Local/World Faith Briefs

Chicken dinner offered March 19 in Seaforth

A chicken dinner with full salad bar and dessert will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Seaforth. Mass is at 10 a.m. Matching grant by the Catholic Order of Foresters Court 1757.

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 hot turkey sandwich, salads, assorted desserts. Take-outs are available by calling 507-227-3068.

St. Eloi Soup & Chili Feed is Sunday in Ghent

St. Eloi Soup & Chili Feed and Silent Auction is Sunday. The meal will be served from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the St. Eloi Church basement, Ghent for a free will offering. Auction bids taken until 12:20 p.m. Proceeds go toward Religious Education Program. The event is sponsored by and matching funds provided by Catholic Order of Foresters.

Catholic Daughters to meet Monday at Hill Street Place

The Catholic Daughters of America meeting this month will be on Monday at Hill Street Place. Mass is at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church. Lunch will be served at 6:15 p.m. and meeting will follow; all are welcome.

Soup & Sermon is Wednesday at Holy Redeemer

Holy Redeemer will be hosting Soup & Sermon on the first six 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.

Young People’s Beginning Experience Weekend is April 7-9

Beginning Experience of SW MN announces its first Young People’s Beginning Experience Weekend April 7-9 at Shetek Lutheran Ministries, Lake Shetek, Slayton. This weekend is designed for young people 12 to 18 years of age who have lost a parent through death or separation or divorce. If you or someone you know would benefit from this weekend contact Tammy or Kevin Aanenson for more information 507-227-1625 (T) or 507-227-1116 (K).

Beginning Experience of SW MN, is offering a weekend retreat that provides an individual with the opportunity to encounter self and to grow with a purpose to achieve inner peace. The experience is to help close the door gently on the past and move on with renewed hope and purpose. Deadline for registrations is April 1.

For more information contact: Laurie W. at 507-829-6692 or wall.laurie33@gmail.com, MaryAnn S. at 507-828-2866 or maryannschultz83@gmail.com or Mary J. at 507-872-6251 or yote1@centurytel.net.

Pope on celibacy, populism and his ‘moments of emptiness’

BERLIN (AP) — Pope Francis says the church must study whether it’s possible to ordain married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages.

In an interview published Thursday with Germany’s Die Zeit, Francis stressed that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the Catholic Church’s priest shortage. But he expressed an openness to studying whether so-called “viri probati” — or married men of proven faith — could be ordained.

“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility. Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” he was quoted as saying.

The “viri probati” proposal has been around for decades, but it has drawn fresh attention under history’s first Latin American pope thanks in part to his appreciation of the challenges facing the church in places like Brazil, a huge Catholic country with an acute shortage of priests.

Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a longtime friend of Francis and former head of the Vatican’s office for clergy, is reportedly pressing to allow viri probati in the Amazon, where the church counts around one priest for every 10,000 Catholics.

Francis has shown particular openness to receiving concrete proposals for ordaining married men as well as his own pastoral concern for men who have left ministry to marry.

He has maintained friendship with the Argentine widow of a friend who left the priesthood to marry, and he spent one of his Friday mercy missions last year visiting with men who had left ministry to start families. He has also said that while he favors a celibate priesthood, celibacy technically can be up for discussion since it’s a discipline of the church, not a dogma.