WCR This Week

From the category archives: News

News

Crosby aims to free us from the prison of our delusions

Fr. Michael Crosby

November 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Every relationship involves a power struggle and the desire to influence another person. The Christian aim is to interact with every person with care and compassion, but when dealing with difficult people, that is easier said than done.

Father Michael Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan, said power dynamics are always present because everything is connected by physics and cosmology.

Read the rest of entry »

Advent priorities can centre around the coming of Jesus

November 28, 2011
SHARON ESPESETH
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

"Prepare the way. A Saviour is coming. Prepare the way, . . ." I sing as I clean and decorate the house and do my Christmas shopping. The words are the opening lines of a carol our choir will sing for Christmas Eve Mass.

December for most of us becomes a bustle of busyness. Frustrated, I realize my plans once more exceed the time I have to pull together my bright ideas, plus traditional expectations.

Read the rest of entry »

Sculptor brings joy of fatherhood to Nativity scene

November 28, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – As sculptor Tim Schmalz works on his Nativity sculpture, he compares it to a Christmas carol - one of the songs of absolute happiness.

"Throughout this process, what happened was the figures became more joyous, the designs became more lyrical. . . . And it wasn't Silent Night. It was definitely one of loud celebration as far as the representation is concerned," said Schmalz.

Read the rest of entry »

Pope urges world to respect Africa

Pope Benedict

November 28, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

COTONOU, BENIN – On a three-day visit to Benin, Pope Benedict urged African Catholics to make the Church a model of reconciliation for the entire continent.

The Church must be "attentive to the cry of the poor, the weak, the outcast," the pope said at an outdoor Mass Nov. 20.

Read the rest of entry »

School becomes church for some students

Natalie Mahedem

November 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Natalie Mahedem, a student at Austin O'Brien Catholic High School, has a firm belief in God although she and her family "never went to church, never prayed (and) never did anything Catholic" other than receiving a Catholic education.

"How is it that the relationship between my family, the Church and God is non-existent in my life yet I still have a firm belief in and trust in God?" the Grade 11 student asked.

Read the rest of entry »

Palliative care is best option to legalized euthanasia

NDP MP Joe Comartin

November 28, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Days after a Royal Society of Canada report advocated legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide, an all-party parliamentary committee named suicide prevention, effective palliative care and elder abuse intervention as three pillars of care for vulnerable Canadians.

The Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care report entitled Not To Be Forgotten is silent on the legality of euthanasia or assisted suicide.

Read the rest of entry »

Parishioners ask Rome to reverse sale of North Bay church buildings

December 5, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

NORTH BAY, ONT. – Former parishioners at two North Bay, Ont., churches have taken their bishop to court in Rome in an attempt to force him to reopen their already closed, deconsecrated and sold churches.

The groups of former parishioners from St. Rita's and Corpus Christi have submitted long-form appeals to the Congregation for the Clergy asking that the churches be reopened for Catholic worship of some kind.

Read the rest of entry »

Legion of Mary members search for lost souls

Legion of Mary Emblem

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Like the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons, members of the Legion of Mary visit private homes regularly in search of souls.

In Alberta they invite hundreds to the Church every year, most of them fallen-away Catholics.

Read the rest of entry »

Millet parishioners bear witness with Nativity scene at Church

December 5, 2011
THERESA DOHERTY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

MILLET – Some of the men from St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Millet were outside preparing the way of the Lord on the first Sunday in Advent, as they set up the Nativity scene to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Although there is no Sunday Mass at St. Norbert's Catholic Church these days, the Catholic community works hard together to keep Catholicism visible in their beautiful little community.

Read the rest of entry »

Our Lady of Guadalupe icons come to Alberta

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Almost 500 years ago, atop a hill in Mexico's Tepeyac desert, the Virgin Mary appeared to the simple peasant Juan Diego. She instructed him to build a church on the spot where they stood.

When a local bishop wanted proof of his vision, Diego returned to the hill and Mary appeared again. The lady told him to "Bring the roses behind you." He cut the roses from a nearby rosebush, and returned to the bishop, saying he had proof. When he opened his cloak, as well as the roses, there was an image of Mary imprinted on the fabric.

Read the rest of entry »