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April 2013

EHRENBERG-Dwight W. "Dewey,"

EHRENBERG-Dwight W. "Dewey," 81. Memorial Mass April 20 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Private interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, George and Arietta Ehrenberg; infant sister; granddaughter, Erin Elledge; great-granddaughter, Isabella Dyke. Survived by wife, Helen; son, Steven; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean Ehrenberg, Linda and Tim Ingram, Susan and Richard Moulton, Judy and Dennis Elledge; six grandchildren; great-grandson.

BELITZ-Leonard Lee Jr.

BELITZ-Leonard Lee Jr., 58. Funeral service April 19 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, Michael R. L. Belitz; daughter, Lisa Marie Belitz; parents, Leonard and Virginia. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Rhonda Gusman; brothers and sister-in-law, Larry Thomas and Les and Darlene Belitz; sisters, Missy Belitz, Lenessa Reishus and Cindy Belitz; two grandchildren; close friend, Danny Pitman. Memorials to the family.



LAHOOD-Dennis M.

LAHOOD-Dennis M., 58. Memorial Mass April 19 at Sacred Heart Church. Preceded in death by parents, Jim and Claire (Kelley) LaHood; brothers, Mark and Bill LaHood; sisters-in-law, Jan LaHood and Danielle LaHood. Survived by siblings and spouses, Jim, Laurie and Dana Lesley, Kelley, Tim and Matthew; nieces; nephews; cousins; friends. Memorials to Creighton Preparatory School.


ROSSBACH-Joseph J. Jr.

ROSSBACH-Joseph J. Jr., 87. Funeral Mass April 19 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Anne and Joseph J. Rossbach Sr.; brother, Richard James Rossbach. Survived by wife, Mary C. Rossbach; daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine Marie and Gary Leak, Joann Elizabeth and Merl Dunham, and Susan Jane and W. Scott Shrode; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Richard and Judy Rossbach, and Philip Edward and Terri Rossbach; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Memorials to the church, Jesuit Academy or Creighton Preparatory School.


WEST-Robert, 84. Visitation 4 p.m., prayer service 7 p.m., both April 19 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., April 20 at Ss. Peter and Paul Church. Interment St. John Cemetery. Preceded in death by wife, Mary Ann West; son, Robert West. Survived by wife, Mary Ellen Dasovich; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. William West, John and Sharon West, and Crystal "Toad" West; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Paul Schmolt, Jobie and George Duhacek, Susie and Pat Hawk, and Judy Dooley; 17 grandchildren; great-grandson.



GOTTSCHALK-Ronald P., 79. Visitation 9 a.m. funeral Mass 10 a.m., both April 20 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church. Interment Manson Cemetery, Manson, Iowa. Preceded in death by wife, Donna. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Bill Black, and Jeanni and Rick Clay; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Karen, Ron and Mark Francis; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Dale and Joann, and Bob. Memorials to the family.



Responding to the church's need for vocations isn't a responsibility just for some, but for all

Just over one year ago, I had the privilege of opening the cause for the canonization of Father Edward Flanagan, a priest of the Archdiocese of Omaha and the founder of Boys Town.

A quiet process of investigating Father Flanagan's life and work has been moving ahead over these months. Meanwhile, with the approval of the Holy See, we are able to refer to him as "Servant of God." The Father Flanagan League has been generous in providing resources for prayers through Father Flanagan's intercession and in encouraging pilgrimages to the place of his burial.

Official schedule

Archbishop George J. Lucas' scheduled activities:

April 19
» "That Man Is You!" Mass and dinner, Christ the King Church, Omaha.

April 20
» Confirmation, St. Anthony Parish, Columbus.
April 21
» Confirmation, St. Isidore Parish, Columbus.
» Confirmation, St. Bonaventure Parish, Columbus.

April 22
» Review board meeting, chancery, Omaha.
» Confirmation, St. Thomas More Parish, Omaha.

April 23
» Personnel board meeting, chancery, Omaha.

April 24

Omaha native is appointed bishop

Surprised and happy.

That's how Mabel Folda, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Omaha, described her family's reaction when they learned her son, Msgr. John Folda, had been appointed the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, N.D.

A priest of the Diocese of Lincoln who attended St. Thomas School and graduated from then-Archbishop Ryan High School in Omaha, Msgr. Folda, 51, will be ordained as bishop in June. He will fill the position vacated by Archbishop Samuel Aquila when he was selected to head the Denver Archdiocese last June.

Parish leaders plan ways to use share of money raised in capital campaign

The archdiocese's two-year, $40 million "Ignite the Faith" capital campaign is capturing the imagination of pastors and parish leaders as they decide how to use money that will be retained by parishes.

"There's excitement about enhancing our ministries and supporting growth in faith in our people," said Father Harry Buse, pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish in Omaha. "This gives us an opportunity to better serve our people and serve the church."

During the campaign, each parish will retain 10 percent of the money raised in the parish.


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