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April 2009

Official schedule

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

April 17

» Mass, Home Schooled Association, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Omaha.

» Charter Mass, Serra Club of Norfolk, St. Mary Church, Norfolk.

April 18

» Confirmation, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Omaha.

» Institute of Priestly Formation, Celebration of Priesthood dinner.

April 19

» Confirmation, St. Mary Parish, Norfolk.

April 20

Nine men celebrate 25 or 50 years of priestly service

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss and priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha gathered April 21 to celebrate the milestone anniversaries of nine of their brother priests.

Father Frank Jindra, who is marking 25 years of priesthood this year, gave the homily at the 5 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Church in Fremont. Dinner followed in Delaney Hall at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to Father Jindra, those celebrating their 25th anniversary this year are Columban Father Arturo Aguilar, Father Greg Benkowski and Father Joseph Hanefeldt.

Priests meet for 'birthday of priesthood' on Holy Thursday

Although there wasn't any singing of Happy Birthday, it was obvious priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Omaha were in a celebratory mood April 9 as they gathered to celebrate the birthday of the priesthood.

Two Holy Thursday luncheons brought together active and retired diocesan priests, consecrated priests, and seminarians for prayer and a meal. One group met at the Sacred Heart Church rectory in Norfolk and the other at St. Peter Church's McMahon Hall in Omaha.

Priests meet for 'birthday of priesthood' on Holy Thursday

Although there wasn't any singing of Happy Birthday, it was obvious priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Omaha were in a celebratory mood April 9 as they gathered to celebrate the birthday of the priesthood.

Two Holy Thursday luncheons brought together active and retired diocesan priests, consecrated priests, and seminarians for prayer and a meal. One group met at the Sacred Heart Church rectory in Norfolk and the other at St. Peter Church's McMahon Hall in Omaha.

Archdiocese of Omaha welcomes new Catholics

Each year at the Easter Vigil, new Catholics are welcomed into the church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy Communion. Following is a list of those who fully entered the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Omaha:


Assumption, Omaha

Jairo Almanza, Kassandra Garcia, Leslie Martinez, Esmeralda Miranda, Kate Moyers, Larry Moyers, Kim Richart, Angel Robles, Angelica Vazquez and Brian Zimmerman

Christ the King, Omaha

Parish and priest move forward after rectory fire

Just one day after the April 2 fire in the St. Ludger Parish rectory in Creighton, St. Ludger parishioners began renovating an old convent located on the parish property. They updated the interior and made it handicapped accessible for their priest, Father Garry Welsh, who hopes to move in soon.

He will stay there until a new rectory is built.

Father Welsh was badly burned on his feet and will need to use a wheelchair for up to eight weeks, so a temporary ramp to the sanctuary is being built at St. Ludger Church.

Peer ministry provides long-term relationships

When Bonnie Hickey needed someone to talk to after her daughter died in 1989, she turned to a fellow parishioner who spent almost a year helping her work through the grief.

That parishioner was a member of the Stephen Ministry, which provides one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around the parish.

"I was very angry and angry at God," Hickey told the Catholic Voice. "I didn't quit going to church, but I'm a talker and I knew I needed someone to talk to about it."

Archbishop Curtiss announces new assignments for priests

After consultation with the Priests' Personnel Board of the Archdiocese of Omaha, and in accord with canons 157, 523, 539, 547, 1421 §1, 1422, and the Pastor Tenure and Priest Assignment policy of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss has made the following appointments, effective June 18 unless otherwise noted:

PASTORS

Father Gerald P. Melchior, senior associate pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha, to pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Omaha.

Pornography nearly destroys marriage

At a time when they should have been experiencing marital bliss, Sam and Beth Meier's marriage was falling apart.

Just months after their 2001 wedding, Sam was so addicted to pornography he was spending more than 10 hours a week viewing or planning to view it.

"I felt pretty hopeless and disgusted with myself," Sam said. "My self esteem was pretty low and I even had suicidal thoughts."

Priest narrowly escapes fire

Father Garry Welsh knows he's lucky to be alive.

The parochial administrator of St. Ludger Parish in Creighton said he barely made it out of his home before fire engulfed the parish rectory April 2.

He escaped with third, second and first degree burns on his right hand and both feet, and suffered smoke inhalation.

"The rectory is a total loss," Father Welsh said in a phone interview with the Catholic Voice. "But I've got my life. I'm alive and grateful to be here."

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