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February 2010

POLACEK-Michael A. "Mike,"

POLACEK-Michael A. "Mike," 49. Visitation 7:15 p.m., wake service 8 p.m., both Feb. 28 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Funeral services 10:30 a.m., March 1 at the church. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by grandparents. Survived by wife Judy; children Jenna and Will Polacek; parents Delmar and Evelyn Polacek Surprise, NE; grandmother Elizabeth Critel, York, NE; brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Traci Polacek, Sac City, IA; nephew Casey Polacek, Sac City, IA; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

Bible studies help young adults grow in their faith

Feb. 3 was like many other days for Denise Emmert, a 25-year-old Creighton University pharmacy student. But, in addition, to her studies for school, plans for a Bible study she would be leading that night also raced through her mind.

Gathered in her friend's West Omaha home that evening, she and seven other young adult women used Scripture as a guide to study the virtue of humility.

Apparitions strengthen and confirm existing faith

Being a cradle Catholic, Mary Czyz always felt a special connection to Jesus' mother.

Now, that feeling is even stronger.

Czyz and her husband, Jim, fulfilled a lifetime dream last year on a Catholic Voice pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and Fatima, Portugal, where Mary appeared in 1858 and 1917, respectively.

"I was so excited because I thought, 'I get to see Fatima and Lourdes,'" she said. "All my life I would hear about those apparitions, so it was something I had always wanted to see."

Archbishop thanks, encourages religious

Archbishop George J. Lucas discussed the topic of consecrated life from several perspectives Feb. 6 at the annual World Day for Consecrated Life program, but he told the 80 people present he wanted to be sure to convey at least one message - his thanks.

"I want to at least make sure to say thank you," he told the men and women religious, parish vocation committee members, deacons and Serrans gathered at St. Patrick Church in Fremont. "Thank you for being open to the gift that God has offered to you and thank you for the gift of yourselves."

Woman's wait is over; grant opens door to religious order

Stephanie Prost is thankful.

She's had her prayer answered.

The 26-year-old featured in the Catholic Voice Dec. 18 wanted to join a religious order, but first needed to pay off her personal debt.

That all changed Jan. 30 when she received a grant to pay off that debt.

She will enter the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary May 31.

Commercials end, but church continues efforts to reach out

Television commercials for the Catholics Come Home program may have stopped at the end of January, but the process of reaching out to those who responded to the campaign is just beginning.

Organized through the Catholic Faith Formation Office, the campaign used a series of television messages and welcome home events geared towards fallen away Catholics. The commercials began airing Dec. 18.

Presentation on global church will be Feb. 27 in Omaha

Father David Garcia, the senior advisor for Clergy Outreach on the national staff of Catholic Relief Services, will present "Global Solidarity in the Catholic Tradition" Feb. 27 in Omaha.

The English presentation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 120th and Pacific streets. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The presentation in Spanish will take place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall, 5005 S. 23rd St., from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Father Garcia will answer questions for about half an hour after the presentation.

HUGHES-Lorraine M.

HUGHES-Lorraine M., 90. Funeral Mass Feb. 25 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Bernard; brother, Wallace Martin, Denver. Survived by son, Bernard and partner, John Alden Wright, Beaumont, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharron and Dan Potthoff, Lincoln, Mary Luann and Michael Baylor; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; family; friends. Memorials to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

OJEDA-Nancy R.

OJEDA-Nancy R., 58. Funeral Mass Feb. 25 at St. Thomas More Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Raymond J. Ojeda. Survived by sons, Raymond J. Ojeda Jr., and Corey J. Ojeda; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Jackie Bobier, Art and Janet Bobier, Walt Bobier, James and Margie Bobier, and Johnny Bobier; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the family.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN

DWORAK-CUTLER

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