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February 2010

Workshop speaker outlines plans to deal with Internet pornography

What can be done about Internet pornography?

Omaha businessman Jon Engel provided his take on some possible solutions Feb. 8 at the Archdiocese Anti-Pornography Task Force's workshop - Face the Truth and Find the Light.

Engel, who now serves on the Task Force, was the lead-off speaker in a four-part program targeted at educators and clergy. More than 100 attended the workshop at St. Leo the Great Church.

Archdiocese and Holy Name working on plan to address school's finances

Officials of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Holy Name School in Omaha are beginning to develop a plan they believe will improve the financial outlook of the North Omaha school, according to a statement from the chancery.

After assessing the school's fiscal year budget and identifying potential funding sources, archdiocesan officials are optimistic that the school's reported deficit is already at a more manageable level, the statement said.

Starting the Lenten journey in archdiocesan parishes

Feb. 17 - Ash Wednesday - marked the first day of the season of Lent.

Although it's not a holy day of obligation, most Catholics, including students at St. Bernard School in Omaha, pictured top right, and Richard Egr, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, pictured bottom right, attended Mass and received ashes on their foreheads as a sign of repentance.

Starting the Lenten journey in archdiocesan parishes

Feb. 17 - Ash Wednesday - marked the first day of the season of Lent.

Although it's not a holy day of obligation, most Catholics, including students at St. Bernard School in Omaha, pictured top right, and Richard Egr, a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Omaha, pictured bottom right, attended Mass and received ashes on their foreheads as a sign of repentance.

Holy Name student wins spelling bee

Kalil Johnson, a seventh-grader at Holy Name School in Omaha, correctly spelled more than 170 words to win the Metro Catholic Schools Spelling Bee Feb. 13.

She will represent the Catholic schools at the Midwest Spelling Bee in March.

Fifty students from 29 metro-area Catholic schools competed in the event.

Samantha Stoupa, an eighth-grader at St. Vincent de Paul, finished second; Brittany Margritz, a seventh-grader at St. Stephen the Martyr was third; and Benjamin von Kampen, a third-grader at Blessed Sacrament, was fourth.

Local school to host robotics tournament

Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn is partnering with the CREATE Foundation in Omaha to sponsor the Midwest VEX Robotics Tournament Feb. 27-28 at the school. 

During the robotics tournament, teams build robots, are interviewed by a panel of judges and compete in a head-to-head sports-like competition with other teams. Each middle school to high school team will consist of three to 10 students each with at least one adult coach. 

High school celebrates Grandparent's Day

More than 200 grandparents joined their granddaughters Jan. 29 for an all-school Mass celebrating Grandparent's Day at Marian High School in Omaha.

The Mass, celebrated by Jesuit Father Larry Gillick, director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University in Omaha, focused on the theme, "Embracing Our Roots," which let students reflect on their heritage and the gifts given to them by their grandparents.

The event concluded with a reception and an opportunity for each student to pose for a keepsake photograph with her grandparents.

Committee recognizes support for women

Two women were recently recognized for their role in supporting women's achievements by Creighton University's Committee on the Status of Women at its annual Founders Week luncheon.

Rachel Bloom and Dr. Gail Jensen each received the 2010 Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award at the Feb. 11 luncheon at the Harper Center Ballroom on the Creighton University campus in Omaha.

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