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Canada's new missal uses beautiful images to serve the liturgy

June 13, 2011
GLENN BYER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.”

These words of Pope Benedict inspired the archbishop of Edmonton to launch a series of presentations on beauty; I have had the opportunity to listen to some of these and have been impressed by the wonderful variety that exists in the way people appreciate the beautiful.

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Catholics see world through sacramental eyes — Walsh

Anne Walsh

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Being Catholic means to see everything in the world as sacramental, said the director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of St. John's, Nfld.

"There is one distinctive thing about being Catholic. We see the world through special glasses," Anne Walsh told pastoral assistants from across the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Pastoral assistants help faith come alive

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Perry Kieftenbeld, a horticulturalist by trade, got involved with the Church in the Sturgeon Region as her five children started getting more drawn into the Church's youth activities.

In 2001, she was hired as pastoral assistant and youth minister at St. Peter's Parish in Villeneuve. The church has three mission parishes in Calahoo (St. Catherine), Mearns (St. Charles) and Riviere Qui Barre (St. Emerence). The four parishes in total have about 400 families.

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Stay true to Christian values

June 13, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ZAGREB, CROATIA - Pope Benedict used his apostolic journey to the Croatian capital to encourage nations to build their communities on Christian values.

They should also support the traditional family and the sanctity of life, the pope said during his brief two-day pilgrimage June 4-5.

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Viking parish's 100-year-old heart

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the biggest challenges Holy Heart of Mary Parish has faced in the last century has been the loss of its resident pastor in the late 1980s.

"It was a huge loss," recalls parish leader Eileen Cunningham. "You always suffer when you don't have a resident priest because Father is (now) too busy and he can't be here for all our spiritual functions."

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Irish Church at the 'tipping point'

June 13, 2011
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DUBLIN — A leading international expert on child protection has appealed for bishops and religious superiors in Ireland to fully cooperate with the Church’s own watchdog.

“I don’t think the rest of the Catholic world is aware that there are still battle lines being drawn within the Church in Ireland,” said Monica Applewhite.

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Musicians prepare for new missal

June 13, 2011
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — Some 500 parish musicians from across Southern Ontario came together May 28 for a crash course to prepare them for the implementation of the third edition of the Roman Missal.

The new missal, which will be used in English-speaking churches around the globe beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, contains changes in almost all parts of the Mass — changes especially important to musicians, said event organizer Bill Targett.

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Morinville students get non-faith option

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

MORINVILLE - Come September, parents of Morinville will have a non-faith based option for their children's education.

Earlier in the school year, a parent delegation from Morinville demanded secular education for their children, free of exposure to any aspect of the Catholic faith. They wanted their children in schools devoid of the slightest nuance, conversation or symbol relating to the Church.

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Archbishop acknowledges Church's communication challenge

Edmonton Archdiocese - Coat of Arms

June 13, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The Catholic Church faces “a huge challenge” in communicating its 2,000-year tradition in a media world that is “more and more focused on just the sound byte,” said Archbishop Richard Smith.

The Church’s teachings do not fit easily into sound bytes or into 140-character tweets, Smith said June 6 in his annual breakfast with local media.

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Francophone voices dispute new D&P rules

June 13, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — New funding rules and the process of setting new directions for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) are running into stiff opposition in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Members of D&P in francophone Canada used their regional assembly meeting to demand restoration of funding to Centro PRODH, the Mexican human rights organization that has drawn heat for apparently endorsing a campaign for legal access to first trimester abortions throughout Mexico.

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