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September 2009

Health reform has state-level implications

While most of the concern and focus regarding health care system reforms are understandably focused on the federal level of government, both legislative and administrative branches, the issues have public policy relevance at the state level as well. Both the health care delivery system and the health care financing system are subject to and affected by policy decisions made by state policy makers and bureaucrats.

Catholic school students among Friends of Tal

"Occasionally, but rarely, you meet someone who changes the way that you look at the world."

These were the words of Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss at the funeral of Tal Anderson Aug. 19 in describing the impact Tal had on his life. But those same words could have been spoken by so many who knew Tal.

Honored as a top-of-the-line car dealer with a national recognition, Tal loved cars, but he most loved serving his customers. It was not unusual to have F.O.T. (Friend of Tal) noted on a sales ticket because he was a friend to so many.

Support for Annual Appeal will allow blessings to continue

Ever since I was installed as Archbishop of Omaha in July, I have been doing all I can to learn about both the blessings and the challenges of Catholic life here in Northeast Nebraska. Most evident to me is the gift of faith itself, given by God and accepted and shared in so many Catholic families and parishes. Enlivened by the Holy Spirit, faith bears fruit in the good works that can be seen in homes, parishes, schools and other apostolates across the 23 counties of the archdiocese.

Official schedule

Sept. 19

» Confirmation, St Wenceslaus Parish, Verdigre, and St. William Parish, Niobrara, at Verdigre.

Sept. 20

» Confirmation, St. Boniface Parish, Stuart.

» Confirmation, St. Joseph Parish, Atkinson.

Sept. 21

» Confirmation, Sacred Heart Parish Boyd County, at Spencer.

Sept. 23

» Confirmation, St. Peter de Alcantara Parish, Ewing.

» Confirmation, St. Theresa Parish, Clearwater.

Sept. 24

» Vocations Committee meeting.

Book helps students cope with boy's death

When Kala Rempe and Sarah Reynolds learned their classmate, Ben Petrzilka, had been killed by a tornado at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa last summer, they were overwhelmed with sadness.

But the support of their families and classmates at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha helped them cope, they said.

So did working on a tribute book to Ben.

The book "Our Soles, Our Souls" is an anthology written as a tribute to Ben. It takes readers on a journey with Ben's classmates, teachers, family and friends as they share a "sole" story.

Book helps students cope with boy's death

When Kala Rempe and Sarah Reynolds learned their classmate, Ben Petrzilka, had been killed by a tornado at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Iowa last summer, they were overwhelmed with sadness.

But the support of their families and classmates at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha helped them cope, they said.

So did working on a tribute book to Ben.

The book "Our Soles, Our Souls" is an anthology written as a tribute to Ben. It takes readers on a journey with Ben's classmates, teachers, family and friends as they share a "sole" story.

Omaha high school purchases auto dealership property

St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School announced Sept. 9 - the feast day of St. Peter Claver - the purchase of a former Omaha auto dealership property to accommodate increasing student body.

Formerly the Lithia Ford dealership, the building will be renovated for an estimated cost of $5.7 million to provide a new space for college-bound students attending the school.

Father James Keiter, president of the school, said he sees God's intervention in the purchase of the nine-acre property, located at 5051 L St.

Omaha high school purchases auto dealership property

St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School announced Sept. 9 - the feast day of St. Peter Claver - the purchase of a former Omaha auto dealership property to accommodate increasing student body.

Formerly the Lithia Ford dealership, the building will be renovated for an estimated cost of $5.7 million to provide a new space for college-bound students attending the school.

Father James Keiter, president of the school, said he sees God's intervention in the purchase of the nine-acre property, located at 5051 L St.

Continued support is Appeal goal

The dollar goal is the same - $3 million - and the need is as great or greater.

But the annual event to help finance various archdiocesan ministries and programs has a new name, as well as a new look and approach for 2010.

Mary Jewell, executive director of the archdiocese's Office of Stewardship and Development, said simple and straightforward are two words that might best describe what is now called the Annual Appeal.

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