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May 2009

Archdiocese to pray for vocations

As the year of St. Paul draws to a close, the church enters into the year of the priesthood, celebrating St. John Vianney as the patron of priests throughout the world.

The Archdiocese of Omaha is preparing for the start of the new year by holding a special week of prayer for vocations to the priesthood May 31 through June 6.

"It's an important year for the priesthood and this will build up to that," said Father Paul Hoesing, director of vocations in the archdiocese. "We're looking at ways of celebrating the priesthood and this kind of anticipates it."


MURPHY-Arla, 77. Memorial Mass May 15 at St. Bridget Church. Inurnment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents; brothers; sisters. Survived by husband, James; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Nancy, Dale, Thomas and Shelly, and James and Jennifer; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.



MCCORMICK-Thomas Michael

MCCORMICK-Thomas Michael, 77. Funeral Mass May 15 at St. Bernadette Church, Bellevue. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by granddaughter, Shannon McCormick. Survived by wife, Nancy; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Maureen, Dan and Germaine, Kearney, Kevin and Jill, Elkhorn, and John and Chris; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Tom Hansen, and Mary and Terry Malcolm, Falls City; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorials to Daniel J. Gross High School or Alzheimer's Association.



BERKA-Gary Lee

BERKA-Gary Lee, 66. Funeral Mass May 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Interment Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by father, Joseph Sr. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, David and Amanda, Fort Collins, Co.; two grandchildren; mother, Eleanor Berka; brother, Joseph Berka Jr; niece; nephew; great-nieces; great-nephews.



Omaha Author Cyndy Salzmann will speak about her mystery novels - May 23

Omaha Author Cyndy Salzmann will speak about her mystery novels May 23, 5-7 p.m. at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, Waterloo. Includes a light supper followed by a discussion of Salzmann's books. Cost is free will offering for dinner. Books being discussed are "Crime and Clutter" and "Dying to Decorate." To register, call 359-4288 or e-mail

Use It Again's annual indoor sale - June 24, 25, 26, and 27

Use It Again's annual indoor sale will be June 24, 5-8 p.m., June 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 26, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and June 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (½ price day) at The Reruns Event Center Store, 8501 Granville Pkwy., La Vista. Select from a variety of slightly-used items at affordable garage sale prices. All proceeds go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Columbkille Parish, Papillion.

Walk across America aims to change hearts of young

WASHINGTON - Since March 1, Jon Leonetti and Jesse Weiler have been walking across America to call on young Catholics and people of all faiths to live life in a new way.

Leonetti and Weiler have been speaking at churches, schools and youth gatherings, encouraging young people to turn away from the false messages offered by the popular media and turn their lives toward Christ through prayer.

Leonetti, who once thought he would become a priest, later came to believe he was being called to follow a different path.

Partner with Catholic Charities to assist needy

Hunger is forever with us. Today's economic turmoil just makes the problem bigger.

In the Archdiocese of Omaha, Catholic Charities' food pantries are seeing a 48 percent increase in requests for assistance. These needy people are turning to the agency's food pantries at the Juan Diego Center in South Omaha and St. Martin De Porres Center in North Omaha.

Nearly 19,000 people of all ages received food assistance from Catholic Charities in 2008. Considering the current economic quandary, that number most certainly will be surpassed this year.

Another round on state aid for public schools

Over the course of the last three weeks, the Nebraska Legislature has engaged in more than 20 hours of floor debate on a legislative bill that deals in a significant way with distributing state financial aid to public school districts.

It isn't like this subject hasn't captured time and attention in past legislative sessions, because it has, on virtually an annual basis. Nonetheless, this year's primary focus, LB 545, has a high level of importance because it is tightly linked to the new state budget this Legislature must establish.


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