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September 2008

It's time to take a closer look at responsibilities

Once, mid-September meant the beginning of the campaign conducted in the few weeks between the end of the political conventions and Election Day.

That was before politics fell victim to the pressures of media and marketing so that the presidential campaigns seem to commence a week after inauguration day.

The extended presidential campaign, relegated by over familiarity to background white noise because of its length, now regains its claim on the national agenda.

It's time to pay attention.

Take a break from information overload

I just accomplished the most difficult task of my life: I didn't check my e-mail or go online for 19 days! That's almost three weeks of no computer for this online junkie. I didn't even read a newspaper.

After a friend told me he was going on a silent retreat for two weeks, I decided to do the same, except with two small kids and a husband in the background.

Politics in the pulpit: New election wrinkles in the age of YouTube

If those words have a message favoring one candidate over another, it could prompt a complaint to the Internal Revenue Service and threaten the church's tax-exempt status. But one Scottsdale, Ariz.-based organization sees that as a violation of the free speech rights of religious leaders and plans a nationwide challenge Sept. 28, a day that has been dubbed Pulpit Freedom Sunday.

Fatima statue reminder of Mary's message of peace

The upcoming visit of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima has me reminiscing about my trip to one of the world's most famous Marian shrines.

Fifteen years ago I traveled to Portugal to visit the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children - Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto - in 1917.

Tending sheep at the time of the first Marian apparition, the three youngsters were told to return to the site for five more months on the 13th of each month.

Official schedule

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss' activities over the next two weeks:

Sept. 19-21

» Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher convention, Omaha.

Sept. 22

» Serra Club retired priests luncheon.

Sept. 23

» Office appointments.

Sept. 24

» Nebraska Catholic Conference meeting, Omaha.

Sept. 25

» Archbishop's Dinner for Educational Excellence, Embassy Suites, La Vista.

Sept. 26

» Day off.

Sept. 27

2008 Mullen Award winner recognized for her service

COLUMBUS - Deanna Reardon sat at the raffle booth in the back of the conference room at New World Inn Sept. 15 as Barb Vaughn prepared to announce the winner of this year's Mullen Award, which is given each year at the meeting of the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW).

Anxious to hear the winner's name, Reardon slightly leaned forward and listened carefully as Vaughn described the woman.

2008 Mullen Award winner recognized for her service

COLUMBUS - Deanna Reardon sat at the raffle booth in the back of the conference room at New World Inn Sept. 15 as Barb Vaughn prepared to announce the winner of this year's Mullen Award, which is given each year at the meeting of the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW).

Anxious to hear the winner's name, Reardon slightly leaned forward and listened carefully as Vaughn described the woman.

Convention focuses on living the faith

COLUMBUS - The 84th Annual Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) Convention joined women from across the archdiocese Sept. 15 for fellowship, education and inspiration. The nearly 200 women in attendance listened to speakers, celebrated Mass and used the opportunity to catch up with friends.

"It's a big family," said MaryLee Konz of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Genoa, who was named the new president of the OACCW at the convention.

Convention focuses on living the faith

COLUMBUS - The 84th Annual Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) Convention joined women from across the archdiocese Sept. 15 for fellowship, education and inspiration. The nearly 200 women in attendance listened to speakers, celebrated Mass and used the opportunity to catch up with friends.

"It's a big family," said MaryLee Konz of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Genoa, who was named the new president of the OACCW at the convention.

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