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Chant expresses Church's universality — Benedict

June 6, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — In giving priority to Gregorian chant and to classical liturgical music, the Catholic Church is showcasing a tradition of beautiful prayer, Pope Benedict wrote.

Music at Mass should reflect the fact that the liturgy “is primarily the action of God through the Church, which has its history, its rich tradition and its creativity,” the pope said.

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Contemplative monks meet spiritual needs of pilgrims

June 6, 2011
VANESSA SANTILLI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MERLIN, ONT. — At Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine here you’ll find trails dedicated to the rosary, saints, approved apparitions and the Stations of the Cross.

Helping you through these trails, you’ll also find three monks from Sri Lanka — the first of their order to come to Canada.

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Low registration puts plans for all-boys academy on hold

June 6, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — A proposed all-boys academy for grades 4 and 5 in Edmonton Catholic Schools has been ditched for the time being due to low registration.

The program was to start in September 2011 at two different schools.

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From small beginnings . . .

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — An economist and a philosopher got together with teachers and businesspeople to take steps toward building a civilization of love.

“One person at a time can make a difference in the world,” said Marc Sanscartier, a teacher enrolled in the May 28-29 workshop on economies of communion at Newman Theological College.

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Grey Nuns bid North farewell

Sr. Dora Durand

June 6, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As a child, growing up in Legal, Sister Dora Durand watched a French movie, I Have Chosen Charity.

The film featured sisters serving the aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories. They visited people’s homes, travelled from place to place via dogsleds and got to know the people closely.

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Ecumenical movement risks fragmenting

June 6, 2011
FR. THOMAS RYAN, CSP

These are serious times for the ecumenical movement. We are experiencing new divisions, and people are wondering: Is the 'winter' of the ecumenical movement becoming a permanent season?"

So spoke the Rev. Dr. Robert Welsh, president of the Council on Christian Unity for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in his keynote address at this year's National Workshop on Christian Unity in Pittsburgh, May 9-12.

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Apologetics arms Christians so they can defend their hope

Gordon Self

June 6, 2011

My dictionary defines apologetics as a "systematic and logical defence of Christianity against its detractors and unbelievers." In 1 Peter 3.15, Christians are told to be ready to give a reason (apologia) for their hope in Christ.

Apologetics can draw people to Christ as we read in the Acts of the Apostles with St. Peter at Pentecost. Peter's sermon was a classic example of apologetics. It drew 3,000 people to faith in Christ. St. Paul's witness in Athens was another example of apologetics. It is documented in Acts 17.17-34.

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Canadians deserve a beautiful missal

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 6, 2011

Canadian parishes will begin preparing soon for the new translation of the Mass, to be implemented in Advent 2011. Yet one decision needs to be made sooner; parishes must order their copies of the new Roman Missal (the book of prayers for Mass used at the altar).

The missal must be beautiful. Anything that is not beautiful should never be on the altar. Our supreme worship of the Lord requires beauty.

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The Holy Spirit plants seeds in everyone

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 6, 2011
Pentecost - June 12, 2011

A couple of days ago I witnessed the Confirmation of 78 children, my two grandsons among them, in the lovely Holy Trinity Church in Spruce Grove. It was a memorable evening and the green fields around the church and the flowers growing around it were a perfect setting for the youth and a symbol for growth.

Although this was a weekday evening and many people must have had a long working day behind them, the church was packed with families and friends of the confirmed. The atmosphere was so joyous, even my own old heart was dancing.

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Forgiveness is the deep secret to joy, dispels bitterness

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

June 6, 2011

Somewhere near his 75th birthday, Morris West wrote a series of autobiographical essays entitled, A View From the Ridge. In the Prologue of that book he suggests that at age 75 you need to have only one word left in your spiritual vocabulary, gratitude, and that maturity is attained precisely at that moment when gratitude begins to drown out and cauterize the hurts in your life.

As he describes it: Life has served me as it serves everyone, sometimes well and sometimes ill. But I have learned to be grateful for the gifts of it, for the love that began it and the other loves with which I have been so richly endowed.

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