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April 2012

Power of Easter requires 50 days to sink in, priest says

The fact that Jesus is not dead, but very much alive takes awhile to sink in, said Father Dennis Hanneman, pastor of St. Mary Church in Bellevue.

That's why the church celebrates the resurrection of the Son of God for 50 days - from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, the holy day that celebrates the apostles and Mary receiving the Holy Spirit and being sent to share the good news of Christ, he said.

Power of Easter requires 50 days to sink in, priest says

The fact that Jesus is not dead, but very much alive takes awhile to sink in, said Father Dennis Hanneman, pastor of St. Mary Church in Bellevue.

That's why the church celebrates the resurrection of the Son of God for 50 days - from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, the holy day that celebrates the apostles and Mary receiving the Holy Spirit and being sent to share the good news of Christ, he said.

Catholic card provides ID, should reflect what's in heart

Catholics often are divided - perhaps mistakenly - into two groups: cradle Catholics or converts. Based on a recent decision in England, a third label - also beginning with the letter "c" - might be appropriate: card-carrying Catholics.

Earlier this year (as reported in the Feb. 17 Catholic Voice), English and Welsh bishops distributed what they called "faith cards" in all dioceses. The cards identify the holder as a Catholic, and suggest calling a Catholic priest in the event of an emergency.

Legislature to wrap up business

After a Friday-through-Monday extended break for the Easter weekend, state lawmakers have just three days remaining in their 2012 regular session. Thursday (April 12) is the anticipated day for adjournment sine die, but the last day, the 60th, could be set back in order for the Legislature to consider any vetoes made by Gov. Dave Heineman after the 59th legislative day. It's a balancing of interests. Heineman has several days after the Legislature passes a bill to exercise his veto authority; the Legislature would like to know all his decisions before ending its session.

Catholics lost in shipwreck still strong examples

This month we mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The luxury liner buried two and a half miles below the Atlantic bobs to the surface once again.

But I keep circling back to the shipwreck of 2012, the cruise liner Costa Concordia that struck a reef off the Italian island Giglio one Friday night in January. Of the 32 casualties, only two Americans remain missing, a retired couple from Minnesota: Barb Heil, 70, and her husband, Jerry, 69, parents of four and devout Catholics.

Conscience demands doing good, avoiding evil

As we've been going through "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," the document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on understanding our responsibilities in political life, we've touched on conscience and its command to do good and avoid evil.

Last month I wrote about the evils we are to avoid. The bishops are very clear about those evils, called "intrinsic evils," - abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, destructive research on embryos, genocide, torture, racism and the targeting of noncombatants in terrorism or war.

School receives painting of namesake

Eighth-grader Diego Rivas and sixth-grader Giovani Lopez carry a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe during an installment and blessing ceremony March 9 at Assumption-Guadalupe School in Omaha. Three priests, from back left, Father Bernie Starman, president of the school and pastor of Assumption Parish in Omaha, Jesuit Father Neil Jose Wilkinson, associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe-St. Agnes and St. Therese of the Child Jesus parishes in Omaha, and Father Jose Mendoza, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe-St. Agnes, presided over the blessing and installment.

Confirmation students reach out to elderly

Eighteen confirmation candidates from Verdigre and Niobrara staged a living Stations of the Cross March 28 for residents of the Alpine Village retirement home in Verdigre.

"It's very special to connect the generations," said Katie Hollmann, a catechist for St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre who helped organize the event.

Five of the confirmation candidates were from St. William Parish in Niobrara and 13 were from St. Wenceslaus, Hollman said.

Private association to mark recognition

The Brides of the Victorious Lamb, a group of nine former members of the Intercessors of the Lamb, will celebrate being recognized by the church at a Mass April 14 in Omaha with Archbishop George J. Lucas presiding.

The Intercessors of the Lamb was suppressed as a public association in October 2010, and the nine former members studied for more than a year to be newly recognized as members of a private association of the faithful. That recognition came Feb. 11.

The new community's thanksgiving Mass is open to the public at St. Mary Church, 3529 Q St.

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