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Ukrainian eparchy ponders closure of summer camp

Bishop David Motiuk

September 8, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Ukrainian Eparchy is holding off on the sale of Camp Oselia for now but the sale remains an option as the eparchy tries to carry out its 25-year pastoral plan. "We are reviewing everything, all of our personnel, all of our resources, and trying to align it with our 25-year pastoral plan," explained Bishop David Motiuk. This has made supporters of the camp nervous enough to launch an online petition to save Camp Oselia. More than 350 people have signed the petition. The eparchy has two diocesan camps: Camp St. Basil at Pigeon Lake and Camp Oselia at Wabamun Lake.

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Teens ignited by the fire of faith

Zac Connelly and Alana Short

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The fire of faith was ignited in teens who came to a week-long camp near Bonnyville with the desire to grow in their knowledge of Christ and be empowered to share their faith with others Organized by Face to Face Ministries, Ignite 2014 was held Aug. 24-29 at Camp St. Louis, near the entrance to Moose Lake Provincial Park. Its goal was to inspire Catholic youth, Grades 9 to 12, serious about growing in holiness. "Ignite is a conference-style camp that we host for teens who are serious about growing in their faith.

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Program forms Catholics for new evangelization

Michael Dopp

September 8, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Saint Paul University's Summer Institute of New Evangelization inaugurated its first two-week session in August, equipping Catholics to spread the Gospel. The Ottawa-based university had approached Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) about doing an institute on the new evangelization, said Michael Dopp, who directed the program. Thirty-five students took part in the first session in what will be a three-year program. About a third attended the institute for university credit; the rest will receive a certificate in new evangelization. About half of the students joined the two weeks of classroom instruction online, the others in person, Dopp said.

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Church reaches out to the Middle East

September 8, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese are reaching out to victims of violence in the Middle East with prayer and solidarity. Hundreds of people, including many with roots in the Middle East, attended a special Mass for peace at St. Joseph's Basilica Aug. 27. In addition, Archbishop Richard Smith has authorized a special collection to support the work of Catholic aid agencies working to alleviate the suffering in Iraq, Syria and Gaza. The archbishop is also asking parishes to consider sponsoring refugee families "who need to come to Canada to escape the horror."

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Parishes can be full of life

September 8, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The secret to a flourishing parish? "The people take ownership of it," says Oblate Father Andrzej Stendzina with directness. Stendzina talks enthusiastically about St. Albert Parish where he served for 14 years until recently. Smiles fill his voice as he says, "The theme for our pastoral council was to become an inclusive and welcoming community, that we were a team."

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Papal teaching left Vatican II fathers in a quandary

September 22, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Depending on your perspective, the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignatatis Humanae) made a major change to an unchangeable Church teaching or only an evolution in that teaching. Either way, the roots that gave rise to the decree go back to the persecution of the Church begun during the French Revolution and which continues in various ways to this day. Prior to the Revolution of 1789, the Church was a dominant and privileged force in France.

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Chew on this! Canada's tax cuts take priority over ending poverty

Joe Gunn

September 22, 2014

My daughter just can't believe the poverty she has seen this past week. I was a bit surprised at this news, when she reached us by phone. Here, after all, is a young woman who has traveled to Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala and Bangladesh, and completed her university degree. She had just left for a six-month stint, along with 17 other young adults from Nicaragua and Canada, to live with host families, learn each other's customs and work with social agencies.

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In numbing the voice of pain, grief makes it hard to experience love of God

Mark Pickup

September 22, 2014

A family friend recently lost his wife after 65 years of marriage. Ted Byfield is heartbroken, except for one thing: He is a devout Christian. My wife and I sent him a sympathy card. A few weeks later we received a note of acknowledgement from Ted. He wrote, in part: "Many thanks for your card of condolence. I knew of course that my wife was a remarkable woman, but now that I am having to live without her I am discovering just how remarkable. . . .

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Jesus used parables to challenge his hearers with a radical message

Dr. Gerry Turcotte

September 22, 2014

Few people would deny the importance of education. This week I had the pleasure of welcoming a record number of new students to the St. Mary's orientation. It was a thrill both to watch the excited faces in the crowd and to observe the educational styles of the many speakers who came forward to greet our students: from campus ministry to student advisor to the president of the student legislative council. What struck me most about our event was the range of rhetorical techniques the speakers used to communicate with the audience.

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How do Christians interpret the Old Testament?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

September 22, 2014

I know we Catholics use the Old Testament in many ways, including as Mass readings, but how do Christians interpret the Old Testament? Is it used mainly as it relates to the New Testament and Christianity?

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