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June 2009

Winnebago member visits local school

Students at St. Philip Neri School in Omaha had the opportunity to learn about Native American people during a spring presentation from a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Denise "Dee" St. Cyr visited the school and told the students about the history of her people and demonstrated several traditional dances. St. Cyr also brought several Native American items including musical instruments, arrows, eagle feathers and a tomahawk.

Roncalli honors two for service

Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha honored two people with alumni awards at separate events this spring.

Joe Lamoureux was honored as alumnus of the year at a May 13 senior induction breakfast. Joe Chytil was named honorary alumnus of the year during the May 17 graduation ceremony at Roncalli.

Lamoureux is a 1971 Archbishop Rummel High School grad. Rummel High later merged with Notre Dame Academy to form Roncalli.

Singer to release solo project

Stephen Tefft, lead singer for the Catholic band Cor Sanctum, will debut his first major release in four years at a CD release party June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Adoremus Books, 2992 S. 84th St. in Omaha.

The project is devoted to the writings of Pro Sanctity founder Bishop William Giaquinta in his book "The Cenacle." The book is a commentary on the Last Supper dialogues from the Gospel of John.

For more information on the CD or to listen to a sample of the music, go to www.corsanctum.com.

Father Golik to celebrate 70th

Father Stanislaus Golik will celebrate his 70th anniversary as a priest with a Mass and reception June 28 at St. Thomas More Church in Omaha.

The Mass will be at 11:30 a.m. and the reception, located in the social hall, will follow.

Father Golik was born in Mrkopalj, Croatia. During his time in Omaha, he has served many parishes including Ss. Peter and Paul, St. Philomena, St. Mary, St. Francis, St. Stanislaus, St Frances Cabrini, all in Omaha, and St. Charles in North Bend.

Omaha adults graduate from JustFaith program

Thirty-four adults from 11 parishes recently became the first graduates of the JustFaith program in the Omaha Archdiocese.

JustFaith is an eight-month educational experience - a formation process and a spiritual journey - aimed at providing learning opportunities that emphasize and enliven the worldwide justice tradition of the Catholic Church.

The parish-based program began in 1989 in Louisville, Ky., went national in 2001 and was offered for the first time in the Archdiocese of Omaha in 2007. More than 900 parishes in 90 dioceses participate in the program.

Omaha Development Institute scheduled

The 34th annual Msgr. John Flynn Omaha Development Institute is set for July 13-16 in Omaha.

"The Omaha Development Institute is not only a national institute that provides training for Catholic schools, parishes, seminaries and dioceses in the areas of stewardship and development, but preserves and carries forward the distinctive 'Ministry of Development' espoused by the late Msgr. John A. Flynn," said Executive Director Richard P. Garrigan.

Company employees paint Charities' building

Seventy Mutual of Omaha employees recently volunteered to paint Catholic Charities' Christ Child North Center as part of the company's "100 Days of Caring" volunteer initiative.

Christ Child North provides after school and summer camps for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The center also has a gymnasium for recreational and fitness activities for the community.

The Mutual of Omaha caring initiative began April 16 and continues through July 24

St. Cecilia Institute's faculty to perform

The applied music faculty of the St. Cecilia Institute for Laity Formation will perform a recital June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St., in Omaha.

Performers will play works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Vierne, Dan Locklair, G.F. Handel and others.

Faculty members participating in the free concert are Dr. Clair Bushong, organ; Karen Conoan, harp; Dr. Stacie Lightner, piano; Dr. Linell Gray Moss, voice; Melissa Pruss, violin; and Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, organ and piano.

Parishes celebrate milestone anniversaries

This year, four parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha are celebrating milestone anniversaries. St. John the Baptist in Fordyce will celebrate its centennial this weekend, while St. Wenceslaus in Verdigre and St. Joseph in Lyons will mark 125th anniversaries later in the year. Holy Cross in Bancroft celebrated its 125th anniversary last month. Following is information about each parish and its anniversary celebration.

ST. JOSEPH PARISH, LYONS

Location: 430 Lincoln St.

Registered families: 105

Archbishop Curtiss looks back on 16 years in Omaha

The time is right.

That's what Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss thinks about the naming of a new leader.

"There's a need for a fresh, new look and somebody with energy to come in and lead," said Archbishop Curtiss, who has served as archbishop of Omaha for nearly 16 years. "I think it's a very good thing for the archdiocese."

He thinks it's a good thing for himself, too. Archbishop Curtiss, 77, said his rigorous schedule of shepherding more than 220,000 Catholics seemed more difficult this past year.

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