St. Luke's Gospel will guide us through the Holy Year of Mercy

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April 6, 2015

One key fact not noticed in reports about Pope Francis' declaration of the Holy Year of Mercy is that it will coincide almost exactly with Year C in the Sunday Lectionary, the Year of St. Luke's Gospel. It begins Dec. 8 and will conclude on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016. Luke gives us the Gospel of mercy, a matter which Pope Francis will no doubt emphasize throughout the holy year.

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Changing world cries out to us to find new ways to live

Lasha Morningstar
April 6, 2015

At times it is a Humpty Dumpty world. The news is too negative. Everything is changing in our personal world, neighbourhood, city, province, country, the entire globe. One can experience a loss of control. Religious leaders recognize society's growing isolation and caution us against selfishness, lack of community.

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Serving as Christ's disciple can mean paying a heavy price

Maria Kozakiewicz
April 6, 2015
Third Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2015

Peter is talking to a crowd, among which no doubt are those who had demanded that Jesus die. He is a witness to the death and resurrection of Christ. The people he is addressing can kill him or believe him. As he faces his inability to stay silent about the Saviour, and overcomes the natural fear of those who had already murdered once, he himself grows in faith to become the rock.

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Harper gov't must legislate on euthanasia

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April 6, 2015

Assisted suicide is now one of the main political issues facing Canada, yet the federal government will not discuss it. The Feb. 6 Supreme Court of Canada decision gave Parliament one year to pass a law to ensure mentally competent adults who suffer intolerably and permanently are able to take their own lives with a doctor's assistance.

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The parish is invited to attend a tragedy

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

April 6, 2015

Church bulletins are incredible documents, and I am always so impressed by those who put them together, often in a volunteer capacity. They are documents that testify to the energy, diversity and range of activities that our parishes engage in and, to be frank, I am always humbled by the passion that they display. I think of this every Sunday when I gather up the latest bulletin. As someone who produced a newsletter for many years, I appreciate the effort that goes into these works, and I think it is important that we all pause to thank those who make them available.

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Church leaders' tour to set forth vision of love, ecology

Joe Gunn

April 6, 2015

Does our faith influence how we live out our political values? Do the urgings of our faith communities help determine how we read the news, how we shop and how we live our lives? More specifically, when we enter the polling booth, do we know and accept the teachings of our faith so they influence where we finally decide to mark that "x"?

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How could evil arise in a family-oriented community?

Mark Pickup

April 6, 2015

The town was shocked! A young man was arrested in my community of Beaumont on terrorism-related charges. The story has been widely reported. According to one news source, the 17-year-old youth was charged with "attempting to leave Canada with the intention of joining the terrorist group ISIS to commit murder." Townsfolk could not believe that something like this could possibly touch our quiet family-oriented community. What were we to make of it?

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Church's oils spur growth in economy of salvation

Archbishop Richard Smith, aided by seminarian Roger Niedzielski, blesses the holy oils at the annual Chrism Mass March 30 at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton.
April 6, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Church, like the provincial economy, is resource dependent, says Archbishop Richard Smith. Speaking at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica March 30, the archbishop said the Alberta economy is heavily dependent on oil, a resource whose fluctuations in price create an unstable economic foundation for the lives of the people. The Church herself is resource dependent, he acknowledged. "She relies upon the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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In the family, we show our real selves

Archbishop Richard Smith
April 6, 2015
ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called a special Synod of Bishops for this coming October. The theme he has designated is The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World. This provides us with an opportunity to ask what our Easter celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ teaches us about the call of the family. Much can be said, of course, in response to this question. One dimension of the vocation of the family, especially in our day, is to be what I call the bulwark of the real.

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Edmonton native to head Cochrane retreat centre

Susan Campbell
April 6, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Susan Campbell wants people to know what a treasure they have in Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre. Campbell, the newly-appointed director of the Cochrane retreat house, had been to Mount St. Francis before and experienced its spiritual richness. "It's a sacred place," she said, "and I want people to know that it is here and it is available so they can get in touch with their inner spirit."

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