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December 2012

As chaplains, local priests help make Christmas bright for service men and women stationed away from family

U.S. Air Force Chaplain Father Andy Sohm will be away from his family this Christmas, an experience he shares with many people he serves at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

For Father Sohm, it will be the first Christmas away from Iowa in 36 years.

And while it will be difficult, he told the Catholic Voice he has found a sense of family in New Mexico, and he plans to spend the holiday with members of St. Joseph, the Catholic parish on base.

"I'm so thankful I do not have to sit in my home alone," Father Sohm said.

Winnebago priest to receive award

Father Dave Korth, senior associate pastor of St. Augustine Parish and director of the St. Augustine Indian Mission, both in Winnebago, will receive Creighton University's Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan Award Jan. 8 during Creighton's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game.

The award recognizes a priest or a brother from the Archdiocese of Omaha who has distinguished himself for service to society, to the church and to Catholic education, all of which were hallmarks of Archbishop Sheehan's career.

Annual appeal continues record-breaking pace

The Archbishop's Annual Appeal continues its record-breaking pace, for the first time reaching the $3 million mark before the end of the calendar year.

The $3.056 million pledged as of Dec. 18 is $400,000 ahead of last year's pace, said Kaitlyn Maloney, a coordinator in the archdiocese's Stewardship and Development Office, and it represents nearly 97 percent of the campaign's $3.15 million goal.

A total of 13,318 people have contributed or pledged to the campaign, including about 3,000 new donors.

Christmas truth of Christ's presence triumphs over evil and sin in the world

As we have learned the horrifying details of the attack on children and teachers at the school in Newtown, Conn., we have been given a glimpse of what a world without God would look like. It was a place where, for a few moments, evil was in charge. If God were to turn His back on the human family, we would have nothing to look forward to but to be victimized by violence, except, of course, when we would be the perpetrators of violence ourselves.

Archbishop's Christmas Message

Dear Friends in Christ our Savior,

During this holy season, we recall the first coming of Jesus in Bethlehem, in humility and poverty. While we wait for Him to come again in glory, He offers us the gift of salvation here and now in the Church. Let us pray for the grace to welcome Him in the sacraments and in our neighbors, especially the humble and poor.

May you be blessed with the love Jesus offers and with the peace His mercy brings at Christmas and in the New Year.

  Sincerely yours in Christ,

Archbishop George J. Lucas

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Dec. 22
» Dedication of new altar, St. Columbkille Church, Papillion.

Dec. 23
» Mass, Omaha Correctional Center, Omaha.

Dec. 24
» Midnight Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Dec. 25
» 9:30 a.m. Mass, St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.

Dec. 27
» Dinner with archdiocesan priests, Archdiocesan Retreat and Conference Center, Omaha.

Dec. 28-29

JOHNK-Mildred (Johnson)

JOHNK-Mildred (Johnson), 96. Funeral service Dec. 19 at Holy Name Church. Inurnment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by husbands, Marvin Johnson, Leo Pearey and Harold Johnk. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Jeri and James McGowan, and Sandra Gentner; step-daughters, Barbara and Beverly Johnk; eight grandchildren; great-grandchildren; family.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

JOHNK-Mildred (Johnson)

JOHNK-Mildred (Johnson), 96. Funeral service Dec. 19, 11 a.m. at Holy Name Church. Inurnment Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. Preceded in death by husbands, Marvin Johnson, Leo Pearey and Harold Johnk. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Jeri and James McGowan, and Sandra Gentner; step-daughters, Barbara and Beverly Johnk; eight grandchildren; great-grandchildren; family.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

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