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Local/National Faith Briefs

Catholic Daughters to meet Monday

The Catholic Daughters of Americas will meet Monday in Carlin Hall following the 5:30 pm. Mass. A light lunch will be served followed by the business meeting.

Holy Redeemer fundraiser starts today

The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to Holy Redeemer School in Marshall, giving you the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting your local Catholic school.

Starting today, students from Holy Redeemer will join students from 90 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2019 Chevy TRAX (or $20,000 in cash), or other great prizes totaling $40,000 in value. Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at Holy Redeemer thanks to the Raffle’s sole sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the Raffle at no cost to the participating schools.

Now in its 10th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised over $7 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 90 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six week selling period. To help reach this goal, Holy Redeemer hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $16,500. The money raised allows schools like Holy Redeemer to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales run through Feb. 24. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The Grand Prize drawing ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul. Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.

North Dakota lawmaker wants Bible classes in public schools

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require schools to offer classes on the Bible.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s North Dakota chapter said the measure championed by Republican Sen. Oley Larson is “blatantly unconstitutional” and would likely lead to litigation if approved by the Legislature.

Larson, a former teacher from Minot, told The Associated Press that a Bible class would count toward students’ social studies requirements.

Larson says schools would have to offer curriculum that covers the Old Testament, the New Testament or a combination of the two. But he says students would not have to take it.

Larson says the aim of his legislation is not religious but is to make students aware of Bible history.

A hearing on the measure has not been scheduled.

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