News briefs for Oct. 3, 2019

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Scammers again targeting diocese

Priests in the diocese have been receiving scam emails supposedly sent by Bishop James P. Powers requesting money or gift cards. Chancellor Deb Lieberg reminds Catholics across the diocese that Bishop Powers would never send such requests, and emails should be ignored and deleted. Questions regarding the legitimacy of emails can be directed to Lieberg, 715-394-0205 or gro.s1571264114odcil1571264114ohtac1571264114@greb1571264114eild1571264114.

Ashland hosts adoration night

Our Lady of the Lake, Ashland, is hosting a musician with the 177 Project, a nationwide tour of Eucharistic adoration, Oct. 11. Matt Faley will perform during adoration, 7-9 p.m.

Admission is free. The event begins with a small acoustic concert, and then moves into adoration. The adoration experience includes a mixture of contemporary and traditional music, as well as periods of silence and brief reflections. Confession will also be available. Adoration will close with night prayer and a traditional Eucharistic benediction.

Youth rally in Hudson

A rally for diocesan youth will be held from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30 in Hudson.

The Oct. 9 youth rally in Merrill has been cancelled, and youths are encouraged to attend the REBOOT Live event Nov. 12 in Merrill.

Charismatic event cancelled

The Charismatic Fall Renewal Conference that had been set for Nov. 2 at Nativity of Our Lord, Rhinelander, has been cancelled.

OLL working on Northland group

As the new school year kicks off, Dcn. Owen Gorman and Anna Richardson, director of religious education at Our Lady of the Lake, Ashland, are trying to form a Catholic community for students at Northland College, Ashland. A couple of students attend Mass and are volunteering with the religious formation program, Richardson said, and she and Dcn. Gorman hope to grow the ministry. The college is loosely affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Former abortionist to speak

Dr. Haywood Robinson, nationally renowned speaker for life, will be in Duluth Monday, Oct. 14, speaking at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. On his way to this engagement, Dr. Robinson will stop by the Duluth Planned Parenthood at 6:30 p.m. for a few words. Dr. Robinson was an abortion doctor for many years until he found God. He will share his witness testimony to expose the facts of the abortion industry and to be a voice for the unborn. The event is sponsored by 40 Days for Life, www.40daysforlife.com/Duluth. For more information, contact Paulette Moreland, 218-348-1345 or moc.l1571264114iamg@1571264114htulu1571264114dsyad1571264114041571264114.

Knights celebrate centennial

The Knights of Columbus Macdonald-O’Neill Council 2032 is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of its charter. A Mass of Celebration will be held at the 4:30 p.m. Mass Saturday, Oct. 19, at Nativity of Our Lord, Rhinelander. Bishop James P. Powers will be the celebrant. A social hour, buffet banquet and program will follow at the Cabaret Cove, Rhinelander. Thge buffet will feature baked chicken, dressing, pork tenderloin, potatoes, vegetables, salad and cake. Cost is $25, which includes tax and tip. Reservations are needed. Respond with the number of dinners ordered and names of attendees to moc.l1571264114iamg@1571264114redro1571264114teffu1571264114b0011571264114. Cash or check will be accepted at the Cabaret Cove.

Ericksen sentenced

The ex-priest who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing two boys while serving at St. Peter, Winter, has received the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Thomas Ericksen, 72, sentenced Sept. 26 in Sawyer County Circuit Court, may have abused as many as 11 boys in several diocesan parishes in the late 1970s and early 1980s, court documents show. He must also register as a sex offender for life. Now that court proceedings have concluded, a longer article on Ericksen’s history in the diocese will soon be published.

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