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March is time

for Food Share

It is March again, time for the Minnesota Food Share March Campaign.

With the help of schools, church congregations, civic groups, businesses, and individuals, we are working together in an effort to fight hunger. By reporting the total number of food and dollars raised during the month of March, the food shelf will receive a portion of the "food fund" from Minnesota Food Share based on what is raised and the number of people served in the community all yearlong.

Also, for the past 13 years, Shawn Alan Feinstein, from Rhode Island, has been giving away $1 million each year to anti-hunger agencies throughout the country. Whatever is donated from March 1 to April 30 from use of the Feinstein challenge will be reported to the foundation, and the food shelf will receive a portion of that $1 million. Dollars and pounds of food will be counted in 2010, the Stevens County Food Shelf served 2,770 people and gave out 83,250 pounds of food. It is our hope, that someday, no one will ever go hungry. Thank you.

LoAnne Jaeck

Co-Director, Stevens

County Food Shelf


Can't confess

through apps

I am writing to comment on the cartoon recently printed in the Morris Sun Tribune on cell phone app for confessions. Being technologically challanenged, I am not familiar with this particular app and what it claims about the Catholic Sacrament of Confession. But from what I have read, this app is mocking and misrepresenting the teachings of the Catholic Church. Catholics can never receive forgiveness or absolution from sin through a "virtual" confession -- or through an e-mail or telephone conversation, for that matter.

As a Catholic, I know that only God forgives sins. God has given this power to certain ordained men, Catholic priests, to exercise in His name (John 20:21-23, 2nd Corinthians 5:18., James 5:14-16, which explicitly includes confession in the context of the elders along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick). The Catholic Church teaches that the Catholic priest cannot exercise this power unless the sinner confesses his sins face to face, is repentant of his sins and intends to change his sinful behavior. Through the Sacrament of Confession, the person receives the real saving power of Christ (1st John 1: 6-10), absolution from his sins and divine assistance in resisting temptations in the future. Hopefully this will clarify any error that this penance app may have created.

Joan Jay