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Faith Briefs for Oct. 14

St. Mary’s annual soup and sandwich luncheon

St. Mary’s annual CCW soup and sandwich luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood. The meal includes a choice of homemade soup: turkey wild rice, chili, potato and vegetable beef soup; choice of sandwiches: turkey salad and ham; beverage; Cold Stone Creamery ice cream cup and a chocolate chip cookie.Takeout is available. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for students ages 6-12 and $1 for children under 6. All proceeds will go to sponsor CCW programs and support local charitable organizations.

Operation Christmas Child Collection

Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Collection week is Nov. 14-21. The relay center collection site is Radiant Life Church, 500 South Saratoga Street in Marshall. Empty shoeboxes to fill are available by calling 507-223-5076 or 507-532-3414.

Volunteers are needed and welcomed each day at the relay center site. Two to three able-bodied volunteers are needed to load cartons of filled boxes into a trailer at noon Monday, Nov. 21. Call 507-223-5076 to volunteer.

Mexican church suspends priest who advised carrying guns

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church has suspended a controversial priest who has advised parishioners to carry guns to fight off drug cartels.

Better known as “Father Pistolas,” Rev. Alfredo Gallegos is a priest in the violence-plagued western state of Michoacan who has himself sometimes carried a weapon.

A circular from the Archdiocese of Morelia, the state capital, instructed other priests not to allow the Rev. Gallegos to celebrate Mass.

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