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June 2013

HANNA-John M.

HANNA-John M., 85. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. John Church. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Michael and Gertrude Hanna; brother; sister. Survived by wife, Sandie; sons and daughters-in-law, Patrick and Kathy Hanna, Chicago; Mike and Michelle Hanna, Elkhorn; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Matt Christensen, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kate and Jeff Bush, Monroe, La., and Meg and Bill Amundsen; 13 grandchildren; Memorials to St. Philip Neri Elementary School.

JOHN A. GENTLEMAN

KERWIN-Mary Ellen

KERWIN-Mary Ellen, 85. Funeral Mass June 14 at St. Bridget Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by husband, Hugh B. Survived by children and spouses, Mary Morrissey, Kate Pennisi, Connie Aliano, Sue and Joe Sykora, Hugh "Bou" and Barb Kerwin, Denise and Kerry Diminyatz, Billie and Mike Mancuso, John and Debbie Kerwin, Sheila and Mike Cherney, Eileen and John Kudlacz, and Debbie and Joe Boylan; 36 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Carl Kerwin; nieces; nephews.

OLECHOSKI-Donald F.

OLECHOSKI-Donald F., 56. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both June 14 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m., June 15 at St. Stanislaus Church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by father, Frank Olechoski. Survived by mother, Dorothy M. Olechoski; children and spouses, Craig and Kate Olechoski, Kim and Matt Garland, Cari Olechoski, and Kevin Olechoski; four grandchildren; twin brother and spouse, Ron and Patti Olechoski; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patti and Matt Willis, and Marylin and Dave Young; nieces; nephews.

Pro-life Essay Contest: Danny Buser, a seventh-grader at St. James Seton School, Omaha

Almost every day you hear a news report of a person who was shot and killed. Scenarios such as this one are happening more frequently. Although murder is increasing, it is not the only way people are being killed. The year 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion in the U.S. It is also the Catholic Year of Faith and we can stand by our faith to show our disagreement with the practice of abortion. We believe that all voices, born or unborn, deserve to be heard.

Official Schedule June 15-28

June 15
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Run, Pray, Walk for Vocations, St. Margaret Mary Church, Omaha.
» Mass and blessing of church renovations, St. Joseph Church, Wisner.
June 16
» Mass, Mary Our Queen Parish's 50th anniversary celebration, Omaha.
» Archbishop's open house for vocations, St. Margaret Mary Church, Omaha.
June 18
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Archbishop's cabinet meeting, chancery, Omaha.
June 19
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Installation of Bishop John T. Folda, Fargo, N.D.
June 20
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Fortnight for Freedom rally, Christ the King Church, Omaha.

Prayers for courage and wisdom needed as nation considers immigration reform

I recently celebrated a Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral to which people were invited to come and pray for a just and compassionate reform of our nation's immigration laws and policies. I am grateful to the diverse group of 200 or so who accepted the invitation to ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the matter of immigration, which affects all of us. I extend to all of you that same invitation as possible changes in our laws are debated this summer in the U.S. Congress.

Pope Paul VI's gift still timely even today

As the last great Year of Faith came to a close on the final day of June 1968, the world was in the midst of a very tumultuous period. The previous six months saw the turn of public opinion against the Vietnam War after the Tet offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the emergence of terrorism in Latin America and Europe, and a Marxist-led student revolt that nearly toppled the French government.

So the solemn liturgy to mark the 19th centenary of the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul was hardly noticed outside church circles.

Class of 1973 opened door to diaconate

June of 1973 probably was like every other June, the start of another hot summer in Nebraska. But one day that month - June 24 - also was historic for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

That's the date when 16 men were ordained as the first permanent deacons in the archdiocese. The archdiocese was at the forefront of the Vatican II-driven return to permanent deacons, becoming the 16th diocese in the United States to have permanent deacons, the third order of ordained clergy.

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