WCR This Week

Holy Trinity hands build Jamaica bonds

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jamaica is known for its sunny beaches and tourist resorts, making it a common vacation destination. A few parishioners from Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain view the Caribbean country much differently.

Next to Haiti, Jamaica is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Of its three main areas — Mandeville, Montego Bay and Kingston — Mandeville is the most impoverished.

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John Paul II still draws a crowd

May 9, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

John Paul II is blessed because of his faith — a strong, generous and apostolic faith,” Pope Benedict said May 1 just minutes after formally beatifying his predecessor.

Many among those attending Pope John Paul’s beatification had personal stories about seeing the late pope or even meeting him, and Pope Benedict ended his homily at the Mass sharing his own personal story.

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JP2 had profound effect on the lives of many

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz

May 9, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME — With songs, videos, testimonials and prayers, Catholics of every age and many countries gathered in Rome to remember Pope John Paul II on the eve of his beatification.

“I feel him present here in the Circus Maximus,” the pope’s former secretary, Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow told the crowd in Rome’s ancient racetrack April 30. “I feel him returning tonight.”

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Economy of communion focuses on giving

May 9, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — In today’s business culture that emphasizes maximizing profits, businesspeople are asking, “What can I get?” A new course at Newman Theological College will be teaching businesspeople how to shift their mentality to asking, “What can I give?”

Capitalism is based on the principle of wealth accumulation without consideration for one’s neighbour. However, philosopher Jim Penna and ecological economist Mark Anielski are offering a different approach — an economy of communion.

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Friar Ducharme awaits ordination

Friar Pierre Ducharme

May 9, 2011
BRENT MATTSON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — After six years of formation, Franciscan Friar Pierre Ducharme will emerge from Christ’s kiln a fully-formed priest after his ordination at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

“It gives me more of an opportunity to be with people and journey with them through baptism and marriages,” the Vancouver native said. “I am looking forward to all the ministry that the priesthood has to offer.”

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John Paul II was a model Christian

April 25, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Church officials keep emphasizing, Pope John Paul II is being beatified not for his performance as pope, but for how he lived the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love.

When the Vatican's sainthood experts interviewed witnesses about the Polish pontiff, the focus of their investigation was on holiness, not achievement.

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Bishops congregate to bless St. Joseph Seminary

April 25, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - The upcoming blessing of St. Joseph Seminary "is a hugely important historical moment for the whole archdiocese," says Archbishop Richard Smith.

"We've had a seminary since the early 1900s and together with Newman College since the late 1960s it has been a very important institution for the diocese and the people have grown to love it and appreciate it deeply."

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Smith urges laity to bring good news to society's poor

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — As members of the Church, we are a people anointed and sent, the archbishop of Edmonton said April 18.

“As Jesus was anointed and sent to the poor, the prisoner, the blind and the oppressed, so too are we,” Archbishop Richard Smith said at the annual Chrism Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

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Knights gather in Calgary to celebrate achievements

Neil Gannon

April 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — After almost two years at the helm of the Knights of Columbus of Alberta/Northwest Territories, Neil Gannon is leaving his post of state deputy with the feeling of a job well done.

He says membership in the Knights is up, donations to charities are up, councils are stronger and member morale is "very good."

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Public care more about potholes than homelessness

April 25, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG — The public is more concerned with potholes than with homelessness, says Major Karen Hoeft of Winnipeg's Salvation Army Booth Centre.

The City of Winnipeg, says Hoeft, spends a million dollars a year fixing potholes and the same amount on affordable housing.

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