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November 2013

Assistant principal encourages reading

Paulette Theisen, assistant principal at St. James/Seton School in Omaha, braved the cold and spent the school day Nov. 12 reading on a roof to encourage the school's third-graders to read.

Theisen bundled up, as temperatures ranged from 17 to 32 degrees during her 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. rooftop shift. Students helped her by offering hand warmers, tissues, lip balm and books.

St. Pius X to hold 'Gallery of Saints'

People attending St. Pius X Parish's annual fall chicken dinner fundraiser in Omaha Nov. 22 can feed their body and soul.

Guests are invited to take in a "Gallery of Saints" art display at the parish center. Omaha churches bear the names of many of the featured saints, and Father Val Peter, executive director emeritus of Boys Town, will give a talk on saints.

Marian to honor alumni artists

Dancers, singers and other artists who have graduated over the last 50 years from Marian High School in Omaha will be showcased at a Nov. 30 concert at the school's Mary Joy and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center.

Artwork will be displayed in the foyer, and singing and dancing will be featured at a 7 p.m. concert in the center's Kish Auditorium.

Tickets - $15 each - must be purchased in advance and are available at

Concert starts year of reflection on Catholic burial rites

Names of deceased loved ones were placed like prayers in a pewter tray on a black-draped funeral bier surrounded by six candles in the middle aisle of St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

And those deceased - presented Nov. 2 by many of the more than 200 gathered for an All Souls' Day concert that featured the Cathedral Choir and Schola Caeciliana, accompanied by Renaissance Strings - will be remembered in prayers during Masses celebrated through November at the cathedral.

Typhoon Assistance

Catholic Relief Services asked U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly to take up a special collection in dioceses across the country to help survivors in the typhoon-stricken Philippines.

The Archdiocese of Omaha's collection was held Nov. 16-17.

Donations also can be made at, call 1-877-435-7277, or send to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.

National economic grant adds to CCHD presence in archdiocese

Last year, the archdiocese expanded its work with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) - landing a $25,000 national economic development grant for the first time.

The money will help provide access to loans, training and ongoing support for Ponca Tribe small-business owners in parts of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

Youths help create awareness about 40 Days for Life

A new youth advisory committee increased youth involvement in the 40 Days for Life fall campaign that wrapped up Nov. 3, and organizers hope to build on that momentum for the future, said Bart Zavaletta, adult coordinator for the youth group.

The latest 40 Days for Life effort began Sept. 25 as part of a worldwide movement of prayer and fasting to end abortion. The campaign included around-the-clock prayer vigils outside abortion facilities, including the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska in Bellevue and Planned Parenthood in Omaha.

Advent prayers and penance can be made in community

When discussing the season of Advent with parishioners, Father Jeffery Loseke said he stresses the importance of offering prayer and penance in community to reflect the communion of the church.

That could include families sitting down together for a meal or to pray a rosary, or parish gatherings such as weekday Mass or a Bible study class during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, said Father Loseke, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington.

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."


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