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July 2011

BRABEC-Margaret M. (Novotny)

BRABEC-Margaret M. (Novotny), 83. Funeral Mass July 15 at St. Gerald Church, Ralston. Intermant Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Ludmilla Novotny; brothers, Frank, Joe, George and Lloyd; sisters, Marie and Adeline. Survived by husband, George R. Brabec; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Randall Williams; son, Robert Brabec; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Lorraine. Memorials to the church.

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PACHUNKA-Lawrence L.

PACHUNKA-Lawrence L., 89. Visitation 5:30 p.m., vigil service 6:30 p.m., both July 15 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., July 16 at Holy Cross Church. Graveside service St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Krakow. Survived by wife, Rose M. Pachunka; daughter, Donna Quinn; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Siedlik; nieces; nephew. Memorials to Make-A-Wish Foundation or the church

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The answer to our fearful confusion found in relationship with Jesus ... in the Eucharist

Earlier this month I accompanied 600 or so young people from rural and urban parishes in the archdiocese to a youth conference in Springfield, Mo. The conference was sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It was a powerful experience of prayer, worship and reflection, centered on the Eucharist and the sacrament of penance.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

July 26

» Dedication of new altar, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, S.D.

July 31

» Seminarian Day Mass and picnic, St. Gerald Church, Omaha.

Aug. 2

» Mass, priest retreat, St. Benedict Center, Schuyler.

» Blessing, Spirit Catholic radio tower, Osmond.

Aug. 3

» Seminarian retreat, Broom Tree Retreat and Conference Center, Irene, S.D.

Police officers turn to God in stressful job

Driving to the autopsy of an 8-month-old girl killed by her mother's boyfriend, Omaha Police Sgt. Nicolas Yanez pulled over and prayed.

"I didn't think I would make it," Yanez said of feeling sad and overwhelmed. "Being the father of two daughters myself, it was difficult. I really had to pray: 'why am I being put in this position?' I decided God wanted me to do this job, and he would give me strength."

Police officers turn to God in stressful job

Driving to the autopsy of an 8-month-old girl killed by her mother's boyfriend, Omaha Police Sgt. Nicolas Yanez pulled over and prayed.

"I didn't think I would make it," Yanez said of feeling sad and overwhelmed. "Being the father of two daughters myself, it was difficult. I really had to pray: 'why am I being put in this position?' I decided God wanted me to do this job, and he would give me strength."

It's a first: Archdiocesan appeal tops $3 million

The Archdiocese of Omaha has more than $3 million in commitments to the 2010 Annual Appeal, the first time it has hit that goal since the appeal began in 2000.

"I'm grateful to so many people across the archdiocese who contributed this year to make the appeal a success," said Archbishop George J. Lucas, who had stressed participating in the appeal as one way to express gratitude for God's gifts.

Archdiocese hires new stewardship office director

The Archdiocese of Omaha has hired a new director for stewardship and development whose experience includes overseeing fundraising, marketing, communications and enrollment for the last 12 years at Marian High School in Omaha.

Shannan Brommer, 48, takes her post Aug. 1.

"I'm very excited about working with the entire archdiocese," Brommer said, emphasizing a desire to meet the financial and other needs of Catholic schools and parishes.

New prior to lead Schuyler Benedictines

The prior who was instrumental in building and opening the St. Benedict retreat and conference center near Schuyler in 2000 stepped down July 11 and handed the reins to fellow Missionary Benedictine Father Mauritius Wilde.

Father Germar Neubert, who began leading the Missionary Benedictine's Christ the King Priory in 1994, also started a Hispanic ministry office at the priory in 2005 - El Puente House - which focuses on helping people struggling with U.S. immigration laws.

Attorneys defend pro-life causes, religious freedom

A handful of Omaha attorneys are volunteering to defend and promote pro-life causes and the free exercise of religion, and they're looking for other like-minded attorneys to join them, said Matt Heffron, an attorney with Brown & Brown, P.C., L.L.O. in Omaha and a member of the group.

The local group - at this point unnamed - formed last fall and is affiliated with the Thomas More Society of Chicago, a nonprofit, public interest law center dedicated to fighting for the rights and dignity of all human life.

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