WCR This Week

From the category archives: LeftColumn

Stories for the Left Column of the WCR This Week Page

Holy Saturday: Our day to contemplate, sit and wait

April 14, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Holy Saturday is in the offing. It can be a rich day, full of spiritual contemplation. It would be such a shame to not use it as such. Guidance can often help to use this time in preparation for Easter Sunday. Franciscan Father Kevin Lynch of Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre near Cochrane muses, "A metaphor to me is bread dough. It has to sit before it rises. Be still and know that I am God." He likes words like "threshold" to describe this time, "or stillness or liminal space where something strange might be happening."

Read the rest of entry »

Parish secretaries touch lives, keep priests organized

April 14, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Roger Rouleau says he is blessed to have a good parish secretary in Roseanne Bingham. "A good secretary is invaluable to the priest in fulfilling his ministry," said Father Rouleau, pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Vermilion. "She is the first greeter to anyone who comes into the parish. She's the one there throughout the day while I run away to the schools or the care homes. The secretary provides that steady base throughout the week, and maintains the fort while I'm in and out of the office," said Rouleau.

Read the rest of entry »

Ukrainian eparchy restores the kiss of peace

April 14, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton is restoring the kiss of peace during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, a liturgical practice lost centuries ago. But, as Bishop David Motiuk says, this kiss will be on the shoulders, not on the lips as it was during early Christianity. The bishop said this change is part of the eparchy's 25-year pastoral plan which calls for parishes to be more welcoming. The kiss of peace is a sign of peace among the faithful, love in action and a powerful gesture of welcome towards strangers and guests.

Read the rest of entry »

John XXIII chafed under the bit of papal protocol

Blessed John XXIII

April 14, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Blessed John XXIII struggled to shake off many formalities that came with the papacy and often conspired with his valet to sneak out of the Vatican. One covert road trip in the Alban Hills outside of Rome got Guido Gusso, the pope's valet, in trouble with the Italian police responsible for the pope's safety. But the security breach just made the pope chuckle – happy with their unauthorized escapade, Gusso told journalists during a news conference at Vatican Radio April 1.

Read the rest of entry »

Jasper pastor says his priestly journey has been a miracle

Fr. Clifford Sherwin

April 14, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Wigburg Clifford Sherwin's journey to the priesthood has been packed with miracles, the latest of which is his appointment as a pastor in Jasper 19 months ago. "I love serving here," he says. "It's a blessing to be in Jasper. I thank God for giving me a beautiful station to serve him." Father Sherwin, a native of Colombo, Sri Lanka, came to Canada in 2009. He served in High Level before being appointed to Jasper in August 2012.

Read the rest of entry »

Voices of the survivors

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ethel Lamothe of Fort Simpson still remembers being taken away in a boat with other children to the residential school at Fort Providence, N.W.T., when she was five years old. "All of us children, we all started crying. Our people, way over there, were getting smaller and smaller, and were crying. It was really, really difficult." During her first 10 months at the school, Ethel only saw one adult family member – her father – once.

Read the rest of entry »

Grey Nuns pained by testimonies of residential school survivors

April 14, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Some testimonies given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event "were very painful to hear," says the superior-general of the Grey Nuns. Sister Jacqueline St-Yves said, "I think we have to accept that there were some things that were not quite right" in the running of the residential schools. The Grey Nuns worked with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in about eight of the 15 Catholic residential schools in Alberta, St-Yves said. Altogether, more than 800 members of her order worked in about 20 different schools over many decades.

Read the rest of entry »

Mint honours John Paul II with special coins

April 14, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

The Royal Canadian Mint unveiled gold and silver coins of Pope John Paul II to mark the pontiff's canonization April 27. "It's a good idea," said Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay after a ceremony in his city.

Read the rest of entry »

Survivors witness to the Creator – Smith

Chief Robert Joseph

April 2, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Testimonies of residential school survivors given at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission event in Edmonton witness to the central place of God the Creator in aboriginal spirituality, Archbishop Richard Smith said March 28. That openness to the Creator allows the heart to be moved, and healing and reconciliation to take place, the archbishop said at a TRC session.

Read the rest of entry »