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October 2012

Heisman Trophy winner to help fundraiser

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers will be the keynote speaker for St. James/Seton School's 14th annual "SOAR" fundraiser.

Proceeds from the Nov. 9 dinner, presentation and auctions will support tuition assistance and programs to enhance the school. The 6 p.m. event will be held at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center, 5419 N. 114th St. in Omaha.

Rodgers was the first University of Nebraska player to receive the Heisman. The Omaha native and wingback played on the Cornhuskers' national title teams in 1970 and 1971.

Marian hosts leadership conference

"Learn, Lead, Serve" was the theme of an international student leadership conference held Oct. 4-7 at Marian High School in Omaha.

Twenty-six students and six adult chaperones from schools in Australia, Canada, France and California joined students at Marian to learn from each other and attain a global perspective.

The schools are members of the International Servite Schools Network (ISSN).

Volunteer earns Spirit Award

A volunteer for 13 years at the Simon House, a St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store, food pantry and aid agency in Columbus, was honored with the house's 2012 Spirit Award.

Dorothy O'Kane, a member of St. Bonaventure Church in Columbus, was recognized Sept. 27 during an annual volunteer appreciation dinner. At least once a week she helps customers, operates the cash register and marks and displays items.

"Dorothy is very reliable and is a wonderful person to be around," said Simon House manager Patsy Konecky.

Words to song tell story of service in stewardship

Hospitality, prayer, formation and service are the hallmarks of parish stewardship programs. Many parishes in our archdiocese implement efforts addressing these elements to guide parishioners on their journey to live as good stewards. Service offers us the chance to consider the gifts God has given us and to put our faith into action using those gifts.

Word's nontheological meaning can illustrate cultural challenges

What's the good word? It's "consubstantial." Yes, that much maligned word that seemed to draw the most criticism of the new English-language translation of the Roman Missal when it was introduced last fall. The translation of the Nicene Creed replaced the phrase "one in being with the Father" to "consubstantial with the Father."

It's also the perfect word, in its nontheological use, to provide some insight into the disassociation found in today's culture.

Different stories share message on faith and life

Pat Armstrong of Ponca and John Paul Hauser of Omaha wouldn't seem to have much in common.

Pat is 61, lives in a small town, and calls an assisted living complex his home.

John Paul, on the other hand, just celebrated his fourth birthday and shares his midtown, big city home with his parents and six siblings.

But if you read news editor Joe Ruff's story on Pat and senior writer Lisa Maxson's update on John Paul, you'll see they also share some special gifts, including the power to bring love, and often a smile, into the lives of others.

All Saints' and All Souls' Days focus on communion of saints

At every Mass, Catholics pray for the dead, drawing on the relationship that exists between saints in heaven, souls in purgatory and people on earth.

And for two days in particular in November, the church invites people to recognize the importance of saints to the faith, and to pray for loved ones who have died.

All Saints' Day, celebrated Nov. 1 and a holy day of obligation, commemorates known and unknown saints in heaven, and All Souls' Day, Nov. 2, is a solemn feast and a day of prayer for people who are in purgatory, waiting to enter heaven.

Omaha toddler and family strengthened by prayers

John Paul Hauser smiled and laughed as his family applauded and sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the Omaha toddler's fourth birthday.

Every birthday is special, but for John Paul each might be considered a milestone - he was born Oct. 9, 2008, with Trisomy 13, a rare chromosomal disease that causes severe medical problems, with children often not surviving past their first year.

Catholic clinic incorporates faith into medicine in Omaha

Before each work day begins, the staff at Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate gathers in the clinic's chapel to read Scripture, ask God to guide them and pray for their patients.

They have taken an oath to follow the ethical and moral teachings of the Catholic Church in treating infants through elderly. And the staff is committed to serving the poor, the health care needs of clergy and religious and to building an authentic Catholic culture.

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