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Parishes can be full of life

September 8, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The secret to a flourishing parish? "The people take ownership of it," says Oblate Father Andrzej Stendzina with directness. Stendzina talks enthusiastically about St. Albert Parish where he served for 14 years until recently. Smiles fill his voice as he says, "The theme for our pastoral council was to become an inclusive and welcoming community, that we were a team."

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Teens ignited by the fire of faith

Zac Connelly and Alana Short

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The fire of faith was ignited in teens who came to a week-long camp near Bonnyville with the desire to grow in their knowledge of Christ and be empowered to share their faith with others Organized by Face to Face Ministries, Ignite 2014 was held Aug. 24-29 at Camp St. Louis, near the entrance to Moose Lake Provincial Park. Its goal was to inspire Catholic youth, Grades 9 to 12, serious about growing in holiness. "Ignite is a conference-style camp that we host for teens who are serious about growing in their faith.

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Ukrainians mark 6-year internment

Ukrainian Memorial Plaque

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the First World War began, Canada established internment camps to detain persons viewed as security risks. Prejudice and wartime paranoia led to the internment of several thousand immigrants, most of them Ukrainian civilians who had come from Galicia and Bukovyna. A memorial plaque was unveiled in Edmonton's Ukrainian community centre as part of a nationwide initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of this dark chapter in Canadian history.

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Icon-writing: Learning to trust in God's slow work

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In iconography, the process is more important than the result. "Writing an icon is a journey, and it's the stages of growth. The process is what's important with icons, not the end product," said Gisele Bauche, who led a seven-day iconography workshop at Providence Renewal Centre, Aug. 17-23. "That's much the same with our lives, where we're in such a panic to reach the end goal without delay. With iconography, as with life, we are to trust in the slow work of God and to believe that God will look after things."

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Slain U.S. journalist put faith into action

James Foley

September 8, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Slain journalist James Foley, a Catholic who sent images and copy from different war zones, was described as living his faith through his work. The Associated Press reported that at a memorial Mass Aug. 24, Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, N.H., lauded Foley for bringing important images of war and oppressive regimes to the rest of the world. Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 while covering the war in Syria. The Islamic State posted a video on the Internet Aug. 19 showing him being beheaded, saying it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.

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Newman College takes its 'Treasures' to the parishes

Newman College Logo - Small

September 8, 2014

The Treasures of the Faith series, sponsored by Newman Theological College, will expand this fall beyond the college with sessions also being held at St. Andrew's Church in Edmonton and Holy Family Church in St. Albert. The informal weekly series at which participants read a Church document, a work by one of the Fathers of the Church or a book of the Bible along with a Newman College professor begin the week of Sept. 15 and conclude the week of Dec. 10. There is no fee and no homework for any of the series. Each session lasts 50 minutes. Participants must register by phoning the college at 780-392-2450 or sending an email to reception@newman.edu.

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