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November 2009

Regional coordinators expand rural faith formation outreach

Four regional faith formation coordinators appointed this summer are expanding the presence of the Catholic Faith Formation Office in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Coordinators provide faith formation assistance to rural parishes in their assigned region and answer questions as local representatives of the faith formation office in Omaha, said Father Matt Gutowski, director of the faith formation office.

Job continues to change for victim assistance coordinator

Mary Beth Hanus, victim assistance coordinator for the Archdiocese of Omaha, continues to provide the support her job title implies, but other aspects of her job also are evident in her annual report to the Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The report for the past fiscal year (July 2008 through June 2009) - shows a decline in the child sex abuse-related reports filed with the archdiocese, with three cases listed. Since February 2004, a total of 54 cases have been referred to Hanus' office.

Feast Day of St. Nicholas - Dec. 5

Feast Day of St. Nicholas is set for Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon at Wheatfields, One Pacific Place, Omaha. Meet and learn about the history of St. Nick. Bring a donation of canned or fresh fruit for the pantries of Catholic Charities. Sponsored by Family Life Office, Wheatfields, Catholic Charities, Adoremus Books, Gloria Deo, Cosgrave Church Goods and Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS.

Pope Paul VI Institute Annual Coat and Food Drive - continues through the end of Nov.

Pope Paul VI Institute Annual Coat and Food Drive continues through the end of November. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. at the Institute, 6901 Mercy Rd, Omaha. Food drive runs through Nov. 24. Place canned goods and non-perishable food items in box next to elevator on main floor or in second floor clinic. Used coats in good condition can be brought to Ultrasound Dept.

PLUTA-Rodney J.

PLUTA-Rodney J., 56. Funeral services Nov. 12 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Chester J. and Bernice M. Pluta; brother, Stephen Pluta. Survived by wife, Marilee J. Pluta; son, Randy; sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Frank Kosiba, Sharon Starkey, Debbie and Jesse Reyes, Joette and Jerry Trumble; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Monica Pluta; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.



AHERN-Patricia T. "Patty"

AHERN-Patricia T. "Patty", 78. Funeral Mass Nov. 12 at Mary Our Queen Church. Interment Resurrection Mausoleum. Preceded in death by husband, Richard K. "Dick" Ahern. Survived by children and spouses, Barbara and Stephen Postert, Thomas and Teri Ahern, Mary and Joseph Salnicky, and James Ahern; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Wayne and Eileen Ryan, and Donald and Patricia Ryan; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church.




SCHMIDT-John J., 71. Memorial service Nov. 12 at St. John Vianney Church. Survived by wife, Robin; children and spouses, Greg and Trisha, and Heidi Falcon; two grandchildren; sister, Jean Williams; family; friends. Memorials to American Legion.



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