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March 17, 2006

LOCAL BRIEFING
>> A roundup of news from around the archdiocese



>>EVENTS

Sands of Iwo Jima rededicated

Msgr. Richard Wolbach, retired Archdiocese of Omaha priest, shared his memories of life as a young Marine during the battle of Iwo Jima at a special ceremony at the Omaha VA Medical Center Feb. 17. At the ceremony, Msgr. Wolbach, rededicated the sands from Iwo Jima embedded into the floor of the medical center chapel. A plaque unveiled at the ceremony will hang in the chapel as a reminder of the 61st anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima.

Msgr. Dunne to receive KVSS Spirit Award

KVSS will present the inaugural Spirit Award April 6 to Msgr. Peter F. Dunne, a priest of the archdiocese for more than 60 years and the spiritual director of KVSS since its founding in 1999.

The dinner, preceded by a 5:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, will be at St. Robert Bellarmine's Parish Center in Omaha.

All proceeds will be directed to the Msgr. Peter F. Dunne Fund for Excellence at KVSS, a fund for expansion of the radio apostolate.

Tickets are $50 per person, available at the station, 5829 N 60th St., 571-0200, or may be ordered on-line at www.kvss.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Deacon information day planned in Norfolk

Men and their wives interested in the diaconate are invited to attend a Deacon Information Day March 18 at the Immaculata Monastery in Norfolk.

The 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. program will include talks by deacons, deacon couples and those currently going though formation. An overview of the four-year formation course description will also be presented.

'This is a yearly event where we invite anyone who may have thought about a future as a permanent deacon to find out what the program is about, to ask questions and to gather enough of information in order to make a well-informed decision either to pursue the diaconate or perhaps even to decide that after learning more, they are no longer interested," said Deacon Skip St. Arnold. 'It's important that each individual be fully informed before discerning a calling."

A deacon information program also is planned for April 24 at Holy Ghost Church in Omaha.

For more information on the Norfolk meeting contact Deacon Skip St. Arnold, 402-371-7278 or Luke147@aol.com. In Omaha, contact Father Rodney Adams at 733-9327.

>> ORGANIZATIONS

Serra Club members honored Feb. 21

Nine Serrans were recognized for years of service at the annual Serra banquet Feb. 21 at the Suneg Center of St. Margaret Mary Church in Omaha.

Serra Club of Omaha members honored included Claire Oswald, 25-year pin; Scot Adams and Dan Kennelly, 10-year pins.

Honored by the Serra Club of West Omaha with 10-year pins were Tim Buechler, Mary Ann Horkan, Robert Luebbert, Muriel Munchrath, Mary Jane O'Donnell and Jim Wiles.

Seventeen men and women "“ 10 for the Serra Club of Omaha and seven for the Serra Club of West Omaha "“ were inducted into the Omaha clubs in a ceremony before the banquet...

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss presided at an annual induction, assisted by Ron Bobka, president of Serra Club of Omaha, and Rich Kalak, president of the Serra Club of West Omaha.

>> PARISHES

Restoration underway at Norfolk parish

In preparation for the 125th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk in June, restoration of a 1930's mural and high altar began this month.

The large mural of the Ascension of Christ was painted above the high altar and repainted again in the 1950's. In the early 1970's, the Church was remodeled and the painting was covered.

A local artist, Karl Reeder of Reeder Originals, restored the mural and the high altar, which was donated to the parish in 1918 by the Joseph and Mary Clinch family.

Reeder began the mural on March 5 and the process took approximately one week. Work is continuing on the altar.

Parish center named to honor former pastor

The parish center at St. Pius X parish in Omaha now has an official name "“ the Father Tom O'Brien Parish Center.

At the Parish Planning and Spirit Day March 4, Father Lloyd Gnirk officially named the parish center in memory of Father O'Brien who died last year. 

Father O'Brien spent the last 25 of his years as a priest at the parish, and in the 1980s he took the lead in building the parish center.

The naming ceremony was part of a prayer service attended by members of Father O'Brien's family and many parishioners.

>> PEOPLE

Sister Hodapp elected general assembly delegate

Sister Lee Agnes Hodapp, SSSF, has been elected a delegate to the general assembly of the School Sisters of St. Francis, held in Milwaukee March 13-31.

'Being a delegate is indeed an honor and a challenge," said Sister Lee Agnes. 'Discerning the call of God for our congregation in the church and the world today is a responsibility that our members and associates take very seriously. My preparation for the assembly includes a lot of prayer, reading and listening to my sisters."

The general assembly is an international gathering of representatives from all five provinces of the School Sisters of St. Francis including, the United States, Latin America, North India, South India and Europe.

During this event, which takes place every four to six years, the delegates set future directions for the congregation and elect a new leadership team.

The theme of the 2006 assembly is 'Be in the Face of the Gospel: Change the Face of the World."

Newsletter editor recognized for distinguished service

Geri Stratman is congratulated by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss Feb. 21 after being presented with the Omaha Serra Club Distinguished Service Award at the annual Serra banquet held at St. Margaret Mary Church Suneg Center in Omaha. She was recognized for her many years as editor of the Serra Club of Omaha newsletter, 'The Mission Bell." The newsletter has won regional, national and international awards under her direction. Stratman was also one of the first female members of the Serra Club of Omaha, joining in the early 1990s.

>> SCHOOLS

School to recognize Msgr. Brodersen

Msgr. Charles F. Brodersen will receive the Great Teacher Award from St. Cecilia Elementary School in Omaha at the 2006 Cathedral Comedy and Cuisine event, a fund-raiser scheduled for April 1 on the Cathedral campus.

Msgr. Brodersen attended St. Cecilia's grade school, served as St. Cecilia Cathedral pastor from 1949 to 1955 and taught theology at the grade school and high school.

Comedian Rex Havens from Chicago will be performing at the semi-formal dinner and auction and music will be provided by St. Cecilia alum Jim Morrison.

Chairs for the event are Matt and Sheryl Fitzgerald and Fred and Ellie Grossman. Honorary chairs are Terry and Sue Wilwerding.

For questions, tickets or to make a donation, contact Sheryl Fitzgerald at 932-7385 or visit www.comedyandcuisine.com.

St. Columbkille wins Wits Clash competition

St. Columbkille School in Omaha earned first place Feb. 25 at Roncalli Catholic High School's 32nd annual Wits Clash Competition, a college quiz bowl competition held every February.

Members of the St. Columbkille first-place included Ivana Burns, Emily Frevert, Hong-Yen Hoana, John Hotovy, Claire Leuschen, Taylor McNutt, Megan Morrissey, Jessica Swiniarski and Patrick Thibodeaux. Coaches are Jackie Frevert and Sandy Watson.

Twenty-two junior high schools participated in this year's competition, including Catholic and public schools in Omaha and Elkhorn, Bellevue and Millard districts.

Sacred Heart benefit planned for April 8

The Sacred Heart School in Omaha annual fund-raiser, 'The Gathering," is set for April 8 at Creighton Prep High School.

'Wishing Upon a Star" is the theme of the evening, which starts with a 6 p.m. cocktail hour. An auction is planned after the 7:30 p.m. dinner.

This event is sponsored by the Christian Urban Education Service.

Honorary chairs for the evening are Teddi and Tim Slattery, and the event co-chairs are Jane and Tom Rogers and Susie and Jeff Zindel.

Jesse Iglesias and Dr. Clarence Ueda will be honored at the dinner for their commitment to and support of the students at Sacred Heart.

Tickets are $125 per person and $75 per person under 35, RSVP deadline is March 29. For more information contact Ann Rourke at 451-5755.

St. Cecilia teacher named outstanding

Catherine Lyons was awarded the Dora Gommermann Outstanding Teacher Award for 2006, Feb. 3 at an all-school Mass at St. Cecilia School in Omaha.

Currently in her 21st year at St. Cecilia, Lyons teaches fifth and sixth grade math and has served on a many committees through out the archdiocese.

This $500 award was initiated by Dora Gommermann's son, Richard, a graduate of the school and was presented to Lyons by Dora Gommermann and Bonnie Pryor, St. Cecilia principal.

In describing her career, one of her peers wrote, 'Mrs. Lyons demonstrates the same commitment to teaching that inspired Mrs. Gommermann. She is devoted to both the art and science of teaching, as well as being positive, encouraging and motivational to her students."

Career Day for students at St. Vincent de Paul School

Career Day will be held at St. Vincent de Paul elementary school in Omaha April 7 for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

The day will feature presentations by Shane Osborn, former U.S. Navy pilot and currently an aviation risk analyst for a financial services firm in Omaha, and Matt Turman, ex-Husker football player and presently head football coach and teacher at Skutt Catholic High School.

Eighth grade students also will take part in a mock trial at the school facilitated by Juvenile Court Judge Doug Johnson and a team of attorneys.

Sixth grade students will attend presentations by Omaha World-Herald columnist Mike Kelly and Dean Wysocki, meteorologist from Action 3 News.

Sixth and seventh grade students also will rotate through a series of presentations that represent different career categories including health care, veterinary science, floral design, TV journalism, art careers, archeology, specialty car repair and more.

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