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August 2009

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas'

activities over the next four weeks:

Aug. 9

» Regional Mass, St. Patrick Church, O'Neill.

Aug. 11

» Mass, Poor Clare Monastery, Omaha.

» Archdiocesan directors meeting.

Aug. 12

» Catholics Coming Home dinner, Happy Hollow Club, Omaha.

Aug. 13

» Catholics Coming Home luncheon, Happy Hollow Club, Omaha.

» Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Committee meeting

Aug. 14-15

Historic day in archdiocese

July 22, 2009, was a date that will be long remembered in the Archdiocese of Omaha. An overflow crowd greeted the archdiocese's new leader - Archbishop George J. Lucas - at his Mass of Installation at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Many of the more than 1,000 in attendance arrived an hour early for the historic occasion.

Office moves but work continues to help needy

The administrative office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been relocated to the rectory of the former St. Richard's Parish. The closing of the parish was a sad time for members, but the Society hopes to continue their lively Catholic presence that has shaped that neighborhood for nearly 50 years.

As you well know, moving is stressful. Packing, sorting, cleaning, tying up loose ends, finding help to do the heavy lifting, all of it adds up to one big headache.

Empathy is not about feeling sorry

The word "empathy" attracted much attention in recent weeks and not all of it for the good. Empathy was dragged into politics and suffered as a result. No surprise there.

The word was bandied about during the confirmation process for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. To the casual listener, it sounded as if empathy was a quality inappropriate for a judge. The implication is that to be without empathy is a good thing.

There are, in fact, those people who do not exhibit empathy. Among them are sociopaths, snipers and assassins.

Creighton University receives recognition

Creighton University in Omaha is one of the nation's top 371 colleges and universities, according to the 2010 edition of Princeton Review's annual college guide, published July 28.

The review features comments from more than 122,000 students as well as a two-page profile on each institution.

Creighton's 2009-2010 freshman class academic profile places the university in the top five for private Midwestern universities with enrollments of 4,000 or more and in the top 50 for private universities in the nation.

Volunteers needed at local service sites

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is in need of volunteers in the Archdiocese of Omaha to work at local service sites helping people in need.

Volunteers' skills and interests will be matched to the particular needs of a community organization. IVC offers the opportunity for men and women, ages 50 and up, to share their skills, talents and life experiences with organizations that assist the poor or address poverty-related issues.

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