Local/National Faith Briefs

Grief support group offered to the local community

Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to participate in a GriefShare program held at Holy Redeemer Church.

This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. GriefShare material is designed so that a person is able to begin attending on any week, even if you missed prior sessions. All faith expressions welcome.

The first session will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. May 17 in the Holy Redeemer Church Gathering area, 503 W. Lyon, Marshall. For questions, call the church office at 532-5711, or Dorothy 401-0601, Gerri 532-9218 or Jason 829-9487.

Catholic Daughters memorial service is Monday

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas’s memorial service will take place at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Monday. Family and friends of deceased members are especially invited to attend.

Note: There will not be a reception following the Mass this year.

NUDCCW has convention

The New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women had its 58th annual convention April 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. The NUDCCW, an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women, consists of Catholic women in the 75 parishes covering a 15 county area known as the New Ulm Diocese.

The convention presented many opportunities for growth…spiritually, educationally and socially. A number of area women attended.

The theme of the day was: “Proclaim the Word of God.” The keynote speaker was Cari Donaldson. In her tale of her conversion and the peace she’s found as a Catholic, she spoke of the many profound, lifelong blessings God has given her through faith, and, yes, even through her daily small troubles and unexpected joys.

The Rev. John M. LeVoir, bishop of the New Ulm Diocese, celebrated Holy Mass. Following Mass new officers were installed. The day included many displays, silent auction, a business meeting, prayer and fellowship. The afternoon speakers were Sr. Anne Walch and Sr. Briana McCarthy, who presented “Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking.”

Judy Haag was selected to receive this year’s Woman of the Year award. She is from Eden Valley and is a member of the Church of Our Lady of Manannah.

Church announces step toward sainthood for Detroit priest

DETROIT (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday announced the beatification of Father Solanus Casey — a significant step toward canonization as a saint for the beloved Detroit priest.

Casey died in 1957 at age 86. He was a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph and one of the founders of Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Pope John Paul II granted him “venerable” status for a life of uncommon virtue in the service of God in 1995.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said the beatification of Casey “is an incomparable grace” for the church and the Detroit area. Casey was known for his gentle nature and healing powers. His reputation as a healer took root in the 1920s.