Timothy Kaftan, a fifth-grader at Christ the King School in Omaha, decided to dress as Pope John Paul II, but it wasn't for Halloween. In lieu of celebrating Halloween, the fifth-graders held Biography Day by researching a particular person in history. The students were featured at a biography fair, where students from the entire school could listen to the fifth-graders talk about the person they researched. Kaftan is pictured with Father Steven Stillmunks, pastor at Christ the King. Courtesy photo.
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Judy Huber, president of the Serra Club of West Omaha, presents a framed picture of the St. John Vianney sculpture, located in Calvary Cemetery, to Archbishop George J. Lucas at the annual Serra Priests Appreciation Dinner Nov. 9 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha. Archbishop Lucas was the keynote speaker at the dinner, which welcomed more than 300 members of the clergy, Serrans and spouses. The dinner was sponsored by the Serra Club of Omaha and the Serra Club of West Omaha. Courtesy photo.
Thanksgiving. All sorts of things come to mind when you mention that word - football, turkey, family, grandma's house, pumpkin pie, travel and more. Of course, giving thanks also is a part of the day set aside to do just that - give thanks.
But why do we give thanks ... for what, for whom?
There is some irony worth noting in recent activities of two branches of Nebraska state government. The state Department of Corrections Nov. 16 conducted a public hearing on proposed protocols for carrying out capital punishment by lethal injection. On that same day, the Nebraska Legislature continued to deliberate over reducing state spending by $334 million for the current biennium to balance a budget deficit.
In recent weeks, I've been in West Virginia and Wisconsin encouraging Wheeling Jesuit University students and the directors of Catholic campus ministry programs for Wisconsin's state and private colleges and universities to talk about what they see as "the most pressing issue" today's collegiate generation will have to deal with over the course of its collective lifetime. I begin by declaring each student to be the world's leading expert on his or her own opinion. That's all I'm looking for - an opinion. I also extend their lease on life out to age 90.
Baltimore, the metropolis of the "Land of Pleasant Living," is known for the Chesapeake Bay, crab cakes, Camden Yards and common sense. It risks losing the latter distinction, at least as the term "common sense" is defined by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood of Maryland.
We are fast approaching one of my favorite times of the year - the Christmas holidays. It's a very spiritual time imagining the birth of our Savior in a barn with the shepherds and wise men heralding our newborn king. It's a time to gather with family and friends - which brings me to why it is my favorite time of the year - the holiday parties. I love to share time with people over a meal, hors de oeuvres or even just cookies.
In just a few days, we celebrate in our country the civil holiday of Thanksgiving. The fact this observance is taken seriously by so many says something positive about our society. It is also evidence of the important role faith has traditionally played in our national identity.
Catholics can and should participate fully in the day of giving thanks. From the depths of our faith, we know what this means, and we can help enrich its meaning for our neighbors.
Archbishop George J. Lucas' activities over the next two weeks:
» National Catholic Youth Conference, Kansas City, Mo.
» Confirmation, St. Cecilia Parish, Omaha.
» Confirmation, Christ the King Parish, Omaha.
» KVSS Morning Show.
» Nebraska Arts Council luncheon.
» Dedication of new altar, Sacred Heart Church, Omaha.
» Mass, Madonna School, Omaha.
BRICH-Diane, 47. Funeral Mass Nov. 20 at Holy Name Church. Survived by husband, Jerome; children, Emily, Benjamin and Chloe; parents, Marguerite and Dan Worthing; parents-in-law, Donna and Jim Brich; siblings and spouses, Chris and Wendy Worthing, Joseph and Christine Worthing, Tom and Mary Worthin, Jeannine and Jim Adler, and Bill and Melissa Worthing; nieces; nephews; friends; family. Memorials to Holy Name School or the family.
JOHN A. GENTLEMAN