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December 2008

Materialism impoverishes our view of other people

Our nation's recent financial crisis has caused me to reflect on the materialism of our culture, including my own spending habits. It has always amazed me how my spending always seems to match and sometimes exceed my income. Until a recent attitude adjustment, I frequently found a way to convince myself that purchases of "want" were actually purchases of "need."

Official Schedule

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

Dec. 19

» Archdiocesan Seminarian Christmas evening prayer and dinner.

Dec. 20

» Creighton University winter commencement.

Dec. 22

» Office appointments.

Dec. 23

» Office appointments.

Dec. 24

» Chancery office closes at noon.

» Midnight Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Dec. 25

Founder recognized at White House

President Bush bestowed the Presidential Citizens Medal on Father John P. Foley, SJ, founder of the Cristo Rey Network, at a recent ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Father Foley was honored for his work in bringing educational opportunities to thousands of young people throughout the United States.

St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School, located at 36th and Q streets in Omaha, is one of the 22 schools in the national Cristo Rey network of high schools.

The first grade students at Sacred Heart School in Omaha are making a difference by reading.

First grade teacher Lisa Mahoney signed her class up for "Classrooms Care," a program managed by Scholastic Book Clubs. As part of the program, the first grade students were trying to read 100 books by the end of December. If they reached this goal, 100 books would then be donated to the students at Martin Luther King School in New Orleans, La.

Lay ministers recognized

Sixteen individuals involved in lay ministry in the Archdiocese of Omaha were recently recognized by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss for completing the Lay Ministry Formation Program, which allows the laity to be recognized publicly for advances made in formation through a master's degree program and classes taken through St. Cecilia Institute's Academy of Lay Ministry and Social Awareness.

125th celebration begins Christmas

St. Wenceslaus in Verdigre will begin its 125th anniversary as a parish with a gala celebration beginning with a prelude to Midnight Mass this Christmas.

Peter Pavlik, a former music teacher at St. Cecilia Cathedral High School and a native son of Verdigre, will be the music and choir director.

Other activities planned throughout the year will be parades, a pageant, displays of parish historical artifacts and memorabilia, and a St. Wenceslaus Cemetery Walk.

Winter clothing donated to CC

Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN), NuTrend Drycleaners and four of their local clients donated 1,000 pounds of winter clothing to Catholic Charities of Omaha.

All items donated were cleaned by CRDN, including coats, sweaters, hats and gloves. The clothing will help more than 500 families seeking assistance from the five Catholic Charities community centers.

Catholic Mutual Group, Farmers Insurance Group, Servicemaster of South Central Omaha and Servpro of Fremont/Omaha contributed to the donation.

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