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November 2020

Blessed Salvatore Lilli/Lou & Mary Anne Dart
Building unity through community
Blessed Salvatore Lilli was a Franciscan priest who was martyred in modern-day Turkey in 1895. Salvatore had a passion for bringing people together through his preaching and through his work. He helped build schools, clinics, homes for the abandoned and always strove for unity through the good works of Christ. God worked through him to bring about unity in His people.

Lou and Mary Anne Dart of Bee, NE, emulate the virtues of this saint. Lou and his beloved wife Mary Anne have operated Lou & Mary Anne’s in Bee since 1974. It is an awesome restaurant and bar. They are noted for their broasted pork chops, their Friday night fish fry’s, and---my personal favorite---the Saturday night prime rib. Lou and Mary Anne have provided a service for their village of Bee and for Seward and Butler Counties by running this restaurant for the community. Mary Anne passed away earlier this year and we should pray in thanksgiving for her life and so that she may enjoy her Eternal Reward from Christ.

Lou is a veteran of the United States Air Force. A big Green Bay Packers fan in retirement he and Mary Anne decided to open up Lou and Mary Anne’s as a service to the community of Bee in 1974. It is a source of gathering, friendship, and community. Lou and Mary Anne could have stayed retired but they have maintained the restaurant so families and friends could have a place to go out and enjoy life in Bee, a small community of 191 people.

Lou and Mary Anne’s is well-known and brings many visitors to little Bee, NE. It is a welcoming place. Lou and Mary Anne Dart’s sacrifice brings people together from all over the region. They think of others first and place others ahead of themselves. Lou and Mary Anne are faithful Catholics and their relationship with Jesus Christ shows in their hearts and in their work. They feed hungry people. They build community and allow people to enjoy life. They sacrifice and put the needs of others ahead of themselves.

Lou and Mary Anne show us that one can become a saint by putting their heart into their work here in the Good Life of Nebraska. We thank them for lifting up the region with their work and their hearts.

God rest Mary Anne Dart and God continue to be with her beloved, Lou.

God bless and keep us always!

Fr. Justin Fulton, Executive Director

Lincoln Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program
Program expanded to provide gifts, gift cards this Christmas
In lieu of the St. Nicholas Toy Shoppe, the Adopt-A-Family Program in Lincoln will be expanded this year. Beginning November 24th, parishes will receive ornaments for giving trees. Participating parishes include St. Joseph, St. Peter, Cathedral, St. John, St. Michael and North American Martyrs. There are two types of ornaments:
Angels- your can purchase gifts for the family described on the back of the angel.
Gift Card Sleeves- you can make a cash donation or purchase a gift card for a family in need.
Donations can also be made to CSS by clicking here and selecting “Holiday Giving (CSS Holiday Programs)” when making your donation. Keep watching here for more details or your church bulletin if you are in one of the parishes listed above.
One new and innovative way to assist our Lincoln social services team is through our Amazon Wishlist. The items have been selected based on client needs. Items purchased by donors will be shipped to our Lincoln location at 2241 O Street. If you select CSS as your "Amazon Smile" charity, we'll receive a portion of the purchase price back from Amazon. You can click here for more information. 
Thank you for helping us bring Hope in the Good Life to those we serve this Christmas!
St. Gianna Women's Homes
Carole Fest 2020 to be a virtual concert
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Carole Fest is going to look a bit different this year. Though we will not have an in-person concert, we are planning an online concert by the talented family of Ellen, John and Carolyn Soukup. This virtual concert will take place on Sunday, December 13th at 2:00 PM and can be viewed by clicking here.
It costs us $16,000/year to house a woman and her children at St. Gianna Women’s Homes. The need is continuous. Our services are the most important work in this world:  protecting women and children from danger, abuse, and death.

With no opportunity to purchase tickets to attend Carole Fest this year, would you consider making a donation to this event? We are looking to raise $50,000 this year through Carole Fest so we can provide security for three women and their families for a year. You can support this very important event by clicking here. Thank you for your consideration. 
Click here to help us bring Hope in the Good Life!
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