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RCMP officer's death touches home

Patrick Ryan

February 9, 2015
SHARON RYAN
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

In the early morning hours of Jan. 17, I awoke to the ominous sound of helicopters hovering closely over my house. My instincts told me something was wrong. Shortly thereafter, the citizens of St. Albert heard the terrible news that two RCMP officers were shot in the casino and the shooter had escaped to a nearby acreage. For 10 hours, the city listened to the low-flying helicopter and wondered about the fate of the two officers. The killer shot himself dead and sadly Const. David Wynn died of his wounds. Derek Bond, an auxiliary constable, survived.

Local Franciscans see a future filled with hope

February 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About a decade ago, Pierre Ducharme came to Edmonton from Vancouver to study theology at Newman Theological College. He wanted to go into ministry as a layperson. Through Newman, he met local members of the Franciscan order and ended up becoming a Franciscan. Today, he wears the brown habit, which has been the symbol of the Franciscans for more than 800 years.

Grey Nuns played pivotal role in Alta. Church

February 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

It was in the fall of 1859 that the Grey Nuns arrived in Alberta, welcomed by Father Albert Lacombe at Lac Ste. Anne with ringing church bells and dancing First Nations people. But a year later, Lacombe took Bishop Alexander Taché up to a hill outside of what is now St. Albert and showed him a wide vista of land that could be used as a settlement and farming.

Precious Blood sister gave 85 years to contemplation

Sr. Mary Teresa Leindecker

February 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON &– Born Dec. 1, 1911, in Clyde, Sister Mary Teresa Leindecker served 85 years as a contemplative nun before dying at age 103. Sister Carmelita Ramos shared her life with Leindecker at the Edmonton Precious Blood Monastery. Now living in Calgary's Monastery of the Precious Blood, Ramos says, "I miss her already." She described Leindecker as "a most generous person. If you ask for something, she goes way beyond what you could use, especially food. It would just be more than what they can consume."

Merton continues to inspire 100 years after his birth

Thomas Merton

February 9, 2015
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Trappist Father Thomas Merton addressed persistent racism in his writing during the 1960s, his message seemingly reached into the future. Appealing to society to recognize that all people are children of God, Merton questioned practices that prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality and called for the end to discrimination in all forms. It was just one of the priest's stances on important social issues, encompassing race relations, militarism and war, consumerism and the burdens posed by technology.

Take Bible in hand and contemplate Jesus, pope urges

Bible

February 9, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Turn off the TV, tune out the neighbours, and spend 10 or 15 minutes reading a Gospel passage and speaking to Jesus, Pope Francis told people at his early morning Mass. "Today find 10 minutes – 15 at the most – and read the Gospel, imagine the scene and say something to Jesus. Nothing more. "Your knowledge of Jesus will increase and your hope will grow," the pope said Feb. 3 at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.

More than 6M Filipinos celebrate Mass with pope

January 26, 2015
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis urged a crowd estimated at six million gathered in a Manila park to protect the family "against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture." The pope's homily at the Jan. 18 Mass also reprised several other themes he had sounded during the four-day visit, including environmental problems, poverty and corruption. Despite continuous rain, the congregation in Rizal Park began to assemble the night before the afternoon celebration. The crowd was so dense in spots that people passed hosts to fellow worshippers unable to reach priests distributing Communion.

United appeal for Church charities achieves success

January 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics responded well to the first consolidated charitable appeal in the Edmonton Archdiocese. More than 80 parishes took part in the Together We Serve appeal, raising $1.721 million. That's $121,000 more than the original goal of $1.6 million. "It went really well," says director of development Connie Lunde. "We are very, very pleased because, of course, a first year can be a little bit scary. It's hard for people to change something that they are very used to." Together We Serve replaced nine special collections previously taken in all parishes at various times throughout the year. The appeal began at Easter and ran until the end of December.

Catholic Cemeteries provides safe home for human remains

Deacon Paul Croteau

January 26, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

People who have buried or cremated relatives and loved ones in Edmonton's Catholic Cemeteries need not worry. Fires at Hainstock's Funeral Home and Crematorium in south Edmonton on Jan. 9 and 10 prompted families to express concerns about the safety of the remains of their loved ones. Deacon Paul Croteau, director of Catholic Cemeteries, would not comment on the Hainstock fires. But families, he said, should not worry about the safety of their loved ones' remains at Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries.

CSS enjoys another successful Sign of Hope campaign

Beth Allard-Clough

January 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Sign of Hope campaign has again surpassed its campaign goal in support of Catholic Social Services. From October to December the campaign raised $3.4 million – $300,000 more than its goal of $3.1 million. "I'm thrilled and proud," said campaign chair Beth Allard-Clough. "I'm incredibly grateful for the amazing support of our community." What brought the campaign over the top was "lots of hard work as a team," Allard-Clough explained. "I really believe in this agency and I am passionate about the cause, and when you believe in something you make it happen."