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October 2008

Eleven ordained to permanent diaconate

The Archdiocese of Omaha welcomed 11 men from the Omaha area to the permanent diaconate Oct. 25 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss ordained Al Belcher, Edward Bevan, Steve Floersch, Larry Mruz, Tim Mulcahy, David Probst, Jay Reilly, Chuck Schultz, Bud Simmonds and Eric Vande Berg at an 10 a.m. ceremony.

Robert Carl, who is from the rural community, also was ordained.

Forgiving yourself is hard to do

I bought a dress that didn't fit in hopes it would on the day of my friend's wedding.

It seemed, at the time, like a powerful incentive to shed a few pounds. But as the wedding approaches, I'm starting to wonder whether it'll make its grand debut or if it'll stay in the closet.

I've succeeded in exercising more, but the Halloween candy is doing me in, particularly those innocuous seeming fun-sized candy bars.

They should carry a fine-print caution: You can eat one after another with ease and quickly consume a King-sized number of calories.

Faithful are called to support church

The 1983 Code of Canon Law includes norms governing the acquisition, use, administration and disposition of church goods, i.e., non-spiritual goods that are used to fulfill the mission of the church. Several canons (c. 222, cc. 1260-1262, c. 1266, c. 1271, c. 1299 §1) go as far as to oblige the Christian faithful to support the mission of the church and how we are to support the church.

Intention Weekend supports the church

The 2008 Archdiocesan Stewardship Appeal - Feed My Sheep - is under way this month, with Intention Weekend set for Oct. 25-26.

"Supporting the annual appeal is a meaningful way of expressing gratitude to God for his many blessings," Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss said. "By answering God's call and by giving a financial gift and spiritual commitment to the annual appeal, we can touch the lives of thousands of people in Northeast Nebraska through programs that teach, heal, support, nurture and feed."

Election 2008 Voter's Guide

Nebraska's 2008 General Election will take place Nov. 4. On that day, voters throughout the nation will determine their representation in many important public offices.

This special election feature, a cooperative undertaking of the Catholic Voice and the Nebraska Catholic Conference, is published as a means of promoting faithful citizenship and political responsibility among Catholic Nebraskans in the Archdiocese of Omaha. It provides an opportunity to become better informed about positions and views of candidates whose names will appear on the voters' ballots.

Dutch sculptor trains students

Brother Leo Disch, a Dutch Benedictine monk from Mount Benedict Abbey in the Netherlands, shared recently his artistic talent with the monks and students at Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and High School in Elkhorn.

A sculptor, Brother Disch assisted in art classes taught by Father Daniel Lenz, with an emphasis on the rudiments of stone cutting.

Brother Disch, who began cutting stone more than 30 years ago, was tutored by Father Hans van der Laan, OSB, a famous architect who developed a new letter type.

Sophia Wisdom Award presented

Susan Coyle Naatz is the recipient of the 2008 Sophia Wisdom Award. The Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center presented her with the award Sept. 6 at its annual dinner/auction at the College of Saint Mary Mercy Hall in Omaha.

Naatz, Creighton's associate vice president for university ministry, has spent 25 years in lay ministry and service to the Omaha Catholic community. She is married to John Naatz, principal of Creighton Prep.

The Sophia Wisdom Award is given annually to an individual whose actions encourage others to recognize their own goodness.

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