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March 2008

Lenten actions change seniors' lives

Lent is a time to symbolically journey with Christ to Easter and beyond.

For many people, this journey involves giving up things or doing things. Whether removed from or added to daily life, the exercise should bring about a change in that person's life, said Father Frank Dvorak, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Omaha.

The practice with the greatest impact answers the questions, "What is lacking in my spiritual life right now?" and "How will that affect me Easter Monday?" Father Dvorak said.

Exonerated death row inmate speaks in Omaha

Curtis McCarty spent half of his life in prison - most of that time on death row - for a murder he did not commit.

On Feb. 21, McCarty talked about being wrongfully convicted and spending 22 years in prison to a crowded room of College of Saint Mary students. McCarty's visit to Omaha was sponsored by Witness to Innocence, a non-profit organization founded by Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking."

School surpasses goal on book drive

January was National Book Blitz Month, so the student council at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha decided to celebrate it by collecting books for an inner-city grade school.

For three weeks, members of the student council promoted a drive among the school's advisory groups (home rooms) to bring new or used children's books to be donated to the library at Holy Name School.

Fatima statue coming to archdiocese in October

A replica of the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima that has traveled around the world is coming to the Archdiocese of Omaha Oct. 1-28.

The statue will visit various archdiocesan churches and it will be accompanied by special liturgies and prayer services arranged and coordinated by local parish communities.

The statue's visit to the archdiocese is sponsored by the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima in America.

Plans under way to build new Catholic school in Fremont

The longtime dream of many Catholics in Fremont is finally becoming a reality.

Plans are under way to build a new Archbishop Bergan Catholic Elementary School that will open its doors in 2010.

Ground will be broken sometime this fall on the 20-acre site across the street from St. Patrick Church, 3400 E. 16th St., in Fremont. Construction, which will take about 18 months, will be done by BCDM - the same company that built St. Patrick Church.

The new school will house two-sections of K-5 and a preschool.

Remember importance of faith

The importance of faith should never be underestimated. As we journey through the trials and tribulations of life, we face many challenges, including our share of tragedy.

Faith gives us the strength to handle a crisis and the humility to rejoice at God's blessing in good times.

Young voters at Catholic colleges part of election-year 'youthquake'

WASHINGTON - In a presidential campaign where young people are being touted as a critical, active bloc of voters, students at Catholic colleges are equally caught up in the election fervor.

Back in the summer, when there were 18 presidential candidates, St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., was the first location of two primary debates. It also held two back-to-back debates just days before the New Hampshire primary in early January.

Catholic Worker communities fight for social justice

The Catholic Worker Movement began roughly in 1933 in this country and was founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.Today there are 185 Catholic Worker communities remaining in the United States and around the world. Their mission is to serve the poor, exiled, hungry, and to live simply in deliberate poverty, resist war, violence and injustice, pray, celebrate the sacraments and evangelize the faith.

Cross of Jesus is proof that we are boundlessly loved by God: But how do we access this love personally?

During these days of Lent, we are preparing once again to celebrate the events that led to our salvation, to the death of Jesus on the cross. We continue to be amazed that He was willing to suffer and die for us sinners because He loved us and valued our love in return. How could the holy Son of God-become-man be willing to give His life for sinners - to take on Himself all the terrible sins of the human family? The awful vision of our sinfulness turned His sweat into blood the night before He was crucified. But He willingly embraced the cross to pay for our sins and to win our love.

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