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September 2013


KONON-Stella, 100. Visitation 5 p.m., prayer service 7 p.m., both Sept. 6 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m., Sept. 7 at St. Mary Church. Preceded in death by husband, Frank Konon; daughter, LaVerne Haenel. Survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Richard Konon, and James and Rita Konon; daughter, Barbara Konon; son-in-law, Charles Haenel. 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. Memorials to Masses or Stephen Center.



KLEBER-Gerald J. "Jerry,"

KLEBER-Gerald J. "Jerry," 77. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Sept. 6 at St. Bernadette Church. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Sept. 7 at the church. Interment St. John Cemetery, Bellevue. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Grace Kleber; brothers, Donald, Bill and Rich; sisters, Alice Lang and Ruth Place. Survived by wife, Connie; children and spouse Cory and Rick Pelnar, Camala Kleber, Kyle Kleber and Brian Kleber; three grandchildren; great-grandson; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bob Mollner; nieces; nephews.



GIBILISCO-Paul J., 67. Visitation 5 p.m., vigil service 7 p.m., both Sept. 6 at the funeral home. Funeral Mass 10 a.m., Sept. 7 at St. Margaret Mary Church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, Paul J. and Marcella Gibilisco Sr.; brother, Ron Gibilisco. Survived by wife, Carol L. Gibilisco; sons, Michael B. Gibilisco and Joseph P. Gibilisco; sister, Joyce Burbach; nieces; nephews. Memorials to Mount Michael Benedictine High School or Creighton Preparatory School.


Year of Faith: Celebrating the saints

Catholics are urged during the Year of Faith to study the saints and follow their example, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has published several summaries of saints' lives.

Once each month during the Year of Faith, the Catholic Voice is featuring a saint offered through the USCCB.


Oct. 4

Identified with the poor and revitalized the church

Fatima statue offers special prayer opportunity to close the Year of Faith

People across the archdiocese can close the Year of Faith with a special pilgrimage in honor of Mary when a national Fatima statue is brought to the area in November.

For 24-hour periods from Nov. 1 to Nov. 24, churches, religious communities and Catholic high schools in the archdiocese can host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the USA, which is based at the World Apostolate of Fatima in New Jersey.

Official Schedule

Sept. 7

» Vigil for Life Mass and Procession - St. Mary Church, Bellevue

» St. Thomas More Society Dinner - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Omaha

Sept. 8

» Marriage Anniversary Celebration - St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha

Sept. 9-10

» Priests Council Meeting - St. Benedict Center, Schuyler

Sept. 10

» Annual Priests Appreciation Dinner, Boys Town

Sept. 12

» Archbishop's Dinner for Education - La Vista

Sept. 14

Getting involved in immigration reform is about more than law, it's about faith

Members of the U.S. Congress will return from their summer recess in a few days. Among a number of important issues facing our elected officials in Washington is consideration of the reform of our nation's immigration laws and policies. The Senate passed bi-partisan immigration reform by a large margin earlier this year. It is now up to the House of Representatives to decide whether to address the immigration issue in a significant way and, if so, how.

People often wonder: 'Do I love Jesus enough?'

The famed and feisty psychologist, Fritz Pearls, was once asked by a well-meaning Christian if he was saved. He responded by saying, I am still trying to figure out how to be spent!

His retort echoes a line from Theresa of Avila who states that once we reach the highest mansion of maturity we are left with only one question: How can I be helpful? They're right, and their insight is a needed challenge. We too easily and too frequently get the wrong focus relevant to both Christian discipleship and human maturity.

Quilt show features spiritual themes

Joy, inspiration, spirituality, healing, grief and peace are among themes of an art quilt exhibit coming to the Cathedral Cultural Center in Omaha.

"Sacred Threads" will be on display at no charge Sept. 15 to Nov. 10 in the center's Sunderland Gallery, east of St. Cecilia Cathedral. It includes 39 works by artists from across the country and Canada.

Interest rates on college loans among concerns

There is some good financial news for many students headed to college this fall: New federal regulations established in August cut the interest charged on unsubsidized, undergraduate student loans nearly in half - to 3.86 percent - from what had been charged since 2006.

And that's not all. The interest rate for subsidized undergraduate loans went up only slightly, from 3.4 percent to 3.86 percent - instead of the doubling that had been threatened before President Barack Obama reached a compromise with Congress.


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