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Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese moves office to Grande Prairie

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

July 18, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

McLENNAN - The Archdiocese of Grouard McLennan plans to move its offices from the town of McLennan into Grande Prairie.

The move is motivated primarily by transportation and staffing needs, says Archbishop Gerard Pettipas.

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Praise God as you walk through trials

Connie Schumacher

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — When things are going well, people are prone to praise God. They praise God when they land a new job, get married or have a grandchild.

But Connie Schumacher praised God when her truck caught on fire and when her neighbour shot bullets through her kitchen window. She even praised God when her husband left her.

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Pope makes 3 episcopal appointments for Quebec dioceses

July 18, 2011
WCR NEWS SERVICES

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has named a new bishop for the Diocese of Nicolet, Quebec, and two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Accepting the resignation July 11 of Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, who reached the customary retirement age of 75 in March, the pope named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Andre Gazaille, 65, to succeed him.

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Jason West: Newman's new academic dean

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The new academic dean at Newman Theological College says theologians must strive to defend tradition from too much innovation and protect innovation from "a stale, narrow reading of the tradition."

Jason West, who has taught philosophy at the college for the past seven years, takes over as dean from Father Stefano Penna, who assumes the new position of vice-president for college development and advancement.

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St. Agnes — lots of faith, fellowship, food

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Angie LaRose, St. Agnes Parish was where she began to grow in her faith.

"I started climbing up the hill in my faith here," LaRose said in an interview at the parish's 75th anniversary celebration July 10.

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Nuclear weapons must go now, says Vatican's UN rep

July 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Nuclear weapons have "threatened humanity" for far too long and it is urgent to now move to a "world without nuclear weapons," said the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now is the time for a profound rethinking and change in our perception of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are essential from a humanitarian point of view," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said July 1.

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Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

July 18, 2011
REGINALD W. BIBBY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

What I have to report will come as a surprise to many Canadian Roman Catholics.

In recent years, many of you have grown accustomed to hearing that religion is in decline and that your numbers are dropping. The common portrait painted by the media is one of an aging Church whose golden years of large and vibrant congregations comprised of people of all ages is a thing of the past.

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Trekking a volunteer path leads on to a lifetime of service

Bob McKeon

July 18, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was invited to talk with a group of summer interns at Mustard Seed in inner city Edmonton. For the past several years, Mustard Seed has provided a summer employment opportunity for several young adults seeking an experience of Christian outreach and service with inner city men, women and children.

The summer workers get to work in the different programs of the agency including emergency food and clothing, community development projects and public education and advocacy initiatives.

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Sponsoring a child honours Mother Teresa

Lisa Persche

July 18, 2011

Recently our mail included the annual status report on the child our family supports through Chalice, formerly Christian Child Care International. She lives in Haiti, the poorest and most densely populated country in the Western Hemisphere.

Our family learned about Chalice, a Canadian Catholic organization, several years ago when a visiting priest spoke at Mass about its projects. Chalice's mission is to "support local initiatives in developing countries, primarily through the sponsorship of children and elderly in need." In doing so, it gives witness to Christ's love and provides hope for the future.

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Grieving parents: Your hope is not futile

Mark Pickup

July 18, 2011

Recently I was at a park with some of my grandchildren. A woman arrived with a couple of her grandchildren. We started talking. At one point, she revealed that she lost a grandson to heart disease when he was only seven. Needless to say, I was stunned.

As we talked further I discovered that she turned her grief into positive action through starting a charity to raise funds for research, education and to offer support to families of children with heart disease or who have lost children to it. This is a wonderful example of turning a negative into a positive — a terrible tragedy into something good.

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