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November 2008


WASHTAK-Robert L., 83. Funeral Mass Nov. 21 at St. Joseph Church, Springfield. Interment Fairview Cemetery. Survived by wife, Pauline Washtak; children and spouses, Kathy and Mike Kowalczyk, Kearney, Ray Washtak, Kila, Mont., Becky and Doug Feagan, Bellevue, Terry and Todd Smith, Eagle River, Ark., and Marybeth and Ron Grundman, Talmage; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Margaret and Tom McNitt, and Francis Iwanski. Memorials to the church.


The Freedom of Choice Act in Congress: Present membership spells trouble for our pro-life agenda

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis recently wrote about passage of the Freedom of Choice Act that will be debated this coming January in Congress. He said that the Act will go beyond the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. These are his words:

Official schedule, Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2008

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

Nov. 21

» Confirmation, St. Bernard Parish, Omaha.

Nov. 22

» Confirmation, Mass, 5:30 p.m., St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Nov. 24

» Office appointments.

Nov. 25

» All school Mass, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue.

Nov. 26

» Office appointments.

Nov. 27

» Thanksgiving.

Nov. 30

Omaha's St. Frances Cabrini Church turns 100

St. Frances Cabrini Church, a national historic landmark, this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of its construction at 10th and William streets. Built in 1908, the building was once known as St. Philomena Church and served as the temporary cathedral until St. Cecilia Cathedral was constructed.

Centennial celebrations take place in the month of December. The parish also is gathering recipes for a "Cabrini Centennial on 10th Street" cookbook to be published in the spring of 2009. They also will publish a parish directory at that time.

Task force tackles serious problem of pornography


The word has different meanings for different people.

But for the Archdiocese of Omaha's Anti-Pornography Task Force, pornography means problems that affect people of all ages in many ways - emotionally, physically, morally, spiritually and for some, criminally.

It's those problems, fueled by pornography's increasing presence on the Internet, that prompted the formation of the task force about a year ago.

Poor need help, especially during winter months

It's not rocket science to figure out that the poor don't just appear during the winter holidays, but they do need more assistance as the weather gets cold, said Anne Severes, director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Omaha.

On a regular basis, the Society, whose headquarters are at 24th and Leavenworth streets, assists the poor with food, clothing and financial help, Severes said, but the need for things such as winter coats, warm drinks and utility assistance increases as temperatures drop.

God's gifts to his people

The holidays are a time when families and friends gather to celebrate and recall the blessings in their lives: good health, a new marriage, a happy career.

Sister Mary Hogan, OSM, said blessings are gifts from God and saying a person is blessed means recognizing that God has provided for him or her.

Annual Archdiocesan Financial Report

The following newly updated report is a summary of the financial activities of the Central Administrative Offices of the Archdiocese of Omaha for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008. As in the past, these results exclude individual archdiocesan parishes and schools, as well as private Catholic institutions.

A local, independent audit firm was engaged to substantiate the accuracy of teh financial statements of the Central Administrative Offices of the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Omaha Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Fund, Inc., for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008.

Bishops concerned about election results

BALTIMORE - Fears about laws and changes in regulations on abortion that might advance under a new Democratic-run Congress and White House are the central focus of a statement approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 12 during its annual fall meeting.

The majority of the 830-word, untitled statement focuses on concerns about the possible passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, calling it "an evil law that would further divide our country" and adding that the church "should be intent on opposing evil."

Old space becomes new parish center

Father Michael Gutgsell said he wanted a "Wow" factor when plans moved forward this summer on a parish center for St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

And that's what he got with the new St. Cecilia Cathedral Parish Center, located on the north end of the old Cathedral High School building at 39th and Webster streets.


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