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October 2010

Annual Appeal nearly in high gear

This weekend, as the Archdiocese of Omaha celebrates its 125th anniversary, parishioners can expect to find 2010 Annual Appeal materials in their mailboxes or in church pews.

Mary Jewell, director of the Office of Stewardship and Development, said her office had hoped the materials would reach parishes and parishioners' homes before the Annual Appeal's commitment weekend - Sept. 25 and 26 - but delays prevented that.

The materials now are expected to be delivered in time for the 125th anniversary, which is Oct. 2.

U.S. bishops criticize book by two Creighton theologians

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement Sept. 22 rebuking a book co-authored by two Creighton University theologians.

"The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology" was published in 2008 and written by Todd A. Salzman, chairman of the Creighton University Department of Theology, and Michael G. Lawler, the department's professor emeritus.

The book attempts to provide moral justification for contemporary sexual behaviors considered immoral by the Catholic Church, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Kindergartners visit mobile studio

Kindergartners at St. Francis School in Humphrey and their teacher, Ann Gannon, traveled to Columbus Sept. 15 to visit Spirit Catholic Radio's mobile studio and be guests on the radio.

The class met at the Hy-Vee in Columbus to visit the Bluebird Mobile Studio and read on the air their favorite lines from class - "God is good all the time," "Jesus loves me and you," "My best friend is Jesus" and "I love you but Jesus loves you more."

Sisters celebrate medical partnership

Dr. Susan Scholer, who has donated many years of medical primary care to the Servants of Mary sisters, was recognized at the fifth annual Celebrating Partnership event at the Omaha Country Club Sept. 9.

Servant of Mary Sister Mary Gehringer, provincial of the Servants of Mary Sisters, presented Scholer with a crystal bowl filled with handwritten blessings and notes of thanks from many of the sisters in the Omaha area. More than 150 people attended the event.

Schuyler parish holds annual fiesta

Hispanic members of Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler recently held their fourth annual Fiesta at South Park as a community builder and fundraiser for the parish.

The Aug. 29 celebration began with Mass and continued throughout the day with traditional food, music and entertainment at South Park, located in Schuyler.

About 500 people attended the event and nearly $3,400 was raised.

Passing the mile markers on the Christian journey

In the face of the unknown, Christopher Columbus counted. "On the 33rd day after I departed from Cadiz, I came to the Indian sea," he wrote King Ferdinand's treasurer. "There are in the island Juana seven or eight kinds of palm trees. In all these islands, each man is content with only one wife, except the princes or kings, who are permitted to have 20."

Church helps form our conscience as we go to polls

Next month, we will go to the polls for a mid-term election. This cycle of voting on an "off year" doesn't usually raise the kind of voter participation that makes headlines. And yet, our voices need to be heard regardless of the date on the calendar.

In our Catholic tradition, we seem to struggle with the right balance between living our faith and imposing our faith on candidates, citizens and issues. We live in a secular society yet many of us have formed our opinions based on what our faith teaches.

Some could say it's a burning question

Once upon a time (that would be after the invention of movable type but prior to the advent of word processors) a small group of us engaged in the after-dinner seminar typical of a college dormitory at the time.

One member produced a small advertisement by a Southern California revival church that promised, for a modest donation (25 cents, but that bought a beer back then), a prayer handkerchief and, more important, ordination into the clergy of that church.

The possibility of clergy status in those days of Selective Service was staggering.

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