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Come and See weekend uncovers growing interest in priesthood

Francis Tesalona and Matthiew Gratton

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Luke Tamayo has been thinking about the priesthood for years. But before making a decision, the 28-year-old St. Albert architect wanted to meet other people who felt called to serve the Lord as priests. "I wanted to meet the full spectrum of people who feel like me," Tamayo said in an interview. On Nov. 21 Tamayo came to a Come and See retreat at St. Joseph Seminary and found plenty of company – 14 others who were pondering the same question.

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Guadalupe feast an occasion to pray with aboriginal people

Dennis Whitford

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The concerns of aboriginal people will take centre stage across Canada Dec. 12 as Catholics gather to pray in solidarity with them. The Edmonton Archdiocese will mark the day with evening prayer and a Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples is celebrated annually on Dec. 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to a humble aboriginal peasant, St. Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531. "Because Our Lady appeared to this indigenous person, the indigenous people from across America recognize this as a particularly significant devotion for them," explains Archbishop Richard Smith.

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Faith leaders pledge to help house the homeless

Bob McKeon

December 1, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

After a successful five years housing the homeless, local spiritual leaders reaffirmed their commitment to participate in the second half of the City of Edmonton's 10-year-commitment to end homelessness. Representatives of 25 faith communities, including Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, Ukrainian Catholic Eparch David Motiuk and Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander, pledged to help the city realizethe commitment. The signing ceremony took place at City Hall Nov. 13, following speeches by several local leaders.

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Winnipeg inner city centre offers youth alternative to streets

Sr. Bernadette O'Reilly

December 1, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

In the heart of one of Winnipeg's most challenging neighbourhoods sits Rossbrook House, a safe haven, especially for children. In the words of its late founder, Sister Geraldine MacNamara, "No child who does not want to be alone should ever have to be." Rossbrook held its annual open house Nov. 6 and celebrated the academic achievements of the many students, from elementary years to university, who are part of the school programs sponsored by Rossbrook in partnership with the Winnipeg school division. Co-executive director Maria Vigna said while Rossbrook holds a number of events to celebrate the children, youth and young adults who come through its doors, "This one is my favourite. I know how hard the kids worked to get to this point," she said.

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Monsanto, CCODP divided on the value of local, organic foods

December 1, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Charina Umagat has been an involved, engaged parishioner at St. Emile Parish in Winnipeg for 20 years. The last thing she expected to find in her pew on a Sunday was a pamphlet casting moral doubt on her job and her employer. The pamphlet was part of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace's Sow Much Love campaign highlighting economic justice, agriculture and environmental issues. Umagat works for biotechnology giant Monsanto Canada. The Development and Peace pamphlet asked Umagat to go to her local grocer and ask the store manager to stock more local and organic products. It asked her to pledge to eat local and organic foods.

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Parish team offers Montrealers simple plan for rebuilding parishes

Fr. Michael White

December 1, 2014
ERIC DUROCHER
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Do you want to rebuild your parish? Then get ready to "step out of your comfort zone" and focus your energy on disciple-making, the pastoral team from a Maryland parish said Nov. 13. Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran laid out a simple but challenging three-fold strategy for making disciples and renewing the parish: redirect parish energy toward "non-church people," priorize the weekend experience (the Mass) and galvanize parishioners into action. The co-authors of trailblazing book Rebuilt, published in 2013, shared defining moments in their 17-year ministry in north Baltimore, during which they and their sleepy, suburban parish were transformed into a dynamic evangelizing community.

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Repairing the washer can heal your soul

December 1, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft, says work involving making things or fixing things has a wider cultural significance in combating growing passivity and dependency. Today, it is harder to be self-reliant, with some high-end cars lacking even a dipstick to check the oil, he told about 100 people Nov. 19 at this year's Cardus Hill Family lecture. Instead people get an email to remind them, said the Virginia-based motorcycle mechanic and fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. "We can't check our own oil."

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