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Local Ukrainian Catholics turn to prayer amidst crisis

March 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The turbulent times in Ukraine call for prayer and international political support, says the chancellor of the Edmonton Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Father Stephen Wojcichowsky said local Ukrainian Catholics are responding with daily prayer at some parishes and spontaneous liturgies.

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Text of Alta. Bishop' invitation to TRC

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March 3, 2014
Dear Catholic Faithful,

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is coming to Alberta from March 27-30, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This will be the last of the seven national TRC events that have been taking place across Canada over the past four years. The Edmonton national gathering, together with the preparation leading to it, represents an important historical moment for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, and for everyone who calls Alberta home.

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Alta. bishops call faithful to attend TRC event

Joreal Orr and Archbishop Richard Smith

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic bishops have invited the faithful to attend the national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) March 27 to 30 in Edmonton. The bishops also apologized to those who experienced physical and sexual abuse in Indian residential schools run by the Church.

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Priests, sisters fill holes in our lives that no one else can

Lasha Morningstar

March 3, 2014

The woman's words were desperate. Her baby was stillborn. She tried to reach her pastor to arrange burial for her infant and for whatever reason could not find him. Struggling with her grief, she called another parish clear across the city.

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Why do we offer Jesus' sacrifice to the Father?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 3, 2014

I have a question about St. Faustina's prayer: "Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your most beloved Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world."

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Support for dignity of human work must be more than an icon

Bob McKeon

March 3, 2014

Two weeks ago, Judge Denny Thomas of the Court of Queen's Bench issued an unusual injunction which delayed implementation of Bill 46, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, which had been hurriedly passed in the Alberta Legislature last December. This was the latest act in an ongoing drama of collective bargaining between the Alberta government and 22,000 provincial employees represented by the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE).

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Take heed of Gospel forms of communication

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March 3, 2014

Most of us have done it and we've probably all had it done to us. Someone has something against you and, instead of talking to you directly, they report you to your superior. Today, we would call this dysfunctional communication. One might also call it a form of abuse.

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Faith is leaving the known for the unknown

Kathleen Giffin

March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Lent
March 3, 2014

All of my children, when they were young, enjoyed the game of jumping off a high place so they could be caught by their father. My granddaughter has refined the game a little. She, at two and a half, doesn't jump, she falls. She will stand on the counter while her father lies on the floor nearby and simply fall into that space above him, absolutely certain that he will catch her.

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Lenten restraint has consequences

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

March 3, 2014

As a child I never quite understood the meaning of Lent. It was clear in my young mind that it had something to do with brutal sacrifice. How else to explain giving up my beloved sweets for what seemed an immeasurably long period of time. I did try once or twice to convince my parents that giving up vegetables would be infinitely more useful and that it would save my mother needless cooking, but, mysteriously, they never supported my suggestion.

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Alta. Must be proactive on mental health

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March 3, 2014

Alberta's addiction and mental health system is doing a good job of providing resources for those in crisis situations, but is doing poorly in providing counselling, information and screening resources that would help prevent crises from developing. That is a main finding of a report by University of Alberta professor Cam Wild.

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