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November 2009

Local church leaders are positive about planned Anglican provision

Both Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas and Nebraska Episcopal Bishop Joe Burnett said the Vatican's Oct. 20 announcement to implement a new provision to receive Anglicans - Episcopalians in the U.S. province - into the Catholic Church is a positive step toward unity.

According to initial reports from the Vatican, a special structure established by Pope Benedict XVI will create "personal ordinariates" to oversee the pastoral care of those wishing to make the switch while preserving aspects of their Anglican spiritual and liturgical traditions.

Marian students sponsor book drive

Lisa Gehring, a Marian High School senior, reads with kindergartners from St. Bernard School in Omaha Oct. 15 after members of Marian's National English Honor Society (NEHS) presented the school with books collected in a book drive. NEHS members held the book drive as part of their annual service project. Kindergarten students used magnifying glasses to point out letters learned in class, while first-graders read to the Marian students from a book they used in their studies. Courtesy photo.

Students receive visit from Ugandan priest

Father Joseph Ssebayiagga, center, a priest from Uganda, visited St. Patrick School in Elkhorn Oct. 13 and spoke with students about life in Uganda. Father Joe also celebrated Mass with the school community. He thanked St. Patrick School for its continued support of St. Mary School in Uganda. The two are sister schools through Opportunity Education, a program devoted to developing a better understanding between students of different cultures. Courtesy photo.

Students perform at Howells fundraiser

More than 30 high school students from the Howells Youth Choir of Ss. Peter and Paul and St. John Nepomucene, both of Howells, and Holy Trinity of Heun, provided entertainment for the Howells Catholic Schools Candlelight banquet fundraiser this fall. 

Students  performed  several choreographed  selections, including polkas, oldies, country, spiritual and television medleys. Youth choir directors included Nancy Coufal, Sheri Coufal, Tom Ruskamp, George Blum and Angela and Sandy Brichacek.

Local priest named outstanding teacher

Benedictine Father Stephen Plank, chair of the language department at Mount Michael High School near Elkhorn, was recently named the 2009 Outstanding World Language teacher at the annual Nebraska International Languages Association (NILA) fall conference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The award is given to an educator of world language who has shown creativity and imagination in teaching and has promoted study outside of the classroom.

Campaign receives recent donation

A recent donation to "Future Generations - A Campaign for Tomorrow" pushed the campaign for Pope John XXIII Central High School in Elgin to more than 75 percent of its three-year goal of $600,000.

Clarence L. Werner, chairman of the board for Werner Enterprises, donated $25,000, increasing the campaign total to $463,737.15.

Father Dan Andrews, pastor at St. Boniface Church in Elgin and St. Bonaventure Church in Raeville, presented a check to the campaign's honorary chairs - Janet Koinzan, Joanie Vetick and Dr. Russ Vetick.

CSM chorus groups to perform at Carnegie Hall

The College of Saint Mary Chorus and Musica Sacra, the community chorus based at the Omaha college, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City Nov. 30 as part of a chorus festival. 

The concert, titled "Christmastime in the City," will feature the world-premiere of "A Carol Fantasy" by Stephen James Edwards.

This is the second time the choirs have been invited to perform at the prestigious venue - the first performance was in 2006. Both choral groups are led by Marty Wheeler Burnett, director of fine arts.


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