WCR This Week

Reconciliation lets people heal, move forward — Basilian

Fr. Daryold Winkler

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — The whole purpose of reconciliation is so our children and our children's children don't have to experience the same kind of pain that we did, says Basilian Father Daryold Winkler.

Speaking on forgiveness at a the fourth annual Directions on Aboriginal Ministry conference, Winkler, an aboriginal priest and academic from Ottawa, described reconciliation as a spiritual way of living that allows us to heal and move forward.

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Pilgrims seek healing in Lac St. Anne

Lac Ste-Anne Pilgrimage - Logo

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Sunday afternoon Mass ended July 17, Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie of Keewatin-Le Pas, Man., led his large congregation from the shrine to the shore of Lac St. Anne.

Standing on a stage near the shore, Lavoie welcomed the congregation to the blessing of the lake ceremony and praised the Lord for the beautiful 30C weather.

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Pilgrimage: A family tradition passed down through the generations

July 25, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC ST. ANNE — For Roberta Beaulieu, the Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage is a family tradition. She's been coming since she was a little girl.

The 30-year-old Metis woman is familiar with the grounds, the shrine and the lake and she feels comfortable in the surroundings. She's proud of the fact the priest who runs the pilgrimage is a relative. Getting a blessing from him is a big thing for her.

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Holy Trinity CWL enjoys 'royal visit'

Mariette Huot

July 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

STONY PLAIN — Holy Trinity Catholic Women's League in Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Parkland County highlighted their year before the summer break with high tea and a very special visit from the" queen," Mariette Huot.

Madeline Twerdochlib and her daughter Karen decorated with an elegant royal setting. Tea and dainties were served and all ladies present for the occasion wore fancy dresses and hats.

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St. Bernard Mission Church needs total restoration

St. Bernard Mission Church

July 25, 2011
GERARD NICOLET
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

GROUARD — The St. Bernard Mission Church Restoration Committee has initiated a major project involving the restoration of the church in Grouard.

This church is the most significant historical site in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. The construction of this first cathedral of the Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese was started in 1901 under the direction of Bishop Emile Grouard. Plans for this building were prepared by Oblate Brother Augustin Dumas who also supervised construction of the church.

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Montreal's blogging bishop-to-be will be second youngest prelate in world

July 25, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL - When Bishop-elect Thomas Dowd is ordained to the episcopacy on Sept. 10 as auxiliary bishop of Montreal, he will become the second youngest bishop in the world.

Dowd, 40, plans to continue blogging, a hobby he has pursued as a priest at Frdowd.net since 2003.

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Opus Dei celebrates feast of St. Josemaria

St. Josemaria Escriva

July 25, 2011
LEANNE STONE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — On the June feast day Mass for St. Josemaria Escriva, Edmonton's faithful met at St. Andrew's Church to celebrate the Opus Dei founder's life.

While there is no official Opus Dei centre in Alberta's capital, hundreds of people do support the teachings of The Work. Hundreds, while coming from diverse cultural, social and professional backgrounds, are united through their love for Opus Dei.

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Vatican newspaper says Harry Potter film champions values

July 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The last battle of the almost-grownup Harry Potter may be too scary for young viewers, but it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice, the Vatican newspaper said.

"The atmosphere of the last few episodes, which had become increasingly dark and ominous, reaches its pinnacle," said one of two reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 printed July 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

July 18, 2011
REGINALD W. BIBBY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

What I have to report will come as a surprise to many Canadian Roman Catholics.

In recent years, many of you have grown accustomed to hearing that religion is in decline and that your numbers are dropping. The common portrait painted by the media is one of an aging Church whose golden years of large and vibrant congregations comprised of people of all ages is a thing of the past.

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Nuclear weapons must go now, says Vatican's UN rep

July 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Nuclear weapons have "threatened humanity" for far too long and it is urgent to now move to a "world without nuclear weapons," said the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now is the time for a profound rethinking and change in our perception of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are essential from a humanitarian point of view," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said July 1.

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