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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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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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League wants foreign workers to be allowed to stay

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN - The Catholic Women's League is supporting temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents of Canada.

At its June 3-5 provincial convention, the CWL passed a resolution urging governments to act on the matter.

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Christians asked to share loaves, fishes

Bishop David Motiuk

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

FORT SASKATCHEWAN — Holiness and discipleship means sharing our gifts and resources with others, says Alberta's Ukrainian Catholic bishop.

"It's really what we do with the gifts that we are entrusted with that defines who we are as Christians," says Bishop David Motiuk.

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New Commons speaker has robust Catholic faith

Andrew Scheer

June 13, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The newly-elected speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer, 32, made history June 2 as the youngest MP to be elected to this coveted role that comes with huge responsibilities and accompanying perks.

But Scheer's victory has also sent a message to politicians everywhere that one does not have to separate a robust Catholic faith from public life.

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