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January 20, 2006

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Family Stone headlines Irish Fest
The Family Stone Experience, a revival band of the 1970s rock band Sly & the Family Stone, will headline the annual Irish Fest for Catholic Charities March 11 at the Qwest Center Omaha.

The band will perform hits such as 'Dance to the Music," 'Everyday People" and 'Family Affair."

Funds raised at Irish Fest help support Catholic Charities' 22 programs including domestic violence, addiction recovery, adoption and unplanned pregnancy counseling, behavioral health and bilingual services.

Individual tickets are $125 and corporate tables can be purchased for $1,950. For more information contact Kathy Grandsaert at 402-829-9261.


Father Kasun pronounces temporal monastic vows
Father Paul Kasun, OSB, pronounced his temporal monastic vows at Christ the King Priory in Schuyler Jan. 8.

Father Kasun attended Conception Seminary College in Conception, Mo., where he studied religion and philosophy. He completed his studies of theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis with a master of divinity degree and a master of arts degree in church history.

Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1994, Father Kasun worked as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk for three years, then at St. Agnes and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Omaha for two years. He was then pastor of St. Leonard in Madison for four years.

In 2003, Father Kasun entered the Missionary Benedictine community in Schuyler, where he, after his initial formation "“ which included a year of novitiate at St. Meinrad's Archabbey "“ continues Hispanic Ministry at his new office 'El Puente" (The Bridge).


Development director named at Mount Michael
Robert 'Bud" Synhorst has been named executive director of development at Mount Michael Benedictine Abbey and School in Elkhorn.

Previously executive director of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation, Synhorst has served as athletic director of Black Hills State University and as a development officer for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He will complete a master of arts in education administration from the University of Nebraska in May.

Norfolk school assists community
For students at Sacred Heart Elementary in Norfolk, Advent is a time for service.

The activities were designed to broaden the understanding of the needs of the Norfolk community and serve others in the process.

Kindergarten students collected more than 100 books and distributed them at Goldenrod Hills Community Action, an assistance program for low-income families.

First grade students made Christmas cards for the 189th Army National Guard of Norfolk and colored pictures for the parish office to send to supporters of Sacred Heart Parish.

Students in the second, third and sixth grades sponsored needy families in the community by collecting games, toys, clothes and gift certificates.

Fourth graders collected and then sent toys and clothing to Bright Horizons, a domestic abuse shelter.

Fifth grade students made decorations for doors to patients' rooms at Bel Air Nursing Home. The students also visited Bel Air to sing and play bingo with the residents.

In addition, students in all grade levels donated items to Bright Horizons and collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Norfolk Rescue Mission before Thanksgiving.

Black student fund accepting applications
The Archdiocese of Omaha's Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund is again offering scholarship opportunities to black Catholic and non-Catholic students who wish to attend a Catholic high school.

The scholarship is targeted to black students from low and moderate-income families to partially cover high school tuition and related costs.

To qualify for a black student Catholic scholarship, students must demonstrate financial need, have a good school attendance record, have a good citizenship record, meet the academic entrance requirements of the secondary school they wish to attend and currently be enrolled in an Omaha area primary or secondary school.

Scholarship recipients will be enrolled in a special mentoring program designed to help them and their families get the most out of their high school experience.

Applications are due March 1 and are available by writing or calling, The Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund, OAEF Office, 3212 N. 60th St., PO Box 4130, Omaha, NE 68104, 554-8493 or fax 554-8402.

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