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October 2011

ROWEN-Thomas "Tom,"

ROWEN-Thomas "Tom," 71. Visitation 3 p.m., vigil service 5 p.m., both Oct. 23 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Oct. 24 at Immaculate Conception Church in Dowd Chapel, Boys Town. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Jim and Jeanne Rowen; brothers, Mike and Tim Rowen. Survived by wife, Kathy M.


PRUDHON-Dale E., 63. Visitation 7 p.m., Oct. 21 at the funeral home. Memorial Mass 10:30 a.m., Oct. 22 at St. Thomas More Church. Preceded in death by wife, Alnita; mother, Bess Prudhon. Survived by son, Christopher Prudhon; daughter, Tricia Waldrum; father, Dale L. Prudhon; sister, Mary Gundersen; nephews; nieces; great-nieces; great-nephews; cousins; friend, Joanne Cortese. Memorials to the family.



Prayers of thanksgiving, support help deacons in their ministry of service for the Church

This weekend I look forward to ordaining 14 men to the sacred diaconate at St. Cecilia Cathedral. Their ordination is one of the clearest results of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. The council fathers and the pope decreed that the order of deacons be restored in the Church as a permanent order of service to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While men preparing for the sacred priesthood are ordained and serve as deacons for a time of transition, the Church now also enjoys the blessing of "permanent" deacons, such as those being ordained this week.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Oct. 21

» Vocation Awareness Day, V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School, Omaha.

» Permanent diaconate pre-ordination evening prayer and dinner, Omaha.

Oct. 22

» Permanent diaconate ordination, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

» Spirit Catholic Radio Award Dinner, Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland.

Oct. 23

» Confirmation, St. Francis Parish, Humphrey.

Roman Missal is focus of homilies across the archdiocese

Kenny Gragert, a member of St. Ludger Parish in Creighton, said he feels more comfortable with the new English translation of the Roman Missal, thanks to the guidance he has received from his pastor, Father Walter Nolte.

"I've been going to Mass with more of an open mind, open attitude and a forgiving heart," he said. "Once we're used to it, I think it's going to be a great change, and with his guidance, we'll adjust just fine."

Nov. 8 is big date for parish, school study

Two steering committees and an archdiocesan leadership team each met separately for several hours this month with a Wisconsin-based consulting firm and received a preliminary look at some of the findings as the firm directs a study of Catholic parishes and elementary schools in east Omaha, an archdiocesan official said.

"It was a chance for the consultants to present the results of their research so far and get some feedback," Father Joseph Taphorn, moderator of the curia and vicar for clergy, said of the meetings held Oct. 11-12.

Prayer effort against abortion grows in Omaha

Ralph and Efigenia Swinarski of Our Lady of Guadulape-St. Agnes Parish in Omaha had not prayed in front of an abortion clinic before this fall's 40 Days for Life campaign.

They have done other things, including volunteer at an emergency pregnancy clinic and participate in prayer chains against abortion along Dodge Street in Omaha.

They added the prayer effort in front of a clinic in Bellevue Oct. 12, along with their daughter, 4-year-old Sarah.

New archdiocesan program encourages parishes to help mourners beyond the funeral

It took nearly four years, but it's now ready: a new program from the archdiocese to help parishes guide families as they grieve the death of loved ones. "Into the Father's Hands" encourages parishes to reach out to families for up to one year after a loss - long after the funeral has been held, condolence cards have been put away and calls from caring friends have slowed or stopped.

Catholic Cemeteries to bless statue of Jesus

A statue of Jesus, seated with arms extended and flanked by benches welcoming visitors to Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha, will be blessed in a ceremony before Mass on All Souls' Day, Nov. 2.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Omaha commissioned the statue four years ago, and sculptor John Lajba installed it Aug. 25 near the reflection pool in the middle of the cemetery on West Center Road.

"It gives an aura of 'come to me and I will give you rest,'" Deacon Bill Hill, director of Catholic Cemeteries, said of the sculpture.

N.Y. cardinal: Ultrasound technology is powerful weapon against abortion

People praying and working for an end to abortion have powerful weapons in ultrasound technology, common sense, kindness and humility, Cardinal Edward Egan told about 400 people in his homily at a Mass Oct. 15 that began the Bishops' Pro-life Conference in Lincoln. "In DVDs we can view in our parlors, the being within the mother is waving, yawning and even smiling," the cardinal said in his prepared remarks. "In fact, in one particularly compelling DVD, we can actually watch a boy punch his twin brother in the jaw in retaliation for a kick in the 'posterior,'" he said.


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