WCR This Week

Nativity scene mish-mash defies Scripture

December 19, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

A glance at the mantle this time of year can give the average Catholic entirely the wrong idea about the Bible.

"You see crèche scenes – they cram everything from both Gospels (Matthew and Luke) in there, not realizing that if you line both those Nativity stories up there are inconsistencies and contradictions," said Jesuit New Testament scholar Father Scott Lewis.

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Christ's birth date challenged pagan gods

December 19, 2011
FR. THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

That theme of light in the darkness is at the heart, not only of the feast of the Nativity of Jesus, but of the determination of the date as well.

The primitive Church seems to have had little interest in the date or circumstances of Jesus' birth. The community's expectation of an immediate consummation of history and a final coming of Christ took priority.

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Pray before you preach – Cantalamessa

December 19, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church's project of "new evangelization" faces two dangers: people thinking others will do the work and people so fired up to preach the Gospel, they forget to pray, said Father Raniero Cantalamessa.

Cantalamessa, who preaches to the pope and top Vatican officials on the Fridays of Advent and Lent, dedicated his December 2011 series to lessons the Church can learn from its own history of evangelization.

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New cathedral opens in Saskatoon

December 19, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON – The doors of a new diocesan cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre will open this week in Saskatoon.

The Cathedral of the Holy Family has been under construction in northeast Saskatoon since the fall of 2009.

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Seminary enrollment jumps 50 per cent

Fr. Shayne  Craig

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

A greater emphasis on faith formation and vocations is the reason for a sharp increase in enrollment, says the rector of St. Joseph Seminary.

With 42 seminarians registered in-house this fall and another five on internships, registration is at an all-time high, says Father Shayne Craig.

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CWL prepares for its 100th anniversary

December 12, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

From helping women and children flee domestic violence to supporting new immigrants, the Catholic Women's League has a reputation for responding wherever there is a need.

"By their actions they have ensured that the timeless Gospel values of loving service, social justice and solidarity with people in need are faithfully put into practice," Father Mike McCaffery said about the league last June.

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Corporate Canada opening up to talk about faith

December 12, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Nadir Shirazi calls religion "the black sheep of the diversity family."

Getting corporate Canada to talk about accommodating religion at work is a tough sell compared to other diversity-in-employment seminars, said Cheryl May executive director of Skills For Change.

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World religion class includes speakers from other religions

World Religion

December 12, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON - Religion, rather than being a stumbling block to community building, is actually one of its essential foundations.

The Christianity and World Religions class explores these great traditions, with respect and reverence and accurate study of the phenomenon of religions.

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Shabbat enters into your body and soul

Rabbi Alan Green

December 12, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG - Shabbat, the seventh day of the Jewish week, "is something one enters into body and soul, or you could say it enters into your body and soul," says Rabbi Alan Green of Winnipeg's Shaarey Zedek Congregation.

Green said although Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday and the appearance of three stars, it can be experienced anytime.

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Rocky parish helps Indian children

December 12, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The Young Families Ministry, Ladies Prayer Group raised nearly $8,500 at a Nov. 18 benefit dinner at St. Matthew's Parish hall to feed hungry children in India.

The group served East Indian food to more than 300 people to raise funds for the Jeevan-Daan Care Centre run by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Pune, India.

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