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September 2012

ACT scores above average for Catholic school seniors

ACT scores of students in Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha are again above the state and national average.

For the 1,242 students who graduated from the archdiocese's 17 high schools in 2012, the composite average was 24.2, compared with the state's 22.1 and national average 21.1. The highest possible score is 36.

Archdiocesan scores have exceeded the state and national average for more than 10 years, officials at the Catholic Schools Office said. The ACT helps measure college preparedness in English, mathematics, reading and science.

Religious ed teachers say devoting the time and energy brings rewards

About 17,000 Catholic public school students reunited this month with their 1,500 religious education teachers to learn about God and the Catholic faith.

Just like school teachers, religious education teachers, also known as catechists, have been preparing for months for this school year, studying the curriculum and making lesson plans. Most religious education instructors, however, teach young people once a week on Wednesday or Sunday for 30 weeks as volunteers - all while juggling full-time jobs and family responsibilities.

Abortion opponents begin 40-day campaign for life

A man who once performed abortions shared his story of spiritual conversion at a Sept. 24 kick-off rally in Omaha for the 40 Days for Life campaign.

Dr. Grant Clark spoke at 7 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Church, 1920 N. 102nd St., about why he stopped performing abortions in California and now works to educate and inspire others to respect and fight for life.

Conference organizers hopeful that speaker will boost attendance

When he signed author and syndicated national columnist George Weigel as the banquet speaker and conference presenter for this year's Bishops' Pro-Life Conference in Lincoln, the state director of the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities anticipated increased attendance.

And that looks as if it might be the case, with registrations running well ahead of normal for the Oct. 12-13 event, Greg Schleppenbach told the Catholic Voice. He expects attendance to top the 200-250 average for the banquet set for Oct. 12 at the Cornhusker Hotel.

Catholic women reflect on 'Defending Our Faith'

Two saintly women who resisted efforts to curb their faith are good examples for Catholics fighting for religious liberty, Father Dave Korth told more than 200 women at the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's (OACCW) 88th annual convention Sept. 17 in Petersburg.

The lives of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha - who will be canonized Oct. 21 - and St. Katharine Drexel can teach us not to conform to the status quo, said Father Korth, director of the St. Augustine Mission in Winnebago. "If it goes against our Catholic teachings, don't give in to it."

Catholic women reflect on 'Defending Our Faith'

Two saintly women who resisted efforts to curb their faith are good examples for Catholics fighting for religious liberty, Father Dave Korth told more than 200 women at the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women's (OACCW) 88th annual convention Sept. 17 in Petersburg.

The lives of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha - who will be canonized Oct. 21 - and St. Katharine Drexel can teach us not to conform to the status quo, said Father Korth, director of the St. Augustine Mission in Winnebago. "If it goes against our Catholic teachings, don't give in to it."

Local Catholics to be in Rome for canonization of Native American

For more than a year, Iris Payer and others in the Kateri Circle at St. Augustine Parish in Winnebago worked hard to raise money for 22 people to go to Rome for the Oct. 21 canonization ceremony of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to become a saint.

The raffle drawings, fish dinners and community breakfasts paid off - they will get to hear Pope Benedict XVI declare Blessed Kateri a saint, said Payer, the prayer group's president.

"This is an honor that affects all Native Americans. We're all blessed to have this happen," she said.

Two archdiocesan schools are Blue Ribbon winners

Two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Omaha are among 269 honored nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education as 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools.

It was the first time Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn and V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha applied for the award, which recognizes academic excellence or dramatic gains in student achievement in public and private elementary, middle and high schools.

The high schools join 10 other Catholic schools in the archdiocese that since 1985 have been honored as Blue Ribbon Schools.

Couples renew vows at marriage celebrations

Attending a Mass with dozens of other couples celebrating their anniversaries was a special way to mark 67 years of marriage, said Arthur Kreikemeier of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Dodge.

"It was a thanksgiving Mass to the Lord for our life together," said Arthur, who attended the Sept. 16 Mass at St. Mary Church in Norfolk with his wife, Bernice.

"We've been really blessed," said Arthur, a retired farmer who will turn 90 in November.

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