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February 2009

Faith-based band inspires its audiences

Authors or artists might need to travel the world to find inspiration. But Stephen Tefft, lyricist and founder of the Omaha-based Catholic band Cor Sanctum, doesn't need to travel anywhere for inspiration.

He simply opens his Bible.

Today Tefft still finds inspiration from the same place nearly 10 years after forming the band Cor Sanctum, which in Latin means 'holy heart.'

"We all have a great devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and wanted to honor him with our music and our name," Tefft said.

9/11 widow was heading to Jesuit event

WASHINGTON - Beverly Eckert, a victim of the Feb. 12 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., was en route to present a scholarship award in honor of her late husband at Jesuit-run Canisius High School in Buffalo.

Eckert, a Sept. 11 widow, also had planned to take part in a weekend celebration in Buffalo of what would have been her husband's 58th birthday.

Season of Lent begins Feb. 25

This year, the season of Lent begins Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday, and concludes with the beginning of the Triduum, April 9. The Triduum begins with Mass of the Lord's Supper and concludes with vespers on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, April 10, are days of abstinence from meat for those 14 years of age and older, and fasting for those 18 to 59 years old. Fasting is observed by one ordinary/full meal and two lesser meals, sufficient to maintain strength for the obligation of one's circumstances.

There is no eating between meals.

Sacred Heart pastor receives service award from Creighton

Father Thomas Fangman, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha, received the Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan Award Feb. 17 at Creighton University's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game.

The award recognizes a priest or brother from the Archdiocese of Omaha who has distinguished himself for service to society, Catholic education and the church, all of which were hallmarks of Archbishop Sheehan's career. Creighton established the award in honor of Archbishop Sheehan, who died in October 2000.

Workshops explore ways to combat pornography

It's a comment not often heard after most workshops, but one that Mary Beth Hanus, chair of the Archdiocese of Omaha Anti-Pornography Task Force, was pleased to hear at the three workshops her task force sponsored Feb. 16-17.

Participants told her the workshops were too short, Hanus said.

Instead of considering it a criticism, Hanus said she saw it as a compliment. "They wanted more time to learn about and discuss the problem of pornography," she said.

From Vietnam to America

It's Sunday evening and, as usual, several members of Lam Tran's family gather at his home to share dinner and some quality time together. He and his wife, Nhat Pham, and their children moved into the house in northwest Omaha nine years ago.

It seems like a typical American home, but hints of Vietnamese culture permeate inside.

From Vietnam to America

It's Sunday evening and, as usual, several members of Lam Tran's family gather at his home to share dinner and some quality time together. He and his wife, Nhat Pham, and their children moved into the house in northwest Omaha nine years ago.

It seems like a typical American home, but hints of Vietnamese culture permeate inside.

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