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December 2009

Catholic Charities, schools join forces to assist those in need

Several Omaha-area schools joined forces with Catholic Charities for success in a variety of holiday drives and collections for Catholic clients.

More than 3,000 people were involved in the projects, which ranged from food drives to book programs, said John Griffith, Catholic Charities executive director.

"We appreciate the compassion and generosity of the students and families from the Omaha-metro area," Griffith said. "It is remarkable to see our community supporting our goal of making our city a better place to live.  Everyone really can make a difference."

People continue to find reasons to be thankful

As Christmas draws near, the Catholic Voice is continuing a feature - originally started with a Thanksgiving story - on the reasons people give thanks. Now is the perfect time to remember reasons for being thankful, and several archdiocesan residents shared their reasons.

• "I am grateful for the Incarnation, for God coming among us, one like us. I am grateful for the faith he inspired and for my vocation to the Society of Jesus, my family these past 46 years.

Catholics gather to celebrate Marian apparition

Every year, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe draws hundreds of believers to two Omaha churches, and this year was no exception.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2310 O St., and St. Peter Church, 709 S. 28th St., were busy Dec. 11 and 12 with events and festivities in honor of Mary's apparition to St. Juan Diego in 1531.

At Our Lady of Guadalupe, a 7 p.m. Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas kicked off the Dec. 11 events that lasted well into Saturday.

Catholics gather to celebrate Marian apparition

Every year, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe draws hundreds of believers to two Omaha churches, and this year was no exception.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2310 O St., and St. Peter Church, 709 S. 28th St., were busy Dec. 11 and 12 with events and festivities in honor of Mary's apparition to St. Juan Diego in 1531.

At Our Lady of Guadalupe, a 7 p.m. Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas kicked off the Dec. 11 events that lasted well into Saturday.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is intercessor, consoler

Our Lady of Guadalupe represents more than just an apparition nearly 500 years ago.

She is recognized as the intercessor, the consoler, the one who is closest to the Christ and who acts as the true mother, said Father James de Anda, associate pastor at St. Patrick Church in Fremont.

"Hispanics were able to identify with her because she appeared as one of their own, a Native American maiden dressed like an Aztec princess," Father de Anda said. "She's very much connected to the people of Mexico and that's why she's so very dear to them."

When it comes to Christmas gifts, priests say it really is the thought that counts

Each year at Christmas, parish priests receive presents of all sorts - cookies, pies, books, gift cards, invitations to dinner - from parishioners, family and friends.

While they appreciate every gift, local priests said they especially cherish those gifts that take them by surprise.

When it comes to Christmas gifts, priests say it really is the thought that counts

Each year at Christmas, parish priests receive presents of all sorts - cookies, pies, books, gift cards, invitations to dinner - from parishioners, family and friends.

While they appreciate every gift, local priests said they especially cherish those gifts that take them by surprise.

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