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April 2013

School hosts community day

Students at St. Thomas More School in Omaha volunteered at senior citizen centers, a veterans home and several other ministries across the city April 12 as part of the school's annual community day.

After Mass and a rally, the school's 201 kindergarten through eighth-grade students split up by class for their service work, with parent volunteers driving them to various locations.

Teachers play role in convention

Two sixth-grade teachers from St. Robert Bellarmine School in Omaha shared ideas for integrating class subjects during the annual National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) convention in Houston.

Language arts teacher Kathleen Cullinan and social studies teacher Rosie Gazda said combining lessons teaches students that skills learned in one class can and should be applied to another class.

Lessons hit home for students

Students at Marian High School in Omaha reading about Sudan's civil war heard accounts of what life was like in the African country from two speakers who lived through it.

Bidong Tot and Gatluak Wie, who now serve as interpreters for Omaha Public Schools, talked March 27 to senior English students who have been reading "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" by John Bul Dau and Martha Arual Akech, two survivors of the Sudanese civil war that broke out in 1983.

Campaign raises money for Africa

Students at St. Bernadette School in Bellevue and religious education students in the parish raised $1,250 during Lent to help build four classrooms for a school in Erena, Nigeria.

Part of St. Bernadette's "Reaching Out" campaign for the 2012-13 school year, the money was donated to Friends of Hope Connecting Hearts Nigeria, a nonprofit organization started by Father Kizito Okhuoya, associate pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha.

Skutt Catholic wins state speech

V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha won the Class B team title for the second straight year at the Nebraska state speech championships March 21-22 in Kearney.

The top six finishers in each category earn points, and Skutt Catholic winners were:

Samantha Turco, a sophomore, for entertainment speaking and juniors Zachary Pohlman for informative speaking and Taylor Lofdahl in serious interpretation.

Siena/Francis House receives donations

The Siena/Francis House in Omaha recently received $600 and 2,901 rolls of toilet paper from a Boy Scout working on a service project for a badge.

Joey Novotny of St. Pius X Parish in Omaha, a member of Boy Scout Troop 570, collected the money at Masses and other parish events. He was helped by Beta Sigma Phi, an international women's organization that includes his mother and grandmother.

The money will be doubled thanks to a grant from the Feinstein Foundation, a national organization that fights hunger.

FLANNIGAN-Ethel Catherine

FLANNIGAN-Ethel Catherine, 93. Funeral Mass April 18 at St. Boniface Church, Stuart.Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Stuart. Survived by cousins. Memorials to Douglas County Historical Society Guild or Joslyn Art Museum Education Department.



MADSEN-Marie M., 91. Funeral Mass April 18 at St. James Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Walter; parents, Frank and Margaret Swinarski; three sisters; three brothers. Survived by daughters and son-in-law, Sherry Bauer, and Kathy and Darwin Severson; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Carol, Bill, David, Mark and Anne, and Jeff and Roxanne; sister, Elizabeth Spry; 22 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.


LAFFERTY-James D. "Jim" Jr.

LAFFERTY-James D. "Jim" Jr., 73. Funeral Mass April 18 at Sacred Heart Church. Private family burial. Preceded in death by parents, James Lafferty Sr. and Ruth Marion. Survived by wife, Alice (Bokelman) Lafferty; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Michelle Ray and Shane and Susan Patrick Lafferty; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Judith Ann McGinn, Reno, Nev.; nieces.



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