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September 1, 2006

FROM YOUR SHEPHERD AND TEACHER
ARCHBISHOP ELDEN FRANCIS CURTISS
Catholic tradition: The cause of our unity in the world today, and of our continuity with the first apostles Read column >>

Features:

Mount Michael Abbey marks 50th anniversary
For the past 50 years, Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey in Elkhorn has been a fixture in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Thousands of young men have been educated by the monks and some of them went on to serve as priests and brothers in the archdiocese. Read more >>

New addition blessed at St. Gerald School
A new addition means a new home for seventh and eighth grade students at St. Gerald School in Ralston.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss joined parishioners, teachers and students Aug. 27 to officially dedicate and bless the new addition, which expands the school to include grades 7 and 8. Read more >>

Catholic fraternity offers alternative at UNL
When Andy McNaughton came to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln last year, he had no intention of pledging to a fraternity. The 19-year-old from Omaha said he was more focused on getting good grades and finding friends who shared his beliefs than being a part of the Greek system. Read more >>
Hurricane victims continue task of rebuilding
GULFPORT, Miss. "“ A year after Hurricane Katrina, residents along Mississippi's coast are reconstructing their lives piece by piece while the region's economic base searches for a footing. Read more >>

Religion fostered, eased 9/11 terrorism
WASHINGTON "“ Religious leaders trying to be a moderating force against terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have had less apparent success than those who use religion to mobilize extremists in support of terrorism. Read more >>

Archbishop praises permanent deacons
A model of faith for the archdiocese.

That's how Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss described the permanent diaconate in his remarks during the annual ordination anniversary dinner in Omaha.

Twenty permanent deacons of the archdiocese were honored during the reception-dinner program Aug. 25 at St. Vincent de Paul School. Read more>>

Omaha parish puts twist on religious education program
Holy Name Parish in Omaha will no longer offer two Sunday morning Masses beginning Sunday, Sept. 10.

Instead, Mass will be offered at only 10:30 a.m. and members will be invited to attend a yearlong intergenerational religious education class at 9 a.m. Father Frank Baumert, pastor, will lead the class, which will focus on the Bible. Read more >>

Five parishes combine their RCIA programs
The first draft of the archdiocesan strategic plan has yet to be written. And it won't be reviewed by the Strategic Planning Commission until Sept. 30.

But several parishes in one archdiocesan deanery already are taking to heart the strategic planning concepts of sharing resources and combining programs. And they're not waiting for the completion of the archdiocesan plan. Read more >>

Sept. 1, 2006 - Commentary

Catholic schools continue to transmit our core values
Father James Gilg, the new director of the Catholic Schools Office, is excited because another school year is under way for the archdiocese's 76 schools "“ 59 elementary and 17 secondary.Read more>>

Recovery experience brings hope amid the devastation
Editor: The following column on Hurricane Katrina was published in the Aug. 26 issue of the Clarion Herald, newspaper of the New Orleans Archdiocese.

To me, the utter fury of Katrina will forever be seen through the eyes of Father Walter Austin, who is now stationed at Ascension of Our Lord Church in La Place but who on Aug. 29, 2005, was imbedded as a chaplain for the Louisiana National Guard at the Superdome. Read more>>

Explore upcoming election issues Sept. 30
I have often heard people remark that they don't vote because it just doesn't seem to matter. Or that somehow registering to vote will expose them to tax audits, jury duty, recalculation of back child support, becoming a 'person of interest" by the FBI, a discovery of unpaid parking tickets, and so on. Read more>>

Reflections of Army chaplain preparing for duty in Iraq
Life as an Army chaplain is a life that is rooted in contradiction. Having a life of contradiction is not bad because Jesus' life was full of contradiction. Read more>>

Sept. 1, 2006 - Local Briefs

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