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May 2010

Rural Clearwater parish plans centennial events June 19-20

Parishioners of St. John the Baptist Church in rural Clearwater will celebrate the parish's centennial this summer.

The 100th anniversary celebration, which is themed "Faith of our Fathers," will take place June 19 and 20 on the parish grounds.

Festivities June 19 begin at St. Patrick's Cemetery at 4 p.m. with a tribute to the parish ancestors, a short prayer and a pilgrimage walk back to the church grounds. After the 5 p.m. Mass, the evening will continue with a barbecue, kids' "Peddle Pull" and music.

For Catholics, Memorial Day is more than national holiday

While it might not be obvious, Memorial Day for Catholics is bigger than the national holiday.

Not only does the Catholic Church that day honor veterans who have died, but the church also remembers all the dead.

In Omaha, they're remembered in a special way at Masses at the Catholic cemeteries, said Father Mike Grewe, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Homeschooling conference offers information, support

Parents who homeschool their children often turn to each other for support, an Omaha woman who homeschools her five children told the Catholic Voice.

Rachel Kraft, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, said those parents will have an option for additional support June 12 - the date for the Omaha Catholic Homeschool Conference.

Kraft, conference co-chair, said the conference at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church offers something for a wide range of participants - from homeschooling veterans to those considering that education option for their children.

Stewardship and marketing forum scheduled for June 15 in Omaha

But the forum at the St. Cecilia Institute also will provide participants a chance to share their experiences, plus network with others involved in stewardship, development and marketing.

The forum is being offered at no charge, but participants are being asked for a $10 donation for snacks and lunch.

For more information, contact John Arndorfer at

Tickets still available for Father Corapi conference

Tickets, including VIP tickets, are still available to see Father John Corapi Sept. 11 at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

Father Corapi, a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, will discuss why war, terrorism and the decline in morality continue to attack the human spirit, and how people can make sense of God's place amidst the chaos in his conference "Spiritual Warfare."

Archbishop George J. Lucas will lead the opening prayer and Jerry Usher, former host of Catholic Answers, will be the emcee.

Vocation dream become reality

It's been 12 years since the thought of becoming a priest crossed the mind of Deacon John Michael Voithofer.

On June 5 that thought became a reality.

Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained Deacon Voithofer, a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb, to the priesthood at a 10 a.m. ceremony at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Deacon Voithofer celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving June 6 at the Our Lady of Light Chapel, 11811 Calhoun Road in Omaha, at 10 a.m. A reception was held after the Mass.

Benedictine brother ordained to transitional diaconate at abbey

Brother Gregory Congote, a member of the Benedictines of Mount Michael, was ordained a transitional deacon at a May 22 liturgy at the Elkhorn abbey.

Archbishop George J. Lucas presided at the ordination Mass for the Benedictine community.

Brother Congote was born in Bogota, Colombia, and is the seventh of eight children of Ivan and Myriam Congote, members of St. Teresa Parish in Bogota.

Four become transitional deacons

Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained four men to the transitional diaconate at a 7 p.m. liturgy May 28 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

The public was invited to attend the ordination Mass and a reception after the Mass in the Cathedral Cultural Center.

The men ordained are Brother Jerome Lies, a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb, Andrew Syring, Kevin Vogel and James Weeder, all Theology III seminarians.

Rheo Ofalsa, also a Theology III seminarian and a student at the North American College in Rome, will be ordained this fall in Rome.

Task force continues work on strategy for archdiocesan schools

By mid-June, the Catholic Schools Office Vision for Schools Task Force expects to have recommendations to Archbishop George J. Lucas for a long-term strategy for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The task force has been meeting since the end of March to discuss marketing and identity of Catholic schools; new school models; school governance options; financial sustainability for schools; school alignment options and methods; and facility infrastructure needs.


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