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Ministers bathed in awe when serving Eucharist

August 31, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

David Guzman's eyes look deeply into Jude Fischer's face as he hands her the chalice, saying "The blood of Christ."It is daily Mass at the Marian Centre and Guzman is the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist for the service.Often dubbed a eucharistic minister, the lay person distributing Communion is properly called an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, priests and deacons being the ordinary ministers of the sacrament.

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Sisters opened door to education

August 31, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Sister Madeleine Prince was growing up in the hamlet of Delmas, Sask., the word "providence" came up often. It was not easy on the farm. There was drought and hail. But her parents had a lot of faith God would protect and provide for them. Prince first met the Sisters of Assumption as a student at their school in Delmas. She grew up in a Christian home where she learned to love Christ. However, the government did not want religion or French taught.

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Beware of letting family life be sacrificed for work

August 31, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Work is an important expression of human dignity and of caring for one's family, but today there is a "dangerous tendency" to consider a worker's family obligations as an obstacle to productivity and profit, Pope Francis said. "But let's ask ourselves: What productivity? And for whom?" he said Aug. 19 at his weekly general audience. "Work, in its thousand forms, beginning with housework, is about caring for the common good," providing for one's family and cooperating with God in creating goods and services that are useful to others, the pope said.

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Genuine spirituality is rooted in religion, says theologian

August 31, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Though it is common to meet people who say "I am spiritual but not religious," theologian Colin Kerr begs to differ. Many Christians today think religion and spirituality have nothing to do with each other, Kerr said in a lecture Aug. 11 at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. "When someone says 'I'm spiritual but not religious, that's an insult to us,'" the editor of the Catholic Review of Books said in a course on evangelizing in a postmodern culture. "It means: 'You go to church, therefore you are not spiritual.'"

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Gull Lake camp offers kids an experience of Galilee

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Katie Foster calls Our Lady of Victory Camp her Galilee. One of the archdiocese's two summer children's camps, OLVC set the trajectory for her life.Her journey began when she first came to the camp as an 11-year-old, and then grew when she became a teenage counsellor.Between forest forts and adoration, archery and Reconciliation, campfire marshmallows and daily Mass, Foster, now 25, encountered Christ.

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Live a simpler life, follow encyclical's guidance - professor

August 17, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is "a remarkably significant encyclical which hopefully will contribute to our capacity to turn around a bit."With these words, David Goa, director of the Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, initiated a "conversation" on the encyclical Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.

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TRC benefited Aboriginal people

August 17, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Although a national poll showed Canada appears divided on the value of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Catholic Church leaders said a positive impact has already been felt among Aboriginal communities. "It was worthwhile for the native people in Canada," said Father Milton McWatch, pastor of Holy Saviour Parish in Marathon, Ont. His parish has extensive relations with local First Nations' communities.

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Sisters of Providence care for the poor

August 17, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Mary Truong first met the Sisters of Providence, her heart leapt.After seven years of teaching, travelling the world and acquiring her own house, a car, great friends and family, Truong, now 33, wished she was called to the single life. But having struggled with discernment as far back as her first call to be a sister as a child, she mustered up the courage to take the first step to explore religious life.

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Media savvy priest named bishop in Los Angeles

August 17, 2015
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of "the next Bishop Sheen" - the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen.But in pretty much all past cases, those clerics weren't bishops themselves.But now Father Robert Barron, a media savvy priest, has been named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and will be moving to the heart of the television industry.

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When baby parts are worth more than baby

August 17, 2015

The problem is the child. When you cut through the tortured logic Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards employs to defend the primacy of privacy over the natural law, what you are left with, unfortunately for the nation's abortion Goliath, is the child. More accurately, 57.5 million children and counting who have died through legal abortion in the U.S. since 1973.

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