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St. Brendan parents upset with abrupt school closure

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – After more than 40 years serving the Ottewell community in southeast Edmonton, St. Brendan Catholic School will close at the end of June so construction of a new replacement school can start on its site. The chair of the school's parents' advisory committee says she and other parents are "frustrated and upset" the school is being closed with little notice. "We were always told that we had another year to plan and coordinate and get the kids used to the idea of going someplace else and now we have a month," parents' council president Sherry Stewart told the WCR.

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Pope, patriarch express yearning for greater communion

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

June 9, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Half a century after an historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ's death and resurrection. "We need to believe that, just as the stone before the tomb was cast aside, so, too, every obstacle to our full communion will also be removed," the pope said May 25 during a prayer service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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Parishes, schools make sacraments more available

Sr. Maria Therese

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thanks to a pilot program that seeks to harmonize sacramental preparation across the Edmonton Archdiocese, some parishes and schools are doing a lot more talking and visiting. Pastors, school principals and sacramental coordinators in at least 10 parishes have been meeting for the past nine months to discuss sacramental preparation of children. Their aims are to ensure no child falls through the cracks when it comes to sacramental preparation and to bring families to a deeper understanding of the faith.

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Sanctum marks 10 years of restoring weary spirits

Sanctum Retreat House

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Spring tune-ups, regular maintenance. We maintain a multitude of things. We also maintain our minds and bodies. Exercise, diet, lifelong learning. But what about our spirit? Every now and then, Christians need a spiritual retreat, spent away from their everyday lives, for the purpose of reconnecting on a deeper level with God. While most retreats of generations ago were run by religious orders, members of those orders are aging and their numbers declining.

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ACSTA backs report urging teaching excellence

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association has thrown its support behind the provincial government's controversial Task Force for Teaching Excellence. In a May 16 press release, the ACSTA said it is encouraged that the taskforce made a commitment to excellence in teaching and school leadership its key "outcome." It also lauded Alberta Education for its collaborative approach to gathering reaction to the taskforce from all involved stakeholders.

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Feehan honoured for defending Catholic education

Kevin Feehan

June 9, 2014
CATHY JAMES
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Kevin Feehan not only lives his Catholic faith, but he integrates it into his professional life as well. A lawyer living in Edmonton, Feehan has consistently given back to the Catholic education community for three decades. His dedication to working to ensure Canadians have fair and proper access to Catholic education is why he was nominated and awarded the 2014 Justice James Higgins Award. The CCSTA's Higgins Award is presented annually in memory of Canadian Catholic school trustee and jurist, the Hon. Justice James Higgins.

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Priest appointments in Edmonton Archdiocese

June 9, 2014
Following are recent and upcoming appointments of priests in the Edmonton Archdiocese. The appointments take effect Aug. 13, unless otherwise indicated.

PARISHES IN EDMONTON

Annunciation Parish: Salesian Father John Mariapragasam, pastor.

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Pope opens door to ordaining married men

June 9, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV – Pope Francis said the door is open to allowing more married priests in the Catholic Church, in the Latin rite as well as the Eastern Catholic churches where the practice is already established. "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate very much and believe to be a gift for the Church," the pope told reporters May 26. "Not being a dogma of faith, the door is always open."

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New deacons urged to bring joy

Deacons Roger Reilander, Gem Mella and Hyland Fraser

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

With joy and awe the Edmonton Archdiocese welcomed three new permanent deacons to the fold. The large congregation erupted in applause as Archbishop Richard Smith ordained the trio May 31 at St. Joseph's Basilica. "Congratulations," the archbishop told Deacons Gem Mella, Hyland Fraser and Roger Reilander at the end of the ordination Mass. "Now we will put you to work." The Edmonton Archdiocese now has 29 permanent deacons and is expecting to ordain as many as five more within two years.

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Red Deer principal bandages wounds, laughs at kids' jokes

Ken Griffith

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Ken Griffith says students keep changing, and schools need to change to keep up with them. "Students learn differently today than they did even 10 years ago," said Griffith, principal of Red Deer's Maryview School and a recipient of the Alberta Teachers' Association 2013-14 Distinguished Leadership Award. "It's important that we're keeping up on current research and making all of our decisions upon accurate information and data that tell us how children work," he said.

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