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September 2008

Students and faculty impressed with renovations

The completion of 10,000 square feet of renovated space at St. Cecilia School in Omaha has students, parents and faculty saying, "Wow!"

Principal Paulette Rourke said the project included the renovation of the school's main office, principal's office, library/media center, adult handicapped-accessible restrooms at the school entrance and faculty lounge.

Glass windows were added around the school's office, which Rourke says makes the school feel more welcoming. Ten new IBM computers and two printers, acquired through an IBM grant, were added to the library.

Students and faculty impressed with renovations

The completion of 10,000 square feet of renovated space at St. Cecilia School in Omaha has students, parents and faculty saying, "Wow!"

Principal Paulette Rourke said the project included the renovation of the school's main office, principal's office, library/media center, adult handicapped-accessible restrooms at the school entrance and faculty lounge.

Glass windows were added around the school's office, which Rourke says makes the school feel more welcoming. Ten new IBM computers and two printers, acquired through an IBM grant, were added to the library.

Mass, procession part of effort to end abortion

BELLEVUE - A Vigil for Life, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha's Respect Life Apostolate and Helpers of God's Precious Infants, was held Sept. 13 at St. Mary Church.

"As Catholics we are bound in conscience to accept and defend the church's teaching against abortion," said Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, who presided at the Vigil's Mass.

"Since unity is a prerequisite," he said, "anyone who dissents publicly separates themselves from the Eucharist."

Omaha Campus for Hope observes 10th anniversary

The Omaha Campus for Hope, operated by Catholic Charities, has been a beacon of hope for alcoholics and drug addicts the past 10 years.

The campus, opened in 1998, offers a variety of services, including detoxification, civil and emergency protection, and residential care for short-term and long-term clients. It is the largest provider of substance abuse treatment services for indigents in the state.

In 2007, 3,443 clients were assisted at the 35,000-square-foot building on N. 16th Street in Omaha.

KVSS Prayer Apostolate begins

The KVSS Catholic Radio Prayer Apostolate is under way, according to Bernadette Esposito, one of the coordinators.

"We invite all listeners to join us in daily prayer for the mission of the radio station," she said.

As a member of the prayer apostolate, she said, "you will be asked to pray daily" for the following:

• The specific spiritual, financial and ongoing needs of the station as communicated weekly via e-mail, KVSS web site or on the air.

• The day-to-day functioning of the radio station.

Holy Family Shrine holds benefit concert

Nearly 700 people attended the Holy Family Shrine Benefit Concert last month in Springfield.

Performing were international entertainer Carmelita de la Guardia, guitarist/flutist Michael Murphy and 1960s era band Happy Together.

LaPeep Restaurant and Soaring Wings Vineyard sponsored the event, with all proceeds going to the shrine. Gloria Deo was also a big contributor to the event.

CU opens Harper Center

The Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning, which opened in late July on the Creighton University campus, is a hub of activity now that the 2008 fall semester is under way.

The center has a 500-seat auditorium, campus bookstore, high-tech classrooms, fitness area, ballroom and grill. It's also the location for more than 16 academic and student service offices, including the Mutual of Omaha Center for Health and Counseling, Admissions Office and Creighton Career Center.

Youth Rally set for Oct. 26

"Face God, the Great I AM" will be the theme for the Archdiocesan Youth Rally Sunday, Oct. 26, at Scotus Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Columbus.

The rally is held every other year in the archdiocese on the National Celebration of World Youth Day - the date designated by the United States Catholic bishops.

"This day is a chance to gather high school age youth from around the archdiocese for a day of celebrating with the larger archdiocesan community," said Rita Ramos, youth ministry coordinator for the Catholic Faith Formation Office.

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