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Pope gives Lenten message
Written by Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM
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Fr. Tait Schroeder, pastor of St. Peter Parish in Ashton, places ashes upon the forehead of a girl during Ash Wednesday Mass last year at St. Peter Church. (Catholic Herald photo/Kevin Wondrash)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said.

“Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect, and love,” the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 1 for Latin-rite Catholics.

“The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable,” he wrote.

‘Gifts’ for Lent

Released by the Vatican February 7, the text of the pope’s Lenten message — titled “The Word is a gift. Other persons are gift” — focused on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in the Gospel of St. Luke (16:19-31).

The parable calls for sincere conversion, the pope said, and it “provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life.”

In the Gospel account, Lazarus and his suffering are described in great detail. While he is “practically invisible to the rich man,” the Gospel gives him a name and a face, upholding him as worthy, as “a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast,” the pope wrote.

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Ralph Ringelstetter receives award at St. Aloysius, Sauk City
Written by Sue Barry, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

SAUK CITY -- During the kickoff event for St. Aloysius School’s Catholic Schools Week at Divine Mercy Parish in Sauk City, Class of 1950 alumnus Ralph Ringelstetter was presented with the “Distinguished Graduate Award.”

He was honored for his many contributions of handmade woodworking and metal items to the school and church over the years.

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Middleton parish to host Eucharistic miracles exhibit
Written by Ellen G. Krenke, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

MIDDLETON -- A travelling exhibit of Eucharistic miracles from around the world will be on display from February 25 through March 5 at St. Bernard Catholic Church.

The exhibit, which is a duplicate of an exhibit by The Real Presence Association Inc., based in Chicago, includes large color photographs with historical descriptions, which tell the stories of hundreds of Eucharistic miracles that have occurred throughout the ages.

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