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March 2009

Atheist's visit draws response

Richard Dawkins, author of the bestselling book "The God Delusion," believes that "science is everything, and as Catholics we believe in science, but faith completes it," said Father Matthew Gutowski, director of the archdiocese's Catholic Faith Formation Office.

Dawkins was in Omaha March 11 to deliver a lecture at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Nearly 2,000 people attended his talk.

Atheists rally around Dawkins because he is a well-known scientist who writes books and articles about the universe having no meaning.

Laity use knowledge and talents to serve others

All baptized Catholics are called to spread Christ's message to the world through evangelization, but some laity receive a deeper call to devote their lives to serving the church as lay ecclesial ministers.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, 16 individuals have taken their call to ministry one step further by becoming authorized ministers.

They not only all have master's degrees in ministry, but they also completed various archdiocesan lay ministry components created under the archdiocese's former Lay Ministry Office.

Laity use knowledge and talents to serve others

All baptized Catholics are called to spread Christ's message to the world through evangelization, but some laity receive a deeper call to devote their lives to serving the church as lay ecclesial ministers.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, 16 individuals have taken their call to ministry one step further by becoming authorized ministers.

They not only all have master's degrees in ministry, but they also completed various archdiocesan lay ministry components created under the archdiocese's former Lay Ministry Office.

Sundays aren't included in the 40 days of Lent

The Catholic Church refers to the season of Lent as the 40-day period before Easter.

But according to the calendar, Lent lasts longer than 40 days. It's actually 46 days from Ash Wednesday to sundown on Holy Thursday.

The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the 40 days because each Sunday represents a "mini-Easter," a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death, Father Michael Gutgsell, pastor of St. Cecilia Parish and rector of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, told the Catholic Voice.

St. Richard students exploring different schools

St. Richard Principal Katie Barmettler said she's trying to help students, teachers and parents see the closing of her Omaha school as a transition rather than an ending.

This past week, she visited neighboring Holy Name, Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart schools with a team of parents, students and St. Richard teachers. She also is working with Jesuit Middle School about the possibility that some students may be able to attend the all-boys Catholic grade school.

Tradition celebrated in Winnebago

Tradition plays a very important role in many cultures. Handing down tradition through many generations is a cause for great celebration.

For the people of the Winnebago and Omaha Indian tribes, now is the time to do just that as they celebrate the centennial year of St. Augustine Mission.

Joining the community for a Centennial Mass March 15, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss congratulated the people on celebrating 100 years of history.

Tradition celebrated in Winnebago

Tradition plays a very important role in many cultures. Handing down tradition through many generations is a cause for great celebration.

For the people of the Winnebago and Omaha Indian tribes, now is the time to do just that as they celebrate the centennial year of St. Augustine Mission.

Joining the community for a Centennial Mass March 15, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss congratulated the people on celebrating 100 years of history.

Charter system working in archdiocese

Some might see the local numbers in the annual survey on allegations and cost of child sex abuse in the church and be disappointed.

Mary Beth Hanus, victim assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Omaha, takes a more positive perspective.

Five new allegations of child sexual abuse - all by priests - were reported in the archdiocese, but one was determined not to be credible.

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WILLIAMS-Clifford W., 79. Funeral Mass March 19 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. Survived by wife, Lillian Williams; sons and spouses, Steven and Pam Williams, and Tim and Stacy Williams; five grandchildren; brother, Martin Williams, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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