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January 2013

Lay group: Newspaper ads, banners share the faith

A full-page newspaper advertisement quoting Nebraska's bishops on the tragedy of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the country, is part of an effort by a loosely organized group of about 10 lay Catholics in Omaha to publicize church positions on the right to life and religious liberty.

The advertisements appeared in four daily newspapers in major Nebraska cities Jan. 20, as well as the state's three Catholic diocesan newspapers. (See Page 8 for the advertisement, as well as Archbishop George J. Lucas' column, Page 2.)

Nun remembered for impact on students

Sister of Mercy Mary Cabrini Camel, an educator for 37 years, including 22 in the Archdiocese of Omaha, died Jan. 17 in Omaha, just two days shy of her 88th birthday.

Her funeral was Jan. 22 at Mercy Villa, with burial at Resurrection Cemetery, both in Omaha.

"She exemplified the quote, 'to teach is to touch a life forever,'" said Mercy Sister Marian Camel, Sister Cabrini's sister. "The impact she had on students was enormous. They would return to see her even after all these years."

Local couples to speak on marriage enrichment

Jason and Vanessa Ash said they plan to describe faith experiences that sparked a new approach to their relationship and family next month during one of two annual marriage enrichment evenings sponsored by the archdiocese's Family Life Office.

The couple, along with fellow parishioners Jeff and Jill Dominisse and Father Dan Andrews, their pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, will help lead an evening that will include a rosary, Mass and candlelight dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Norfolk.

Archdiocese prepares for capital campaign

Shaped by months of preparation, the Archdiocese of Omaha is planning a two-year, $40 million capital campaign to support Catholic education, retiring priests and seminarians and faith formation efforts in parishes and schools.

A silent phase of the campaign seeking major donors will begin in April, and the first of four waves of parish-based fundraising efforts will begin in June or July.

The campaign will wrap up at the end of 2014.

Flower Festival set for Jan. 26-27

The 28th annual Cathedral Flower Festival, set for Jan. 26 and 27 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, will stand as a tribute to the more than 40 designers who will present the floral creations.

Sponsored by Cathedral Arts Project, "Floral Fantasy: A Salute to the Flower Festival Designers" also will focus on the flowers as the inspiration for designs, rather than a theme or various objects as in past years.

Insurer of Catholic dioceses has change in leadership

The nation's largest property and liability insurer of Catholic dioceses - Omaha-based Catholic Mutual Group - has a new president and CEO following the retirement of longtime leader Joe Beveridge.

Michael Intrieri, a 28-year veteran of the company, most recently was its executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"We have a long history of providing service to the church," said Intrieri, 58. "I feel great responsibility to continue the success that Catholic Mutual Group has enjoyed."

Year of Faith invites young adults back to the church

Todd Christensen can't really pinpoint when he started to drift away from the Catholic Church.

Growing up, the 27-year-old attended Mass with his family and religious education classes at St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha.

But like so many young adult Catholics, that changed after high school when Christensen moved to Lincoln for college. Mass became an afterthought and soon he was attending only on special occasions such as Christmas.

Priests: Sacrament of penance helps ignite faith

Instrumental music and exposition of the Eucharist will be part of five weeks of special Lenten reconciliation services at parishes in Clarkson and Leigh, just one approach to an archdiocesan-wide effort to bring people to the sacrament.

"It really creates an atmosphere of prayer," said Father Tim Forget, pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Clarkson and St. Mary Parish in Leigh.

He said he will read Scripture on the Ten Commandments to help people examine their consciences and will display an image of the prodigal son.

Omaha parishioner helps students in Uganda

Sometimes, people simply respond to a need.

For Karen Van Dyke of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, that impulse to help was triggered on a mission trip to Uganda with one of her sisters, when she noticed dozens of school-age children wandering villages and roads.

"We would see children everywhere," Van Dyke said. "That struck us so much. Where did all these children come from? Why aren't they in school?"

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