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December 2013

God continues Christmas story in our lives

If someone who had never heard the story of Jesus were to ask any of us about his origins, we would, I suspect, begin with the story of his annunciation and birth and end with the story of his resurrection and ascension. While that does capture his life, that's not how the Gospels either begin or end his story.

The story of Jesus and the meaning of Christmas can only really be understood by looking at where Jesus came from, his family tree, and by looking at how his story has continued in history. Indeed, that's how the Gospels tell his story.

Celebrating the 'awesome' news of Christmas

"Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us." Matt 1:23



God is with us! I repeat God is with you. This makes all the difference in the world. You are not alone. What you do matters.

There is someone who is over all and he loves us! God is with your family in their ups and downs. God is with you in your trials and joys. God is with our world as we face new challenges, struggles and joys.

Pro-Life Essay Contest reflects on dignity of people with disabilities

Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the dignity found in people with disabilities in the 2014 Pro-Life Essay Contest sponsored by the archdiocese.

Using as inspiration an encounter Blessed Teresa of Kolkata had with the love a couple and their family were taught through their severely disabled child, students will be invited to write about how people with disabilities at times are undervalued and treated without respect, but they can teach others to "express love in action."

Priest at St. Augustine Indian Mission releases third CD

Father Dave Korth, director of St. Augustine Indian Mission elementary school in Winnebago, is selling his third CD of Native American flute playing, and all of the proceeds go to the mission.

"Winter Moon," a collection of Christmas and winter music, also is a collaboration with professional musicians, including two who have performed with Mannheim Steamroller: guitarist Ron Cooley and Roxanne Layton, who plays the recorder.

A children's choir from St. Augustine School sings in three of the 14 songs, he said.

Simple and peaceful mark winning artwork in 'Colors of Christmas'

Deep purple, green and red overlaid with strokes of orange and yellow create a subdued but colorful background for the Virgin Mary, in a dark blue robe, holding the infant Jesus.

Featured on the front page, the overall winner of the Catholic Voice's "Colors of Christmas" art contest by third-grader Nyok Marko Majok of All Saints School in Omaha also includes large, golden halos radiating from both, overtaking Christ's human figure and nearly doing the same with Mary.

Simple and peaceful mark winning artwork in 'Colors of Christmas'

Deep purple, green and red overlaid with strokes of orange and yellow create a subdued but colorful background for the Virgin Mary, in a dark blue robe, holding the infant Jesus.

Featured on the front page, the overall winner of the Catholic Voice's "Colors of Christmas" art contest by third-grader Nyok Marko Majok of All Saints School in Omaha also includes large, golden halos radiating from both, overtaking Christ's human figure and nearly doing the same with Mary.

Two parishes to celebrate Christmas in renovated churches

Christmas is a special time for any parish, but this year will be particularly memorable for St. Peter Parish in Omaha and St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville because parishioners will celebrate Masses in renovated churches.

When St. Peter reopens Christmas Eve, parishioners will see the results of $3.35 million project creating a new interior for the church. St. Bonaventure parishioners, meanwhile, have had a few weeks to soak in the $64,800 restoration of that historic church.

Two parishes to celebrate Christmas in renovated churches

Christmas is a special time for any parish, but this year will be particularly memorable for St. Peter Parish in Omaha and St. Bonaventure Parish in Raeville because parishioners will celebrate Masses in renovated churches.

When St. Peter reopens Christmas Eve, parishioners will see the results of $3.35 million project creating a new interior for the church. St. Bonaventure parishioners, meanwhile, have had a few weeks to soak in the $64,800 restoration of that historic church.

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