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September 2013

Archbishop Lucas: Hope in God conquers fear and violence

Twelve-year-old Patrick Rowe added his prayers for an end to abortion and peace in Syria to those of about 400 others Sept. 7 at the 14th annual Vigil for Life Mass and Procession in Bellevue.

It was his first time at the prayerful gathering, but it won't be his last, said Patrick, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion.

"It's pretty exciting," he said shortly after the Mass celebrated at St. Mary Church by Archbishop George J. Lucas. "Everyone is coming together to help Syria in faith and prayer, to help end abortion."

Archbishop Lucas: Hope in God conquers fear and violence

Twelve-year-old Patrick Rowe added his prayers for an end to abortion and peace in Syria to those of about 400 others Sept. 7 at the 14th annual Vigil for Life Mass and Procession in Bellevue.

It was his first time at the prayerful gathering, but it won't be his last, said Patrick, a member of St. Columbkille Parish in Papillion.

"It's pretty exciting," he said shortly after the Mass celebrated at St. Mary Church by Archbishop George J. Lucas. "Everyone is coming together to help Syria in faith and prayer, to help end abortion."

New event attracts pro-life supporters

A new event celebrating life Sept. 15 attracted more than 80 people to V.J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha for a 5K run, 1½-mile walk and family barbecue designed to promote fellowship and enthusiasm for upcoming pro-life activities.

"Run for Their Lives!" featured group and individual prayer as runners and walkers competed in the races, said Elizabeth Murphy, coordinator of the archdiocese's Respect Life Apostolate, which sponsored the event.

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

Sept. 20-22

» Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Annual Meeting, Des Moines

Sept. 23

» Serra Retired Priests Luncheon, Omaha

» 40 Days for Life Youth Rally, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Omaha

Sept. 24

» Mass for Shut Ins taping, Omaha

Sept. 25

» Spirit Catholic Radio Care-A-Thon, Omaha

» Confirmation, St. Bernard Parish, Omaha

Sept. 26

» Annual White Mass, Christ the King Church, Omaha

Marketing director hired for Omaha school consortium

One step at a time.

Patty Cummings, a Gallup learning and development specialist hired Sept. 11 as the new marketing, recruitment and public relations director for the Omaha Catholic School Consortium, said her immediate task once she begins Oct. 7 is developing internal communications with families and staff of the five school communities, to create awareness and interest for the archdiocese's initiative. "We want to reach the entire community and be able to increase enrollment," Cummings said, with a goal of two full classes for each grade level at each school.

Building to do more: Archbishop's Appeal seeks $3.25 million

Hoping to do more things for more people in parishes, schools and ministries, the Archbishop's Annual Appeal is seeking $3.25 million this year, a 3 percent increase over last year's effort, which exceeded its $3.15 million goal.

"We're all working together to accomplish the work of our church, to strengthen our faith and build up the body of Christ," said Shannan Brommer, director of the archdiocese's Stewardship and Development Office. "We want to provide as much support as we can."

Annual celebrations remind us of special truths evident in God's design and covenant of marriage

On two Sundays in September I have the pleasure of celebrating Mass, in Omaha and Norfolk, with couples marking significant anniversaries of marriage. The churches are filled with couples who celebrate 25, 40, and 50 years this year. These days, we regularly welcome those who have been together 55 or 60 years. It is not unusual to have a good number with more than 60. This year, the longest married couple attending the event is celebrating 71 years of married life.

LOUGHRAN-Marjorie E.

LOUGHRAN-Marjorie E., 82. Funeral Mass Sept. 19 at St. Gerald Church. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Survived by husband, John; children and spouses, Dave and Kate, Diane and Seth, Mike and Galyna, Laura and Kevin, Dan and Theresa, and Pat and Cathy; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorial to Nebraskans United for Life or the church.

BETHANY FUNERAL HOME

JENSEN-Carol Louise (Buchta)

JENSEN-Carol Louise (Buchta), 71. Visitation 4 p.m., Sept. 20 at the funeral home. Funeral service 9 a.m., Sept. 21 at the funeral home. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Preceded in death by parents, William "Mike" Buchta and Helen Paden Buchta. Survived by husband, Larry A. Jensen; daughter and son-in-law, Kelli Jensen Bowen and Jerry; sons, Kevin T., Chris M. and Andrew A. Jensen; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan Buchta Dugan and Pat, and Claire Buchta Young and Jim; brother and sister-in-law, R. Kevin and Jean Buchta; nieces; nephews.

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