness among college students.

"We have tremendous services," she said. "People need to know about them."

EPS provides pregnancy testing, STD screening, professional counseling and health education, ultrasounds, information on parenting for mothers and fathers, and a baby boutique.


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