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The Call to Holiness

November 7, 2011
ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH

Welcome once again to Nothing More Beautiful. We are now in Year 4, which we dedicate to exploring the life of discipleship. In the months ahead we shall reflect upon the following dimensions of our life in Christ: the place of the Word of God in our lives; the role of the sacraments; the moral life as a response to God's love, and the eternal destiny held out to us in Jesus.

My reflection tonight has as its purpose to set the stage for all of this by discussing the fundamentals of Christian discipleship, which, in its essence, is the response to God's call to holiness.

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Beat the drums for Catholic Education

November 7, 2011
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Promoting Catholic identity in Catholic high schools and elementary schools is necessary for their survival, according to speakers at a conference for Catholic school leaders.

Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton, N.J., and former president of The Catholic University of America, stressed that the mission of Catholic schools is to "proclaim the good news" and provide a "place to encounter God." This has not changed, he said, "since Jesus told his disciples to go and teach all nations."

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Innovative principal wins national award

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – In more ways than one, Leo Turcotte is a pioneer in Catholic education. Turcotte has been working in education for almost 40 years. A longtime principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools, he was one of 32 recipients of The Learning Partnership's Canada's Outstanding Principal award. Only three Albertans were honoured with the award.

"Interspersed in my career I've always had a passion for looking at situations and seeing if we could craft a different approach that would bring about better results, not just academic, but results of gratification, satisfaction and collaboration for that enterprising question," said Turcotte.

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Will Baker – outstanding principal award

Will Baker

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLD LAKE – Will Baker has come a long way from being a phys-ed teacher in Australia to being named one of Canada's outstanding principals.

Baker, principal of Holy Cross Elementary School in Cold Lake, Alta., is one of 32 principals nationwide and one of three across Alberta to win The Learning Partnership's award for Canada's Outstanding Principal.

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Students find God serving the poor

Marian Centre Logo

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lynn Zakreski was making sandwiches at the Marian Centre. Another volunteer started barking orders about how these sandwiches were to be prepared. He insisted that the four slices of bread go in a line, crusts on the inside, how the mustard was to be spread and so forth. His manner was demanding, his words harsh.

Zakreski turned to a woman beside her, and said, "I didn't know the homeless were so picky."

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Inclusive schools boost performance of all students

Dr. Jennifer Katz

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Classrooms that include students of all levels of ability, including the physically disabled, boost the academic performance of all pupils, especially low achievers and the disabled, says an advocate of inclusive education.

"As soon as you segregate you are not including," said Dr. Jennifer Katz, an assistant professor in the faculty of education at the University of Manitoba.

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Open wide the doors

Alberta Conference of Catholic Bishops - Logo

November 7, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Open wide the doors to Christ!

In the Book of Revelation we read, "Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me" (Revelation 3.20).

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Europe . . . on a wing and a prayer

November 7, 2011
MARLA POIRIER
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER – This summer my husband Gary and I got to make an extensive driving trip throughout Europe with his brother and sister-in-law Craig and Marcia and their four children.

As I recall this trip now, it's not the beaches and the marketplaces that bring a smile to my face. It's sitting in prayer together at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, lighting candles with the kids for the family at home. It's waiting for a ticket for an elevator ride to the Eiffel Tower and praying a rosary together, with Madelyn, age seven, proudly announcing the mysteries.

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Motherhood – a vocation from God

November 7, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – At the height of her career, Dorothy Pilarski was training hundreds of women how to be successful in business. But Pilarski says her most rewarding endeavour has been as a mother to her two children.

In her new book, Motherhood Matters: Inspirational Stories, Letters, Quotes & Prayers for Catholic Moms, Pilarski invites women to reflect on the vocation of motherhood.

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Church has role to play in healing wounds of the family – Prendergast

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

November 7, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Though mortality was a "key aspect of family life" in the last century, today's wounds are deeper and the need for healing even greater, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast said Oct. 26.

"There have always been loss and mourning in family life, which used to lead to a form of stoicism," Prendergast told the Archbishop's Benefit Dinner. "However, today's experiences of loss and abandonment, through abortion, separation, and absent parents, are mostly willful."

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