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October 2011

Catholic families make saints part of Halloween

Nine-year-old Colette is going to be St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Gabriel, 7, will be St. Patrick, while Joseph, 3, will be St. Juan Diego to his 5-year-old sister Miriam's Our Lady of Guadalupe. And then there are saintly costume choices being made by John Paul, Teresa and Genevieve.

For Mike and Mary Dulac of St. Peter Parish in Omaha and their seven children (with another on the way), Halloween is about more than candy and spooky movies.

Catholic families make saints part of Halloween

Nine-year-old Colette is going to be St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

Gabriel, 7, will be St. Patrick, while Joseph, 3, will be St. Juan Diego to his 5-year-old sister Miriam's Our Lady of Guadalupe. And then there are saintly costume choices being made by John Paul, Teresa and Genevieve.

For Mike and Mary Dulac of St. Peter Parish in Omaha and their seven children (with another on the way), Halloween is about more than candy and spooky movies.

Fourteen men ordained deacons commit to life of service in the church

A deacon's ministry is one of service to the archbishop, the community and his parish.

The Archdiocese of Omaha welcomed 14 men to the permanent diaconate Oct. 22 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

Archbishop George J. Lucas ordained Gary Bash, David Baumert, Thomas Burton, Gregg Drvol, Frank Fillaus, Daniel Keiter, Harlan Long, Stephen Luna, Steven Nelson, Richard Niedergeses, Harold Nienaber, Melvin Schaecher, John Small and Paul Weeder in a 10 a.m. ceremony.

Collection reminds Catholics of duty to support missions

Catholics across the country recommited themselves to the church's missionary activity through prayer and participation in the World Mission Day collection Oct. 23.

Sponsored by the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the collection goes to the Pontifical Mission Society and provides annual assistance to the nearly 1,100 mission dioceses in the United States and around the world.

Genocide survivor, author to share her story

Immaculee Ilibagiza, author and survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will speak Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. in Gross Auditorium on the College of Saint Mary campus in Omaha, and the public is invited to attend.

Ilibagiza has told her story of survival and forgiveness in other public talks and in books including "Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust," "Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide," and "Our Lady of Kibeho."

After 130 years, stewardship remains focus of parish

The people of St. Cornelius Parish in Homer are known by priests in the archdiocese for their flexibility, understanding, gratitude and strong sense of community.

Those qualities and their solid faith were recognized as the parish, which didn't celebrate its 125th anniversary, acknowledged its 130th anniversary with a Mass and dinner Sept. 11. Father Mike Eckley, former pastor of St. Cornelius and current pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Omaha, presided at the Mass.

Creighton program teaches, encourages students to build businesses that focus on social good over making money

Steven Kelly is more interested in promoting community collaboration and education than making money. That's why the 2010 graduate of Creighton University's social entrepreneurship program has changed the direction of the company he founded last year, The Educated Baker.

No longer producing frozen cookies and scones, the company now offers baking classes to the community for a small fee, and it connects Creighton students with low-income students - Avenue Scholars - from Omaha high schools in a business and baking course.

Creighton program teaches, encourages students to build businesses that focus on social good over making money

Steven Kelly is more interested in promoting community collaboration and education than making money. That's why the 2010 graduate of Creighton University's social entrepreneurship program has changed the direction of the company he founded last year, The Educated Baker.

No longer producing frozen cookies and scones, the company now offers baking classes to the community for a small fee, and it connects Creighton students with low-income students - Avenue Scholars - from Omaha high schools in a business and baking course.

Catholic Charities helping dreams come true for entrepreneurs

Yolanda Diaz always dreamed of starting a business of her own that incorporated her design and sewing knowledge.

Now, thanks to the information and skills Diaz received through Catholic Charities' Microbusiness Training and Development program, Diaz said she gained the confidence she needed to start La Princesita, a company that designs and sells girls' party dresses.

Catholic Charities helping dreams come true for entrepreneurs

Yolanda Diaz always dreamed of starting a business of her own that incorporated her design and sewing knowledge.

Now, thanks to the information and skills Diaz received through Catholic Charities' Microbusiness Training and Development program, Diaz said she gained the confidence she needed to start La Princesita, a company that designs and sells girls' party dresses.

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