Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Local religious sites

Ahh, summer.

It’s a time for family outings and spending time outdoors. Of course you can always go swimming or visit a state park, but think about also making a trip to one of several religious sites in or around our listening area.

Spirit Catholic Radio, Omaha

If we’re going to have a list of Catholic destinations in our listening area, we must start with our own studios in Omaha. Located at 13326 A St., our studios are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop by during business hours for a tour, meet our staff and pray in our beautiful chapel. Consider joining us for Mass on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. or participating in eucharistic adoration on Wednesdays.

Spirit Catholic Radios is the area’s only Catholic radio station heard across most of Nebraska, western Iowa and other parts of the Midwest.

You can listen to us at 102.7-FM in Omaha, Lincoln and Western Iowa; 91.5-FM in Central Nebraska; 88.3-FM in Northeast Nebraska; 90.1-FM in North Platte; 99.3-FM in Columbus and 89.3-FM in Chadron. 

Spiritcatholicradio.com, 402-571-0200, 855-571-0200 (toll free)

Holy Family Shrine, Gretna

The mission of the Holy Family Shrine, as a Catholic Chapel on the highway, is to be a gateway to heaven for pilgrims and travelers to experience the healing presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit that awakens them to God’s will in their journey through life. 

Created in 2002, the shrine receives more than 20,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

The shrine is located at 23132 Pflug Road, between Omaha and Lincoln off I-80, exit 432-south on Hwy 31 (1.3 miles) west on Pflug Road (1 mile).

It includes a visitor center and gift shop, a 45-foot crucifix that overlooks the prairie and a chapel made of wooden beams and glass. Mass is held there every Saturday at 10 a.m., except on Holy Saturday.   

Visit holyfamilyshrineproject.com, where you can watch a virtual tour of the shrine.

Museum of Religious Arts, Logan, Iowa

The purpose of the Museum of Religious Arts is to preserve and exhibit religious arts, tradition and culture, fostering an appreciation of religious history for our enrichment and that of future generations. The Museum is housed in a 20,000-square foot building, giving ample room for numerous religious displays.

It includes artwork by Akaine Kramarik, who in 2005, was 11 when she created the paintings; life-size wax figures portraying nine Biblical scenes; Crosses on the Hill outdoor display; Holocaust artwork and a Jesus Walking on the Water sculpture.

Located at 2697 Niagara Trail in Logan, Iowa, it’s open on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.mrarts.org or call 712-644-3888

Trinity Heights, Sioux City, Iowa

Trinity Heights offers more than two dozen shrines, memorial garden spots and quiet corners for prayer and reflection amidst 14 acres of spacious walkways and soft green spaces. It sits on the spacious grounds of former Trinity College and high school.

Two statues anchor Trinity Heights on each end — the Immaculate Heart of Mary Queen of Peace and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A life-size carving of the Last Supper is located in St. Joseph's Center across from the Marian Center Gift Shop.

You will also enjoy shrines to the Blessed Virgin Mary and The Way of the Saints honoring 60 saints in the Catholic Church, the Outdoor Cathedral area leading to Jesus, and the Trinity Gardens adjacent to Mary Queen of Peace. Flowers, plantings, trees and birds create an ideal setting to stroll, pray and reflect.

People of all faiths visit Trinity Heights. It is Catholic in its theology and ecumenical in its intent and appeal.

Located at 33rd and Floyd Blvd in Sioux City, the shrine is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trinityheights.com, 712-239-8670

Boys Town and Fr. Flanagan’s gravesite, Omaha

Boys Town, formerly Girls and Boys Town and Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for its children and families, with national headquarters in the village of Boys Town, Neb. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

The original Boys Town was founded as a boys' orphanage in 1917 by Fr. Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest working in Omaha whose sainthood cause is currently underway. The "City of Little Men" pioneered[3]development of new juvenile care methods in 20th century America, emphasizing social preparation as a model for public boys' homes worldwide.

Visitors to Boys Town can visit the Hall of History, Garden of the Bible and Fr. Flanagan’s home, as well as attend Mass at Dowd Memorial Chapel, which houses the Fr. Flanagan Shrine. Boys Town's famous founder is entombed in a bronze vault that briefly tells his life story to thousands of visitors every year.

Boys Town is located near 138th and Dodge in Omaha. Call 1-800-625-1400 for more information or to book a tour.

Grotto of Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

Located about 3 ½ hours from Omaha in Northwest Iowa, the Grotto of the Redemption is the largest man-made grotto in the world. It is comprised of nine separate grottos, each depicting a scene in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The theme of Redemption gives unity to this sacred space.

The Grotto of the Redemption is the inspiration and life work of the late Fr. Paul Dobberstein, a Catholic priest. For a decade, he gathered rocks and precious stones from around the world and began construction in 1912.  

The grotto was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2001.

To watch a virtual tour, visit www.westbendgrotto.com/Virtual_Tour.html or visit westbendgrotto.com.

300 N Broadway Ave., West Bend, IA, 515-887-2371

If you have suggestions that could be added to this list, please comment below! We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Prayer for Our Nation

Spirit Catholic Radio wishes you all a happy and safe Fourth of July! We invite you to join us in praying for our country. The following prayer comes from Catholic Online at catholic.org.

God our Father, Giver of life, 

We entrust the United States of America to Your loving 

You are the rock on which this nation was founded. 
You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to 
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your 

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s 
leaders. Open their minds to the great worth of human life 
and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in 
seeking and doing Your will. 

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, 
grant us the courage to reject the "culture of death." 
Lead us into a new millennium of life. 
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Three Days of Summer Fun

This week - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - Spirit Catholic Radio is having its Three Days of Summer Fun with music, Sticker Stops, contests and appeal. 
We have six Sticker Stop locations each day - one day in Lincoln & two days in Omaha - where our Spirit vans & tents will be set up during the morning, lunch & evening drive times. 

People with Spirit stickers on their vehicles will be invited to stop by, enjoy some food & enter to win a daily prize and a grand prize - a Spirit 15th Anniversary Travel Package. If you don't have a sticker, you can stop by & we will place one on your vehicle & you'll also be entered to win both prizes. 

Don't have time to go to a Sticker Stop? We gotcha covered! Post a FUN selfie showing YOU with a Spirit sticker on your vehicle or with a Spirit yard sign in your yard on our Facebook page & you'll be entered to win both prizes. Don't forget to also email us your name, phone number, address & email address to kvss@kvss.com. 

Make sure you listen to Spirit Mornings that week, as daily prize winners will be announced on Spirit Mornings each day after the Sticker Stop, while the Spirit Travel Package winner will be announced Friday, June 26, during Spirit Mornings.

The Daily prizes (each daily prize package is valued at more than $200) all include Catholic books & license plate holders, Spirit coffee mugs & apparel & Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible, as well as:
  1. Lincoln, Tuesday, June 24: 4 tickets to the Heartland Family Festival with Collin Raye (8/2/14), $20 gift certificate to Dino’s Eastside Grille, $25 gift certificate to Hiro 88, & $10 gift certificate to Licorice International
  2. Omaha, Wednesday, June 25: $50 gift certificate to Adoremus, 4 tickets to Heartland Family Festival with Collin Raye, popcorn from Jock & Jill’s Popcorn, 4 $24 Extreme Wristbands to Papio Fun Park, $10 gift certificate to Licorice International
  3. Omaha, Thursday, June 26: $20 gift card to All the Perks Espresso Café, 4 tickets to Heartland Family Festival with Collin Raye, 4 $24 Extreme Wristbands to Papio Fun Park, $50 gift certificate to Adoremus & popcorn from Jock & Jill’s Popcorn.
The Spirit 15th Anniversary Travel Package Grand Prize - valued at more than $1,000 - includes Spirit apparel & mug, $50 gift card to Charleston’s, $25 gift certificate to Hiro 88, Truth and Life Audio Bible, 4 tickets to the Heartland Family Festival & Collin Raye concert & one-night stay at each of the following hotels (expires in June 2015):
  • Norfolk Lodge & Divot’s Conference Center in Norfolk, NE
  • The Roger’s House in Lincoln, NE
  • Horizon Inn & Suites in West Point, NE
  • Country Club Holiday Inn on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO
  • Ramada Plaza Coco Key Water Resort in Omaha, NE
  • Country Inn & Suites North, just off the 27th street exit in Lincoln, NE
  • Lied Lodge & Conference Center at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, NE
Here's where we'll be:
Lincoln, Tuesday, June 24:
  1. 7-9 a.m
  • Once Upon A Child – 2600 S. 48th St. near Hobby Lobby (donuts)
  • Catholic Social Services – 2241 O St. (donuts)
     2. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gloria Deo - 56th & Hwy 2 in the Alamo Center (cookies & gift cards for 6” steak or chicken CheeseSteak combo meal – includes fries & 20 oz drink – from CheeseSteak Grille)
  • Dino’s Eastside Grille – 2901 S. 84th St. (cookies & Dino’s coupons)
     3. 4-5 p.m.
  • Schulte Chiropractic & Wellness Center – 1777 N. 86th St. near HyVee (cookies & $5 gift cards to Famous Dave’s)
  • Raising Cane’s – 28th & Cornhusker (10 free lemonade cards from Raising Cane's to be used from 4-5 p.m. that day only)
Omaha, Wednesday, June 25:
     1. 7-9 a.m.
  • Wheatfields – 1202 Howard St. in the Old Market (sticky rolls & buy one get one coupons to Wheatfields)
  • Ramada Plaza Convention Center & Coco Key Water Resort – 72nd & Grover, just off 72nd Street exit of 1-80 (donuts & 8 wristbands to Coco Key & fliers with $2 off a CoCo Key ticket purchase) 
     2. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Gloria Deo – 132nd & W. Center in Montclair (Schlotsky's coupons)
  • Winchell’s Donuts – 2527 N. 72nd Street just south of Maple on 72nd St. (donuts & sandwich samples)
     3. 4-5 p.m.
  • Charleston’s – 75th & Dodge (cookies)
  • Storz Trophy Room – 345 Riverfront – formerly Rick’s Boatyard (cookies)
Omaha, Thursday, June 26
      1. 7-9 a.m. 
  • All the Perks Espresso Café – 144th & Maple behind Red Robin (mango smoothies, coffee samples & donuts)
  • SkateDaze – 132nd & B (donuts & Scotty’s Go-Go Grill Food Truck will provide food: bacon, egg & cheese bagel w/ fruit, $6; ham, egg & cheese French toast sandwich & fruit, $6; coffee/juice/soft drinks, $1)
     2. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Adoremus – 2992 S. 84th St. (20% off coupons to Adoremus good for that day only)
  • Chick-Fil-A – 2016 Cornhusker Road in Bellevue (coupons for small peach shakes)
     3. 4-5 p.m.
  • The Tea Smith – 1118 Howard in the Old Market (samples of iced summer tea from The Tea Smith & cookies)
  • Bounce U – 11144 Q (cookies)
Displaying vehicle stickers & yard signs are simple ways to promote Catholic radio & help others evangelize the life-giving & saving message of Jesus Christ.
We hope you'll stop by! 

Summer Appeal

Each summer, Spirit Catholic Radio has important projects on the horizon, in the form of $50,000 in expenditures that are over and above our day-to-day operating expenses:

Billboard and yard sign campaign
Back-up transmitter
New PCs and automation upgrade
Additional staff for Lincoln office

These projects will help the network continue to provide Catholic radio to you as well as missions of others in the heartland. If you'd like to help us meet these needs, please call us at 855-571-0200. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A prayer for fathers

Today, on Father's Day, let us pray for fathers everywhere. 

Here is a prayer written by Kirk Loadman:

Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father. 

Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children. 

Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing. 

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children's love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart. 

Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. 

Let us praise those men who have "fathered" us in their role as mentors and guides. 

Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children. 

And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Catholic Radio Awareness Day

Sunday, June 8, is Pentecost Sunday – the day when the church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit.

This year, to mark the 15th anniversary of Spirit Catholic Radio, the Nebraska bishops have declared June 8 Catholic Radio Awareness Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Catholic radio and the benefits of being able to hear the word of God over the airwaves.

Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio, said Pentecost Sunday is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Spirit Catholic Radio, which is broadcast throughout Nebraska and western Iowa, because “we are a Holy Spirit-driven apostolate.”

To mark the celebration, Spirit Catholic Radio is asking parishes across the listening area – in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Diocese of Lincoln and Diocese of Grand Island – to help people become aware of Catholic radio and the benefits of Catholic radio. Parishes also are invited to include an insert in their bulletin that has programming information as well as information about why people should listen to Catholic radio.

“St. Jerome said ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” Carroll said.

Through our local and national programming, listeners have a chance to learn Scripture, as well as hear music, national call-in programs, local news and events, devotions, reflections, local priests and guests, prayers, messages from Nebraska’s three bishops and coverage of the pope’s international activities. All of these programs help listeners learn the faith, Carroll said.

“People need to know the faith to live the faith,” he said.

Spirit Catholic Radio also wants people to invite others to listen to Catholic radio by displaying Spirit Catholic Radio yard signs of putting a sticker on their vehicle window or bumper. Yard signs will be available after Pentecost Sunday Masses at several churches, and the station recently mailed 20,000 vehicle stickers to families in Nebraska and Iowa.

Yard signs and vehicle stickers are simple ways to evangelize and share the Gospel message, Carroll said.

Upcoming contest

Later this month, during our three days of music and our summer appeal – June 24-26 – Spirit Catholic Radio will have a fun vehicle sticker contest.

Throughout those three days, we will have six stop-off locations each day – two days in Omaha and one in Lincoln – where our Spirit vans and tents will be set up during the morning, lunch and evening drive times. People with Spirit Catholic Radio stickers on their vehicles will be invited to stop by, enjoy some food and enter to win prizes. If you don’t have a sticker, you can stop by and our “interns on the loose” will place one on your vehicle and you’ll also be entered to win.

If you can’t stop by, but want to participate, you can post on our Facebook page a photo of your Spirit Catholic Radio yard sign in front of your house and get prize entries that way. More details to follow.

The prizes will include overnight stays at seven fantastic hotels in our listening area that can be used anytime in the next 12 months.

Yard signs and vehicle stickers are simple ways to promote Catholic radio and help others evangelize the life-giving and saving message of Jesus Christ. We hope you’ll participate


Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day

Spirit Catholic Radio wishes all moms a Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!

Below is a prayer for mothers, courtesy of MothersDayCelebration.com.

Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank you for our mothers to whom you have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.

You have given to woman the capacity of participating with you in the creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand the full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity for selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for all your children.

Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child.

To mothers you have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child's first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that all mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, Elizabeth and other holy women who follow Christ. Help mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them.

Assist all "spiritual mothers," those who though they may have no children of their own nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others -- of every age and state in life. Grant that they may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whether in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizes and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in your image and likeness.

We beseech you to send your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothers who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grieving mothers to rely on your tender mercy and fatherly love for all your children.

We ask your blessing on all those to whom you have entrusted motherhood. May your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them. May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, and imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive your grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in your presence in the life to come.

We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Shroud of Turin

Face of the Man of the Shroud
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Spirit Catholic Radio is bringing a traveling exhibit, titled “The Man of the Shroud,” to nine different cities across Nebraska during June and July. The Shroud of Turin has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. 

The exhibit will be on display at various parishes and Catholic high schools in cooperation with local Knights of Columbus councils. 

The traveling exhibit, developed by the late Msgr. Guilio Ricci, president of the Roman Center for the Study of Holy Shroud at the Vatican, includes as the centerpiece of the exhibit a full length photographic image of the Shroud made by the Eastman Kodak Co. In addition, the exhibit contains a nearly life-size crucified corpus showing the wounds of Christ corresponding to the passion narrative in the Gospel accounts and the wounds shown on the Shroud. 

“The Shroud was chosen to coincide with our 15th anniversary theme, Encounter Jesus,” said Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio. “The Shroud brings the person of Jesus to something we can experience with our senses. My hope is that Jesus as a real person is something that can be carried with people after they view the exhibit. This is physical evidence that Jesus was a real person, and that he suffered and died, but, of course, rose again.”

The exhibit contains 92 panels detailing the history and science of the Shroud. The exhibit will begin the trek across Nebraska June 1-8 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha before traveling to North American Martyrs Church in Lincoln June 9-15. 

In addition to the display, internationally known shroud expert Russ Breault of Shroud Encounter will present a 90-minute multi-media presentation at 5 p.m. June 8 at St. Robert Bellarmine and 7 p.m. June 9 at North American Martyrs. Tickets to the presentation are $5. 

Cost to view the exhibit is free.  

We encourage you to bring a friend, and help others encounter Jesus!

Here is the tour schedule:

June 1-8 – St. Robert Bellarmine, Omaha
June 9-15 – North American Martyrs, Lincoln
June 17-22 – St. Michael, Hastings
June 24-29 – Location TBA, Kearney
July 1-6 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, North Platte
July 8-13 – Central Catholic High School, Grand Island
July 15-20 – St. Boniface, Menominee
July 22-27 – Norfolk Catholic High School, Norfolk
July 29-Aug. 3 – Scotus Central Catholic High School, Columbus

For more information, call 855-571-0200.