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December 16, 2005

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Friends of Elderly need volunteers for Christmas

Volunteers are needed for the seventh annual Little Brothers "“ Friends of the Elderly Christmas party scheduled for Dec. 25 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the St. Margaret Mary Suneg Center.

The event is held to honor the forgotten elders of the community who would otherwise be alone. Dinner, entertainment and gifts will be provided.

Volunteers are needed prior to the party to deliver meals and visit the homebound, as well as host and escort the guests during the party. Donations are also welcome.

Please contact Clare Shanahan at 884-6641 or e-mail


Christ Child Society kicks off 100th year

Dates and plans for the Christ Child Society's 100th anniversary celebration were announced at the organization's annual meeting Dec. 6 at Happy Hollow Country Club.

All events will showcase the neighborhood settlement agency, which has served infants, youth, families and the elderly for a century.

Mary Honke began her term as president at the meeting. She succeeded Mrs. Thomas Feeney, who served two consecutive terms.

A gala will be held June 10 at Physicians Mutual for all who have been touched by the Christ the Child Society. Mrs. Patrick Foley is general chairman of the event.


Msgr. Werner receives papal blessing

Msgr. Cyril Werner (center) had special seating at a papal audience and received a papal blessing from Pope Benedict XVI during his a trip to Rome Nov. 13. Presenting Msgr. Werner with a certificate of the blessing is Msgr. Gerald O'Connor (at right) from the Congregation of the Clergy in Rome, and Father Jim Keiter (left). Father Keiter and Father John Pietramale accompanied Msgr. Werner on his trip, which was a celebration of his 60th anniversary of the priesthood.


Fifth graders make scarves for homeless

When learning about the baptismal promise to be active members in the church community, Sharon Housh's fifth grade homeroom class St. James Seton School in Omaha decided to get involved in the community by making fleece scarves for the homeless.

The students brought blankets from home and purchased other material and tools for the project, which began Nov. 6.

A total of 49 fleece scarves were completed by 28 students and delivered to the Sienna Francis House.

Students win Christmas card contest and $100

Eighth grader Velyce O'Neal (left) and second grader Devon Scott (right), both of Sacred Heart School in Omaha, recently were announced as the winners of the W. Boyd Jones Construction Company's Christmas card competition. Each received a certificate of accomplishment, a check for $100 and Christmas cards featuring their artwork.

 Gym and auditorium at Gross High blessed

The renovated gymnasium and school auditorium at Daniel J. Gross High School were blessed in ceremonies Nov. 29.

Father Steve Emanuel, school chaplain and campus minister, led the blessing of the refurbished area.

The renovations are part of Gross Catholic's $750,000 Phase II Capital Campaign, Tradition of Excellence "¦ Faith in the Future, chaired by current parents Bob and Jane Stutzman.

Phase I of the campaign was completed in 2001 with the opening of the Daniel and Agnes Monen Media and Technology Center.

Renovations to the main gymnasium include a new floor, lighting, scoreboards and refurbished bleachers.

Improvements to the auditorium include new seating, curtains, orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

 CSM collects 10,000 canned food items

College of Saint Mary collected almost 10,000 canned food items as part of the second annual 72nd street Food Fight to benefit the Salvation Army's food pantry.

The effort was spearheaded by Do Unto Others (DUO), a student service organization.

Other 72nd Street Food Fight participants included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Omnium Worldwide, Travel and Transport, University of Nebraska at Omaha and First Data Corporation.

Participants displayed their contributions during a parade down 72nd street Dec. 10.

Last year, the Food Fight donated more than 70,000 items total "“ the largest single contribution to the Salvation Army's Omaha chapter in history.

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