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May 2011

Relief, not celebration, in the death of a terrorist

It is sure to take its place among the "I remember where I was when" anniversary days in everyone's life. I had returned home that Sunday night, flicked on the computer to see the screen flash an alert: "Osama bin Laden dead, President to address the nation."

I was shocked, for in these days of leaks there was no precursor, nothing to suggest that something like this might happen.

I must confess my initial reaction was elation, joining with millions of Americans with an emphatic "yes" and fist pump. Who would not have this visceral reaction of relief?

Society to hold annual gala

The L'Esprit Auxiliary of the Christ Child Society of Omaha, which joined forces with Catholic Charities in 2008, will hold its fifth annual gala June 9 at Happy Hollow Country Club in Omaha.

The event, titled "Summer Soiree, Hitch Your Wagon to a Star," will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by a casual summer dinner. In place of an auction, guests may raise their paddles to contribute to various Christ Child programs. This year's honorary chair is Mary A. Rensch, who will be commemorated for her many years of contributions to the Christ Child Society.

Runners group fighting abortion

Out of more than 1,000 people expected to participate in this year's Kansas City marathon Oct. 15, more than 100 will be running to do more than cross the finish line.

They'll be running to end abortion.

They're part of the Living in Faith Exchange (LIFE) Runners group, started in 2008 by running partners Pat Castle and Rich Reich, while Castle was teaching chemistry at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Reich was working on his doctorate of philosophy in analytical chemistry at the University of Florida.

Runners group fighting abortion

Out of more than 1,000 people expected to participate in this year's Kansas City marathon Oct. 15, more than 100 will be running to do more than cross the finish line.

They'll be running to end abortion.

They're part of the Living in Faith Exchange (LIFE) Runners group, started in 2008 by running partners Pat Castle and Rich Reich, while Castle was teaching chemistry at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Reich was working on his doctorate of philosophy in analytical chemistry at the University of Florida.

Parishes urged to pray for vocations

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha are invited to host a day of prayer or a holy hour for vocations during the week of May 29 to June 3, prior to the ordination of four men to the priesthood.

This year's ordination will be 10 a.m. June 4 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. The four men to be ordained are Deacons Rheo Ofalsa, Andrew Syring, Kevin Vogel and James Weeder. The public is invited to the ordination Mass and a reception afterward.

Two women to join Secular Franciscans

Two Omaha lay women will become professed members of the Secular Franciscan Order at a 1:30 p.m. Mass June 12 in the chapel of New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha.

Bea Haney, a member of St. Cecilia Parish, and Melinda Glover, a resident of the Notre Dame Sisters' senior living center, Seven Oaks of Florence, will make their permanent profession after three years of formation that included studying the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and the document "Secular Franciscan Rule of Life."

Student wins state pro-life contest

Noelle Agenor, a sixth-grader at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha, recently won the statewide pro-life art contest sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

       Agenor received the award and a $200 savings bond May 13 for her line drawing of an adult's hands cradling an infant's feet. The contest was open to all Nebraska students in kindergarten through sixth grade, with the theme, "Choose life that you and your descendants may live."

Students donate to Catholic Charities

Students at St. James/Seton School raised more than $800 for Catholic Charities in Omaha during a dress down day April 29.

In exchange for donations, students at the Omaha school wore casual clothes for the day. The school has raised money through dress down days for other causes as well, including a family at the parish who lost their home in a fire; for St. James/Seton's sister school in Uganda; and the Ted E. Bear Hollow, a community resource center for grieving children and teenagers.

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