Pope Paul VI Institute "Baby Shower for Jesus": through Dec. 18 at 6901 Mercy Road, Omaha. Suggested donations include diapers, baby wipes, onesies, pacifiers, receiving blankets and infant clothing. For more information, call Jean at 505-8917.
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"Las Posadas: A Mexican Christmas Tradition": Dec. 16, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23, 6:45-8 p.m., Dec. 19 and 20, 5-6:30 p.m. and Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2320 O St., Omaha. For more information, call Heidi at 557-5522.
"CORE: Continuing Our Retrouvaille Experience": Dec. 13, 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Community Center, 5419 N. 114th, Omaha. For more information, call John or Sharon at 670-9234 or e-mail email@example.com.
KELLEY-John Rishard "Skeex," 88. Visitation 1 p.m., vigil service 3 p.m., both Dec. 6 at the funeral home. Memorial Mass 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Private interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Benjamin and Josephine; brother, Thomas W. Kelley; wife, Regene (Wolters) Kelley. Survived by children and spouses, Karen and Robert Ridder, Timothy and Joan, Grass Lake, Mich., Anna and Richard Kania, and Pamela and Harold Williams, Lake Tapps, Wash.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church.
BRAUN-Eugene John, 87. Funeral services 1 p.m., Dec. 5 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Eleanor Braun; sons, Michael, David and Timmy; daughters, Beverly and Beth; brothers, Bill and Dick; sisters, Barbara Ann Braun, Dorothy Perry, and Flora Suing.
Reports on Christmas shopping - Black Friday lines, sales comparisons day-to-day and year-to-year and retail employment - can seem to dominate the media this time of year.
And all of that coverage is important. Christmas shopping provides a significant gauge of the economy. But there's another gauge - a more important gauge that reflects the love in our hearts, our good will and generosity - that also merits considerable attention in the media, including the Catholic Voice. It's called Christmas giving.
On Nov. 20, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents rejected a resolution that would have prohibited expansion of human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR) at the University's Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.
This vote opens up another sad chapter in our state university's stubborn and arrogant drive to blast through ethical boundary after ethical boundary.