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Nfld. sister learned to run remote parish while on the job

June 23, 2014
RUANE REMY
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – Sister Alice Walsh was excited to accept the position of pastoral minister of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Piccadilly, a remote town in Newfoundland and Labrador. But a month into her new post, the priest who arrived to celebrate Mass asked her if she realized that she was the one in charge.

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Holy Spirit wants to give us a complete overhaul – Cramer

Fr. Marc Cramer

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Many people want God to tweak them by changing one or two of their faults, says Father Marc Cramer. But beyond such tweaking, they would prefer that God stay out of their lives, the pastor of Edmonton's Good Shepherd Parish said in a talk on the eve of Pentecost. "However, God wants us to pray to be transformed," Cramer said. "The Holy Spirit doesn't come here to tweak us. The Holy Spirit comes to transform us totally and utterly, into new creatures.

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Catholic schools lead students to follow Jesus – Smith

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Blessed with modern technology, dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff, Edmonton Catholic Schools provides a healthy learning environment for young people. "But at the centre of it all is that which distinguishes us from all other educational systems: Jesus Christ is the reason for this school," said Archbishop Richard Smith. Catholic education in Edmonton has a proud tradition that dates back to before Alberta became a province. Edmonton Catholic Schools celebrated its 125 years with a celebratory Mass June 7 at St. Joseph's Basilica.

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Providence sister had a short, intense life

Sr. Celerina Estacio

June 23, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Both in her name and in the way she lived, Sister Celerina Estacio was "The Quick One." The name Celerina means quick, and that is exactly the way the Sister of Providence lived in her short but passionate life. She was 58 when she died June 3, after a brave battle with cancer, at Providence Centre Infirmary in Edmonton.

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Groups to battle Quebec euthanasia bill

June 23, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Groups opposed to euthanasia vow to fight Quebec's adoption of An Act on End-of-Life Care that brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province. The new law, passed by a vote of 94 to 22 on June 5, allows doctors to kill their patients if they request so-called medical aid in dying. It treats euthanasia as health care, which is under provincial jurisdiction, while the Criminal Code, which lists it as culpable homicide, is under federal jurisdiction.

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Dying patients need to be asked for input about care – physician

Dr. Harvey Chochinov

June 23, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Dying patients need to be asked what it feels like to be dying and how that experience can be made better, says a Winnipeg physician devoted to palliative care. Dr. Harvey Chochinov says maintaining and enhancing the dignity of the person at the end of life is a key aspect of providing comprehensive, quality palliative care. "We need details about our patients to help us remember them," Chochinov said.

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Pastoral appointment for the St. Paul Diocese

June 23, 2014

The following appointments of priests and deacons in the St. Paul Diocese take effect Aug, 1, unless otherwise indicated.

Father Edmond Croteau is appointed to Sunday ministry in French for the St. Paul Cathedral Parish.

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Yukon bishop moves to Victoria

Bishop Gary Gordon

June 23, 2014
CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

OTTAWA – Bishop Gary Gordon, bishop of the Yukon for the past eight years, has been appointed the new bishop of Victoria. Gordon, 57, is a native of Burnaby, B.C., and succeeds Bishop Richard Gagnon as bishop of the Victoria Diocese.

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Sports holds lessons for life – pope

June 23, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged athletes to live life the same way they play sports: Don't hog the ball, don't fall back on defence and make sure to keep it fun. He also called on policymakers and communities to guarantee all kids have access to sports, education and jobs early on in life, "and I guarantee that there will be no addictions to drugs, alcohol and many other vices."

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Beatitudes provide a guide to Christian living, says pope

June 23, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Being a good Christian demands concrete action and deeds, Pope Francis said. And, he said, the "how-to" manual is found in the Beatitudes and the Last Judgment, which spells out the consequences awaiting those who fail to help others in need. Jesus offers a guide to life that is "so simple, but very difficult," the pope said June 9 during his morning Mass.

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