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Faith Briefs for Aug. 27

GriefShare seminar available

If you have experienced the death of a loved one (spouse, child, friend, family), you are invited to GriefShare. This nondenominational DVD seminar features Christ-centered, biblical teaching focusing on grief topics with nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion. Participants will find encouragement, comfort, and valuable information about facing a new normal in life and renewing hope for the future. The program runs for 13 weeks and is designed so anyone experiencing grief can join at any time.

During this time of COVID restrictions, please register online at griefshare.org. Enter your zip code to find a group and register. For more information, call Dorothy at 507- 401-0601 or the church office at 507-532-5711.

Catholic school in Michigan loses appeal over mask policy

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic school in Lansing has lost an appeal over a Michigan policy that required masks on young kids earlier in the pandemic.

Although the statewide mandate ended, some counties are stepping in and requiring masks in schools when the 2021-22 year starts.

Resurrection School and some parents sued in 2020, saying a state mask order violated the free exercise of religion, among other objections. A judge, however, refused to intervene and issue an injunction.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision Monday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney “correctly concluded that because the requirement to wear a facial covering applied to students in grades K-5 at both religious and non-religious schools, it was neutral and of general applicability,” the court said.

Attorney General Dana Nessel, whose department defended the policy, praised the decision.

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