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Noon-hour seminars draw growing group to seek 'treasures'

Dr. Stephane Saulnier

March 3, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Registration is free, there's no homework and no prior knowledge is necessary. Upon completion, the students are granted neither a diploma nor a degree. Yet the Treasures of the Faith seminar series garners plenty of attention. By all accounts, the seminar series adheres to the Newman Theological College's motto: Faith Seeking Understanding.

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Nation-wide prison ministry network overcomes chaplain's isolation

Bishop Gary Gordon

March 3, 2014
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – Prison ministry efforts are uniting nation-wide to improve the ways they reach out to inmates, victims, and communities affected by crime. "We're trying to help our Catholic faithful be more engaged in service, outreach, reconciliation, and healing," said Bishop Gary Gordon of Whitehorse.

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God celebrates when we go to Confession, says Pope Francis

CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – If you haven't been to Confession recently, don't wait, Pope Francis told people at his weekly general audience. One may walk into the confessional with a heavy heart, but forgiveness brings freedom and lightness, he said.

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Parishes to open confessional doors for a whole day

March 3, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Archdiocese will again offer a Day of Confession for those who may lack time to seek the Lord's forgiveness during regular hours. On March 18, priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese will be available to hear Confessions in their parishes all day, from morning to evening. The event was held for the first time a year ago as part of the Edmonton Archdiocese's centennial celebration.

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Local Ukrainian Catholics turn to prayer amidst crisis

March 3, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The turbulent times in Ukraine call for prayer and international political support, says the chancellor of the Edmonton Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Father Stephen Wojcichowsky said local Ukrainian Catholics are responding with daily prayer at some parishes and spontaneous liturgies.

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Text of Alta. Bishop' invitation to TRC

Alberta Bishops logo

March 3, 2014
Dear Catholic Faithful,

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is coming to Alberta from March 27-30, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. This will be the last of the seven national TRC events that have been taking place across Canada over the past four years. The Edmonton national gathering, together with the preparation leading to it, represents an important historical moment for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, and for everyone who calls Alberta home.

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Alta. bishops call faithful to attend TRC event

Joreal Orr and Archbishop Richard Smith

March 3, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Alberta's Catholic bishops have invited the faithful to attend the national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) March 27 to 30 in Edmonton. The bishops also apologized to those who experienced physical and sexual abuse in Indian residential schools run by the Church.

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Stained glass artist helps sisters recycle treasured windows

St. Raphael

March 17, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

When churches have a stained glass emergency – imagine a rock thrown through hundred-year-old glass – they call Mansu Han, artist, craftsman and stained glass superhero. So when the Sisters of St. Joseph in Peterborough, Ont. sold their Mount St. Joseph convent, they charged Han with rescuing more than 60 stained glass windows (44 fully painted) and prevent them from falling into the hands of developers.

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Picking up life's pieces after Typhoon Haiyan

Emmanuel Margat

March 17, 2014
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Mention the name of Maria Rosevilla Margate and many of the residents of the community known as Barangay 54A in Tacloban, Philippines, nod approvingly. They know exactly where to find her. People tell stories of her kindness and friendship. Maria and her husband, Emmanuel, have lived in the community just a block from Redemptorist-run Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church since 1983. For years, they say, Maria Margate has helped her neighbours in need.

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Book raises profiles of Canadian saints

Venerable Anthony Kowalczyk

March 17 2014
Review By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

This surprising book introduces the reader to 24 of Canada's saints, blessed and venerable people. Many we already know. Many we have never even heard of. It's a voyage of discovery, taking us back to the early beginnings of those being profiled. It's not all sweetness and roses for many, and that too opens one's eyes.

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