Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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Church-going football fans in Milwaukee are facing a tough quandary this Superbowl weekend: God or football?
Some churches are trying to make it a little easier on them. So worshippers don’t have to choose between two devotions -- God and the Packers -- area churches are canceling their Sunday afternoon and evening services.
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg are among those rescheduling for the Super Bowl, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
“The Sunday evening Mass is a bit of a luxury,” said Father Tom Eichenberger, pastor at St. Francis, which has five services over the weekend. He has no qualms about canceling one, he says, “when it falls on a legal holy day like Super Bowl Sunday.”
Others are holding to their Sunday schedules but incorporating their dual loyalties where possible. Several churches are collecting food and donations to fight hunger as part of the Souper Bowl of Caring.
At Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, which will host Greater Milwaukee Bishop Jeff Barrow Sunday morning, the church and congregants will be decked out in green - the liturgical color for the season of Epiphany.