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Homeless treated as neighbours at south side centre

February 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The life of being homeless and on the street is tough. But the Neighbour Centre is one faith-based response for people who often have nowhere to turn. "The reality is quite tough," says Kris Knutson, executive director of the year-old agency on Edmonton's south side. "We have some extremely resilient people. The things that they deal with on a day-to-day basis would be paralyzing for most of us."

Mandatory school haircut stole her spirit

Mary Matchee

February 17, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For the sisters who ran the Indian residential school at Beauval, Sask., cutting children's hair was simply a matter of preventing lice from getting into the school. But for the children, the mandatory hair-cutting exercise meant the loss of their spirit. Arriving at the school when she was four years old, Mary Matchee was placed in a line with all the new children to meet a priest with shears and sisters with long scissors.

Couples share views on family synod

February 17, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Two Edmonton couples say they hope the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October will lead to more inclusive, pastoral approaches to dealing with family concerns. Pope Francis has asked the bishops to examine how the Church can guide and help the family. The Canadian bishops recently submitted their input to the pope, and the bishops in several nations have sought public input before responding to the pope's request for advice.

Canada's bishops send recommendations to Rome

February 17, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Canada's bishops have sent the results of a consultation on a host of hot button issues concerning the family to the Holy See, but will not make their report public. This is not the first time Rome has invited input from bishops' conferences in advance of a synod, and the normal practice has been to do so privately, said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).

Basilica has 100 years of memories

February 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The archbishop, former rectors and hundreds of St. Joseph's Basilica parishioners celebrated a beautiful faith journey 100 years in the making. On Saturday, Feb. 1, people relived the journey of the basilica, from the start of construction in 1923 to its consecration in 1963 and onward. As the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, people reflected on the key features of the basilica, and the meaning they hold for them.

Discerning men taste and see priesthood vocation

Antoine Labrecque

February 17, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Discerning young men are helped at the annual Come and See weekend by gaining a glimpse into the many aspects of life at St. Joseph Seminary. Coordinated by the Office of Vocations, the free, live-in weekend provides opportunity for men who are contemplating a vocation to the priesthood.

Austrian Church crisis calls for bishops to become missionaries, says Francis

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – A sharp decline in the number of practising Catholics "must not find us inert, but rather must motivate our efforts for a new evangelization," Pope Francis told the bishops of Austria. "To be Church doesn't mean to manage, but to go out, to be missionaries, to bring the light of faith and the joy of the Gospel to men and women," the pope said in a message he handed to the bishops Jan. 30.

Edmonton and Calgary Catholic districts receive 4 schools

Cindy Olsen

February 17, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton and Calgary Catholic school districts will receive four out of 15 new schools planned for the province. The Alberta government announced Feb. 10 that a new kindergarten to Grade 9 school will be built in Summerside in southeast Edmonton, making room for up to 750 Edmonton Catholic Separate School District students.

Devotional booklet offers way to walk in God's light

Glenn Byer

February 17, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

An Alberta-born liturgist is trying to broaden opportunities for devotional prayer with a new booklet that combines reflections on the resurrection with lush photographs of light from across Canada. "The Mass is the centre of our prayer life, but there needs to be a variety of other forms to help lead us to a deeper appreciation of what the Mass is about, and to participate more fully," says author Glenn Byer. "The Via Lucis is just such a thing."

Blessed are the losers, pope says in message to youth

Pope Francis

February 17, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The "poor in spirit," the pure and the merciful, whom Jesus described as "blessed," are the same people the world considers to be "losers," Pope Francis told Catholic young people. But Jesus offers his followers the true path to happiness, the pope said in his message for World Youth Day 2014.

 
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