Social events and service projects among Newman Center Advent plans
Festivities and acts of service.
That’s how students living at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha will celebrate the first Advent season in their new home.
Although the center, which opened Aug. 15 near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus, will close Dec. 17 for the school’s Christmas break, students will enjoy the Advent season together, said Katie Winkler, coordinator of college apostolates at the center.
Activities will include decorating Christmas trees in the center’s entryway and the Holy Family Room community area, she said.
Archbishop George J. Lucas will host a party at his residence for students Dec. 8, preceded by Mass at the center. "The archbishop has been very generous in hosting a party the last several years for Omaha-area college students," Winkler said.
Students also will celebrate at the center’s weekly Thursday evening community night Dec. 15, including refreshments and snacks, caroling and Christmas tree trimming.
And on Dec. 11, students will reach out to help others as they cook a meal for out-of-town families whose children are patients at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. The families are staying at the hospital’s Carolyn Scott Rainbow House.
Students also will adopt one, and possibly several needy families, providing gifts to help them have a happy holiday, Winkler said.