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School trustees elected across archdiocese

October 28, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Trustees were elected and acclaimed in all the Catholic school districts in the Edmonton Archdiocese during municipal elections held Oct. 21 in most locales and Oct. 16 in Lloydminster.

Meet for coffee, cake and chats about death

October 28, 2013
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When Valerie Sirani and Amy Brown hosted the first gathering in Baltimore known as a "death cafe," they did not know what to expect.

GriefShare guides the bereaved by sharing, journaling

Aline Garneau

October 28, 2013
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Aline Garneau felt lost after the death of her husband Roger four years ago. They had been married for 52 years and she didn't know how to live without him. She sought help and found it through GriefShare, a non-denominational ministry that brings comfort and healing to the grieving.

Wakes a key part of marking death in aboriginal culture

October 28, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton's Sacred Heart Parish is a unique Catholic community where rituals meaningful to native culture are incorporated into the Catholic rites.

Bringing food to the grieving

Plate of Brownies

October 28, 2013
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Often after the death of the loved one of a friend, neighbour or co-worker, people are at a loss for what to say or do but they might be quick to whip up a batch of brownies or a chicken casserole.

Children who need palliative care

Dr. Justin Baker

October 28, 2013
NANCY FRAZIER O'BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Except for sharing a name, palliative care and hospice for children has little to do with providing the same services for adult patients.

Community healing takes long-term care

October 28, 2013
PETE SHEEHAN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

After debris has been cleared and physical rebuilding is well underway, counsellors for victims of natural disasters and violence contend that real healing still needs to take place.

Prayer is path to understanding God – pope

October 28, 2013
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – God's love and the salvation offered in Jesus cannot be understood using intelligence alone and, in fact, trying to make it all reasonable can make one crazy, Pope Francis said.

Feast of St. Luke

October 28, 2013

First-year medical students run while seniors spray them with different types of sauces, liquids, flour and eggs as part of an annual tradition.

The reluctant vocation

Fr. Francis Mariappa

October 21, 2013
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Although his parents pledged when he was young that he would become a priest, Francis Mariappa wanted nothing to do with it.