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WINNIPEG – Dying patients need to be asked what it feels like to be dying and how that experience can be made better, says a Winnipeg physician devoted to palliative care. Dr. Harvey Chochinov says maintaining and enhancing the dignity of the person at the end of life is a key aspect of providing comprehensive, quality palliative care. "We need details about our patients to help us remember them," Chochinov said.
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Both in her name and in the way she lived, Sister Celerina Estacio was "The Quick One." The name Celerina means quick, and that is exactly the way the Sister of Providence lived in her short but passionate life. She was 58 when she died June 3, after a brave battle with cancer, at Providence Centre Infirmary in Edmonton.
Blessed with modern technology, dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff, Edmonton Catholic Schools provides a healthy learning environment for young people. "But at the centre of it all is that which distinguishes us from all other educational systems: Jesus Christ is the reason for this school," said Archbishop Richard Smith. Catholic education in Edmonton has a proud tradition that dates back to before Alberta became a province. Edmonton Catholic Schools celebrated its 125 years with a celebratory Mass June 7 at St. Joseph's Basilica.
Many people want God to tweak them by changing one or two of their faults, says Father Marc Cramer. But beyond such tweaking, they would prefer that God stay out of their lives, the pastor of Edmonton's Good Shepherd Parish said in a talk on the eve of Pentecost. "However, God wants us to pray to be transformed," Cramer said. "The Holy Spirit doesn't come here to tweak us. The Holy Spirit comes to transform us totally and utterly, into new creatures.
TORONTO – Sister Alice Walsh was excited to accept the position of pastoral minister of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Piccadilly, a remote town in Newfoundland and Labrador. But a month into her new post, the priest who arrived to celebrate Mass asked her if she realized that she was the one in charge.
Modern media technology must help us not only to connect virtually but to promote a real encounter with people. That was the message Archbishop Richard Smith delivered to reporters at the annual Breakfast with the Archbishop at St. Joseph Seminary May 10. Several print, television and radio journalists enjoyed a traditional bacon and eggs breakfast with Smith and then talked about communications.
Lac Ste. Anne is again preparing for one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America. The annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage, set for July 19-24, is a time when pilgrims make their way to the shores of the lake, perhaps in search of healing or spiritual renewal. The pilgrimage began more than 100 years ago, and has developed into the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.
The Saguenay, Quebec, mayor who has been fighting in court to protect the right to pray before council meetings has written a book explaining his deep Catholic faith. Mayor Jean Tremblay decided to write Croire, ça change tout: Pourquoi la foi transforme-t-elle la vie? (Believing changes everything: Why does faith transform life?) out of his frustration at media interviews that were always too short, with no opportunity to go deeper.
It was a bitterly cold night many years ago and Kate Quinn and her husband John Kolkman were getting ready to go to bed. Suddenly they heard someone pounding on the door of their inner city home. They opened the door. A frantic aboriginal girl pleaded for help. Quinn looked out and saw two men running up the walk. The couple pulled the girl into their home and slammed the door.
In the first 10 years after graduating from high school, most Catholics who were involved with the Church will no longer be affiliated with it, says a youth organizer from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. "Young adults are falling off the map. We are hemorrhaging faith," says John Beaulieu, the university's director of partnerships and engagement.