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April 2012

Spirit Catholic Radio raises $450,000

The Spirit Catholic Radio Network based in Omaha raised a record $450,000 during its spring Care-a-thon March 26-30.

The money, a 25 percent increase from last spring's Care-a-thon, will help cover operational costs, said Bernie Schaefer, development director for the network.

The network's broadcasts are transmitted across eastern and central Nebraska, into Iowa and South Dakota.

Calendar wins national award

For the third time in four years, a calendar designed for the St. Augustine Indian Mission in Winnebago won the Gold Award in the nonprofit category from the National Calendar Association.

The 2012 calendar features photographs of elementary students in their Native American regalia taken by Jesuit Father Don Doll of Creighton University in Omaha. It was designed by Patrick Osborne, a graphic designer at Mutual of Omaha. Similar calendars created by Father Doll and Osborne took first place in 2011 and 2009.

Marian opens new saint wall

Marian High School in Omaha recently unveiled and blessed a new "Saints of Our Giving Circles" wall.

The wall, which includes eight portraits of female saints painted by alumna Maureen Pope Beat, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha, recognizes donors to the school.

Jesuit Father Kevin Schneider presided at the blessing ceremony March 22, which was attended by several Servants of Mary, whose motherhouse is on the school's campus.

Students win law essay contest

Two eighth-graders at St. Thomas More School in Omaha will be honored May 1 at an Omaha luncheon after winning first and second place in a Law Day essay contest sponsored by the Omaha Bar Association.

Brittney Vomacka won a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her essay about the importance of courts. Jacob West, who wrote about the U.S. government's system of checks and balances, took second and won a $75 savings bond.

Their essays will be published in the Omaha Bar Association's newsletter and the Daily Record, a legal newspaper in Omaha.

Stewardship anchored in coffee and a handshake

It was one of the very few dreary evenings this spring. So walking into the basement of Omaha's St. Rose of Lima Church to the aroma of brewing coffee was a nice welcome, but that was just a hint of the hospitality to come.

I was a guest at the parish council meeting, and parishioners had gone out of their way to make my reception warm. Along with the hot coffee was a wonderful buffet of homemade treats, kind greetings and friendly handshakes.

Project Rachel provides hope, healing for women dealing with past abortion

My daughter, know that My Heart is mercy itself. From this sea of mercy, graces flow out upon the whole world. No soul that has approached Me has ever gone away unconsoled. All misery gets buried in the depths of My mercy, and every saving and sanctifying grace flows from this fountain ... Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul."

One question leads to more on sharing faith

A few weeks ago, my 8-year-old grandson - Eli - called for some advice from Grandpa. Knowing he'll reach a point when he thinks he knows it all and won't seek advice from any adult, I treasured the moment.

Eli, however, wasn't calling to pick Grandpa's brain. He wanted the advice of a deacon ... and Grandpa turns out to be the only deacon he knows.

Regardless of his motive, though, I was willing to help.

"Why does Jesus keep offering himself in the Eucharist?" asked Eli, who soon will be receiving his first Communion.

Advocates: Pro-life films can touch hearts, counter negative messages in today's culture

Praise for a recently released movie depicting a woman who learns she's adopted and the survivor of an attempted abortion appears to be making a difference in the box office - and helping spread the pro-life message.

While "October Baby" opened in a relatively modest 390 theaters March 23 - including one in Omaha - grass roots support and word of mouth helped it rise in ticket sales to No. 8 in the country for its opening weekend, and No. 1 among limited-release movies.

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