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September 2012

Turning pages for puppies

Children gather around Izzie, a therapy dog, and her owner, Elaine Egan, during the 4th Annual Summer Reading Program Aug. 9 at Holy Name School in Omaha. Taught by graduates of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's School Psychology Department, the July 30-Aug. 10 program included students improving their reading skills by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs in a non-judgmental and stress-free atmosphere. Students, from left, are Caleb Dean, Kelsey Peterson, Cecelia Martinez, Alison Ordonez, Bridget Hospodka, Hailee Davis, Antonio Martinez and Luke Martinez.

Dominican was principal at Cathedral High School

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Leona Haggerty, who was principal of the now-closed St. Cecilia Cathedral High School in Omaha from 1964 to 1967, died Aug. 30 in Wisconsin.

She was 99.

Her funeral Mass was Sept. 4 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at the motherhouse in Sinsinawa, with burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Haggerty made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1942, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1945.

African Catholics celebrate 10 years of fellowship

Sena Sitti, a native of Togo, said an Archdiocese of Omaha community of Catholics from Africa has become a second home for her, a place she can worship God, develop friendships and stay connected to her African heritage. "Many of us don't have immediate relatives here, so we become immediate family for each other and support each other," said Sitti, director of faith formation for Our Lady of Africa Chaplaincy and a member of St. Pius X Parish in Omaha.

Parents play key role in fighting pornography

The dangers of pornography go beyond its harmful impact on adults.

In fact, the average age a person first views pornography is 11, and 12- to 17-year-olds are the largest consumers of Internet pornography.

That means parents are faced with a major challenge as they try to protect children from pornography and its harmful effects - some of which can stay with them the rest of their lives, said Mary Beth Hanus, the Archdiocese of Omaha's victim outreach and prevention manager.

Getting involved can help pave way to college

Getting involved in high school is an important part of preparing for college, in part because colleges and universities look at more than grades when considering applicants.

They also want to know about activities outside of the classroom such as work, community service, clubs, sports, music and church ministries, according to EducationQuest Foundation, a nonprofit organization with offices in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney that strives to improve access to higher education in Nebraska.

Omaha Catholic College Week Schedule of Events

Hosted by College of Saint Mary
Monday, Sept. 17
8:45-9:45 a.m. - Pius X High School, 6000 A St., Lincoln
11-11:45 a.m. - Bishop Neumann High School, 202 S. Linden, Wahoo
1:15-2:15 p.m. - Archbishop Bergan High School 545 E. 4th St., Fremont
7-8 p.m. - Mount Michael Benedictine High School, 22520 Mt. Michael Road, Elkhorn

Tuesday, Sept. 18
8:45-9:45 a.m. - Marian High School, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha

Serra clubs' college faith connection still growing

Sylvia Davis of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna was quick to say "yes" when asked if her daughter, Jennifer, a senior at Gretna High School, might want to know about connections to Catholic campus ministry programs as she headed to Doane College in Crete.

"I absolutely welcomed it," Davis said of receiving a telephone call from the Serra Club of West Omaha as part of a College Connection for Catholics program. "I believe it takes a village, and I can use all the help I can get to help her continue her Catholic education and faith."


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