Local/National Faith Briefs

Angrisano to present March 5-8 at Holy Redeemer

Parish Lenten Mission presents Steve Angrisano. This free event starts at 6:30 p.m. March 5-8 at Holy Redeemer Church, all three days. Come to one or all three. Visit www.holy-redeemer.com for more information or call the Parish Office at 532-5711.

Lunch served in Slayton

The Court Queen of Peace is serving lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. during Lent on Thursdays at Divine Mercy Hall, St. Ann’s Church, Slayton. The menu includes a barbecue sandwich, salads, assorted desserts. Take-outs are available by calling 507-227-3068.

Soup & Sermon is Wednesday at Holy Redeemer

Holy Redeemer will be hosting Soup & Sermon on Wednesdays during the Lenten season. Serving soup begins at 11:45 a.m., and the sermon will be at 12:05 p.m. in Carlin Hall.

All faith denominations are welcome to attend.

Catholic chapel in New Jersey mall closing after decades

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — A Roman Catholic chapel at a New Jersey shopping mall is closing after more than 45 years.

St. Therese’s Chapel is at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus and is also known as the Chapel on the Mall. The church’s final Mass was scheduled for Ash Wednesday.

The chapel, office rooms and gift shop have occupied 5,000 square feet. The chapel has been run by the Carmelite order of priests since it opened in 1970 and had a month-to-month lease at the mall for the past decade. The Record reported that the chapel’s space is needed as the mall remodels for new tenants.

The New York Times reports the chapel has drawn almost 1,000 people to Mass each week. It has had at least three Masses a day, six days a week.

The Rev. Eugene Bettinger, the chapel’s executive director for 15 years, told the newspaper that new potential locations already have been scouted but finding a new home won’t be easy. He said cost has become one of the biggest factors.

“You see the potential, the possibilities– if you can afford it,” Bettinger said.

Bettinger, 70, told The Record last month that he’s grateful the chapel has been able to remain at the mall for as long as it has.

“I have no complaints,” he said. “We have been treated very well by the mall.”

Threatening note signed ‘Muslim Slayer’ sent to NYC mosque

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating a threatening note signed “Muslim Slayer” that was sent to a mosque.

Imam Ibrahim Yavas of the American Turkish Eyup Sultan Cultural Center in Brooklyn told police he got the letter Tuesday, mailed to his residence at the center.

The letter said the writer had a “dirty little secret” and fantasized about “killing nonwhites,” including the recipient.

The hate crimes task force is assigned to the case. No arrests have been made.

Texas school district apologizes after comment about hijabs

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area school district is apologizing after an administrator told Muslim students they need to obtain permission from an imam to wear hijabs in school.

The Fort Bend school district said in a statement this week that students at Bush High School in Richmond were given “misinformation” about needing documentation in order to wear a headscarf in school.

At least one student had taken to Twitter on Friday to say an assistant principal had said a letter or email was needed from an imam explaining that a Muslim girl was following tradition in wearing a hijab.

Students said the order was the result of an effort to prevent students from covering their heads.

The Dallas Morning News reported the district said in its statement that documentation is not needed to wear a headscarf for religious purposes.

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