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St. Albert Parish's history honoured during jubilee Mass

September 19, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

ST. ALBERT — As the world stopped to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, members of St. Albert Parish gathered at the grotto on a cold, windy morning to mark the 150th anniversary of their historic parish.

More than 600 people attended the outdoor jubilee Mass and, as rain began to fall near the end of the Mass, they ran for cover under the enormous white tent set up beside the church. The celebration had to be cut short.

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St. Michael-Resurrection hears Somalia's cries of hunger

St. Michael-Resurrection Parish Logo

September 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Distressing news stories abound about the drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa. More than 12 million people are impacted by malnutrition, starvation and severe cases of water-borne and infectious diseases.

Rather than feeling overwhelmed that he could not solve the problems half a world away, Father Roger Keeler from St. Michael-Resurrection Parish decided to do something.

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Complacency killed Nfld. Catholic schools

Fr. Leo English

September 19, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

SASKATOON — Never take Catholic education for granted, urged a priest who saw publicly-funded Catholic education in his home province wiped out.

“We took what we had for granted. This is an all-too-common practice, Saskatoon,” said Redemptorist Father Leo English, of St. John’s, Nfld. “Do not take what you have for granted, because there are storms everywhere.”

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Local parish hosts dialogue on future of Catholic schools

September 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Father Roger Keeler, pastor of St. Michael Resurrection Parish, made a parallel between upcoming sessions on Catholic education and the popular TV program, Antiques Roadshow.

On the show, a grandmother will have an obscure item that has been collecting dust on a bookshelf for years. Family members, pondering its value, take it to an appraiser and discover that the item is actually worth $20,000. It holds intrinsic value and is worth protecting.

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Pro-lifers critique suspended sentence for infanticide

Jim Hughes

September 19, 2011
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — News that Katrina Effert received a three-year suspended sentence Sept. 9 for killing her newborn son horrifies Campaign Life Coalition’s organizer Mary Ellen Douglas.

“There is a total lack of compassion for the child who has lost his life. He was murdered and discarded so dispassionately.”

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Changes to Gloria, Holy, Holy may ring out Sept. 25

Fr. Paul Kavanagh

September 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Parishes in the Edmonton Archdiocese will begin to implement the new translation of the Mass as early as Sunday, Sept. 25, says the archdiocese’s director of liturgy.

Father Paul Kavanagh said while most changes to the liturgy will not be introduced until the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, the Church in Canada has permission to begin using the new translation of sung parts of the Mass — the Gloria and the Holy, Holy — at the end of this month.

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Evangelization, faith formation, vocations set as top priorities

September 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Richard Smith is setting evangelization, faith formation and the development of a culture of vocations as the pastoral priorities of the Edmonton Archdiocese for the next several years.

In a pastoral letter released on the Sept. 14 feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Smith said he wants to let the Catholic faithful know the future direction of pastoral planning in the archdiocese when the Nothing More Beautiful process concludes in the spring of 2013.

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Look behind the masks and find we are one

Lasha Morningstar

September 19, 2011

His hand ruffled Kimo's soft grey wavey hair.

"First time in years that I've touched anyone."

He raised his street-worn face, looked into my eyes and said, "I always had a dog at home. But that was a long time ago."

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Asking the right questions produces an ethical answer

Bob McKeon

September 19, 2011

Each year, the Catholic Church in Japan observes the days from Aug. 6 to 15 as an annual celebration of Ten Days for Peace marking the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the end of the Second World War.

Because of their experience of the horrors of nuclear warfare, the Japanese Church sees this time as a special time to call for prayers and actions for peace. The celebration this year was coloured by the overwhelming experience of the disastrous March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor meltdowns.

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Pray with the heart of Jesus for renewal

John Connelly

 

September 19, 2011
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 25, 2011

In this week's Gospel Jesus says to the chief priests and elders of the people, "Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of heaven before you" (Matthew 21.31).

This was a shocking thing to say to the devout religious people of his day. Imagine Jesus telling these leaders that the people they considered the dregs of society were getting into the kingdom of heaven before them.

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