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April 2010

Transition team, year will help schools address merger issues

A six-member team will help guide Blessed Sacrament and St. Philip Neri through a year of transition before the schools merge for the 2011-2012 school year.

Blessed Sacrament School, 6316 N. 30th St., will close at the end of the 2010-2011 school year, and Blessed Sacrament students will be invited to attend St. Philip Neri School, 8202 N. 31st St.

With the closing of Blessed Sacrament, St. Philip Neri will serve students from Miller Park to the south as far north as Ponca Hills along N. 30th St.

School's move to new location is put on hold; Advisory committee named for Holy Name

The merger of Blessed Sacrament and St. Philip Neri schools in Omaha wasn't the only announcement archdiocesan officials made March 25 regarding Catholic schools.

Plans to move St. Peter Claver Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Omaha have been put on hold, archdiocesan officials said in a news release, and an advisory committee has been formed to assist at Omaha's Holy Name School.

With plans to move St. Peter Claver on hold, the property at 5051 L St. where the school was to relocate, will be sold with proceeds used to help support the school.

Project becomes woman's spiritual journey

Mary Ann Ruppert, a member of St. Patrick Parish in Fremont, is learning to live like Jesus through her refurbishing and repainting of the parish's Stations of the Cross.

Her art-based, spiritual journey began in October 2008 when Father Owen Korte, the parish's former pastor, asked her to help the parish by repainting the old church's stations. He wanted to use them in the Archbishop Bergan Catholic Elementary School building planned at that time.

Palms used on Passion Sunday are reminders of human fickleness

When Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, according to Luke, some of the people waved palm branches to honor him as they shouted, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest."

Many of those same people, however, condemned Jesus to death just days later.

The Catholic Church recalls the contradiction on Passion Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday, said Father Gerry Melchior, pastor at St. Bernard Parish in Omaha.

Palms used on Passion Sunday are reminders of human fickleness

When Jesus makes his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, according to Luke, some of the people waved palm branches to honor him as they shouted, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest."

Many of those same people, however, condemned Jesus to death just days later.

The Catholic Church recalls the contradiction on Passion Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, also known as Palm Sunday, said Father Gerry Melchior, pastor at St. Bernard Parish in Omaha.

God created us not for death, but for life, a life that is both abundant and eternal

This week we celebrate the holiest and most solemn feasts of our Catholic faith. In faith we recognize the tremendous battle being waged between light and darkness, between life and death. Faith helps us know we are part of that battle and are affected profoundly by its outcome. Faith leads us to rejoice at Easter in the victory of the risen Christ, who has become our life and our light.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:
April 2 - Passion of the Lord
» 7 p.m. Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

April 3 - Easter Vigil
» 8:30 p.m. Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

April 4 - Easter
» 9:30 a.m. Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

April 6
» Archdiocesan Committee for Development, Women's Spring Tea, Archbishop's Residence.
» Archdiocesan Committee for Development meeting, St. Patrick Church, Elkhorn.

April 7
» Archdiocesan Personnel Board meeting.

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