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Irish marriage vote should stir Church reality check – bishop

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

June 1, 2015
MICHAEL KELLY
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church needs a "reality check" after Irish voters overwhelmingly supported same-sex marriage. Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 per cent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland. "I think really that the Church needs to do a reality check, a reality check right across the board, to look at the things it's doing well, to look at the areas where we really have to start and say, 'Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?'" he told state broadcaster RTE.

Outpouring of Spirit's healing highlights lay evangelist's service

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – When Robert Canton woke up on Pentecost Day this year, he was excited. In Edmonton from his home in Stockton, Calif., for the New Evangelization and Healing Conference, invited for his talent of the charismatic gift of healing, he knew the Lord was going to do something big. After all, it was the day of Pentecost, the "birthday" of the Church, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples. Already during the three-day conference at Edmonton's Mary Help of Christians Chinese Catholic Church, testimonies of miraculous healing through the Holy Spirit had been pouring in.

Hunger for Spirit manifest at Pentecost

Janelle Reinhart

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A Pentecost weekend Festival of Praise led by popular Christian vocalist Janelle Reinhart was standing room only at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton. The concert, which preceded a Pentecost Vigil Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith, was part of the May 22-24 New Evangelization and Healing Conference organized by Catholic Renewal Services. "I think it's a sign," said guitarist Jason Reinhart, marvelling at the size of the crowd, estimated at nearly 700. "People were hungry for the Holy Spirit. They just were coming in and coming in and coming in and it was just great to see. There were people of all ages here."

Scrupulous spirit stood in the way of Nemcek's vocation

Deacon Peter Nemcek

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

He was only seven years old. But little Peter Nemcek was scared witless to make his first Confession. He hadn't committed any grave sin, yet he was petrified. The priest in his hometown parish of St. Nicolas in Trnava, a city in western Slovakia, was known to be strict. "I had never been to Confession so when my friend confessed and said the priest is kind of strict, I thought, 'Oh, that's scary,'" Nemcek recalled. "I was probably sweating, I was pretty scared."

Red Deer area schools mark World Catholic Education Day

June 1, 2015
HALEIGH PACKER
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools celebrated World Catholic Education Day May 14, where students and staff learned about how we are all one family in the world. This year's theme was solidarity, which is one of seven major principles of Catholic social teaching. Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics throughout the world give thanks for Catholic education with the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

'Sacred Earth' will provide home for native ceremonies

Allen Benson

June 1, 2015
THANDIWE KONGUAVI
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The sweat lodge ceremonies of aboriginal spirituality until now practised only on surrounding reserves will soon have a place within Edmonton's city limits. The ground-breaking sweats of Kihciy Askiy, set to open this summer, will be a culturally safe environment for aboriginal people to heal, learn to pray and learn about creation story teachings from aboriginal elders. It will also be a place to learn about and develop their aboriginal identity.

Residential school dialogue should spur end to cultural bias

Lyndon Aginas

June 1, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an invitation to us to overcome cultural divisions just as Jesus and the Canaanite woman did in their encounter in Matthew's Gospel, says Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie. In the Gospel story, Jesus had just rebuked the Pharisees for their "self-serving religion" when he left Judah and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon, Lavoie said. There he was accosted by the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus to cast a demon out of her daughter.

Beaumont school named after Grey Nuns' founder

St. Thomas Aquinas RCSRD - Logo

June 1, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

BEAUMONT – The new Catholic school in Beaumont will be named École Mother d'Youville School after the founder of the Grey Nuns. The St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools' (STAR) board of trustees approved the name at its May 20 meeting. The 600-student École Mother d'Youville School will be located at the Place Chaleureuse site in Beaumont and is slated to open in September 2017.

Parishes strengthen ties with Catholic Schools

June 1, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Some parishes in the Edmonton Archdiocese see Catholic schools within their boundaries as an important evangelization ground. Consequently, their ministry in the schools is a priority. "If we want to spread the Good News, as we are called to do, the schools are the vineyard," declares Father Jim Corrigan, pastor of St. Theresa Parish in the Millwoods area of Edmonton. "They are a priority because that's where the young adults of tomorrow are. Give them a good experience and who knows what the Holy Spirit is going to be able to do with that."

Maione a giant of Church in Canada

Romeo Maione (1981)

June 1, 2015
PAUL HARRIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Romeo Maione was one of Canada's foremost left-leaning Catholic laymen and social activists, an indefatigable lecturer and writer, street philosopher and teacher. A high school dropout at 15, he rose to hobnob with popes and governors general, received an honorary university doctorate in social sciences, worked for the poor and disadvantaged in underdeveloped countries, and sought to reform the social face of Catholicism. Maione died May 12 in Ottawa after a series of heart attacks. He was 90.

 
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