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December 2012

Marian says 'thanks' with sweet treats

Throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, members of Marian High School's Baking Club prepared and delivered dozens of homemade treats to heroes and friends throughout Omaha and beyond.

In early November, they baked more than 1,000 cookies that were included in a shipment to U.S. troops overseas, and in December they baked and delivered cookies to fire stations near the Omaha school as a way of saying "thank you" for the firefighters' service to Omaha as well as the Marian community.

Eleven new members begin terms

The 103rd Nebraska Legislature will begin its first regular session Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol in Lincoln. Forty-nine legislators will participate in a public-policy process that will last for up to 90 legislative days, likely extending into early June. It is the longer of two regular sessions for this Legislature. A session of up to 60 legislative days will follow in 2014.

The 49-member Unicameral, unique among all the states, will include 11 members elected to office in November who were not part of the preceding Legislature.

Understanding the Roe and Doe cases

Between now and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade next month, I will be exposing the radical reality of this U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide during all nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason. I also will expose the tragic outcome of this ruling and make the case against abortion based on science and reason.

Advent season provides time for the cleaning of our hearts

During a recent homily, Father John Pietramale, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Adalbert parishes in Omaha, described Advent as a time to "shine our souls." To illustrate what he meant, he invited the second-graders who were at Mass to come forward. On the previous day, they had made their first confession. When asked how they felt after receiving this sacrament, one young girl proclaimed, "Clean!"

Year of Faith offerings take variety of directions

Efforts to share the Catholic faith's breadth and depth are leading down varied paths this Year of Faith - including talks on the catechism; a gathering for adults and children focusing on saints; and one pastor's yearlong retreat of prayer and fellowship, music and discussion.

These three programs recently took place at Mary Our Queen Parish in Omaha; will happen at St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville; and are taking place at St. Peter Parish in Omaha.

Columban Fathers elect U.S. director

Columban Father Timothy Mulroy, whose has served overseas and in the United States, is the new U.S. director of the Columban Fathers, headquartered in Bellevue.

He was elected in November, will serve a three-year term and be eligible for a second three-year term.

Father Mulroy succeeds Father Arturo Aguilar, now central administration vicar general at the missionary order's international headquarters in Hong Kong. 

Columban Fathers elect U.S. director

Columban Father Timothy Mulroy, whose has served overseas and in the United States, is the new U.S. director of the Columban Fathers, headquartered in Bellevue.

He was elected in November, will serve a three-year term and be eligible for a second three-year term.

Father Mulroy succeeds Father Arturo Aguilar, now central administration vicar general at the missionary order's international headquarters in Hong Kong. 

Students bring a modern twist to Christmas story

King Tut, King Kong and the King of Rock and Roll were at this year's Christmas program at St. Mary School in Osmond.

But they were all upstaged by the real king and Savior, the baby Jesus.

All 40 St. Mary students - from kindergarten through eighth grade - performed in the Dec. 12 musical "A King Is Coming to Town," which put a modern twist on the birth of Christ.

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