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December 2011

Session might be rated 'special'

From this observer's perspective, reflective of the fact that the Nebraska Catholic Conference had no particular, substantive stake or interest in the outcome, it appears the Nebraska Legislature had a remarkably successful special session during November. Perhaps it will be judged historic, given the nature and scope of the interests and issues.

Christmas paintings that open our eyes to the mother of God

I've been shopping for the perfect Christmas card, sifting through Nativity scenes framed in holly berries and bows. None of the Marys feel right. The lips are taut. The face, unblemished. We see none of the bliss and bewilderment that must have surged after birthing the son of God. We see no emotion at all - serenity as vacancy, sainthood as sedation.

Advent reminds us to say 'yes'

Advent has officially started, and I thought I would point out the work of Caryll Houselander. She is noteworthy not just for what she says about Advent but because of the stunningly insightful way she says it. Most Catholics view Advent as the season in which we celebrate Christmas. Thus, the actual liturgical time of the Christmas season, which doesn't start until Christmas Eve, is left as kind of an afterthought, a time of recovery from all the happy celebrations.

SIMPSON-Joan M.

SIMPSON-Joan M., 86. Funeral Mass Dec. 1 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by husband, Marlan; children and spouses, Michael Simpson and significant other, Mary Ann Hoaglund, Mary Jo and Van Gillem, Christine and Steve Gilbert, Therese and Jay Roth, and Thomas and Jan Simpson; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. Memorials to North High Vikings of Distinction, Ollie Webb Center or Madonna School.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

VACEK-Henry "Hank" P.

VACEK-Henry "Hank" P., 92. Funeral Mass Dec. 1 at Assumption Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Marie; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Chuck Pribyl, Josephine "Joey" and Harvey Zbylut-Birky, and Mary Louise and Steven Estes; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, John Vacek, and Louis and Bernice Vacek; sisters and brother-in-law, Ann Marie Vankat, and Dorothy and Ray Zagozda; nieces; nephews. Memorials to the church.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

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