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October 2013

Omaha school assists homeless

A two-mile walk Oct. 13 that began with a prayer service and drew more than 150 people, a week of bake sales and a coin challenge collection for the needy won by the eighth-grade class were part of Our Lady of Lourdes School's annual "Walk for the Homeless" in Omaha.

The $2,262 the events raised, up from $1,750 last year, benefited The Stephen Center, an Omaha homeless shelter, said William Kelly, principal.

Career Day at Duchesne

Professionals in aviation, business, engineering, construction, health law, interior design, architecture, science and law enforcement - including alumnae - showed up Oct. 23 at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha as part of Career Day.

All 305 students at Duchesne Academy participated in the day, which was designed to present a variety of careers and provide an opportunity for students to talk with graduates of the school about career, faith life and family, said Julie Sgroi, assistant dean of students.

Music program names honor band

Thirty-nine students from more than a dozen Omaha-area Catholic schools make up this year's Honor Band in the archdiocese's Music in Catholic Schools program.

More than 50 students tried out for the band Sept. 23-24 and Sept. 26 at the Catholic Schools Offices in Omaha, said Debra Lund, administrator of the program.

Serving nearly 300 students in 26 Catholic and five Lutheran schools, Music in Catholic Schools is now in its 35th year. The program provides a complete band curriculum and concerts.

Brezenski inducted to CSM Hall of Fame

A member of St. Isidore Parish in Columbus who is a second-grade teacher at the parish school and girls soccer coach at her alma mater, Scotus Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, was named Sept. 14 to the College of Saint Mary (CSM) Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kristie Korth Brezenski, who graduated from CSM in 2002, played soccer and basketball for the Flames.

Students promote pro-life message

Seventh- and eighth-graders at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn hosted the school's annual "Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity" Oct. 15.

Among other activities the eighth-graders created and distributed 711 stickers to all of the students in kindergarten through eighth grade with a picture of a baby, a Scripture passage and the slogan "I'm here ... even if you can't see me yet!"

'Pink Out' volleyball helps cancer research

Pink hair ribbons and volleyball socks stood out at St. Joan of Arc School's girls' volleyball match in Omaha Oct. 12 as the team participated in "Pink Out" for breast cancer awareness.

St. Joan of Arc - which also encouraged coaches and fans at the game to wear pink and provided pink wristbands, temporary pink ribbon tattoos and information about breast cancer - was among several schools joining the weekend effort encouraged by the Parochial Athletic League, which includes 35 Catholic and Lutheran teams in Omaha, Plattsmouth, Fremont and Bellevue.

Creighton University celebrates Vatican II

Creighton University in Omaha is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II with a series of events, including a Nov. 7-8 conference titled "Liturgy: Sourcing the Faith That Does Justice."

The conference's talks will include a presentation at 3 p.m., Nov. 8, by Massimo Faggioli, a scholar of Vatican II and associate professor of theology at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at the Harper Center and include a 5 p.m. Mass Nov. 7 at St. John Church, both on campus.

Evangelization program opens doors for seminarian

Going door to door to tell strangers about Catholicism and his plan to become a priest had to be the most daunting assignment Neil Bakker ever received.

The 34-year-old from Austin, Minn., had never done anything like it - never gone door to door to sell coupon books or magazine subscriptions, let alone the Catholic Church. Before he entered seminary, the self-described introvert had worked in IT.

St. Vincent de Paul Society provides special 'extra' help

The last couple of months I've been writing about different organizations within the archdiocese that advance the social teaching of the church. I wrote about our Catholic educators who help students grow up to be Catholic voters who know what the common good is. Last month, I wrote about Madonna School and its beautiful care for the disabled.

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