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October 2012

ROZMIAREK-James "Jimmy,"

ROZMIAREK-James "Jimmy," 50. Visitation 4 p.m., wake service 7 p.m., both Oct. 19 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Oct. 20 at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by father, Richard R.; brother, Craig Rozmiarek. Survived by mother, Valerie; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Edward Babcock; nieces; nephew.

KORISKO LARKIN STASKIEWICZ

FUNERAL HOME

SILVERSTRAND-Larry Edward

SILVERSTRAND-Larry Edward, 75. Visitation 6:30 p.m., rosary 7:30 p.m., both Oct. 19 at Holy Cross Church. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m., Oct. 20 at the church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Edith Silverstrand; sister, Veronica Melton.

Omaha Serra clubs honor "Priesthood Sunday" with billboards

The Serra Club of Omaha and Serra Club of West Omaha are honoring "Priesthood Sunday" Oct. 28 with two billboards in the city.

The billboards say: "Priesthood Sunday: Celebrate and say 'thank you' October 28."

The nationwide celebration of the priesthood is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International, a lay organization of men and women that promotes vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Schools reaching out to needy, collecting food

While many Catholic schools hold food drives for pantries and shelters before Thanksgiving, some are making donations now to help the needy at food pantries and shelters.

Football games have become food collection centers at some schools, while others are asking students and teachers to bring canned goods from home.

"We are aware that our gifts are not to be kept only for ourselves," said Dave Peters, head of school at Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn. "God has granted us so many blessings that we know the need to share them with others."

'Saints in Training' canned food drive to be held on Halloween

Several Catholic families are putting a faith-filled twist on trick-or-treating - they plan to go door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items for the needy.

"Saints in Training" will begin early in the evening Oct. 31 in an east Omaha neighborhood. The canned and boxed goods will go to the food pantry at St. Peter Parish in Omaha.

And the children will dress as saints to better mark the holiday's Christian flavor and All Saints' Day Nov. 1 - when the Catholic Church honors all saints, known and unknown.

Mustang March

Second-grader Sammie Moore at Mary Our Queen School in Omaha gets ready to signal the start of the 2nd annual Mustang March Sept. 21, a neighborhood walk to raise money for the Home and School Association. More than 600 students, teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends participated in the event, which raised more than $42,000. The school marked a milestone that same day, topping 2 million pop can tabs collected since starting a program 10 years ago to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary housing for families of hospitalized children.

Making music

Several Holy Name fifth-graders practice on keyboards purchased with help from a $2,000 grant from Target. The school also purchased stands and sheet music. Holy Name has received a fine arts or early childhood grant from Target every year since 2003. Courtesy photo

Praying for end to abortion

Grace and Sophia Schaefer, daughters of Bernie and Nikki Schaefer of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Omaha, hold homemade signs as they pray with about 1,200 other pro-life advocates Oct. 7 during the Omaha Life Chain, a prayerful protest against legalized abortion that took place on Dodge Street and in cities around the country. After the Life Chain, about 250 people gathered at Memorial Park for a 40 Days of Life pro-life prayer vigil, sponsored by Nebraskans United for Life. Kristi Schroll

Schools promote cancer awareness

"Pink Out Day" had special meaning to students and staff at Holy Family School in Lindsay as math instructor Marian Wecker undergoes treatment for cancer.

The school raised more than $400 during its Oct. 3 cancer awareness event by donating $1 or more for the privilege of wearing pink. The money will help Wecker pay medical bills.

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