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November 2008

Scout earns highest rank

Jacob Terneus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Terneus of Bellevue, was honored for earning Boy Scout's highest rank of Eagle Scout at an Eagle Court of Honor Oct. 26.

He is a member of Troop 319, the Catholic homeschool troop in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

His Eagle project involved the construction and installation of the laser-engraved trail signs for the Elden F. Curtiss Youth Camp and Retreat Center.

Dvorak gives $1,000 gift

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Board Member Dr. Allen Dvorak has selected Sacred Heart School and the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES) to receive a $1,000 gift in his name as part of the company's Board Directed Contributions Program.

Student earns perfect ACT score

Scoring a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam is a rare achievement. On the national level, less than one-tenth of one percent of students that take the ACT test earns a perfect mark.

So what are the odds of it happening twice in the same family?

Luke Weitkemper, a senior at Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn, has followed in his brother's footsteps by achieving a perfect score of 36 on his ACT exam. Sam Weitkemper, a 2006 graduate of Mount Michael, achieved his perfect ACT score in 2005.

Priesthood Sunday observed

The Serra clubs sponsored the annual observance of Priesthood Sunday Oct. 26. Shown above are Kevin Cooper, past president of the Serra Club of Omaha, and Father Paul Hoesing, archdiocesan vocation director, in front of a sign promoting the day at 65th and N.W. Radial Highway in Omaha. The nationwide observance, coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International, is a time to affirm and reflect on the importance of the priesthood in the life of the Catholic Church. Courtesy photo.

Month of Rosary celebrated

Father David Liewer, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Ponca, leads his parishioners in an outdoor balloon rosary after Mass Oct. 19. The religious education classes at the parish planned the balloon rosary as a way to celebrate the October observance of Rosary Month. The balloons were released at the end of the rosary. Courtesy photo.

Advent Retreat - Dec. 6

Advent Retreat is set for Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Benedict Center, Schuyler. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Presented by Sister Elizabeth Fuhr, OSF, a Marycrest Franciscan, who assists people in self-empowerment. Retreat comes from the church's medieval spiritual treasury to deepen our spiritual journey. For more information, call 352-8819 e-mail

Creighton Holocaust Lecture Series - Nov. 12

Creighton Holocaust Lecture Series will be Nov. 12, 7 p.m. in the Harper Center ballroom, 602 N. 20th St., Omaha. Lecture is free to the public. Creighton University's Kripke Center for the study of religion and society presents a lecture by Theologian Mary Boys titled "The Impact of the Holocaust on Christian Theology." For more information, call Fran at 280-2303 or

Holy Family Parish's MusicFest cancelled for November due to illness. The second Sunday Musicfest will return -Dec. 14

Holy Family Parish's MusicFest cancelled for November due to illness. The second Sunday Musicfest will return Dec. 14, 2 p.m. at the church, 1715 Izard St., Omaha. Tom LaHood will present "Christmas in Killarney Musifest" accompanied by Bernadette Smith. Open to the public free of charge; a free will offering will be accepted to help support the ministry for the poor and homeless. For more information, call Roger Flannery at 320-2977 or e-mail


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