Local/National Faith Briefs

Lunch is served Thursdays at St. Ann’s

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

Catholic Daughters to meet Monday

Catholic Daughters of Americas meeting is Monday in Carlin Hall following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. A light lunch will be served followed by the business meeting. Bring a baby gift for a Birthright shower and speaker.

Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed is Sunday

A Dad’s Belgian Waffle Feed will be from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday in Holy Redeemer’s Carlin Hall. Proceeds will help the youth who are attending the San Lucas Mission, Georgia Life Teen Camp and Steubenville Conference. Breakfast includes waffles, sausage and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 5 to 12 years old.

Holy Redeemer to have speaker, Katie Prejean-McGrady Sunday

Katie Prejean-McGrady will speak at 6 p.m. Sunday at Holy Redeemer Church. This national Catholic speaker will be speaking on “Why God Loves You.” There is Mass at 5 p.m., speaker is at 6 p.m. and adoration will begin at 7 p.m

Kansas pastor removed after financial irregularities found

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Catholic officials have asked a pastor to resign from a Kansas church amid an investigation into financial irregularities.

The Hutchinson News reported that the Catholic Diocese of Wichita contacted local law enforcement after they were made aware of the suspicious activity at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Hutchinson.

The diocese notified parishioners of the pastor’s removal Friday in a letter. Wichita Bishop Carl Kemme said in the letter that diocese is cooperating fully in the investigation. He added that, “the diocese will see to it that the parish is made whole on the loss.” The diocese provided no other details about what happened.

The Reno County Sheriff’s Office said it’s still interviewing witnesses and that the investigation findings haven’t yet been turned over to prosecutors.

Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist executive committee

DALLAS (AP) — Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee after the man previously in the role resigned due to an inappropriate relationship.

The committee elected Floyd at a meeting Tuesday in Dallas. His previous SBC leadership roles include being SBC president from 2014 to 2016.

He replaces Frank Page, who last year resigned over what an SBC leader described as a “morally inappropriate relationship.”

Floyd, an evangelical adviser to President Donald Trump, is senior pastor of Cross Church, which has locations in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri. He’ll resign from Cross Church in order to take his new role.

The SBC has been grappling with how to better respond to sexual abuse. Two Texas newspapers reported in February that hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff had been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years.

With 15 million members and over 47,000 churches, the Nashville, Tennessee-based SBC is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. The SBC’s structure as a voluntary association of autonomous churches has hindered past efforts at fighting sexual abuse.

Floyd said after his election that sexual abuse victims should know “we want to walk with you, we lament with you.” He said he joins SBC President J.D. Greear in working to make sure churches are safe environments.

“We need to come together. Southern Baptists stand against sexual abuse,” Floyd said.

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