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March 2008

Enrollment under way for summer program

The Christ Child's Summer Program is now enrolling youth for a fun-filled summer of sports, 4-H, movies and games.

The nine-week program runs from June 2 to Aug. 1 at both the main and north centers. Boys and girls, ages four to 13, are eligible to enroll. The daily program of activities runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program Coordinator Akile Banister said the program's goal is for every participant to leave the program with an enhanced sense of self-esteem, independence and social skills.

Information program for deacon formation

Omaha area men interested in learning more about the permanent diaconate should mark April 14 on their calendars.

That's the date for an information program on the diaconate, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Columbkille Church in Papillion.

Father Rodney Adams, urban director of the diaconate, said the information session will feature talks on the four-year program and personal experiences by deacons as well as those men in formation.

Men and their wives with questions about the diaconate - formation and ordained ministry - are encouraged to attend.

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.

CSF of Omaha helps students realize their dreams

"I have three older children - two in high school and one in college - that all benefited from the Children's Scholarship Fund. Their grade school years set the foundation for high school and I truly believe they are all doing well because of a quality, diversified education in a Catholic setting. I am forever grateful for this 'investment' in my children. I am also convinced that the very survival of some of our Catholic grade schools, especially the inner-city schools, is because of this successful program." - CSF parent.

Cloning ban compromise reached

Over the last six years the legislative priority for the pro-life movement in Nebraska has been to ban human cloning in our state. This focus on cloning is the culmination of a nearly 10-year battle with the University of Nebraska Medical Center following the revelation that it had been conducting research utilizing brain tissue from aborted babies.

2008 Nebraska Legislature continues busy schedule

The Nebraska Legislature's 2008 session is three-fourths complete. Only 15 working days remain following a four-day, Easter weekend recess. The 60th and last day is scheduled for April 17.

Some legislators, including the speaker, who directs the agenda, at times refer to the Legislature's "workload." With only 15 working days left and a lot of bills still pending, the "workload" is extensive and daunting.

Singing for the pope

Prayers are said to rise like incense. On the College of Saint Mary tour of Italy Feb. 29 through March 9, the presence of those prayers was evident.

From singing "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" for Pope Benedict XVI to performing concerts for the cities of Rome and Florence, it was a very powerful experience.

New windows at Clearwater church

Beams of color now filter into St. Theresa Church in Clearwater through its four stained-glass windows - the newest addition to the church built in 1990.

The stained glass was installed last summer and replaced four smoky-glazed windows.

The windows feature four of the five Luminous Mysteries: The Baptism of Jesus, The Transfiguration, The Wedding Feast at Cana and The Last Supper.

The stained-glass windows - two 5x5 and two 2.5x5 - were created by Lambrecht Glass Studios in Omaha and cost about $38,000, said pastor Father Bill Safranek.

New windows at Clearwater church

Beams of color now filter into St. Theresa Church in Clearwater through its four stained-glass windows - the newest addition to the church built in 1990.

The stained glass was installed last summer and replaced four smoky-glazed windows.

The windows feature four of the five Luminous Mysteries: The Baptism of Jesus, The Transfiguration, The Wedding Feast at Cana and The Last Supper.

The stained-glass windows - two 5x5 and two 2.5x5 - were created by Lambrecht Glass Studios in Omaha and cost about $38,000, said pastor Father Bill Safranek.

Victim assistance coordinator 'loves' working for her church

National and local audits and surveys show declining numbers of allegations of child sex abuse in the church, but that doesn't necessarily mean a reduced workload for the Archdiocese of Omaha's victim assistance coordinator.

At any given point, Mary Beth Hanus said she's working with eight to 10 cases. It's not just a matter of dealing with each incident and then closing the books, she said.

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