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February 2010

Children's education luncheon planned

Jim Hendry, former Creighton University baseball coach and now general manager of the Chicago Cubs, is the featured speaker for the seventh annual C.H.A.N.C.E. luncheon March 16 at the Harper Center on the Creighton University campus in Omaha.

Hendry also is honorary chairman for the 11:30 a.m. event.

The luncheon benefits the Children's Scholarship Fund of Omaha, which helps children attend the private or parochial elementary school of their choice.

Cost is $60 per person. For reservations or more information, call 554-8493.

Restoring coverage is urgent priority

The mid-January announcement by Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) that many unborn children will be disqualified from receiving prenatal services under the medical-assistance program needs a quick, life-affirming response.

Apparently, it's going to be up to the Nebraska Legislature to get this done; to restore the status quo as it existed for at least three decades prior to last month's unfortunate turn of events.

Catholic press thrives on mission

During this Catholic Press Month, two veteran Catholic press journalists - Bob Zyskowski and Bob Lockwood - wrote columns looking at the role and celebrating the value of the Catholic press. Zyskowski, immediate past president of the Catholic Press Association (CPA), is the associate publisher of the Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. Lockwood, a member of the CPA Board, is general manager of the Pittsburgh Catholic and director of communications for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Advice from St. Francis remains good today

Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary," a thought attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, remains good advice for the evangelizing Christian today.

The flap over two recent events involving the Gospel message brings to mind that good judgment has a role in evangelizing.

One incident involves a firm's strange choice of venue for communicating the Gospel message, the other one concerns a star football player who might not have existed.

Themes and practices may be familiar,but much is new about each season of Lent

Most of us have marked the season of Lent many times, year after year. Still we need Lent this year in a particular way. Perhaps the themes and practices of Lent seem familiar, but we each face new challenges, enjoy new blessings and are offered a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ than we have experienced so far.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

FEB. 19

» Priest Personnel Board meeting.

FEB. 21

» Mass and Lenten presentation, St. John Church, Fort Calhoun.

» Rite of Election, rural and urban parishes, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

FEB. 22

» Mass, Assumption-Guadalupe School, Omaha.

» Mass for Serra Club Induction, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha.

Feb. 23

» Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Committee meeting.

Feb. 24

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