Spaghetti and meatball dinner is Sunday

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will have its annual spaghetti and meatball dinner from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 790 26½ Road.

Tickets are $8 for an individual or $20 for a family. Ages younger than 6 are free. The dinner includes pasta, bread, salad, dessert, entertainment and more.

Men invited to The Forge in Fruita

Tickets and registration are available now for The Forge: Strengthening Men’s Ascent Conference, happening March 6–7 at Victory Life Church, 2066 U.S. Highway 6&50 in Fruita.

The conference will feature Wilfred ‘Pastor Choco’ De Jesus from New Life Church in Chicago and comedian Daren Streblow.

Pastor De Jesus was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in America in 2013, a news release said.

The cost for the conference is $35 in advance or $50 at the door. The event will support The Joseph Center, a local day shelter in Grand Junction, where families can safely eat, shower and equip themselves with resources, the release said.

Men will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets at the event to be entered into a drawing for guns, coolers, etc. The drawing will take place Saturday morning.

Registration for the Ascent Conference can be found at victory

Pope to visit island nation of Malta

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said, confirming the Pope’s first foreign trip for the year.

Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna said he expected the visit would highlight the need for Malta to welcome migrants, despite its small size. The pope has reminded the world that “We need to welcome each other, to forgive each other, and to welcome migrants who knock on the shores of our islands seeking a safe haven and human dignity,” Scicluna said in announcing the visit.

In December, Francis met with outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who resigned amid the fallout of the investigation into the 2017 murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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