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November 2008

Older Americans know about living in uncertain times

The erratic stock market, economic conditions and presidential election have some seniors finding peace in two basic tenants. They trust in God's mercy and have a conservative can-do attitude.

That's not to say the lack of certainty isn't affecting people and seniors specifically. Seniors about 80 or older remember the Great Depression and it shaped the upbringing of many.

High school senior grateful for gift of life

Zach DeVries is thankful to be alive.

He said he owes his life to his birth mother, who as a college student got pregnant and put him up for adoption.

"I just want to thank my birth mom for the opportunity for the life that I have," the 18-year-old said. "Every life can make a difference."

Adopted as an infant by Duane and Ann DeVries of Chambers, Zach has been passionate about the pro-life cause his entire life.

Joining forces to help needy families

Catholic Charities and Operation Others are joining forces to provide needy families with turkeys for holiday meals.

Shelley Schrader, senior director for community service at Catholic Charities, said the effort to collect 3,000 turkeys is under way. The goal is to give turkeys to 300 needy families for Thanksgiving Day, she said, with the remaining turkeys to go to families for Christmas dinner.

On Nov. 1 students from Operation Others manned phones lines at the Sheehan Center in Omaha to take calls from families in need of a holiday meal.

Archdiocese hires new stewardship director

The Archdiocese of Omaha has named Mary Jewell to the leadership post of its primary fund-raising office.

Jewell replaces Judy Tamisiea as director of the archdiocese's Stewardship and Development Office. Tamisiea retired Aug. 1 after heading the office for 10 years.

Jewell, who will begin her duties with the archdiocese Nov. 10, has 28 years experience in estate planning and development. She is leaving her position as director of gift planning with the Omaha Community Foundation to work for the archdiocese.

Three from rural area to be ordained to permanent diaconate

The Archdiocese of Omaha will welcome three men from the rural area to the permanent diaconate Nov. 15 at St. Mary Church, 2300 Madison Ave. in Norfolk.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will ordain Dennis Anderson, Don French and Lawrence Throener in a 11 a.m. ceremony.

"All three are holy men. They are in touch with God and their hearts are set on serving the people," said Father Keith Rezac, director of the rural diaconate program.

Each man brings his own unique gifts and talents to the diaconate, he said.

Youth gather to celebrate faith and fellowship

COLUMBUS - More than 650 high school students attended the Archdiocesan Youth Rally Oct. 26 at Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School.

"The purpose of the rally is to give young people a chance to come together to experience the archdiocesan church," Rita Ramos, youth ministry coordinator for the Catholic Faith Formation Office, told the Catholic Voice.

"Since this is the National Celebration of World Youth Day, it is a day to celebrate young people and the gift that they are to the Catholic Church."

Review Board preparing for two new members

Almost six years after being organized, the Archdiocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People is beginning a rotating term process that will bring new members to the board starting early next year.

Current board members were appointed to five-year terms in 2003 by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss as part of the local response to the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," the document drafted as a guide for dealing with sexual abuse of children.

St. Paul was not one of the original 12 apostles: How could he call himself an apostle?

It is clear, from the list of the apostles in the New Testament, that St. Paul was not one of the original 12 apostles. Jesus had deliberately chosen the Twelve as representing the 12 tribes of Israel and as a sign that he was establishing a new covenant with God's people, based on the one God had made with Moses. The criteria for being a member of the Twelve were companionship with Jesus in his public ministry, designated heralds of his message, and witnesses to his resurrection.

Official schedule

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

Nov. 7

» Catholic Extension Society annual meeting, Chicago.

Nov. 8-12

» USCCB fall meeting, Baltimore.

Nov. 13

» Office appointments.

Nov. 14

» Day off.

Nov. 15

» Rural Permanent Diaconate Ordination, Norfolk.

Nov. 16

» Lay Ministry commissioning, St. Bernard Church, Omaha.

Nov. 17

» Office appointments.

Record enrollment at Mount Michael

Mount Michael Benedictine High School has a record enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year.

The Catholic college preparatory high school for young men, located in Elkhorn, has 210 students enrolled this fall. That compares to a total of 163 students who finished the school year at Mount Michael last spring.

This fall's freshman class at Mount Michael numbers 75.

Mount Michael Director of Admissions Eric Crawford said the first-year students come from 37 different schools in four countries.

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