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December 2013

Helping retirement, seminary funds are popular goals

Shoring up the priest retirement and seminary funds are two popular goals of the archdiocese's $40 million "Ignite the Faith" capital campaign, officials said.

As archdiocesan officials studied needs in areas such as vocations, priests' retirement, education, faith formation and evangelization, they asked for the opinions of clergy, major supporters, parish leaders and others across the archdiocese.

Creighton honors Gretna pastor

Father Michael Grewe, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Gretna, vicar general of the archdiocese and executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, received Creighton University's Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan award Dec. 17 for his service to the church, society and Catholic education.

Father Grewe, who received a master's degree in Christian Spirituality at Creighton, was honored at the university's Priests and Brothers Annual Dinner and Basketball Game in Omaha.

Skutt Catholic appoints president

A native of Iowa serving as principal of a Catholic high school in Florida has been named president of V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha.

John McMahon, 37, has been serving at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., since 1999 as a teacher, director of student activities, coordinator of youth ministry, dean of students and now principal.

He will take his position at Skutt Catholic July 1, replacing Patrick Slattery, now the archdiocese's superintendent of schools.

Marriage prep tool reflects changing needs

Engaged couples today face different challenges than they did 30 years ago. Many are older and more independent. More are bringing children from previous relationships into their marriages.

To reflect those changes, a marriage preparation guide created 30 years ago by the Archdiocese of Omaha has changed, too. The manual for FOCCUS - Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study - has undergone its fourth update, the most significant so far, said Valerie Conzett, director of the Family Life Office.

Christmas is a gift to slowly unwrap

For Matthew and Emily Grantham and their three children - members of Immaculate Conception Parish in Omaha - the Christmas season doesn't end with the opening of gifts Christmas Day.

They unwrap several gifts Christmas Day, then one each following day until the gifts run out, but always saving the last presents for the Epiphany, which recalls the three wise men bringing their gifts to baby Jesus.

Priests enjoy family, friends at Christmas

Growing up in Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler and now serving as associate pastor there, Father Andrew Syring said he is grateful to be home for the holidays.

In addition to time spent with parishioners at Christmas, Father Syring said being home means he can attend multiple family celebrations in the area throughout the season.

"It's a blessing to have my family literally around me," Father Syring said.

Priests enjoy family, friends at Christmas

Growing up in Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler and now serving as associate pastor there, Father Andrew Syring said he is grateful to be home for the holidays.

In addition to time spent with parishioners at Christmas, Father Syring said being home means he can attend multiple family celebrations in the area throughout the season.

"It's a blessing to have my family literally around me," Father Syring said.

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