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Tears flow over memories of St. James

May 30, 2016
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Teary-eyed, Michele Wallace felt a mix of emotions as she walked down the halls of Edmonton's St. James School for the last time. She burst into laughter with her mother Pat Moorhouse as she pointed to her June 1981 yearbook photo. "It's just the nostalgia, just remembering everything. And a flood of memories," said Wallace. "Some things, as a child, they seemed so big." Wallace and Moorhouse were among the former and current students, parents and staff present May 11 for the St. James School closing celebration.


Pope's call to study women deacons has speculation rising

May 30, 2016
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope's agreement on the idea - raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women's orders - was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests. The Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut such notions the next day. Pope Francis "did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women," and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman.


Senate wants changes to euthanasia bill

May 30, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

A Senate committee has recommended amendments to strengthen euthanasia Bill C-14's safeguards and add conscience rights protections to aid quicker passage of the bill. Senator Denise Batters recommended the House of Commons pass these recommendations before returning the bill to the Senate after a third reading vote. The Liberal government tried to force a vote on third reading May 18 by shutting down debate, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau derailed that plan by wading into a group of New Democrat MPs who were blocking the Conservative whip from returning to his seat so the vote could begin.


Luke's Beatitudes reveal God's mercy

May 30, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Beatitudes are among the most popular and best remembered sections of the New Testament. Many Christians commit them to memory, and they pop up frequently in the liturgy. Yet, when we say "Beatitudes," we almost invariably mean the nine included in St. Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount (5.3-11) - "Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .". The four Beatitudes and four woes in St. Luke's Sermon on the Plain (6.20-26) are rarely considered.


Amidst flames of McMurray, some find reason for gratitude

May 16, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
and LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

While video and photos of the raging inferno which destroyed much of Fort McMurray were being flashed around the world, Jason and Katharine Campbell and their two sons were expressing gratitude for all that they still have. "We've been focusing on gratitude because it's easy to relive the horror stories and relive the disappointment and the fear," Katharine said following a May 8 Mass for evacuees at Edmonton's Resurrection Church.


St. Joseph's College opens doors to fleeing Fort McMurray families

May 16, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A smiling St. Joseph's College employee poked her head around Danica Wolitski's door and said, "We've got another family with three children" "Great," said Wolitski. The translation of that triumphant discourse means a family fleeing the firestorm ravaging Fort McMurray has found safe housing here in Edmonton. The housing comes from vacant apartments at the new women's residence (dubbed the Ilanders) at St. Joseph's College on the University of Alberta campus.


Fort Mac priest just wants to shepherd his flock

Fr. Andrew Schoenberger

May 16, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC LA BICHE - Father Andrew Schoenberger calls himself an evacuee just like the more than 80,000 other people driven from Fort McMurray in the wildfire than emptied the city. However, unlike many others, he's not looking for a place to put up his feet until he can return to his regular job. The work of a priest never ends. "A shepherd should be with his sheep," says the young pastor of Fort McMurray's St. John the Baptist Parish.


Fighting forest fires is a dangerous occupation

May 16, 2016
CATHERINE MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

I was probably like everyone else. I was glued to the news in horror watching the fires in Fort McMurray, one hand on the remote and one hand on my rosary. Unlike others though, I can close my eyes and remember what a forest fire smells and sounds like. I may not look like it now, but when I was younger, I was a trained forester. My university classes in forestry may have taught me how to cut a fireline, but they couldn't have prepared me for the sound a tree makes right before it explodes.


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