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April 2013

Service trips inspire students, expand their view of the world

Working to build and repair homes in a small Mexican village, Jake Recker found inspiration in the faith, hope and joy of villagers living in poverty.

Recker was among 29 students and 12 parents and faculty from Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn who participated in a service trip March 2-9 in La Cima, Mexico, and two neighboring villages northeast of Mexico City.

Service trips inspire students, expand their view of the world

Working to build and repair homes in a small Mexican village, Jake Recker found inspiration in the faith, hope and joy of villagers living in poverty.

Recker was among 29 students and 12 parents and faculty from Mount Michael Benedictine High School near Elkhorn who participated in a service trip March 2-9 in La Cima, Mexico, and two neighboring villages northeast of Mexico City.

Mission group to hold fundraiser

IXIM Spirit of Solidarity, a mission group in the Archdiocese of Omaha that's been helping the Diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, for 11 years, will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo Walk/Run fundraiser May 5 at South High School in Omaha.

All ages can enter a five-kilometer run, while children 8 and under can compete in a 400-meter run and children 13 and younger can compete in a one-mile run.

Breakfast burritos will be available, a marimba band will play live music and there will be face painters and clowns.

Appointment of Msgr. Folda makes three

When Msgr. John Folda is ordained as the bishop of Fargo, N.D., in June, he'll be the third native son of the Archdiocese of Omaha currently leading one of the almost 200 dioceses in the country.

An Omaha native, Msgr. Folda joins Spokane Bishop Blasé Cupich, also of Omaha, and Grand Island Bishop William Dendinger, who was born in Coleridge, as members of the episcopacy in the United States.

Msgr. Folda was ordained as a priest of the Lincoln Diocese, while Bishops Cupich and Dendinger were ordained as priests for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Focus continues on children

After some poorly conceived and developed legislation created a "safe haven" debacle a few years ago, the Nebraska Legislature has bounced back conscientiously in responding to child welfare issues. The "safe haven" experience exposed serious problems and deficiencies in the state's response to children in difficult and negative, if not dangerous, circumstances involving parenting and family life.

Healing is found in God's mercy

"My daughter, know that my heart is mercy itself. From this sea of mercy, graces flow out upon the whole world. No soul that has approached me has ever gone away unconsoled. All misery gets buried in the depths of my mercy, and every saving and sanctifying grace flows from this fountain ... Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would my mercy not embrace a trusting soul."

Sacristies in our lives help us flourish in call to go forth

I have been thinking about sacristies lately.  In the past many months I have had the chance to visit quite a few.  As parishes across the archdiocese reach their goal for the Archbishop's Annual Appeal,  I often have the opportunity to attend Mass and offer words of gratitude to the parishioners for their prayers, financial support and sacrifice. 

This has been such a gift to me as I have visited dozens of Catholic churches across northeast Nebraska, many magnificent, and all beloved homes of worship and community.

Knights insurance agent honored

Neil Pfeifer of Norfolk has been named Agent of the Year for the Pfeifer Agency of Knights of Columbus Insurance, which serves Knights members and their families in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

A member of Sacred Heart Parish, Pfeifer will be honored during the Knights' state convention April 26-28 in Kearney.

Pfeifer also will be honored during a national Knights meeting this month for finishing No. 15 in life sales companywide in 2012, outperforming more than 1,300 agents in the United States and Canada.

St. Columbkille wins Bible Bowl

Three students from St. Columbkille School in Papillion led their team to victory in the 22nd annual Bible Bowl, held March 2 at St. Bernard School in Omaha.

Nick Mundt, a sixth-grader, won the contest for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Classmate Audrey Laney took second and Jake Woodard, a fifth-grader, tied for fifth. Other members of St. Columbkille's team were fourth-graders Trey Krueger and Brendan DeWerth and fifth-grader James Kolbo.

Student's essay tops state contest

Taylor Arens, a student at St. Rose of Lima School in Crofton, recently won the statewide "What My Mother Means to Me" fifth-grade essay contest, sponsored by the Nebraska Mothers Association and its parent organization, American Mothers Inc.

The essays were judged on content and focus, organization, word choice and style, sentence fluency and mechanics.

Arens' essay, one of nearly 200 entries, will be judged with other state-winning essays during American Mothers' national convention, April 26-27 in New York.

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