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December 2009

Local charities provide dinners for families

Catholic Charities and Operation Others partnered again this year to provide complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for more than 1,900 households in the Omaha area.

More than 60 high school students, their parents and family members and Catholic Charities volunteers collected 700 turkeys, along with various food and cash donations, Nov. 21 at Omaha's V.J. and Angela Skutt and Creighton Prep high schools.

A full Thanksgiving dinner was distributed Nov. 23 to more than 300 families through the St. Martin de Porres and Juan Diego Community Centers.

Harmony and justice of God's plan established in the coming of Christ

In some ways, celebrating the season of Advent can be the most challenging time of the liturgical year for Christians. We are offered the invitation to prepare and to wait in the midst of a commercial culture that encourages us to seek immediate gratification. We fill these days and weeks with extra chores and responsibilities, while God is offering us salvation as a gift. We long for a peace that the world cannot give, while we learn to accommodate the frenzy and the violence that the world does offer.

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' activities over the next two weeks:

DEC. 5

» Ordination to the priesthood of Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Alton, Ill.

DEC. 6

» Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

» Annual St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting.

» Confirmation, St. Leo the Great Parish, Omaha.

DEC 7

» Magis Catholic Teacher Corps gathering, Omaha.

DEC. 8

» KVSS morning show.

Sacred Heart Church gets a facelift after 107 years


rom the gospel music to the energy and excitement of the people, the rededication Mass for the renovated Sacred Heart Church in Omaha was the place to be Nov. 23.

More than 500 parishioners, friends and donors attended the Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas and 20 priests.

While the Mass celebrated the new look of the church, the dedication and blessing of the new altar – which included an anointing, incensing and the lighting of a candle – was a focal point.

Sacred Heart Church gets a facelift after 107 years


rom the gospel music to the energy and excitement of the people, the rededication Mass for the renovated Sacred Heart Church in Omaha was the place to be Nov. 23.

More than 500 parishioners, friends and donors attended the Mass celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas and 20 priests.

While the Mass celebrated the new look of the church, the dedication and blessing of the new altar – which included an anointing, incensing and the lighting of a candle – was a focal point.

Youths share faith, fun at national event


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When Carl Smith of Omaha signed up for the National Catholic Youth Conference, he was sure it would amount to "boring lectures that would go on for a very long time."

He was, as he put it, "totally wrong."

Smith, a sophomore at Creighton Prep in Omaha, heard high-powered Catholic rockers and rappers. He saw the energy of 23,000 youths and adults dissolve into the reverence of a Eucharistic procession. He enjoyed a workshop on how to balance God and athletics.

Youths share faith, fun at national event


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When Carl Smith of Omaha signed up for the National Catholic Youth Conference, he was sure it would amount to "boring lectures that would go on for a very long time."

He was, as he put it, "totally wrong."

Smith, a sophomore at Creighton Prep in Omaha, heard high-powered Catholic rockers and rappers. He saw the energy of 23,000 youths and adults dissolve into the reverence of a Eucharistic procession. He enjoyed a workshop on how to balance God and athletics.

Choir celebrates 150 years at St. Cecilia Cathedral


It’s fitting to hear beautiful music while at a liturgy at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha since St. Cecilia is the patroness of music.

And for the past 150 years, the Cathedral Choir has been providing most of that music.

A special concert Nov. 22 – St. Cecilia Day – celebrated the choir’s milestone anniversary and those who have contributed to the musical life of the cathedral.

Family says baby is daily reminder to be thankful



Tami Hauser says she’s thankful for all seven of her children, but her youngest, John Paul, provides daily reminders to thank God for everything – even the impossible.



John Paul was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 13, which doctors consider incompatible with life. It was a miracle he was born alive, doctors told the family, let alone that he would live within the coming weeks after his birth.



Family says baby is daily reminder to be thankful



Tami Hauser says she’s thankful for all seven of her children, but her youngest, John Paul, provides daily reminders to thank God for everything – even the impossible.



John Paul was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 13, which doctors consider incompatible with life. It was a miracle he was born alive, doctors told the family, let alone that he would live within the coming weeks after his birth.



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