Religion Briefs, Jan. 11, 2014

Church sponsors series on mental health

First Congregational United Church of Christ will offer a free mental health and suicide prevention series beginning Jan. 19 at the church, 1425 N. Fifth St.

Karen Lavad from the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation will speak at the 10 a.m. worship service and will provide training on suicide prevention at 12:30 p.m. A potluck lunch will follow.

Sister Pat Lewter from the Counseling and Education Center will provide training in February and Leslie Kent from Western Slope National Alliance on Mental Illness will provide training in March.

Call the church at 242-0298 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Women’s spiritual retreat set in Moab

Unity Church of Grand Junction, 3205 N. 12th St., will host a three-day Women’s Spiritual Retreat at Red Cliffs Lodge near Moab, Utah, featuring new-age musician and inspirational speaker Karen Drucker. The retreat runs from Feb. 7-9, and is open to women of all faiths.

Visit or call Debi at 260-9714 for information.

Chicago may close six parochial schools


CHICAGO — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago announced it may close up to six schools at the end of the academic year and lay off some staff because of funding shortfalls.

Catholic schools superintendent Sister Mary Paul McCaughey on Thursday refused to name the schools that will close.

McCaughey said “there is a lot of hurt” among the families with children attending the schools. She said even if the schools have been on a watch list, learning they will close “is always a surprise.”

Officials of Our Lady of Victory School in Chicago say they were notified the school will be closed unless it can eliminate the need for nearly $400,000 in yearly grants from the archdiocese.

Pope does away with monsignor title


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has done away with the honorific title “monsignor” for all but a few priests, further evidence of his desire for priests to be simple, humble servants.

The Vatican’s Secretary of State sent a letter to its embassies asking them to inform bishops’ conferences of the change. From now on, the Vatican says only diocesan priests who are “chaplains of the Holy Father,” can use the honorific, and then only after they turn 65.


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