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Youth light up Italian parish, prepare to head for WYD in Spain

July 11, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The young people of Santa Maria Goretti Parish were not as active in the Church as youth of the past had been. In response, a youth group was launched to get them more drawn into parish life.

"We just wanted to get more youth motivated about our church," said Rosa Bruno, a youth group member.

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Alta. Pilgrimages provide a way to celebrate summer

July 11, 2011
GREG BOUNDS
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

This summer avail yourself of the opportunity to take in one or all of the annual pilgrimages that occur in the Edmonton Archdiocese.

If those dates do not work then still take the opportunity to stop by on your summer travels and visit the shrine or historic church in the area to appreciate the design and sacredness of these holy sites.

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Bishops take pastoral approach to same-sex attraction

July 11, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have published a pastoral letter on ministry to young people with same-sex attraction that warns against “watering down” Church teaching yet shows sensitivity to the challenges faced by homosexuals.

The eight-page booklet prepared by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (CCCB) doctrinal commission released June 27 on its website (www.cccb.ca) comes when publicly-funded Catholic schools are under pressure from the Ontario government’s equity polity.

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Family Life Conference: A festival of Catholic Life

July 11, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

LAC STE. ANNE — Hundreds of Catholic families spent the Canada Day long weekend sharing with each other, barbecuing, praying, attending Mass and listening to renowned speakers from Canada and the United States.

The Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage site was teeming with activity as more than 2,000 Catholics, about 500 families, from across Alberta and Western Canada descended on the site for the 16th annual Family Life Conference June 30-July 3.

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Ottawa's tough new laws won't cut crime

Joe Gunn

July 11, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised during the recent election campaign to pass all of his government's crime legislation in one package of bills within the first 100 sitting days of the new Parliament. In the June 3 Speech from the Throne, the Conservative government promised to "move quickly to reintroduce comprehensive law-and-order legislation to combat crime and terrorism."

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Corpus Christi feast is based on the power of the Word

Fr. Robert Barron

July 11, 2011

Last month, I gave an address at the Atlanta Eucharistic Congress, which is one of the most impressive gatherings in the American Catholic Church. Roughly 30,000 people came together, on the eve of the feast of Corpus Christi, to celebrate the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

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What do special Offices, Masses mean?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

July 11, 2011

In your previous column on Our Lady of Good Counsel, you mention that a pope "granted an office" or "approved a new Mass" for Our Lady. Can you tell me what the significance of "an office" is in this context.

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Benedict knows God's will shapes his life

Fr. Raymond de Souza

July 11, 2011

The feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, is kept with suitable solemnity in Rome, with the pope offering Mass at St. Peter's on the patronal feast of his diocese.

Ten years ago, in 2001, Blessed John Paul asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to celebrate the Mass in his stead. It was the 50th anniversary of Ratzinger's priestly ordination, June 29, 1951, and the honour of offering the patronal Mass in the pope's presence was thought both a tribute to Ratzinger's long service, and, perhaps, a prelude to a farewell earnestly sought by Ratzinger himself.

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Keep praying . . . even when God seems silent

 Lasha Morningstar

July 11, 2011
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 17,2011

Prayer comforts — sometimes. It can be an entreaty, murmured in despair, sometimes riddled with tears. Or a memorized string of words, said in monotone rote. Or a whispered "Thank you" to God. So many variations, the variety intoned according to the mood or occasion of the moment.

Often, prayer is not valued, thought to be the refuge of the weak. One cleric, describing a problem, laughed at a reception, asking, "Are we so desperate we've turned to prayer?"

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Faithful prayer key to winning battle of light vs. darkness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 11, 2011

Two contraries cannot co-exist inside the same subject. Aristotle wrote that and it seems to say the obvious; something can't be light and dark at the same time.

However, in terms of what's happening inside our souls it seems that contraries can indeed co-exist inside the same subject.

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