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CWL opened McCarthy up to a much wider world

Rose-Marie McCarthy

June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Rose-Marie McCarthy lived a sheltered life until she joined the Catholic Women's League. Growing up near Edmonton's St. Alphonsus Church and attending St. Joseph's High School in the 1950s, all her friends were Catholic, and she was blissfully unaware of the social problems that existed around her. "I had absolutely no idea what went on in the city," McCarthy said in an interview, hours before being presented with the Elsie Yanik Award June 4 for outstanding service to the league and the community.

CWL offers spiritual connection for today's busy women

Cathy Bouchard

June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Members of the Catholic Women's League are busy focusing on advocacy and service concerns ranging from assisted suicide to sponsoring refugees. The 9,800 CWL members in the Alberta-Mackenzie region have organized petition drives, lobbied the provincial government on behalf of Catholic schools as well as the need for a government-appointed seniors' advocate.

CMiC provides support to nearly 700 Canadian missions

Patricia Gyulay of Catholic Missions in Canada.

June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

WESTLOCK - Canadian missions are "some of the most difficult in the world," and Catholic Missions in Canada is working to support them, says the organization's outreach officer. Patricia Gyulay told the annual provincial convention of the Catholic Women's League that many Canadian Catholics believe the only missions are in foreign countries. "Canada is a mission country," Gyulay said June 4. "Missions are right here in our own backyard, albeit a big backyard."

Covenant Health freed from task of killing patients

Dr. Mary Ellen Haggerty

June 13, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Alberta Catholic institutions and physicians are determined not to take part in assisting their patients in dying. And it seems they will not have to. The province has said no doctor will be forced to participate in the practice against their will. However, as Alberta Health spokesperson Timothy Wilson put it, "Any medical professional who conscientiously objects to medical assistance in dying will be obligated to transfer care to Alberta Health Services, regardless of what facility they work in.

Videos offer insight on the end of life

ccbi

June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A click of the computer mouse and one watches a casual conversation between two bioethicists as they define words surrounding death and physician-assisted suicide. The YouTube presentations, dubbed Catholic Moments, are produced by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute and vary from seven to nine minutes long. Each topic begins with series producer Dr. Bridget Campion asking Dr. Moira McQueen to explain questions surrounding death, euthanasia and foregoing medical treatment.

Quebec parishes struggle to enter a new missionary era

Fr. Marc Pelchat

June 13, 2016
PHILIPPE VAILLANCOURT
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Catholic parishes in Quebec have undergone a transformation in recent years as most were merged into new entities. But perhaps the biggest challenge lies ahead as the Church promotes what it calls a "missionary turning point." The so-called turning point is detailed in a 30-page document published by the Assembly of Quebec Bishops in January in which it is presented as the final step in the ongoing parish reorganizations.

Students take papal plea for environment to bishops

June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic bishops listened June 6 as a group of students representing five urban and rural high schools across Alberta told them how they are going to apply Pope Francis' Laudato Si' teachings into daily life. In the prologue to their document, they wrote "Taking up the Holy Father's call 'to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor' (#49), this document is a call to action and education reform for the Church and Alberta schools." The program was initiated when Development and Peace regional animator Sara Farid and religious education consultant Edward Jean were talking about another matter a year ago.

Vietnamese man longed to serve God in the priesthood

Deacon Dominique Trinh Do

June 13, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Dominque Trinh Do watched the priest serve Mass during his childhood in Vietnam, he realized he wanted to serve the Lord in that way too. "It's been a long time coming," said the 43-year-old deacon. Trinh's ordination to the priesthood at St. Pius X Church in Kelowna, B.C., takes place June 29. His father, brother and two nephews are coming from Vietnam to attend the momentous event.

Swiss bishops reject embryo testing

June 13, 2016
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Swiss Catholic Church officials deplored the approval by voters of a modification to the country's in vitro fertilization law that would permit genetic testing of embryos, allowing imperfect human embryos to be discarded. The president of the Swiss bishops' conference said the revision "jeopardizes the full protection of human life."

De Roo continues Vatican II journey

Bishop Remi De Roo

June 13, 2016
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Fifty-four years after being named a bishop, Bishop Remi De Roo is still selling the merits of the Second Vatican Council. At age 92, his travel schedule is slowing down, but is far from drawing to a halt. "I speak on the council wherever I'm invited to go," De Roo said in an interview during a recent trip to Edmonton to visit his long-time friend and co-author of several books, Douglas Roche. At the end of the hour and a half interview, the bishop is still going strong, showing no signs of fatigue or any desire to draw the conversation to a close.