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September 2012

CERVANTES-Jorge C. "Coco,"

CERVANTES-Jorge C. "Coco," 60. Visitation 5 p.m., rosary 8 p.m., both Sept. 21 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 9 a.m., Sept. 22 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by wife, Laura Cervantes; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Cervantes-Glynn and Brian; parents, Antonio and Alicia Cervantes; brother, Antonio Cervantes Jr.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alicia and Donn VandenBosch, Martha and Stevie Werner, and Juventina "Chuve" and Barry Sloter; four grandchildren; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Pancan or Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.

Faith: Archdiocese to stress sacrament of reconciliation

Renewing and spreading the faith in Jesus Christ.

Those are the simple goals of Pope Benedict XVI's Year of Faith, which begins Oct. 11 on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Second Vatican Council, and concludes Nov. 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King.

And the Archdiocese of Omaha is setting into motion plans for the year to help archdiocesan ministries and parishes meet those goals, said Bill Beckman, director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.

Educators gather in Omaha

Finding ways to help students make better decisions and apply knowledge beyond simply finding the right answer are some of the skills nearly 1,500 teachers from the archdiocese's 73 Catholic schools explored Sept. 27 at the 2012 Catholic Schools Conference in Omaha.

The conference, which included Mass with Archbishop George J. Lucas, focused on ways teachers can fine-tune their skills through continued learning as professionals, said Barbara Schweiger, administrator and coordinator of human resources and school improvement for the Catholic Schools Office.

Archdiocese hopes to build on appeal's momentum

Education, faith formation, lay catechist preparation, assisting the needy: those ministries and more are supported by parishioners across the archdiocese through the Archbishop's Annual Appeal - which begins this month after receiving record support the last two years.

Last year's appeal brought $3.3 million in pledges, marking the second straight year the effort topped its $3 million goal. And a record 111 out of 146 parishes last year reached or exceeded.

Serving as lectors or EMHCs helps students on their faith journey

Kim Krings, a senior at St. Francis High School and a member of St. Francis Parish, both in Humphrey, said she volunteers to read at Mass and distribute holy Communion to help bring her closer to God and neighbor.

And a desire to help the church grow closer to God prompted Kyle Lindhorst, a senior at Holy Family High School and a member of Holy Family Parish, both in Lindsay, to volunteer this year to be an extraordinary minister of holy Communion (EMHC).

Conference offers close look at bishops' citizenship document

Catholics preparing to vote in November will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss the U.S. bishops' document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" Sept. 29 in Omaha.

"As Catholics we have an obligation to take our Catholic teaching into the voting booth," said Omar Gutierrez, manager of the archdiocese's Office of Missions and Justice, which organized the half-day conference. "I hope people can use this document as a touchstone."

New bishop named for Lincoln Diocese

The Diocese of Lincoln has a new bishop.

Pope Benedict XVI Sept. 14 named Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley of Denver the new bishop of the Lincoln Diocese. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the United States, announced the change.

The pope also accepted the resignation of 77-year-old Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz, who has led the Lincoln Diocese since 1992. Bishops are required by canon law to submit their resignation to the pope when they turn 75.

Tuition programs help 294 high school students

Two Archdiocese of Omaha programs will provide more than $300,000 in tuition assistance to 294 students attending 17 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese this year, officials announced Sept. 19.

"Providing our students with aid to continue education in a Catholic high school is a top priority for the archdiocese," said Shannan Brommer, director of the archdiocese's Stewardship and Development Office. "The tuition assistance programs offered through the archdiocese give many students the opportunity to attend Catholic high schools.

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