Local/National Faith Briefs

Prayers for the nation is Oct. 24

The 2017 Public Square Rosary Crusade will be at noon Oct. 24 at the Memorial Park in downtown Marshall. Public prayers will take place in honor of the historic year of Fatima Centennial (1917-2017).

Ecumenibells Harvest Dinner is Sunday

Ecumenibells Harvest Dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 202 N. 4th St. in Marshall. Adults — $10, Children 6-12 years — $4, Under age 6 — free. Proceeds benefit the Ecumenibells Handbell Choir program. Menu will feature turkey and the trimmings. Takeout dinners are available.

Beginning Experience offers counseling sessions

Beginning Experience is offering a “Rebuilding” series for 10 weeks beginning Oct. 16 through Dec. 18. The Monday sessions begin at 7 p.m.. at the First Lutheran Church on Church in Marshall. Registration takes place the first two Mondays starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration is then closed for that session.

There is a fee of $75 to cover the cost of materials. This series is designed for those who are past the initial pain of losing a partner and are working to put their lives back together. All dialogue is confidential and facilitators are individuals who have suffered a similar loss.

If you wish to register or have other questions, contact: Laurie W: 507-829-6692 or wall.laurie33@gmail.com or MaryAnn S: 507-828-2866 or maryannschultz83@gmail.com.

CDA to meet Monday

The Catholic Daughters of America will meet Monday at Hill Street Place following the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

A light lunch, co-chaired by Dana Funk and Colleen Frye, will be followed by the meeting. All are welcome. The weekend of Oct. 14 and 15 is the Gummi Bear distribution for Habitat for Humanity after Masses. Plan for Trunk or Treat from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Holy Redeemer School.

Buffalo Ridge Chorale to present concert Oct. 22

The Buffalo Ridge Chorale will present a fall concert titled, “Melodies of Peace” 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Church of St. John Cantius, Wilno. The performance will feature solos by David Moklebust on the beautiful Church of St. John Cantius’ pipe organ. The cost is $8 and children age 14 and younger are free. After the performance a light supper will be available.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SWMN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Judge tosses satanist’s lawsuit disputing ‘In God We Trust’

CHICAGO (AP) — Hell may have to freeze over before a self-declared satanist gets another shot at challenging the constitutionality of the motto, “In God We Trust,” on American money.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Wednesday that a federal judge in Chicago has tossed Kenneth Mayle’s lawsuit. In it, the Chicagoan argues that the motto forces him to propagate a religious view he opposes, violating his constitutional rights.

But Judge Amy St. Eve rejected that. She cited a long-standing Supreme Court ruling that concluded a motto on currency isn’t something people display prominently and so it can’t be said they’re forced to publicly advertise views that clash with theirs.

The odds may be against him, but Mayle told the legal newspaper he intends to appeal St. Eve’s ruling anyway.

Christian-themed high school halftime show draws complaint

LEEDS, Ala. (AP) — The Freedom From Religion Foundation has asked an Alabama school district to end a high school band’s Christian-themed football halftime show.

In a press release issued Monday, FFRF says a parent complained that the Leeds High School band’s performance is designed to resemble a Christian church service. The release says the parent asserted that the band director told students opposed to the religious routine that they could leave the band.

The foundation says public schools cannot promote religion.

Leeds City Schools Superintendent John J. Moore told AL.com that the complaint had been submitted to the school board’s attorney for review. The district doesn’t have plans to end the show.

A FFRF complaint led to Lee County Schools banning student-led prayer on the public address system before football games in September.

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