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CSS Alpha programs help clients end addictive behaviour

Beth Allard-Clough

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Chad used to drink a lot. As a result, he neglected his responsibilities to his now nine-year-old daughter. It was his love for his daughter that led him to quit drinking, seek treatment and join Catholic Social Services' Alpha House for Men, a recovery house for men with addictions. "I would drink and I would isolate myself, and I couldn't live life in those terms," Chad, who didn't want his last name to be used, recalled in a recent interview. "I was on a path of destruction. If I wasn't at Alpha House, I would either be in jail or dead."

Youth Rally: Greens outnumber reds

Colm Leyne

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Beginning his first talk at the Edmonton archdiocesan youth rally, speaker Colm Leyne told the young people in attendance to vote for or against him. If he said something inspirational or told a story that resonated with them, they were to put a green slip of paper in a box at the back of the room. However, if he could not keep them enthused or change the way they think about God or their faith, they were to vote with a red slip.

Build your marriage on God's foundation

Jean MacKenzie

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jean MacKenzie believes marriage is like a house. If the house's foundation is weak, the house will eventually crumble. Speaking at the annual conference of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association of Canada (CPAC), MacKenzie said for couples to have a good marriage, the marriage needs a good foundation. "To help people have strong marriages you must help people understand the elements necessary for a strong foundation," MacKenzie told marriage counsellors, psychologists, mental health therapists, nurses and social workers from several parts of Canada.

Society bludgeons the family on all sides, says Pope Francis

November 3, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The family is under attack now more than ever because of today's culture of division that wants to break from and be free of all everlasting bonds and forms of solidarity, Pope Francis said. "Talking about problems of the family, for example, bonds are being destroyed, instead of created. Why? Because we are living in a culture of the provisional, of conflict, of the inability to make alliances," he said. What is needed is a Church and Christians who are willing to "waste time" on people, not just principles, and accompany face-to-face those needing to discover the truth in Jesus Christ, he said.

St. Mary's Parish celebrates 50 years in SE Red Deer

St. Mary's

November 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. Mary's Parish, which celebrated its 50th anniversary Oct. 4, is a landmark structure in southeast Red Deer. "People come just to look at the unique architecture," said Christine Moore, who chaired the anniversary committee and also chairs the parish council. "The architecture of the church brings people together," said Moore. "It feels that we're all drawn closer to the altar just by the grade. The floor slopes towards the altar."

University students get pointers on how to keep their faith

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

University students value events like the National Catholic Student Leadership Conference, saying it reenergizes them. They say the conference – the latest held at St. Joseph's College of the University of Alberta, Oct. 16-19 – gives them a chance to learn new ideas, to meet leaders from across Canada and to discuss challenges facing Catholic students on campus today. Challenges outlined by the students: Living out their faith, keeping their Catholic identity and upholding Catholic moral standards.

Want a great relationship? Love one another, be present

Mona-Lee Feehan

November 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – If we are to have the greatest relationship, we have to learn to love one another, says relationship expert Mona-Lee Feehan. "Personal relationships are grounded in the other," Feehan told university students from across Canada Oct. 17. The two essential elements of a good relationship are passion and presence. Feehan, a former Catholic teacher who lectures on marriage and sexuality, was a keynote speaker at the National Student Leadership Conference at St. Joseph's College Oct. 16-19. Close to 60 conference participants attended her lecture titled Relationships: Led by the Spirit.

Scholars tackle legacy of St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II

November 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

St. John Paul II's philosophy of the human person provides a basis for both defending and critiquing the current Canadian economic and social system. One could draw that conclusion from talks given at an Oct. 24-25 conference on The Legacy of John Paul II at St. Joseph's College at the University of Alberta. Father John McNerney of University College Dublin outlined the recently canonized pope's understanding of the human person which the pope described as fundamentally mysterious.

Newman grads urged to bring wisdom of the Holy Spirit into the world

November 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sunshine and joy spilled over Newman Theological College Oct.18 as 37 students graduated during Newman College's 45th convocation ceremony. Friends and family filled the gorgeous chapel at St. Joseph Seminary. Babies gurgled. Little ones chattered. And adults sat waiting, most with smiles, twitching their programs. In the previous Mass they heard the homily delivered by St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio (a former president of the college).

Two Newman College graduates of 2014

Newman College Logo

November 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

His brother led his way. Thomas Saretsky came from Saskatoon to visit his brother at Newman Theological College while his brother was discerning the priesthood at the college.

One wonders why Angela Veters would chose such a challenging career as prison chaplain. But the choice came gradually. She volunteered at Matsqui prison in Abbotsford, B.C.