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February 2009

Don't let technology affect communicating gratitude

I'm finding that the older I get the more resistant to change I am. I still like to communicate in person - face to face or ink to ink. My very verbal daughter in college shared with me that she spoke with her very non-verbal, out-of-state brother for 25 minutes. I couldn't believe that he would talk to anyone for that long so I inquired further. She told me that they communicated on Facebook - nothing verbal was exchanged.

St. Vincent de Paul student wins spelling bee

Devin Christensen, an eighth-grader at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha, correctly spelled the word "firmament" to win the Metro Catholic Schools Spelling Bee Feb. 14. She will go on to represent the Catholic Schools at the Midwest Spelling Bee in March.

Fifty-two students from 28 Metro-area Catholic schools competed in the event.

Along with Christensen, other winners include Jackie Grode, an eighth-grader at Holy Name, second; Pooja Varman, an eighth-grader at St. Vincent de Paul, third; and Katie Carroll, an eighth-grader at St. Cecilia, fourth.

School wins big with food bank

Ss. Peter and Paul School in Omaha led Metro-area Catholic Schools in the Fall Food Drive to eliminate hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa, collecting a total of 1,151 pounds of food for the Omaha Food Bank.

The school will receive the 2009 Food Drive trophy.

In addition, the school has won a visit by local magician Jeff Quinn, who is donating a performance to each school district winner in support of the Food Bank.

Students are helping pupils in Sri Lanka

Students at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha are learning the value of a good education.

And they're learning it by raising money to pay for the education of students in Sri Lanka.

St. Wenceslaus students are in their fifth year of providing scholarships for 10 students at St. Theresa Catholic School in Thalwila, Sri Lanka, an area devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

'Souper Bowl' event raises money for hungry

Youth at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha participated in Souper Bowl of Caring Feb. 1, raising $11,840 to fight hunger.

Souper Bowl of Caring uses Super Bowl weekend to mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Since 1990, the organization has raised $50 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country.

Court Little Flower celebrates members

Josephine Haney was honored for 60 years of membership with the Court Little Flower of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at the group's 83rd anniversary banquet Jan. 25.

Haney, who joined CDA in 1949, is now considered an "Honorary Life Member."

Other honorees included Bonnie Bogus for 50 years, Alice Kreizinger for 25 years and Lucille Drake, who received an award for faithful and exceptional services to the organization.

All of us, no matter our ages, need to reflect on the meaning of fasting

I found Pope Benedict's Lenten message for 2009 to be interesting and inspiring. As we know, Lent recalls the 40 days that our Lord fasted in the desert before undertaking his public ministry. In Matthew's Gospel (4:1) we read that "Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Official Schedule

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

Feb. 20

Day off.

Feb. 21

Hispanic weekend for Conception Seminary College students Mass, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Omaha.

Feb. 22

Confirmation, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Omaha.

Feb. 23

Program helps people be good stewards of God's gifts

Whether you're in good financial shape or not, everyone these days seems to be looking at their money and trying to figure out how to best use what they have.

That's why many individuals and couples have found Veritas Financial Ministries, a Catholic financial program, to be helpful in teaching them to better use their money according to Catholic principles.

Veritas has been in the Archdiocese of Omaha since January 2007, and several parishes have held sessions since that time.

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