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December 2013

Food pantries seek help during holiday

Turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing - all could be part of a nice Christmas meal.

But for people who are short on money, other needs sometimes take precedence.

"They have to make some choices because the resources are not there," said Karen Adams, program director at Catholic Charities' St. Martin de Porres food pantry in Omaha. "Parents on a fixed income are trying to decide whether to buy food, pay utility bills or buy Christmas gifts."

Catholic schools make donating food meaningful, fun

Catholic schools and their students - ranging from preschool through college - collected thousands of food items in recent drives to benefit the needy.

Students, staff and faculty at College of Saint Mary in Omaha collected 5,387 nonperishable food items and built a "90th Birthday Cake Can-Struction Nov. 14 to celebrate the school's founding 90 years ago, college spokeswoman Brittney Long said.

Nursing faculty and the financial services department won the college-wide competition by together collecting 2,030 cans, she said.

Focus of Advent sometimes lost in other traditions

Traditions, especially family traditions, dominate our lives this time of year. Beginning with Thanksgiving and coming with increased frequency during the Advent and Christmas seasons, traditions shape our planning and our activities.

On Thanksgiving, families and friends gather to share traditional turkey dinner and all the trimmings. The rest of the day might include traditions such as watching football on television, playing the annual family flag football bowl outside and perhaps family card games or board games around the kitchen table.

Brother Woeger celebrates 50 years of service

Artist, liturgist, educator.

Fifty years after entering the De La Salle Christian Brothers - and nearly 40 years serving in the Archdiocese of Omaha - Brother William Woeger has left his mark in church design, liturgies and icons.

About 300 people celebrated his 50th anniversary Nov. 16 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. After evening prayer and Benediction, a reception was held in the cathedral's cultural arts center, a place Brother Woeger helped develop.

Official Schedule

DEC. 7

» Mass and Meeting of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center, Omaha

» Knights of Columbus Testimonial Dinner, Embassy Suites, La Vista

DEC. 8

» Mass, St. John Church at Creighton University, Omaha

» Confirmation, St. Leo the Great Parish, Omaha

DEC. 9

» Celebration with FOCUS Missionaries, Residence, Omaha

DEC. 10

» Personnel Board Meeting, Archdiocesan Retreat & Conference Center, Omaha

East Omaha parish mergers effective Jan. 1

Three churches will close by the middle of next year, part of six parish mergers taking effect Jan. 1 under plans reviewed by the archdiocesan priests' council in October and approved by Archbishop George J. Lucas, said Deacon Steve Luna, archdiocesan coordinator of pastoral planning.

That means the coming weeks and months will bring the last Christmas, Holy Week and other liturgies to Blessed Sacrament, St. Patrick and St. Rose of Lima churches, he said.


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