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January 2013

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?"

New members join Review Board

Three new members have been appointed to a volunteer board that advises Archbishop George J. Lucas on the protection of young people.

They will be briefed on the process of dealing with an allegation of sexual abuse and the status of current cases before their first board meeting March 18, said Dr. Stephen Doran, chairman of the Archdiocese of Omaha Review Board.

Annual Appeal exceeds goal, continues through summer

About five months into a yearlong effort, the Archbishop's Annual Appeal has topped its goal for the third straight year with $3.28 million pledged, and officials continue to encourage participation so more people can receive scholarships for Catholic schools, have more opportunities for faith formation and enrichment and help the needy through Catholic Charities.

"The support this year has been tremendous," said Kaitlyn M. Maloney, stewardship and development coordinator for the archdiocese. "We are so very thankful for the generous people of this archdiocese."

State bishops issue call for prayer, fasting and continued diligence in battle for life

As this edition of the Catholic Voice is published, I hope to be in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. I will be joining hundreds of Nebraskans in this peaceful, prayerful witness to the sanctity of all human life. The march is held every year in January to commemorate the sad anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This year we mark 40 years since that misguided decision that allows abortion on demand during nine months of pregnancy.

Official Schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Jan. 27
» Mass, 9:30 a.m. St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha.
» Confirmation, Immaculate Conception Parish, Boys Town.
» Essential Pregnancy Services benefit dinner, Embassy Suites, La Vista.

Jan. 29
» Mass, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha.
» Catholic Charities board of directors annual dinner, Omaha.

Jan. 30
» Real estate committee meeting, chancery, Omaha.

Jan. 31

Governor's call to change taxes among controversial proposals

On Jan. 15 - the fifth day of the Nebraska Legislature's new session - Gov. Dave Heineman delivered the annual State-of-the-State address. Here's the summary preface as documented by the Legislative Journal:

"Today, we are operating in a technology-driven, global, free-market economy. Our current tax system needs to be modernized and transformed. It's been nearly five decades since Nebraska has had a serious debate about our overall tax system. Life has changed drastically since the 1960s, when we were operating in a completely different economic environment."

'Good Morning, Jesus' is perfect start to each day

For many years, I had the pleasure of working at Marian High School, and countless gifts came with that position. One I especially appreciated was the chance to pray together with staff and students.

For instance, on Thursday mornings before school started, a number of us began our day with a simple prayer service. We gathered in the school's small meditation chapel. It is a sacred and warm space with its light blue carpeted floor and frosted glass windows that let through hints of the early morning sun.

Signs of hope for pro-life efforts

Jan. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized abortion during all nine months of pregnancy for virtually any reason.

In Blessed Mother Teresa's words, these decisions "deformed a great nation," "pitted mothers against their children and women against men," spread "violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships," and "portrayed the greatest of gifts - a child - as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience."


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