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United appeal for Church charities achieves success

January 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics responded well to the first consolidated charitable appeal in the Edmonton Archdiocese. More than 80 parishes took part in the Together We Serve appeal, raising $1.721 million. That's $121,000 more than the original goal of $1.6 million. "It went really well," says director of development Connie Lunde. "We are very, very pleased because, of course, a first year can be a little bit scary. It's hard for people to change something that they are very used to." Together We Serve replaced nine special collections previously taken in all parishes at various times throughout the year. The appeal began at Easter and ran until the end of December.

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Encounter offers opportunity for unity amidst diversity

Filipe Drumond

January 26, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little water of our own. That's the idea behind the biblical verse "Give me a drink," which is the theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Jesus said those words to a Samaritan woman as he sat at a well owned by Samaritans, a tribe despised by the Jews of the time. Bishops, leaders and lay people of many different Christian churches and organizations took part in the opening service of the Week of Prayer at Braemar Baptist Church Jan. 18.

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Local couples prove marriage is meant to last

January 26, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Seventy. Seventy years of living with the same person, raising a family, and sharing the twilight years of life seems almost impossible in today's society. Two Catholic couples living in Edmonton's downtown Rivera community know it's possible because they are still doing it. Edith and Ken Nixon display the easy companionship one might expect after 70 years of marriage. Sitting in their comfortable apartment, they correct each other or add a fact or two the other might have forgotten with the warmth of two lifelong friends. It is much the same with Lionel and Pauline Lemieux. Their marital journey was different, but the ingredients of faith and commitment were there too. The Montreal setting and Lionel's travelling gave a different tenor to the early part of their relationship.

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'Despiritualized' culture saps ability to face death

Fr. Kevin Belgrave

January 26, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Priests need to preach the Church's teachings on end-of-life issues more frequently to better spiritually prepare parishioners for the inevitable, Father Kevin Belgrave believes. "The solution to the vast majority of problems and challenges that arise at the end of life begins long before the moment of death arises," said Belgrave, an assistant professor of moral theology at Toronto's St. Augustine's Seminary. "If you attempt to deal with end-of-life issues only at the moment when death is on our door you have a person who has in no way been prepared for that moment."

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Bishop tells of personal effects of 'racial divide' in the U.S.

Bishop Edward Braxton

January 26, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In a 19-page reflection on the "racial divide" in the United States, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., who is African-American, said he twice has been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes. The episodes "made me very conscious of the fact that simply by being me, I could be the cause of suspicion and concern without doing anything wrong," Braxton wrote in a reflection issued Jan. 1. In the first episode, when Braxton was a priest, "I was simply walking down a street in an apparently all-white neighbourhood. A police car drove up beside me and the officer asked, 'What are you doing in this area? Do you live around here? Where is your car? You should not be wandering about neighbourhoods where you do not live.'

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Scarboro opens door to youth serving 1 year in mission

Paulina Gallego

January 26, 2015
EVAN BOUDREAU
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Scarboro Missions is seeking those with the guts and grit to answer God's call to serve as a foreign missioner on a short-term basis. "Mission is not for everyone," said Scarboro Missions Father Ron MacDonell. "It has to come from a deep conviction that you are called . . . by God, called by Jesus, to want to serve. And young people have that capacity." That is why Scarboro Missions is again accepting applications from those 21 and older who are interested in enrolling in its One-Year Missioners program. The application can be found at scarboromissions.ca and must be submitted by Feb. 16.

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Some truths can only be seen through tears

January 26, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Tears often are the only correct response to suffering, Pope Francis told 30,000 young people Jan. 18. While it is impossible to explain why God would allow children to suffer, he told the young people, "only when we, too, can cry" can one approach a response. "I invite each one of you here to ask yourself, 'Have I learned to weep and cry when I see a child cast aside, when I see someone with a drug problem, when I see someone who has suffered abuse?" the pope told the gathering in Manila. Being moved to tears out of compassion and in the face of the mystery of suffering is holy, he said. It is not the same thing as crying to manipulate or get something from someone.

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Son's murder shook mother's faith to the core

January 26, 2015
AGNIESZKA KRAWCZYNSKI
THE B. C. CATHOLIC

A mother's faith was shaken to the core after her son was shot dead in 2007 in B.C.'s worst gang murder case. "I literally hated God," Eileen Mohan told The B.C. Catholic. "My faith, my everything, was taken away from me. I stopped believing at that moment." Eileen and her 22-year-old son Christopher lived in an apartment building in Surrey. When they temporarily moved from the 14th to the 15th floor seven years ago, they unknowingly became across-the-hall neighbours of drug trafficker Corey Lal. "I bumped into him a couple of times, and he would say 'hi' to me," Eileen recalled. "He seemed a nice person. There was nothing for me to think he was a drug dealer."

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Holy Trinity Parish celebrates mortgage burning

January 26, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

SPRUCE GROVE – A wonderful celebration and mortgage burning took place on Jan. 11 at Holy Trinity Church here. The parishioners paid off the mortgage on their church building ahead of schedule. Bishop Paul Terrio of St. Paul, pastor of Holy Trinity from 2002 to 2012, came to celebrate with the parish. Terrio spoke of the challenges he faced in leading parishioners to become a community and how, working with the parish finance committee, he instituted the unpopular weekly second collection, to meet the monthly mortgage payment of $20,825.

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