Mass to recognize Pope Benedict XVI

HARRISBURG - Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI at noon Friday at St. Patrick Cathedral. The Mass is open to the public.

"The Holy Father has never tired of proclaiming the true face of Jesus Christ. And so, our hearts are grateful for his unwavering commitment to the Gospel," McFadden said in n a statement about the recently announced papal resignation.

On the calendar of the Catholic Church, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter is celebrated on Feb. 22. This feast dates to the mid-fourth century and celebrates the ministry of the Apostle Peter, who accepted pastoral responsibility and authority from Jesus Christ and became the first pope. Pope Benedict XVI is the 264th successor to St. Peter, which makes him the 265th pope of the Catholic Church.

'A Day at the Beach' planned for kids

BLOOMSBURG - Local children may enjoy an afternoon filled with beach-related activities during the Kids Fun carnival from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Nelson Field House.

The Kids Fun carnival is an annual event where youngsters can play games, make crafts and participate in a variety of activities. BU students from organizations such as DASL (Developing Aspiring Student Leaders) run the carnival each year. This year's theme is "A Day at the Beach."

The Kids Fun carnival is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University SOLVE office and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, contact the SOLVE office at 389-4788 or