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November 2008

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.

CSM offers scholarships

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the College of Saint Mary in Omaha is now part of the Marie Curie Scholars Program, which provides significant financial support and resources for talented young women who study science or math.

Marie Curie Scholars may receive up to $18,000 annually for four years in gift aid as long as they continue to meet program requirements. Participants also will have access to academic support programs such as designated tutors, research opportunities, seminars and clubs.

Science students compete at Prep

The Science Club at Creighton Prep in Omaha held an Afternoon of Science Oct. 26.

Director David Dow said this was the 30th year the science club sponsored a science contest for eighth graders. A total of 69 students from eight area grade schools competed.

The science activities are designed to provide an afternoon of educational and fun science challenges, he said.

Event winners received trophies at the end of the afternoon. Winners include:

Miss Nebraska USA still visiting schools

Micaela Johnson, this year's Miss Nebraska USA, has several weeks before she has to give up her title in January. During that time she wants to continue visiting many of the Archdiocese of Omaha's Catholic schools to talk about her faith and living a healthy life.

A Marian High School graduate, Johnson grew up in Omaha, and currently attends the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she is studying broadcasting and communication.

History book marks 30 years

A founding member of St. Leo the Great Church in Omaha has written a history of the parish to mark its 30th anniversary.

The book - "From Cornfield to Community" - is for sale at the parish office for $10.

The 41-page book, written by Shirlee Goaley, includes interviews with the Leo A. Daly family, who donated the land, as well as former pastors, priests and parishioners.

To purchase the book, call 397-0407 or visit the parish office, located at 1920 N. 102nd St.

Don't forget importance of your stewardship dollars

Sometimes no news is good news. There was a sense of relief felt by so many after the negative campaigning of the most recent election was over. The reports on the economy tend to focus on just the bad news. Over the normal course of time, the stock market goes up and down. But in the current environment, every up and down warns of instability when in fact there are many safeguards in place to prevent another Great Depression.

Defenders of life must reorganize and stay positive

Efforts to defend the dignity of the human person took it on the chin on General Election Day 2008. Several states rejected pro-life ballot measures including parental notification before abortion (California), and a ban on abortions with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother (South Dakota). Conversely, two states passed anti-life measures with Washington becoming the second state to legalize assisted suicide and Michigan legalizing embryonic stem cell research.

Social tolerance is the new politically correct term

The victors of the 2008 election have yet to take office, the losers yet to fade (if only from second-tier cable TV interview shows). Now prepare for 2012 and the new buzz word.

It is "social tolerance."

Social tolerance is what 52 percent of California voters, 57 percent of Arizona voters and 62 percent of Florida voters failed to show when approving a ban on same-sex marriage in their states.

Spirit Award winner saluted at annual dinner

It was a night to remember for fans of Catholic radio. A crowd of nearly 340 attended the third annual KVSS Spirit Award Dinner at the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center in Omaha Nov. 15. The dinner is an important fund raiser for KVSS, with funds helping finance the station's local programming.

A little more than a decade ago, Catholic radio became a reality in Omaha, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated board of directors and the spiritual guidance of Msgr. Peter Dunne and Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss.


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