WCR This Week

Women's shelter now offers daycare

Naomi Broadhead and Patrica Garrett

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Women with children who have experienced family violence can now return to work, school or job training without the added challenge of securing outside daycare. Since opening in 1987, Wings of Providence has provided safe and secure apartment living and counseling to more than 1,000 women and 2,300 children. Last year alone, Wings served 109 women and 242 children.

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Corpus Christi takes Jesus to the world

Corpus Christi banner

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Patients at the Edmonton General Hospital, young people moving out of their apartment, women sunbathing and teenagers tossing a Frisbee in the park all stopped what they were doing to watch the outdoor Corpus Christi procession June 22. The procession through parts of downtown Edmonton, featured the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament exposed, not only to faithful Catholics, but to the whole world.

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Families deepen faith at Lac Ste. Anne

Patrick Schiller

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Faith begins with the family. Formation starts in the parent/child relation. Home is where learning about communication, prayer, forgiveness and other virtuous qualities are nurtured. This message was reinforced at the 19th annual Catholic Family Life Conference, June 27-30 at Lac Ste. Anne. The gathering attracted more than 2,000 people seeking to deepen their faith. "This is a massive conference full of Catholic families that come from all over.

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Zynel was dedicated to his priesthood

Fr. Karol Zynel

July 7, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Welcoming is the first word that springs to people's lips when they talk about Father Karol Zynel. "He was the one who welcomed priests coming to the archdiocese," says Father Mitch Fidyka. The two priests met 29 years ago when Zynel came to the Edmonton Archdiocese.

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Quebec euthanasia law confounds docs

Maurice Beire

July 7, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quebec physicians face moral and legal quandaries as their province prepares to implement its new euthanasia law contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. The law, dubbed innocuously An Act Respecting End of Life Care, is not slated to go into effect for another year to 18 months, but already Quebec doctors who want answers concerning malpractice insurance have no certainty whether they will be covered in cases involving euthanasia.

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God will speak to you in ways you can hear, says pastor

Moses

July 7, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

When Pastor Penn Clark was first impacted by the charismatic renewal of the 1970s, he believed God would speak to him, and he did. God spoke to him through Scripture where verses would suddenly come alive with new impact; through books; through speakers at conferences; and through the local Christian radio station, he told a conference in Ottawa.

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N.B. Sister of Charity taught for 35 years in Edmonton schools

Sr. Patricia Wallace

July 7, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Sister Patricia Wallace, a Sister of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC), was a woman of great intelligence. She served in various ministries from coast to coast, ministering in education and health care in New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia. Wallace was 98 when she died June 13 at Ruth Ross Residence in Saint John, N.B. Her funeral was June 17.

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Stein shows the way for Red Deer students

July 7, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

There is a new road in Red Deer, but you won't find it on any map. It's called Father Don Way in honour of Father Don Stein. The ebullient priest, now retired and living at Edmonton's Villa Vianney, was a pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Red Deer. Part of his community activities there included blessing the work of Building Opportunities at Notre Dame High School. This program involved students in building a house in the community.

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Bishops' synod to scrutinize threats to today's families

Pope Francis

July 7, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to transmit moral teachings amid a "widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis" of the family. The 75-page instrumentum laboris, published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to "provide an initial reference point" for discussion at the synod. The synod's theme will be the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization."

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Second synod is set for Oct. 2015

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri

July 7, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Representatives of the world's Catholic bishops, meeting in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the Church's pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015. The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will meet at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, bringing together the presidents of national bishops' conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic churches and Vatican officials.

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