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St. Vincent de Paul brings furniture, school supplies to Slave Lake

St. Vincent de Paul Logo

October 31, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

SLAVE LAKE – Five months after the spring wildfire that devastated their town, the people of Slave Lake are still trying to get their lives back together.

As winter approaches, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Edmonton has stepped in to provide badly needed furniture, household items and school supplies.

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Child rights activist calls for action

Craig Kielburger

October 31, 2011
SARA FRANCIS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

CALGARY - The morning child rights activist Craig Kielburger was to speak here, a person driving a van ran over a two-year-old in China; afterward 18 people passed by without stopping to help.

So Kielburger opened his Oct. 18 talk using that story as an example of the evils of bystander apathy, and how easy it is to point fingers at China for its wrongdoings, when here we ignore injustice too.

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Clericalism helps to sustain pathology of abusive culture

Fr. George Wilson

October 31, 2011
ALAN HUSTAK AND STAFF
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – A former Roman Catholic priest, who as an adolescent was molested by his parish priest, warns that unless the culture of clericalism and celibacy within the Church are reformed, a second wave of abuse is around the corner.

Randall Penney, who left the Church in 1993 after 11 years as a priest, was among those who addressed the Trauma and Transformation conference, examining the sexual abuse of minors.

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Prelate targets sexual abuse of minors

Archbishop Anthony Mancini

October 31, 2011
ALAN HUSTAK
CATHOLIC TIMES MONTREAL

MONTREAL – Inadequate formation of priests, the Church's fear of human sexuality and the isolation of priests all contributed to the sexual abuse of minors in the Church, said Archbishop Anthony Mancini of Halifax.

Mancini said yet another factor leading to abuse was the mistaken belief of many parishioners that priests are a stand-in for God.

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Speak up, make a will, avoid a family feud

October 31, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT – Worldly goods that an individual gathered over a lifetime are often dispersed upon his death in ways their owner never intended. This is especially true if no legal will has been prepared.

Brad Cody, a lawyer with the St. Albert-based Cody Law Office, said every adult should prepare a legal will that reflects his or her individual circumstances and expectations. Otherwise a family feud can erupt.

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The right words can comfort the grieving

October 31, 2011
JESSICA PALL
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Helping others cope with their grief is difficult, even if you have experienced your own tragic loss, but knowing what to say or what not to say can help you comfort the griever without putting him or her in additional pain.

“Often, I think the clichés we use to try and comfort people puts a burden on them by requiring them to be strong, to not cry and to move on with life when they are in the middle of an incredibly difficult part of grief,” said Maureen Waldron.

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Discuss death with loved ones

October 31, 2011
NANCY FRAZIER O’BRIEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

In the days immediately before and after a loved one dies, time may slow to a crawl or pass in a flash. But how can people be sure to do or say the things they want to in that critical time period?

“Practically speaking, you need to pull a support system together,” says Sherri Auger, an elder-care planning consultant who co-wrote Now What? A Practical Guide to Dealing with Aging, Illness and Dying (Novalis, 2010) with health journalist Barbara Wickens.

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Evangelization moments at the cemetery

Edmonton Catholic Cementeries Logo

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Caring for the remains of those who have died is a serious business. For Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries, respect, even reverence, for the bodies of the deceased is seen in the light of Christ's promise of eternal life.

Today, however, not everyone sees things that way.

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Funerals can be created to fit the bill

October 31, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Like a wedding or a baptism, a funeral is a rite of passage by which we recognize an important event in our lives.

The funeral declares a death has occurred and one of its main purposes is to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

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The Servant at the Supper play depicts Jesus' final days

Eleanor Glenn

October 31, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Retired Catholic school educator Eleanor Glenn is on a different stage now, but she still has a passion for teaching others about the Catholic faith.

Instead of a classroom, Glenn – who has a religious education specialist certificate – is now spreading the Word through drama in her one-woman play that connects the sacrifice of the Mass with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

 

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