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November 2009

Foundation poured for new rectory

The construction of the new rectory for St. Ludger Parish in Creighton is underway.

The ranch-style house measures 2,200 square feet, and Father Walter Nolte, parochial administrator of the parish, said he hopes costs will be less than $180,000.

Father Nolte said plans are for work to be completed by April 2, 2010 - the one-year anniversary of the fire that destroyed the original rectory.

Changing demographics leave retirement funds low

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha will have the opportunity to help support retired religious by contributing to the annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious at weekend Masses Dec. 12 and 13.

This year's appeal theme is "Share in the Care."

In 2008, the Archdiocese of Omaha contributed almost $161,000 to the collection, while nationally the donations topped $28 million.

Norfolk group revives Gregorian chant music

Many Catholics remember hearing and singing chant music at Mass, but since the 1970s, its use in liturgies has been minimal.

A group at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, however, is reviving chant music and encouraging others to embrace it.

Voces pro Deo, meaning Voices for God, was formed in 2008 by Sacred Heart parishioner Karl Henkel. The group doesn't perform concerts, but instead studies the chants of the liturgy and occasionally sings for Mass.

Norfolk group revives Gregorian chant music

Many Catholics remember hearing and singing chant music at Mass, but since the 1970s, its use in liturgies has been minimal.

A group at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, however, is reviving chant music and encouraging others to embrace it.

Voces pro Deo, meaning Voices for God, was formed in 2008 by Sacred Heart parishioner Karl Henkel. The group doesn't perform concerts, but instead studies the chants of the liturgy and occasionally sings for Mass.

Secular holiday rooted in thanking God

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, which while not specifically tied to a particular religion, has its roots in thanking God.

"Thanksgiving makes no sense without God," said Jesuit Father Richard Hauser, professor of theology at Creighton University in Omaha. "It was no accident that the first Thanksgiving - the gathering of Native Americans and pilgrims - was after the harvest. It flows from the belief that God is the creator and sustainer of all things.

Marian celebrates 54th year with 50s flashback

Students and staff at Marian High School in Omaha celebrated the school's 54th year by flashing back to the fifties on the 54th day of the year - Nov. 10. The Founder's Day celebration, which featured a complimentary lunch of burgers, fries and milkshakes, was sponsored by the Esprit de Corps Club. The club, which raises a sense of pride, fellowship and common loyalty through education and celebration, focuses on appreciation of the school's six core values - community, service, empowerment, compassion, leadership and Marian Identity.

National Merit semi-finalists named

Students at several schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha have been named National Merit semi-finalists, scoring in the top 16,000 of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT as juniors in October 2008.

According to reports from schools, semi-finalists, all seniors, include:

Creighton Prep, Omaha: William Coover, Nicholas Davis, Thomas Gilgenast, Nicholas Jesse, Christopher Molini, Mitchell Nohner, William Phelps, Nicklaus Schwaller, Wyatt Troia and Thai-Son Vu.

Columbus woman receives pro-life award

Barb McPhillips, a longtime pro-life advocate, recently was honored with the 2009 "Gospel of Life" award for the Archdiocese of Omaha. The award, which also included a papal blessing, was presented at the annual Bishops' Pro-Life conference last month in Lincoln. McPhillips was recognized for her leadership in organizing and implementing numerous pro-life efforts during her many years of pro-life service. In addition to parish pro-life work at St.

Local Catholic elected businessman of the year

George Stryker of Omaha has been elected the Omaha Businessmen's Association Man of the Year. Stryker attended St. Margaret Mary School, Creighton Prep, and Creighton University, all in Omaha, and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans. He received his master of business administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served in the Army as a second lieutenant and also served as commission statistician of the Nebraska Racing Commission.

Quest brings students to learn and thrive in faith

High school freshmen and sophomores from Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas attended the Oct. 17-18 Quest #25 held at the Niobrara Valley House of Renewal near Lynch.

  Quest aims to bring young people together and invites them to learn and thrive in their Christian faith. Trust, honesty, forgiveness, acceptance and understanding are values stressed at the annual program, said Sarah Fante, youth coordinator.

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