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November 2012

Catholic Daughters mark national event

About 125 women from nine courts, or chapters, with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas gathered for Mass Oct. 21 at Mary Our Queen Church in Omaha to welcome new members and celebrate National Catholic Daughters Day.

A reception with formal introductions of nine new members of the various courts was held after the Mass, said RoseMary Shald, a member of the Mary Queen of Peace court at Mary Our Queen Parish who serves on the Catholic Daughter's state board.

Polish Heritage Society holds fundraiser

The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska raised more than $1,400 for its Blessed John Paul II Scholarship Fund at the society's annual beer tasting event Oct. 26.

About 70 people enjoyed a traditional Polish meal of pierogi, golabki and kielbasa and sampled six Polish, German and Austrian beers at the dinner at the Polish Home-Belvedere Hall in Papillion.

The money will help the society provide tuition assistance to eighth-grade students of Polish descent who participate in an essay contest and plan to attend a Catholic high school in the Omaha area.

Omaha school helps homeless

About 150 people from Our Lady of Lourdes School and Parish in Omaha walked more than three miles Oct. 21 in one of several efforts that raised a total of $1,750 for a homeless shelter.

The school also held a weeklong coin collection and a bake sale for The Stephen Center in South Omaha.

Teachers at the school coordinated the Walk for the Homeless, which began with a prayer service and ended with a reception, and members of the parish's Knights of Columbus council helped ensure participants' safety.

Touch of Paris brightens fundraiser

More than 400 people experienced a bit of Parisian charm at the 31st annual MarianFEST (Funding Education in the Servite Tradition), Marian High School's largest fundraising event of the year.

The Oct. 13 benefit dinner and auction held at the Omaha school raised nearly $300,000 to support tuition assistance for Marian students.

The event, themed "Passport to Paris: A Journey in the Servite Tradition," began with Mass at the Servants of Mary Chapel with Father Tom Fangman, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Omaha.

Students learn to pray rosary

In what has become a tradition, Sister Marie Patrice O'Donnell, a former first-grade teacher and librarian at St. Cecilia School in Omaha, made rosaries this year for the school's kindergartners and new students.

Then the eighth-graders taught kindergartners how to pray the rosary during October, which is the month of the rosary. The students also teamed up to make "thank you" cards for Sister O'Donnell, who now lives in Wisconsin and has been fashioning the student rosaries for about 25 years.

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