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November 2013

Archdiocese's Year of Faith efforts bear fruit in renewal, evangelization

Efforts to mark the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Omaha helped renew and spread faith in Christ, and work inspired by those initiatives will continue long after the special time concludes Nov. 24, several archdiocesan officials said.

Calling for Catholics to open the door of faith first experienced at baptism, Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith that began Oct. 11, 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the "Catechism of the Catholic Church."

Christ's birth is focus of Catholic Voice art contest

"Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." Luke 2:8-12.

Court finds for family business in HHS lawsuit



INDIANAPOLIS - A Catholic family in Madison that owns a vehicle lighting manufacturing company won an important religious liberty victory in a Nov. 8 ruling handed down by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Judge Diane Sykes, writing the majority opinion in the 2-1 decision, said members of the Grote family and Grote Industries, which they own, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilizations and contraceptives through their company employee health plan as required under the Affordable Care Act.

Fruit of capital campaign: volunteers share the faith



As a volunteer for the archdiocese's $40 million capital campaign Ignite the Faith, Jim Neuvirth of St. Mary Parish in West Point is doing more than seeking pledges as he visits with fellow parishioners.

He is getting to know people better, hearing their stories and discussing the campaign's importance to bolstering Catholic education, faith formation in parishes and schools, the priest's retirement fund and priestly vocations and seminary education.

Year of Faith that soon will be ending should be the beginning of a new journey

On Nov. 24, the whole church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. This year, the final Sunday of the liturgical calendar also marks the close of the Year of Faith. This special observance had been announced by Pope Benedict XVI early in 2012 as a way to recall the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. The pope also expressed the hope that we would see this as a time of reflection on and rediscovery of the gift of the faith.

Official Schedule

NOV. 15

» Archbishop's Open House for Vocations, St. Margaret Mary Church, Omaha

NOV. 19

» Archdiocesan Investment Committee Meeting, Chancery, Omaha

NOV. 20

» Confirmation, St. Cecilia Parish, All Saints School & St. Frances Cabrini Parish, at St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha

NOV. 21

» Mass, Mercy High School, Omaha

» National Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony, St. Patrick School, Elkhorn

NOV. 22

Omaha couple instills family legacy of gratitude and service to others

Jerry Noble didn't intend to start a family tradition.

But it had been such a good year for donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry at 21st and Leavenworth streets in Omaha that getting the food separated and stocked was on his mind as he enjoyed his Thanksgiving Day meal with his family.

"There was a whole bunch of stuff that came in," said Noble, a member of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue who lives in Omaha, has been a past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and one of the pantry's founders. "It all has to be sorted so we can sack it."

Omaha couple instills family legacy of gratitude and service to others

Jerry Noble didn't intend to start a family tradition.

But it had been such a good year for donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry at 21st and Leavenworth streets in Omaha that getting the food separated and stocked was on his mind as he enjoyed his Thanksgiving Day meal with his family.

"There was a whole bunch of stuff that came in," said Noble, a member of St. Bernadette Parish in Bellevue who lives in Omaha, has been a past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and one of the pantry's founders. "It all has to be sorted so we can sack it."

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