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September 2012

Negative campaign advertising should not be tolerated

Recently I've heard a lot of: "I can't wait until the November elections are over!" The remark doesn't reflect the desire to move on with life as much as it reflects disgust with the negative political campaign ads bombarding us.

No one will deny that it's annoying when we are hit repeatedly with the same political ad during a TV program. It is an affront to our intelligence and patience.

Catholics have moral obligation to participate in civic life

The election is near and there are only a few more installments in my series on "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." I should note a Faithful Citizenship Conference will be held Sept. 29 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha. It will be an important opportunity for Catholics to gather together and receive some formation and ask questions about the principles of Catholic voting. To find out more, visit www.archomaha.org/faithfulcitizenship and watch for an article in the Sept. 21 Catholic Voice.

Praying mothers behind their gold-medal athletes

The one thing that may be harder than being an Olympian is being the parent of an Olympian. As I watched the London games, I was awed by the athletes and charmed by their parents.

There was Michael Phelps' mom, her eyes and mouth drawn into o's, momentarily misreading a silver-medal finish for a gold then breaking into polite applause as reality sunk in.

There were Aly Raisman's parents, moving as much as possible while seated: leaning back, rocking forward, biting their lips as their 18-year-old daughter flipped across a 4-inch beam.

Mt. Michael building wastewater plant

Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and High School near Elkhorn broke ground Aug. 1 on a wastewater treatment plant.

The current plant, built when Mount Michael opened in 1957, no longer can support the monks' facilities or planned expansions.

The all-boys school has raised more than $5.4 million toward a goal of $10 million to build the plant, add a new classroom facility and make other changes on its campus.

Holy Family Shrine receives tourism award

Holy Family Shrine along Interstate 80 near Gretna - which attracts more than 25,000 visitors a year - recently received an award for tourism from the Nebraskaland Foundation.

Members of the Nebraska-promoting foundation presented the Rising Star Award after a July 14 Mass at the chapel and shrine.

Nominating the shrine was Bill Ramsey, a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha and a foundation board member.

Christ the King dedicates statue

A recent blessing and dedication ceremony on the grounds of Christ the King School in Omaha honored the late Tara Paulitz, a graduate and supporter of the school who died from breast cancer in March.

Msgr. Joseph Hanefeldt, pastor of Christ the King Parish, blessed a new angel statue, benches and memorial garden after an all-school Mass Aug. 17. Three of Paulitz's children attend the school and one has graduated.

Omaha native professes final vows

Sister Marie Caritas, a 1997 graduate of St. Pius X/St. Leo School and a 2001 graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, both in Omaha, made her final vows with the School Sisters of Christ the King at an Aug. 5 ceremony at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln.

Sister Caritas, formerly Jamie Deras, is the daughter of Keith and Terri Deras of St. Peter Parish in Omaha and granddaughter of Jack and Carol Walsh of St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha. She is teaching second grade at St. Teresa School in Lincoln.

Three receive honors from Omaha institute

Bishop Sam G. Jacobs of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodeaux, La., Msgr. William Fitzgerald of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Apostolic Oblate Teresa Monaghen from Pro Sanctity in Omaha recently received Our Lady of Guadalupe Award medallions in recognition of their support of Omaha-based Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF). They were honored July 20 at St. John Church on Creighton University's campus.

Religious ed students participate in parade

Thirteen students and director of religious education Lori Classen of St. Francis Parish in Humphrey used a parade to support the community and tout the parish's religious education program.

The group rode in a trailer in the Humphrey Community Club parade, which was held June 30.

This year, the religious education program includes 48 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, Classen said.

Black Student fund awards scholarships

Seven students from five Omaha high schools recently received $3,500 each in scholarships from the Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund.

This year's recipients are Niara Williams, a junior at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart; Jordan Kuiper, a junior at Marian High School; Mariah Houston and Rachel Tolbert, both freshman at Mercy High School; Celeste Black-Harr, a sophomore, and Alyssa Cistrunk, a junior, both at Roncalli Catholic High School; and Sara Zalesky, a freshman at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School.

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