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Saskatoon Diocese launches miscarriage ministry

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October 10, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — The Saskatoon Diocese has launched an outreach to help those who are suffering the loss of a child through miscarriage.

Those who have suffered miscarriages often need healing and long for acknowledgement, said Elan Ehresman, who coordinates the diocese’s Marriage and Family Life office.

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St. Angela Merici, St. Pius X, to close doors permanently

October 10, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Two north Edmonton parishes that have been sharing a pastor for the past decade will soon close their doors permanently.

St. Angela Merici Parish and St. Pius X Parish, which were twinned about a decade ago, are scheduled to close their churches in the next few months.

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Young men come to seminary to see where God is calling

Paul Kozinkiewicz

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Four years ago, following a trip to Europe and pilgrimage to Lourdes, Ben van den Bosch was discerning whether he was called to the priesthood.

“Out of that experience I really felt called to the seminary,” van den Bosch said.

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Evolution is part of God's creation

Prof. Denis Lamoureux

October 10, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Evolution is the scientific theory that natural processes over billions of years produced all living organisms, including humans. Creationism is the belief that the world is the product of a Creator.

"Is there a middle-ground position that can accept both Christianity and science?" asked Prof. Denis Lamoureux, lecturing in a Sept. 29 talk at the University of Alberta.

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Empty cradle rocks the global economy

October 10, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Throughout the developed world, lowered birth rates and family breakdown will have a devastating effect on the global economy and the welfare state’s viability says an international study released Oct. 3.

“On current trends, we face a world of rapidly aging and declining populations, of few children — many of them without the benefit of siblings and a stable, two-parent home — of lonely seniors living on meager public support, of cultural and economic stagnation,” says the study.

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Worshipping as one demonstrates unity among God's people

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October 10, 2011

Sixty-two years ago Pope Pius XII issued an encyclical, Mediator Dei, which encouraged the active participation of the faithful in the Mass. The pope was not enamoured with the common practice of people praying the rosary or other devotions during Mass, but he did make allowance for it.

The Mass then was in Latin and, to follow the Mass, one needed to have a missal with a translation of the Mass on a page facing the Latin. If one was illiterate or couldn't afford a missal, meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life was about the only way one could participate.

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Joy and fulfillment comes when a circle is complete

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 10, 2011

Today we don't attach a lot of symbolism to numbers. A few, mostly superstitious, remnants remain from former ages, such as seeing the number seven as lucky and the number 13 as unlucky. For the most part, for us, numbers are arbitrary.

This hasn't always been the case. In biblical times, they attached a lot of meaning to certain numbers. For example, in the Bible, the numbers 40, 10, 12 and 100 are highly symbolic. The number 40, for instance, speaks of the length of time required before something can come to proper fruition, while the numbers 10, 12 and 100 speak of a certain wholeness that is required to properly appropriate grace.

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God's vigilance is ever present in our lives

Kathleen Giffin

October 10, 2011
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 16, 2011

My second daughter, who has Down syndrome, often went on "unauthorized walks" when she was young. It was not so much that she was running away, it was more that she was off on an adventure and had neglected to inform us of her intentions.

While there were some moments of panic as we tried to locate her, one of the most frightening times looking for her was when she was older and did not return home from her walk to the store.

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Slashing social investments costs

Joe Gunn

October 10, 2011

When you are really sick with an infection, does it make sense to start taking only a half dose of the antibiotics necessary to cure your ailment? Or again, when battling infection, does it make sense to take an antibiotic for half of the time necessary for the full cure to take effect?

Dr. Jeff Turnbull, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association, reports that there are 1,000 homeless people in the core of Canada's capital city, where he lives and works.

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Jesuits to promote ecological responsibility

October 10, 2011

Jesuit communities around the world have been asked to make their buildings more energy efficient, help the farmers they work with use sustainable agricultural practices and launch programs in their universities to promote both theological reflection and scientific research on protecting the environment.

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