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October 2009

BREMERS-Ralph S. "Steve"

BREMERS-Ralph S. "Steve", 66. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service7 p.m., both Oct. 29 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Oct. 30 at St. Pius X Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Evelyn; sister, Sharon Wiesner. Survived by daughter, Christina Jackson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; granddaughter; nephew; nieces.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

WIRTH-Evelyn Maurine (Gabriel)

WIRTH-Evelyn Maurine (Gabriel), 85. Funeral Mass Oct. 28 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew and Laura. Survived by husband, Leon; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Richard Jr. Brown, and Beverly Wirth-Murray; six grandchildren; brother, Eugene Gabriel.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

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Omaha physician travels overseas to train doctors

During a recent trip to Nigeria and Poland, a local doctor witnessed enthusiasm for the natural reproductive technology he created in Omaha.

Dr. Thomas Hilgers, an obstetrician/gynecologist and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, traveled to Lagos, Africa, and Lublin, Poland, in September to finish training more than a dozen physicians and medical professionals in NaProTECHNOLOGY.

NaproTECHNOLOGY (Natural Procreative Technology) is a women's health science that monitors and maintains a woman's reproductive and gynecological health.

Program pairs nuns and juniors

The Sisters of Mercy and Mercy High School are continuing their efforts again this year to raise awareness about vocations.

Sixty-seven Mercy juniors and 27 Sisters of Mercy gathered Sept. 15 for the annual Mercy Mentors program, which Mercy Principal Carolyn Jaworski, the Sisters of Mercy leadership team and vocation ministers started during the 2001-02 school year.

Through the program, mentors give high school students an opportunity to experience the order in a more personal way through the eyes of the sisters.

Archdiocese of Omaha is taking steps to protect people from H1N1 flu virus

Measures to minimize the impact and spread of the H1N1 flu virus already are taking place throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Parish pastors are encouraged to use their discretion when it comes to changes in the Mass, such as not offering Communion from the cup or suspending the shaking of hands during the sign of peace, said Father Joseph Taphorn, chancellor of the archdiocese.

Pastors calling the chancery for guidance are being referred to the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops' guidelines found at www.usbcc.org, he said.

Auction is one step in Notre Dame Sisters' project

The Notre Dame Sisters are taking steps to preserve their historic building in the Florence area and to refurbish it to serve others long into the future by partnering to create more senior housing on their campus, said Sister Joy Connealy, ND, head of the project.

In 1997, the Notre Dame Sisters opened Seven Oaks of Florence, an independent living complex with 77 apartments for seniors.

A first step in the renovation process is to clear the building of items the sisters will not need in the new configuration of space.

New Catholic reflects on RCIA

It's been a year since Cullen Shollett started his exploration of the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha.

But now as RCIA begins this fall and a new group of inquirers seek information about the Catholic faith, Shollett is reflecting on his faith journey once again, only this time as an RCIA sponsor.

Baptized Catholic at the Easter Vigil April 10, Shollett knows he'll spend the next seven months attending weekly RCIA sessions, but said it's well worth his time.

New Catholic reflects on RCIA

It's been a year since Cullen Shollett started his exploration of the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha.

But now as RCIA begins this fall and a new group of inquirers seek information about the Catholic faith, Shollett is reflecting on his faith journey once again, only this time as an RCIA sponsor.

Baptized Catholic at the Easter Vigil April 10, Shollett knows he'll spend the next seven months attending weekly RCIA sessions, but said it's well worth his time.

ANDRZEJEWSKA-Sister Ludwika, "Sister Andy" RSCJ

ANDRZEJEWSKA-Sister Ludwika, "Sister Andy" RSCJ, 103. Funeral Mass Oct. 27 at Teresian House, Albany, N.Y.. Interment Kenwood Cemetery, Albany, N.Y. Preceded in death by parents, Walenty and Franciszka (Majchrsak) Andrzejewska. Survived by sister; nieces; nephews; all in Poland. Memorials to the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4120 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO. 63108.

VOORVART-Bernard "Bernie"

VOORVART-Bernard "Bernie", 59. Wake service 7 p.m., Oct. 28 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., Oct. 29 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Preceded in death by father, William; grandchild, Skylar Berry; brother, Vince; sister, Anna Marie Ramaekers.

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