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August 11, 2006

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Young Adult Sunday scheduled for Aug. 13

The ninth annual Young Adult Sunday is scheduled for Aug. 13 throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The goal for Young Adult Sunday is to remind young adults that the church recognizes, embraces and celebrates them. It is also a call to young adults to become active members in their parishes, said Marty Kalkowski, coordinator of  young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

All parishes are invited to participate in some way and encouraged to pray for young adults during the Sunday Mass.

Six deacons honored by Knight of Columbus

Knights of Columbus Council #10815 from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Omaha honored six deacons July 22 for their service to parishes.

Those honored included Deacons Joseph Ramirez, Jesus Herrera, John Digilio, Duane Bronk, Martin Franco and Luis Valdez.

They received a special blessing at the 5 p.m. bilingual Mass given by Father Joseph Taphorn, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha. The deacons were lead into Mass by the Knights of Columbus Michael P. Dowling fourth degree assembly.

Each of the honorees received plaques from Samule Lara, deputy knight, and Joaquin Jack Garcia, deputy grand knight.  

Permanent deacons to mark anniversaries

Permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of Omaha will take time to honor their own Aug. 25 at the annual anniversary celebration dinner in Omaha.

Nineteen permanent deacons currently in the archdiocese will be honored for special ordination anniversaries, including two for 30 years of service, one for 25 years, four for 20 years, eight for 15 years and four for 10 years.

Eleven deacons ordained for more than 30 years also will be recognized, as will widows of deacons from the honored classes.

Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss will present awards to the honorees. Other special guests for the 7 p.m. dinner at St. Vincent de Paul School in Omaha will include pastors from the parishes of the honorees.


Serra Club of Omaha elects new leadership

Serra Club of Omaha's new leadership team took office July 1. Kevin Cooper, center, is the new president and replaced immediate past president, Bob Bobka, left. Also pictured is Grey Schwietz, district governor of Serra International. Others elected to the leadership team include Sherry Kennedy Brownrigg, vice president of programs and president elect; Dale Krecher, vice president of vocations-affirmation; Dick Bene, vice president of vocations-recruitment; Tim O'Neill, vice president of vocations-committee; Bette Harken, vice president of membership; Geri Stratmen, vice president of communications; Bill Ramsey, vice president of public relations; Sheila Haggas, secretary; Jim Taphorn, treasurer; Ron Worthington, Kevin Amick, and Mark Bonkiewicz, all trustees; Claire Oswald, executive secretary; and Father William Whelan, chaplain.


Mass celebrated on Jamaica mission trip

As part of the fifth annual Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk mission trip to assist the Mustard Seed Communities in Kingston, Jamaica, Father Joe Wray, center, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Battle Creek, celebrates Mass June 4 with the missionaries and some of the children who call the community home. During the week-long mission trip, the 37-member group worked to repair damage caused by several hurricanes, helped to create a storm drain system that will prevent flooding and assisted the Mustard Seed staff members inventory and sort food donations. The Mustard Seed community provides housing and care for children who have been abandoned or whose parents do not have the resources to care for them because of severe mental or physical handicaps, or HIV/AIDS.


Two church leaders honored

The Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) recognized Msgr. David Bohr and Archbishop Daniel DiNardo (third and fourth from the left) July 26 with the Medallion of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Archbishop DiNardo heads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas, and Msgr. Bohr is academic dean of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Both men were honored for their service and friendship to IPF. On hand to celebrate with the honorees were (from left) Father George Aschbrenner, SJ, Father Richard Gabuzda, Msgr. Bohr, Archbishop DiNardo, Kathleen Kanavy and Father John Horn, SJ.

Father Kirchner to hold 40th anniversary Mass

Father Donnell Kirchner, CSSR, will celebrate the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sept. 17 at Holy Name Church in Omaha to mark his 40th anniversary as a priest.

He is a 1954 graduate of Holy Name School.

A reception will be held in the school cafeteria after Mass.

He has worked in the Amazon valley of Brazil on a Redemptorist Mission since 1968.

While serving in Brazil, he has been a parish priest in different areas, was a formation director in the Redemptorist seminary, earned a degree in Rome for moral theology, and has published 15 books and written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently, Father Kirchner teaches courses on moral and ethical issues, and works with many lay groups including Cursillo and Marriage Encounter.

Reunion possible, classmates missing

With an upcoming reunion possible, the 1934 graduating class of St. Mary School in Omaha is attempting to update information on classmates.

Anyone who is a member of the class or knows of class members is asked to contact Father Anthony Wilwerding, 991-2716; Francis Williams Rushlau, 896-5088; or B.B. Wagman, 558-3639.


Forensics Conditioning camp held at Skutt HS

Thirty-one students from V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha participated in the school's first forensics conditioning camp July 24-28.

The camp introduced students to competitive speech and debate, through mock student congress sessions and 13 different competitive events.

'I was thrilled with the success of program," said Tom Cosenza, head coach of the Skutt High School speech and debate team. 'Without a doubt, it accomplished every one of our goals and really went above my expectations."

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