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February 2013

A new way to learn

Ga'Vaughn Lumpkin-Cokes, foreground, and Amaya Sims, students at Holy Name School in Omaha, complete schoolwork on Kindles provided to all second-graders at the school this year through a grant. The devices offer a fun way for students to learn a variety of subjects. The Kindles have downloaded books geared to the exact reading level of students, applications to practice math skills and online access to find information for science and social studies projects.

GILBERT-Jacqueline G.

GILBERT-Jacqueline G., 89. Funeral Mass Feb. 22 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas Joseph Gilbert, DDS; parents, William Fisher Giles, DDS and Loucille (Dowd) Giles-Oppice; brother, William F. Giles, MD; sister, Mickey Dodson. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy Gilbert, Stephen and Chris Gilbert, and Michael and Lyn Gilbert; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Tim Cuddigan; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean Giles; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Blessed Sacrament Education Fund.

BOYLE-Jean M.

BOYLE-Jean M., 84. Visitation 3 p.m., wake service 4 p.m., both Feb. 24 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Feb. 25 at St. Bernard Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Robert L. Boyle. Survived by children and spouses, Mark Boyle, Larry and Kitty Boyle, Kathy and Gary Luedtke, Duffy and Irene Boyle, Patty and David Redding, Jim Boyle, Bill and Nancy Boyle, and Alan Boyle and friend, Melissa Kelly; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Margie Scribanti, and Mary and Bob Timmons; special friend, Art Palmer.

BEAT-Rose Ann

BEAT-Rose Ann, 86. Visitation 2 p.m., wake service 4 p.m., both Feb. 24 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Feb. 25 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Preceded in death by parents, James and Nellie Sullivan; brothers, Dennis, Francis and James Sullivan; sister, Nel Sullivan. Survived by husband, Dr. Arthur A.

Hair-cropping challenge at Mary Our Queen Parish

Sheryl Fenton prepares to shave Father Marc Lim's hair as Doug Hoffman looks on during Mary Our Queen Parish's annual MARQUEE dinner and dance fundraiser Feb. 15 in Omaha. Father Lim, known for a longer hair style that falls below the collar, surprised the crowd of 400 by announcing he would allow the event chairs to shave his head if the live auction netted more than $100,000. The audience roared as the dollar amount displayed on the big screen continued to climb, and the total topped $200,000, 15 percent more than last year's record.

Surprise day at Marian High

Students at Marian High School in Omaha cheer Feb. 14 as they learn it's Surprise Day, a beloved annual tradition dating to the school's beginnings that offers a break from class and builds camaraderie among students with carnival-like activities. The highly anticipated event is held annually during the second semester on a day known only to the student board, with students rushing to the gym when the announcement is made after the midday bell.

Pope leaves his mark on the church in his scholarship and in his holiness

We are all still dealing with the reality that within a few days from now, Pope Benedict XVI will resign his office as our Holy Father. This has been done before, many centuries ago. It has always remained a possibility under church law, but it never seemed probable to most of us. Still, this was the pope's decision to make, if he chose to do so in freedom, and he has made it.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

Feb. 23
» Confirmation, Sacred Heart Parish, Norfolk.

Feb. 24
» Confirmation, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Omaha.

Feb. 25
» Serra Club induction, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha.

Feb. 26
» Deposit and Loan committee meeting, chancery, Omaha.

Feb. 27
» ACD Leadership meeting, chancery, Omaha.

March 1
» Mass, St. Gerald School, Ralston.

March 2

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