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June 2012

Divine Truth has new home

It's the same address but a new, larger building for Divine Truth Christian Bookstore at 84th and Harrison in LaVista.

The 10,000-square-foot building, located at 6905 S. 84th St., opened in March, 50 feet away from the old building. It provides an additional 1,200 square feet of shopping space, store manager and owner Rodney Mackrill said.

Parishioners in Osmond celebrate church centennial

Nearly 220 people gathered for Mass May 20 at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Church in Osmond to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church's dedication, and more than 160 stayed for a potluck and short program highlighting the history of the parish.

The day was "joyful and hope-filled," with a mixture of old and new, said Father Mike Swanton, pastor of St. Mary and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish in Randolph. Parishioners sang both English and Latin hymns, he said.

Respect Life Apostolate is under new leadership

After nearly seven years at the helm, Father Damien Cook, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, is stepping down as director of the archdiocese's Respect Life Apostolate, but he's not stepping out of the battle to protect life.

"I will never stop being pro-life," he said. "We can't stop until the battle's won."

Valerie Conzett, director of the Family Life Office, which oversees the apostolate, said Father Cook was a natural and organized leader who expanded pro-life ministry.

Author of 'Dead Man Walking' tells graduates to pursue passions

A nun who has worked for nearly 30 years to abolish the death penalty urged about 250 graduates of the College of Saint Mary in Omaha May 20 to pursue their passions.

"My prayer for you is that you will catch ... a passion that will carry you for the rest of your life," said Congregation of St. Joseph Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and turned into a movie.

Regents' vote on 'plus-one' proposal undermines marriage

Currently and historically, like many employers, the University of Nebraska has allowed its married employees to elect employment-based health insurance coverage - medical, dental, vision and prescription drugs - for their husbands or wives and dependent children. But that coverage and other benefits were extended to unmarried cohabitating employees - of the same or opposite gender - on a 5-3 vote at the Board of Regents' meeting June 8. The change - plus-one benefits - will be implemented Jan. 1 at all four campuses. Among the other benefits are emergency leave and tuition remission.

Virtue of prudence critical to living Catholic faith

Summer has begun, and the election is a lot nearer than when I started unpacking the U.S. bishop's document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." Last month I wrote about the importance of comparing apples to apples when discerning between candidates for public office. Intrinsic evils, for instance, must be weighed against intrinsic evils. But what if we're not talking about intrinsic evils?

Complete List of Recommended Books

Young children (4-7)

"The Action Bible: God's Redemptive Story" by Doug Mauss

"The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name" by Sally Lloyd-Jones



Children (7-12)

"Adventures With Sister Philomena" series by Dianne Ahern

"The Dragon Slayers: Essential Training Guide for Young Dragon Fighters" by Sir Wyvern Pugilist

"The Daring Book for Girls" by Miriam Peskowitz

"The Dangerous Book for Boys" by Conn Iggulden

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