Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW): May 21 at St. John the Baptist parish Hall, 211 Omaha St., Fordyce. Registration 10 a.m., board meeting 10:30 am. Executive board meets at 9:30 a.m. Rural North Central (RNC) Deanery will be the host. Call Leonarda Arens at 402-388-2463.
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"Let's Play Some Golf": June 8, 10 a.m. at Lincoln's West Nine Golf Course, 84th and Van Dorn, Lincoln. Proceeds benefit Nebraska Right to Life. Player entry fee is $40. 12 team limit. Optional gold, silver and bronze hole sponsorships are $150, $100 and $50 respectively. Donations welcome. Entry deadline is June 6. Registrations online at www.catholicbusinesswomen.org or call Ashlee at 402-570-1395 or Kathi at 402-435-8600. Donations call Mary Pat at 402-430-7494.
Pancake Brunch Fundraiser for Sara Brown: June 9, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish Center, 8200 N. 30th St., Omaha. Sara has stage IV uterine cancer. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council No. 5287.
PENNING-Delores J., 82. Funeral Mass May 17 at St. Patrick Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by son, David Penning; sisters, Audrey and Helen; brothers, Don and Jim. Survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Myron "Mick" and Janice, Daryl, Denis and Renee; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Bill Barbee, Debra and Ed Louria, and Laurie and Ken Gantz; daughter-in-law, Joan Penning; five grandchildren; sister, Shirley; brothers, Joe and John; nieces; nephews.
COOK-Lavonne, 84. Funeral Mass May 17 at St. Patrick Church, Gretna. Graveside service Lincoln Memorial Park, Lincoln. Preceded in death by parents, Samuel and Frances Tunender; brother, Darrell Tunender; brother-in-law, Denny Christensen. Survived by husband, Eugene Cook; children and spouses, Roy Cook, Tony and Julie Cook, Danny and Linda Cook, and Larry Cook; five grandchildren; great-granddaughter; brother and sister-in-law, Mort and Joan Tunender; sister, Patty Christensen; nieces; nephews; relatives; friends..
CATHERWOOD-Arlene, 80. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both May 17 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 12:30 p.m., May 18 at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Robert W. Catherwood; parents, Steven J and Katherine (Yonkovich) Maji; friend, Gus Graske. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Cindy Catherwood, Mark Catherwood and Patrick Catherwood; twin daughters and son-in-law, Karen and Pat Thompson, and Kathy Lee; five grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Pat Maji; relatives.
Before long, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide two cases that have raised the question of the definition of marriage in law. The bishops of this country have joined other organizations and individuals in urging the court to uphold both the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, which define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Negative decisions could have the effect of redefining marriage all across the country. Some legislatures and courts have already been effecting a redefinition in law at the state level.
Felix Cortes has been teaching first Communion and confirmation classes in Spanish for nine years at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in northeast Omaha.
And while he will miss the church when it closes next month as part of a reorganization of east Omaha parishes and schools, Cortes said he is excited about new possibilities as St. Therese's Hispanic ministry, which includes about 250 people, is invited to Holy Name Parish, about four miles away.
Norfolk Catholic elementary and junior/senior high schools are searching for a president to foster Catholic identity, development and strategic planning, the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish said May 14.
"It is just not possible for the pastor to do all that needs to be done to be sure all of these facets are being taken care of," said Father Dan Andrews, who the last three years has been president of the junior and senior high school and as pastor oversees the elementary school.
A June 1 bash - complete with hot dogs, cake and ice cream, a bouncy house and pony rides for children - was part of 40th anniversary celebrations at New Cassel Retirement Center in Omaha.
New Cassel also planned to host a movie night later in June with films from 1973 - its founding year - and candy that residents might remember from decades ago, such as Zotz and Laffy Taffy.