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So whose birthday is it anyway?

Bishop Fred Henry

December 5, 2011

An eight-year-old boy named Jason lived in the land of puzzling tales where the unexpected always happened.

Instead of football, they played knee-ball; instead of children going to school, the teachers went to homes. In the summer, it was not uncommon to see the water freeze; in the winter, leaves grew on the trees. It was a strange place.

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Mary's spirit rejoices in God her Saviour

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 5, 2011
Third Sunday in Advent
December 11, 2011

There are few words of Mary, mother of God, preserved in Scripture. She is the quietest of biblical women and although she is Jesus' first and the longest-serving disciple and also the one who stood by him under the cross, we hardly hear her voice.

There is the simple question she asks the angel Gabriel: "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" and then comes her consent: "Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word."

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Only prayer can take us to the deepest depth of our souls

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

December 5, 2011

In our more reflective moments we sense the importance of prayer; yet, we struggle to pray. Sustained deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why?

First, we struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life, and so we hesitate to go there. Coupled with this, we find it hard to trust that prayer actually works and brings about something real in our lives.

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Liturgical translation offers a vibrant richness to prayer life

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December 5, 2011

Since at least the Second World War, there has been a gradual flattening out of human experience in the Western world. Human communication is increasingly mediated by technology. Entertainment is now something we receive rather than something we create. The power of the neighbourhood has been eroded by urban planning, birth control, larger houses and the omnipresence of the automobile.

Even the colour of new homes has become a non-descript, homogenized diminishment of colour. Rural life is in decline because of mechanized agriculture and the lure of city life.

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Parishioners ask Rome to reverse sale of North Bay church buildings

December 5, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

NORTH BAY, ONT. – Former parishioners at two North Bay, Ont., churches have taken their bishop to court in Rome in an attempt to force him to reopen their already closed, deconsecrated and sold churches.

The groups of former parishioners from St. Rita's and Corpus Christi have submitted long-form appeals to the Congregation for the Clergy asking that the churches be reopened for Catholic worship of some kind.

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Legion of Mary members search for lost souls

Legion of Mary Emblem

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Like the Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons, members of the Legion of Mary visit private homes regularly in search of souls.

In Alberta they invite hundreds to the Church every year, most of them fallen-away Catholics.

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Millet parishioners bear witness with Nativity scene at Church

December 5, 2011
THERESA DOHERTY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

MILLET – Some of the men from St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Millet were outside preparing the way of the Lord on the first Sunday in Advent, as they set up the Nativity scene to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Although there is no Sunday Mass at St. Norbert's Catholic Church these days, the Catholic community works hard together to keep Catholicism visible in their beautiful little community.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe icons come to Alberta

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 5, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Almost 500 years ago, atop a hill in Mexico's Tepeyac desert, the Virgin Mary appeared to the simple peasant Juan Diego. She instructed him to build a church on the spot where they stood.

When a local bishop wanted proof of his vision, Diego returned to the hill and Mary appeared again. The lady told him to "Bring the roses behind you." He cut the roses from a nearby rosebush, and returned to the bishop, saying he had proof. When he opened his cloak, as well as the roses, there was an image of Mary imprinted on the fabric.

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Dozois a driving force at Newman College

Fr. Camille Dozois

December 5, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – A night owl who would work until the wee hours, Father Camille Dozois was an accomplished scholar, professor and traveller who wanted to explore what the world had to offer.

A professor of moral theology at St. Joseph Seminary, Dozois was also instrumental in setting up Newman Theological College, where he taught a variety of subjects.

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Preach the full Gospel message – Lacroix

Archbishop Gerald Lacroix

December 5, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Quebec Archbishop Gerald Lacroix believes it is a mistake to "mellow down the Gospel" to draw people.

Softening the message has nothing to do with the new evangelization, says the primate of Canada, though some people have tried to make the Gospel "sweeter" and "easier," telling people "it's not as difficult as you think" or "you don't have to convert completely."

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