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Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting Saturday, the region’s Roman Catholic bishop said.

“Though the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in limiting the spread of COVID‐19 is still inconclusive, there is sufficient evidence to judge prudently that we should wear face masks to limit the spread of the disease,” Marquette Bishop John Doerfler said.

A mask may be uncomfortable, he said, “but it is a sacrifice that we can make out of love for each other.”

Retrouvaille (Part II)

Nov 18, 2019
Retrouvaille
Retrouvaille

Julie and Tony Gessner return to continue our conversatio about the marriage help program Retrouvaille.

Retrouvaille’s primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner.

Retrouvaille

Nov 11, 2019
Retrouvaille
Retrouvaille

We speak with Julie and Tony Gessner about the marriage help program Retrouvaille.

Retrouvaille’s primary goal is to provide help for couples who live in the disappointment and pain of marriage problems. The Retrouvaille weekend provides a safe setting encouraging couples to learn communication in marriage in a respectful manner.

Fr. Michael Nasser (Part II)

May 20, 2019

Fr. Michael Nasser returns to Common Threads to continue our coversation.  Father Nasser is the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids and an author for the Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press.

Fr. Michael Nasser

May 13, 2019

Fr. Michael Nasser joins us.  Father Nasser is the pastor of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids and an author for the Ethics and Religion Talk in the Grand Rapids Press.

A lawsuit challenging Michigan's ban on public aid for private schools is moving to federal court.

The case was filed in state court in March by a Grand Rapids Catholic school, parents and some lawmakers. But it was withdrawn Tuesday after lawyers decided that federal court is a more appropriate venue. John Bursch says the lawsuit will be refiled.

The ban on public aid for private schools was added to the state Constitution in 1970.

Michigan priest to stand trial in church embezzlement case

Jun 20, 2017

A priest from southwestern Michigan charged with embezzling more than $100,000 in church funds has been ordered to stand trial. Richard Fritz' case has been bound over to St. Joseph County Circuit Court. A preliminary examination had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Fritz was arraigned in April. He served as a priest in the Diocese of Kalamazoo for 35 years before resigning last year following an investigation into inappropriate use of church funds between 2010 and 2016.