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April 2009

CSM honors two Metro-area students

Two Omaha area high school students recently were named winners of College of Saint Mary scholarships valued at $72,000 over four years.

Katie James, a senior at Mercy High School, and Melinda Baeza Villa, a Bryan High School senior, were named the Marie Curie Scholars for the 2009-10 academic year.

Holy Family students get to make history

Juniors in Travis Friesen's modern history class at Holy Family High School in Lindsay get to look at history in a new, computerized way, thanks to a Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) grant.

Four teams of two students with laptops are using a video game called "Making History - The Calm and the Storm" to understand world maps as well as terms like treat, ally and axis.

At the end of the game, students plan to compare and contrast what happened in their game to what actually happened in history.

Mayor proclaims St. Bernard Walk Day

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey visited St. Bernard School in Omaha March 27 and declared the day as St. Bernard Catholic School's Walk Day in honor of the walking club.

Students, parents, faculty, grandparents and friends of St. Bernard School began the club in 2007 with the goal of converting laps around the gym to miles.

Currently the group is walking the equivalent mileage from Omaha to Washington, D.C.

Foundation to honor Sisters of Mercy leader

The Alegent Health Foundation will present Sister Norita Cooney with the Gerald T. Bergan Award at an April 26 ceremony.

A brunch is planned at the Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha after an 11 a.m. Mass.

Sister Cooney joined Bergan Mercy Health System as chief executive officer in 1986 after serving with the archdiocese and the Sisters of Mercy. From 2002 to 2006, she served as the senior vice president of Mission Services and Community Affairs.

St. Leo planning prayer presentation

Father Richard Hauser, SJ, will focus on various aspects of prayer in an April 30 presentation at St. Leo the Great Church in Omaha.

The 7 p.m. lecture, titled "Praying with the Word of God: Jesus as Our Mentor for Prayer," will keep with St. Leo's current Generations of Faith theme, "Pray Always, Pray All Ways, Pray with the Word." It will examine Jesus' practice and teaching on prayer as found in the New Testament and also show relevance of the practice of prayer today.

St. Thomas More celebrates outreach day

St. Thomas More students experienced one part of stewardship April 3 by helping others at their fifth annual Outreach Day.

The event gives the Omaha students in grades one through eight an opportunity to put into practice and experience the true meaning of stewardship, along with the works of mercy.

The event began with a school assembly and a Mass. After visiting several locations, students returned to the school to reflect and report on the day's experience during the closing ceremony.

St. Cecilia welcomes Guatemalan group

St. Cecilia School in Omaha recently welcomed several Guatemalan visitors from the Archdiocese of Omaha's sister diocese in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

The March 16 visitors included Carlos del Valle Canos, director of Catholic Schools of Huehuetenango; Padre Maco Alonzo, vicar general; Maria Vasquez, director of social ministry; and Alfredo Lopez, medical director.

St. Cecilia was chosen because the school has a sister school, Santa Maria de la Ascension School, in Guatemala.

The visitors toured the school and the cathedral campus.

A Woman's Touch to hold walk for life

"Hold onto Hope" is the theme for A Woman's Touch Pregnancy Counseling Center's fifth annual Walk for Life.

Scheduled for April 25, the walk raises funds for the Bellevue center.

The two-mile walk through Olde Towne will begin at 10 a.m. at the center, located at 908 W. Mission Ave., and finish at noon. Participants can enjoy refreshments, Giggles the Clown and her Christian clown friends.

The unique role of the parish priest

These are the comments made by Archbishop Curtiss at the Mass of Oils April 6 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

It is with great joy that I welcome all of you to this beautiful cathedral of ours to bless the oils that will be used throughout our archdiocese this coming year.

This is a special day for me and our priests, and I will speak to them today about the ordained priesthood that we share.

Pope speaks to parish priests

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