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February 2013

Mercy High School celebrates FIESTA

Nearly 500 people attended Mercy High School's annual FIESTA (Friends in Earnest Supporting Tuition Assistance) dinner and auction Feb. 9, raising more than $260,000 for the Omaha school's negotiated tuition program and technology updates.

After dinner, the school's president, Mercy Sister Delores Hannon, presented the Heart of Mercy Award to Principal Carolyn Jaworski, a 1964 graduate of the high school who has worked at Mercy for 43 years, including 25 as principal. Jaworski is retiring at the end of June.

Broken water pipe floods classrooms

Water leaking from a broken pipe flooded several hallways and classrooms Feb. 8 at St. Mary School in Bellevue, and the school did not hold classes.

But after a weekend of cleanup, the school reopened Feb. 11, Principal Cheryl Castle said.

Ray Guggenberger, business manager for St. Mary Parish, said a water pipe coupling broke sometime overnight in a sink in a girl's restroom on the school's second level. Water flooded several hallways and classrooms near the restroom and leaked down onto the ground floor.

Parishes host confirmation retreat

A confirmation retreat Feb. 2 at St. Leo Church in Snyder brought five rural parishes together in service and fellowship.

The 26 candidates and their sponsors came from St. Wenceslaus Parish in Dodge, Sacred Heart Parish in Olean, St. Leo Parish in Snyder, and St. John Nepomucene Parish and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, both in Howells.

In addition to writing, reflecting and prayer exercises, the group made 13 fleece tie blankets for homeless women and children living at Siena/Francis House in Omaha, along with anonymous notes of encouragement.

Nebraska Right to Life sponsors 'pro-life legislative day' in Lincoln

Nebraska Right to Life's "pro-life legislative day" focused on two bills March 1 at the state Capitol in Lincoln, said Julie Schmit-Albin, executive director.

One bill, LB300, would update a 1993 informed consent abortion law by requiring the state Department of Health to develop and dedicate a website for information required by the 20-year-old law, including alternatives to abortion, potential complications and risks with the procedure and a link to online videos of ultrasound images showing fetal development in two-week increments, Schmit-Albin said.


MELOCCARO-Albert J., 92. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Feb. 22 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Feb. 23 at St. John Vianney Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Esther Rose (DiMauro) Meloccaro; parents, John and Josephine Meloccaro; brothers, Erasmo, Thomas and Ray; sister, Rose. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Josie and Tom Gilbert, Anne Marie and Roger Dryden, and Margie and Mike Shurts; sons and daughter-in-law, Jim Meloccaro, Steve Meloccaro, Gary and Cathy Meloccaro; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Novena in Honor of St. Joseph: March 10-18; The Solemnity of St. Joseph Holy Mass is March 19

Novena in Honor of St. Joseph: March 10-18, 7 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 654. S 86th St., Omaha. Msgr. Joseph Hanefeldt will offer a reflection on sacrament of reconciliation. The Solemnity of St. Joseph Holy Mass is March 19, 7 p.m., followed by refreshments in the parish center.


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