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January 2010

EPS to host annual benefit

Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) will host its 14th annual benefit dinner Jan. 31 at the Hilton in Omaha.

Honorary chairs for the event are Hal and Mary Daub. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m.

Guests at this year's event will receive a choice of three different entrees, a hosted bar, silent and oral auctions and entertainment by the Westside Jazz ensemble, with Mary Maxwell serving as emcee. Several awards also will be presented.

Archbishop Lucas to attend rural dinners

Directors of religious education, youth ministers and those involved in parish leadership for Adult Faith Formation and R.C.I.A. ministry in the rural area are invited to evenings of conversation with Archbishop George J. Lucas at dinners in Osmond and Columbus.

The archbishop will be in Osmond Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Mary Parish Center. Those planning to attend the dinner event should contact Shanna at (402) 841-6542 or

Experiencing importance of turning it over

You never know how you are going to respond to bad news until it hits you. Last September I was diagnosed with cancer. The disease was in my kidney, which I received in a transplant surgery in 1999.

The diseased kidney was removed in October, which eliminated the cancer but meant a return to dialysis three times weekly.

I knew what dialysis does to a person because 11 years ago I needed it as I waited for a kidney donor. I'm not happy about returning to dialysis, but I know it's necessary to stay alive.

Let's hope for better conditions at 2010 legislative adjournment

One thing Nebraskans might hope to count on when the 101st Nebraska Legislature concludes its second regular session in mid-April is that there won't be 20-plus inches of snow on the ground and wind chills well below zero.

Not that the Legislature is responsible for the weather, of course, but no Nebraskan needs reminding that those were the conditions when the 49 citizen legislators began their 2010 lawmaking Jan. 6 at the State Capitol.

Support for life reminds us that primary mission of our Church is spiritual, not political or social

This week, tens of thousands from across the United States come to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life. This public demonstration of respect for the dignity of each human person coincides with the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

By that decision, and without any legislative process, the high court removed the protection of the right to life for unborn members of the human family.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

JAN. 23

» East Side Story benefit for CORE schools, Creighton University, Omaha.

JAN. 24

» Confirmation, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Omaha.

JAN. 25

» Rural Directors of Religious Education meeting, St. Mary Parish Center, Osmond.

JAN. 26

» Nebraska Catholic Conference meeting, Lincoln.

» Province Bishops meeting, Lincoln.

Jan. 27

RUSKAMP-Sister Loretta, SSSF, "Marianus,"

RUSKAMP-Sister Loretta, SSSF, "Marianus", 86. Funeral Mass Jan. 21 at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport, Wis. Burial Sisters' Cemetery, Campbellsport, Wis. Preceded in death by parents, John and Mary Ruskamp. Survived by cousins, Sister Catherine Ruskamp, SSSF and Sister Elizabeth Ruskamp, SSSF; nieces; nephews; friends; School Sisters of St. Francis.

BRAUN-Elizabeth H.

BRAUN-Elizabeth H., 90. Funeral Mass Jan. 21 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Ronnie Braun. Survived by children and spouses, Susan and Mitchel Benson, Lisa and Jerry Sorensen, Art and Sheri Braun, and Dennis Braun; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Memorials to Meals on Wheels or ENCOR.




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