WCR This Week

Irish Church at the 'tipping point'

June 13, 2011
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

DUBLIN — A leading international expert on child protection has appealed for bishops and religious superiors in Ireland to fully cooperate with the Church’s own watchdog.

“I don’t think the rest of the Catholic world is aware that there are still battle lines being drawn within the Church in Ireland,” said Monica Applewhite.

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Viking parish's 100-year-old heart

June 13, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the biggest challenges Holy Heart of Mary Parish has faced in the last century has been the loss of its resident pastor in the late 1980s.

"It was a huge loss," recalls parish leader Eileen Cunningham. "You always suffer when you don't have a resident priest because Father is (now) too busy and he can't be here for all our spiritual functions."

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Pastoral assistants help faith come alive

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Perry Kieftenbeld, a horticulturalist by trade, got involved with the Church in the Sturgeon Region as her five children started getting more drawn into the Church's youth activities.

In 2001, she was hired as pastoral assistant and youth minister at St. Peter's Parish in Villeneuve. The church has three mission parishes in Calahoo (St. Catherine), Mearns (St. Charles) and Riviere Qui Barre (St. Emerence). The four parishes in total have about 400 families.

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Stay true to Christian values

June 13, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ZAGREB, CROATIA - Pope Benedict used his apostolic journey to the Croatian capital to encourage nations to build their communities on Christian values.

They should also support the traditional family and the sanctity of life, the pope said during his brief two-day pilgrimage June 4-5.

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Catholics see world through sacramental eyes — Walsh

Anne Walsh

June 13, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Being Catholic means to see everything in the world as sacramental, said the director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of St. John's, Nfld.

"There is one distinctive thing about being Catholic. We see the world through special glasses," Anne Walsh told pastoral assistants from across the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Canada's new missal uses beautiful images to serve the liturgy

June 13, 2011
GLENN BYER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.”

These words of Pope Benedict inspired the archbishop of Edmonton to launch a series of presentations on beauty; I have had the opportunity to listen to some of these and have been impressed by the wonderful variety that exists in the way people appreciate the beautiful.

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God kicked out of Quebec daycares

June 13, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Quebec’s ban on God, prayers, songs to Jesus and religious instruction in subsidized daycares discriminates against religious believers, says the Catholic Civil Rights League.

The league has expressed support for Jewish and Catholic parents who are appealing to the Quebec Superior Court on grounds the ban violates the constitution by infringing on religious freedom.

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Grey Nuns bid North farewell

Sr. Dora Durand

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, growing up in Legal, Sister Dora Durand watched a French movie, I Have Chosen Charity.

The film featured sisters serving the aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories. They visited people’s homes, travelled from place to place via dogsleds and got to know the people closely.

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From small beginnings . . .

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — An economist and a philosopher got together with teachers and businesspeople to take steps toward building a civilization of love.

“One person at a time can make a difference in the world,” said Marc Sanscartier, a teacher enrolled in the May 28-29 workshop on economies of communion at Newman Theological College.

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Low registration puts plans for all-boys academy on hold

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A proposed all-boys academy for grades 4 and 5 in Edmonton Catholic Schools has been ditched for the time being due to low registration.

The program was to start in September 2011 at two different schools.

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