WCR This Week

CSS heals society's forgotten, restores people's dignity

Stephen Carattini
July 13, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Human dignity is the basis for Catholic social teaching "and for the work that we engage in at Catholic Social Services," says the agency's chief executive officer. "We believe that each person has dignity precisely because they have been created by God (and) that each life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death is worthy of our love, care and compassion," Stephen Carattini said at CSS's annual meeting at the Winspear Centre June 24.

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Agency's acts of mercy signal Jesus' presence, says archbishop

Archbishop Richard Smith
July 13, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Catholic Social Services serves as an island of mercy in what is often a vast ocean of cruelty and indifference, says the archbishop of Edmonton. Speaking at the agency's annual meeting at the Winspear Centre June 24, Archbishop Richard Smith said CSS, much like Jesus, brings good news to the poor.

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Marriage should imitate Christ by focusing on service

Catholic Family Ministries – logo
July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
Bodytext

It's no coincidence that when Jesus performed his first miracle he did it in the context of a wedding. Jesus is the bridegroom who lays down his life on the cross for his bride the Church, and that is the true love story, said Dr. Edward (Ted) Sri in a talk at the Catholic Family Life Conference.

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Fathers play key role in spreading the faith – Hahn

Scott Hahn
July 13, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The new evangelization begins in the home, and it is most likely to take root if fathers practise their faith, says theologian Scott Hahn. Citing a recent Southern Baptist study in the U.S., Hahn said if a child is the first in the family to experience a religious conversion, in 3.7 per cent of families, the other members will also become Christians.

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Sacrament of Reconciliation restores us to life, says theologian

July 13, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC ST. ANNE – Spiritual death is far worse than physical death, and the sacrament of Reconciliation is the way to restore the supernatural life God breathed on Adam at the moment of creation, says Scott Hahn. "God wants to heal us more than we can imagine he is capable of doing," Hahn, a well-known author and Scripture scholar, told the annual Catholic Family Life Conference July 1.

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Church leaders urge developed world to tackle climate change

July 13, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The pope's encyclical on the environment is addressed to the entire world, but it has different messages for each part of it. "He's got a different message for the developing world than he does for the developed world," said Dennis Patrick O'Hara, director of Toronto's Elliott Allen Institute for Ecology and Theology.

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New state deputy followed in dad's, grandpa's footsteps

Charles Russel
July 13, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The state board of the Alberta Knights of Columbus has appointed a former salesman from Calgary as head of the 18,000-member organization. Charles Russell, a 74-year-old former salesman and trouble-shooter with Hilti Canada for 27 years, was chosen from among several other candidates to become state deputy of the Knights at a July 1 board meeting in Red Deer.

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Catholic newspaper story led youth to Spiritan priesthood

Fr. Robert Di Nardo
July 13, 2015
JEAN KO DIN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The road to the priesthood for the first North American Spiritan to be ordained in 26 years began while flipping through the pages of a Catholic newspaper. In 2003, Robert di Nardo came upon an advertisement in The Catholic Register that invited men and women considering the religious life to submit their contact information to connect them with vocations directors of religious communities across the country.

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Évron sisters served by teaching, healing

July 13, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
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When Jesus became man and lived on the earth the Scriptures say he proclaimed the Good News, went around doing good and healing. Such is the charism of the Sisters of Charity of Notre Dame d' Évron who, led by this incarnational spirituality, have devoted their lives to giving Christian education, assisting the sick and doing good wherever they are needed, since landing in Canada in 1909.

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Madonna House offers different way of consecrated life

Madonna House logo
July 13, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Most days around noon one can see a long lineup of people, mostly men, waiting outside Edmonton's Marian Centre, 10528-98 St. They are there for the food and clothing that staff and volunteers will give them free of charge. Whether it is stew or beef with vegetables, they eat with delight. For some, this is the best meal they will have all day. The 11 people who run the operation – six women, four men, one priest – are members of the Madonna House Apostolate, a family of consecrated people who strive to incarnate the teachings of Jesus Christ by forming a community of love.

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