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March 2013

HEYWOOD-Richard J.

HEYWOOD-Richard J., 87. Funeral Mass March 22 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Interment St. Mary Ridgely Cemetery, Scribner. Preceded in death by parents, Edward Heywood and Ottilene (Haun) Heywood; brothers, Francis, Victor, Casper, Burnell and Edward; sisters, Doris Hatten and Joan Heywood. Survived by wife, Bonita (Bachman) Heywood; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Marianne, Michael, and Philip and Jan; daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and Jerry Dahl, and JoAnna and J.R. Dobson; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; relatives; friends.

KUDYM-Ruth L. (Bradley)

KUDYM-Ruth L. (Bradley). Visitation 5 p.m., prayer service 7:30 p.m., both March 22 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m., March 23 at Holy Cross Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by grandson, Joel Kudym; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Tony Calta, and Dorothy and Sam Gasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Georgina Bradley, and Jack and Irene Bradley; Survived by husband, Fred R. Kudym; children and spouses, Sharron and Dan Hood, Cove City, N.C., Fred D.

BISHOP-Matthew F. Jr. - TGST USAF (Ret.) Strategic Air Command

BISHOP-Matthew F. Jr. - TGST USAF (Ret.) Strategic Air Command, 73. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both March 24 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., March 25 at St. Mary Church, Bellevue. Interment Bellevue Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Louise. Survived by children and spouses, Fred and Becky, Irene and Mark Dethlefsen, Joseph Bishop, and Jim and Becki Bishop; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Josette and Mac Wood, Lin and Pete LaVache, and Kathleen Bishop; brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Becky.

Bishop Cupich discusses Vatican II impact

Bishops developed a new school of thought during Vatican II about their identity and ministry in the life of the church, said Omaha native Bishop Blase Cupich, now leading the Diocese of Spokane, Wash.

Bishop Cupich spoke to about 140 people March 7 at Creighton University in Omaha as part of the university's ongoing observance of the Second Vatican Council's 50th anniversary.

Local reaction to new pope: surprise, excitement

Like many Catholics around the world, local clergy said they were surprised and excited about the selection of 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope.

Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop Emeritus Elden Francis Curtiss, Jesuit Father Roc O'Connor and Father Jose Mendoza said they were confident the Holy Spirit had guided the cardinals in their selection of Pope Francis as the new shepherd of the Catholic Church.

Dr. Seuss Day

Holy Family School students, from left, Matthew Pfeifer, Nicholas Frisch and Trent Reardon play with "oobleck" during Dr. Seuss Day March 4 at the school in Lindsay. The sticky substance is the subject of Dr. Seuss' 1949 book "Bartholomew and the Oobleck." Students were treated to the movie "Horton Hears a Who!," petted two live "cats in hats" and played Dr. Seuss-related computer games, along with bingo, art projects, writing tongue twisters and reading "The Cat in the Hat." They also enjoyed eating green eggs for lunch and a "read and feed" to end the day.

St. Patrick teams win robotics championship

Two teams from St. Patrick School in Elkhorn, led by Jeff Korus, program coordinator/coach, won awards during the 2013 U.S. National VEX Robotics Championship, held March 7-9 in Ralston.

St. Patrick's JackBOTS and Brobots were middle school tournament national champions. JackBOTS also won the driver skills national championship and earned the excellence award.

Both teams and two other St. Patrick teams who won state tournaments qualify for the 2013 VEX Robotics Middle School World Championship, April 17-20 in Anaheim, Calif.

Soda bread fundraiser

Hudson Hohman, left, and Will Johnston, seventh-graders at St. Pius X/St. Leo School in Omaha, hand out soda bread to first-graders Liam Findley and Caitlyn Dunham. The Knights of Columbus from St. Leo and St. Pius X parishes and the St. Pius X men's group bake and sell soda bread during the Lenten season, and they brought loaves to the school last month. Families were asked to put donations in an envelope, and each child received a loaf of bread. More than $1,900 was raised through Irish soda bread sales for the tuition assistance fund at St. Pius X/St. Leo.

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