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Birthright is a pregnancy support group offering help by caring, trained volunteers. Birthright provides alternatives to abortion with care and concern for all pregnant women and those women concerned about pregnancy. Free pregnancy tests, maternity clothes and layettes are provided. Referrals are made to health care professionals for medical care. This program is funded entirely by private donations. Contact: Paula Allen, 402-423-2472.

Calix is Latin for chalice or cup–from the cup that inebriates to the cup that sanctifies. Monthly meetings are held the last Sunday of the month at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, beginning with Mass at 5:00 PM and followed by the meeting. This program enhances Alcoholics/Drugs Anonymous programs but is not meant as a replacement. The program offers a half-day of recollection and reconciliation once a year. Contact: Craig, 402-438-6319.

Catholic Daughters is a national organization established in 1903 and dedicated to our Blessed Mother. The purpose of the organization is to participate in the religious, charitable and educational apostolate of the Church. In previous years we’ve conducted an essay, poster, art and poetry contest for our Catholic school children. In 1999 we donated $5,000 for a window at the St. Gregory the Great Seminary. In 2000 we hosted the C.D.A. state convention in Lincoln. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month. New members are welcome. Contact: Eileen Childerston, 402-488-1316.

Catholic Social Services offers many programs in the diocese, including the St. Louise Gift & Thrift Store at 2201 “O” St., Lincoln, and the St. Francis Food Pantry. Main office is at 3700 Sheridan Blvd., 474-1600, cssisus!@csshope.org. Cathedral contact for Food Pantry is Joe Bruno, 402-489-3788.

Chancery of Diocese of Lincoln: 3400 Sheridan Blvd., 402-488-0921.

Family Life Office:

The following are just some of the programs offered by this office. Contact the office for a complete list of all programs and upcoming activities: 3700 Sheridan Blvd., 402-488-2040. www.lincolndiocese.org/family

Apostolate of Divine Mercy seeks to promote the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion as it is found in Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and in the life and writings of St. Maria Faustina. The Apostolate accomplishes these goals by offering educational materials, distributing the Image of the Divine Mercy throughout the diocese, and providing speakers.

Bereavement: In addition to the parish-based Healing Hearts program, a series of six sessions offered by the diocese gives participants an opportunity to understand issues such as the grief process, a Christian perspective on suffering, effects of grief on relationships, comfort from Scripture, and restoring balance. Held at the FLO each spring and fall, this group setting allows time for discussion and is directed by a professional counselor and a priest. A special Mass on the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28 is celebrated in honor of babies who have died.

Divorced, Separated and Widowed Catholics: The mission is to offer healing, education and support to those who have experienced the loss of a spouse.

Engaged Encounter is a program for engaged couples that provides talks, discussions and prayer time to help them prepare intellectually and spiritually for the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged Encounter addresses topics such as honesty and openness in relationships, sexuality, and Natural Family Planning (NFP).

Marriage Encounter weekends help married couples communicate more intimately with one another in order to deepen and enrich their relationship. An atmosphere is created where the couple can concentrate exclusively on one another in a private and confidential environment.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a means through which a couple may either achieve or avoid pregnancy. It is a morally acceptable, medically safe and highly reliable method of family planning. A couple enters the program with an introductory session and continues with a series of individualized follow-up sessions.

Retrouvaille helps couples pick up the pieces of a troubled marriage and rebuild a loving relationship. http://www.retrouvaille.org

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) weekends are for high school seniors and juniors and college freshmen and sophomores. Adults and young adults give talks, guide discussions, lead activities, and pray with the teens. Several TEC weekends are held throughout the diocese each year.

Good Counsel Retreat Center: 7303 N 112th St., Waverly, NE, 402-786-2705.

Kings Men / Ladies of the Eucharist are organizations available at the Pink Sisters. They provide an opportunity to assist the sisters and to deepen one’s spiritual life. Pink Sisters, 1040 S Cotner, 402-489-0765.

Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women that began in New Orleans in 1981 and now has more than 70 chapters. Magnificat fosters in women of all ages a desire to grow in holiness. Following the examples of Mary and Elizabeth, this woman-to-woman ministry attempts to generate a lively faith in God and His presence in our lives along with a love for Mary and the Church. The group holds four meetings a year that center around a prayer meal and feature a speaker, usually a woman, sharing her journey of faith. The meal also provides a time for praise and worship and individual prayer. Along with days of renewal and Life in the Spirit Seminars, Magnificat also sponsors Lord Teach Me To Pray, an ongoing prayer/study based on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Contact: Joan Campbell, 402-476-3490.

Project Rachel provides post-abortion counseling, healing from the pain of abortion, and reconciliation for both grieving women and men. Contact: 402-489-2249.

Southern Nebraska Register is the weekly newspaper published by the diocese. Contact: PO Box 80329, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., 402-488-0090.

Support Groups for Mentally Ill: Our Lady of Hope is a support group for those suffering with any kind of mental illness and their supporting family members. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at The Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Mass is offered in the Madonna Chapel at 7:00 PM and the meeting follows in the Sheridan Room. Each meeting includes prayer, a speaker, and time for discussion. Guild of St. Benedict Joseph Labre is a Spiritual, Marion, Eucharistic and Ecumenical support group for the emotionally troubled and the mentally ill and their families and friends. Informational brochures are available in the vestibule of the church. Contact: Kathy Neugebauer, 402-423-3810, kneugeba@gmail.com

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