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March 2013

Omaha schools honored for service

College of Saint Mary and Creighton University, both in Omaha, were honored March 4 by the Corporation for National and Community Service for their commitment to volunteering, student-service learning and civic engagement, as well as meaningful community outcomes.

College of Saint Mary was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the third year in a row. Creighton, which was listed on the honor roll category, was recognized for the sixth year.

Prep, Marian students preparing for nationals

Eight students from Creighton Preparatory School and five from Marian High School, both in Omaha, have qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament May 25-26 in Philadelphia.

Those qualifying from Creighton Prep include Carlo Eby and Nathan Mann in oral interpretation of literature, Walter Paul in original oratory, John Michael Hogue in extemporaneous speaking, Dominic Eby and Greg Huber in oratorical declamation and Donald Erftmier and Ian Carstens in student congress.

Ministries combine to offer contest

The youth ministry and pro-life programs at St. Gerald Parish in Ralston joined forces for a pro-life poster contest that drew 70 entries from students in religious education and the parish school.

St. Gerald School students took the top three spots in the contest - led by seventh-grader Will Buck's picture of children as gifts from heaven; seventh-grader Olivia Horner's picture of a baby's feet in second place, and eighth-graders Ashley Jacobson and Sarah Schmidt tied for third with posters titled "Choose Life" and "Life is a Gift," respectively.

Atherton receives Top Hat award

Carol Atherton, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Omaha, is the winner of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 2012 Top Hat Award in recognition for her years of leadership and help with the Society's food pantry.

The award, given to the volunteer whose contributions have gone above and beyond the general opportunities for helping out, was presented during the Society's annual meeting in December.

Wisnieski named Knights insurance agent

Jeff Wisnieski, a member of St. Joseph Parish in Bellwood, is the newest agent for Knights of Columbus Insurance as it serves members across the archdiocese.

Wisnieski will take over several councils from Mike Kosch, whose service area has grown. Wisnieski will serve two councils in Columbus, St. Bonaventure and St. Isidore, plus councils in Shelby and Osceola.

Dinner to benefit Latino Scholarship Fund

A dinner and silent auction April 5 at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Omaha to benefit Assumption-Guadalupe School is being retooled this year as a fundraiser for the Latino Catholic Scholarship Fund, organizers said.

The change is being made because Assumption-Guadalupe School will close at the end of this school year as part of the archdiocese's parish-school reorganization plan for east Omaha.

Irish Fest raises more than $440,000

Catholic Charities of Omaha raised more than $440,000 at Irish Fest 2013 March 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The annual benefit gala, which drew about 600 people, included silent and oral auctions, raffle, dinner, performances by Omaha Pipes and Drums and The Craoi na Tire Irish Dancers and live music and dancing from The Finest Hour.
The money raised will go to support programs and services that help 75,000 people and families in need throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Deacon Krajicek remembered for giving spirit

Deacon Joseph Krajicek Jr., who served at St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, died March 17 at the age of 78.

His funeral Mass was March 21 at St. Patrick, with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Gretna.

Deacon Krajicek, ordained in 1999, was the first deacon at St. Patrick, where he served with then-pastor Father Dan Soltys, who is now retired, and Father Mike Grewe, current pastor.

Father Soltys said Deacon Krajicek was positive, humble and charitable.


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