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March 2010

Let's help our youth play it safe

A sad reality is that every year young people die because they fail to see the danger of abusing alcohol and drugs.

Despite the warnings of parents and school counselors, some teenagers still get behind the wheel of their vehicles after excessive drinking. As they celebrate the rites of passage such as prom and graduation, the last thing they are worrying about is the lethal combination of alcohol and driving.

Survey surfaces troublesome questions

A recent survey concerning beliefs, attitudes and practices of Catholics raises some disturbing questions. It deals with the millennial generation, those between 18 and 29 years of age.

Two-thirds of young Americans in general agreed with the statement that "morals are relative; that is there is no definite right or wrong for everybody."

When the same question was posed only to Catholics in that age group, 82 percent agreed with the statement.

What are you giving up or 'giving' for Lent?

A great icebreaker question for Catholics during this time of the year is "What did you give up for Lent?" In my family, the answers range from fast food to Facebook to soft drinks. My Lenten promise to God is to do kind things for people, especially those I know. I tried to convince my children that as a family we were going to do nice things for each other. Fortunately, we have a few more weeks of Lent as it is still a work in progress.

Cavins coming to two Omaha churches

Jeff Cavins, a Bible teacher and radio show host, is scheduled for appearances at two Omaha churches next month.

The creator of the Great Adventure Bible Study System and co-editor of the Amazing Grace Series of books, Cavins will speak at Holy Cross Church and St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Omaha.

His conversion story will be the topic for an April 16 talk at Holy Cross. A freewill offering to support other faith formation events will be taken at the 7:30 p.m. program.

Catholic Charities fills new position

Sharon Robson has been named as senior director of human resources for Catholic Charities of Omaha, John Griffith, executive director, announced March 10.

With more than 15 years of experience in human resources, Robson held human resource positions at TD Ameritrade, CSG Systems and Bank of the West.

She has experience in organizational development, employee relations, training, as well as management and leadership development.

CSM makes honor roll

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service for the school's commitment to volunteering, student service learning and civic engagement. 

College of Saint Mary joins Creighton University, previously announced for the award, on the select list.

This is the second year in a row College of Saint Mary has been named to the honor roll.

School holds Olympic math fair

Seventh and eighth grade Math Club students at St. Cecilia School in Omaha held an Olympic-themed math fair Feb. 19 designed to get kindergarten through eighth grade students excited about math.

Through the math fair, faculty also hoped to spark awareness and excitement about the winter Olympics, said Paulette Rourke, principal.

Students broke into groups and walked through a variety of math activities with the Math Club students.

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