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Follow Jesus and become spectacular

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SPRUCE GROVE — Sometimes young people want to compartmentalize Jesus, allowing him into their lives only when it's convenient for them.

"Hey, God, you're really good with the God stuff, and you made me feel good at a retreat day, and I enjoy you on Christmas and Easter," said Bob Rice, associate professor of catechetics at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

"I'll let you into my life on Sunday morning, but don't interfere with my Monday. Don't tell me how to live my life or have relationships or how I should be as a student."

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National march organizers cool to Alta. Bishops stand

March 28, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — The Alberta bishops’ decision to pull out of the Edmonton March for Life could have an impact on Ontario and Quebec bishops’ participation in the National March for Life also set for May 12.

A spokeswoman for Campaign Life Coalition, organizers of the national march, expressed disappointment at the Alberta bishops’ decision.

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High school students bring clean water to the thirsty poor

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Catholic students from throughout Edmonton have stood up for the poor of the developing world.

Some 350 students from at least six Catholic high schools literally stood up for hours in the gym of Austin O’Brien High School March 15 to show their solidarity with those struggling with lack of clean drinking water, malaria and leprosy. And while they stood, they heard speakers and saw movies focusing on these issues.

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Parishioners eager to learn evangelization

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — This year’s Stewardship Days conference highlighted one of three pastoral priorities that Archbishop Richard Smith established for the Edmonton Archdiocese: evangelization, faith formation and nurturing a vocations culture.

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Spread the Good News

Catherine Ecker

March 28, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Many parishes suffer from a fragmented approach to evangelization where one person or group is handed the responsibility to evangelize.

For Catherine Ecker, that’s not good enough. All disciples of Jesus are called to be people who evangelize and bring the Good News into every strata of humanity.

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Edmonton faith communities will be friends to the homeless

March 28, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Just over two years ago, Brian (who didn't want his last name to be used) got his own home through the city's Rapid Exit Program. But the formerly homeless man said he would have to return to living in the river valley if it wasn't for the support of his church.

Brian, 60, maintains that giving a homeless person a home is not enough. "When I got housed in my home, I didn't know how to go into the community. I didn't know how to talk to people. I didn't know how to make friends. I didn't know how to be a neighbour."

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Behold the Ark of the Covenant

March 21, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Thirty years ago, Stephen Spielberg directed the blockbuster adventure movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. The plot followed the search for the Jewish Ark of the Covenant, the golden chest housing the stone tablets on which God wrote his Ten Commandments. The movie followed the fictitious conflict between American Army Intelligence and the Nazis in their efforts to own the Ark.

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We help the needy because we are Catholic

Bob McKeon

March 21, 2011

Last month, the Nothing More Beautiful presenters at the basilica spoke a powerful social justice message. One quote from Lesley-Anne Knight, the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis, struck a special chord with me.

She said: "I am sometimes asked why, as a Catholic organization, we (Caritas) deliver aid to people of other faiths, Muslims and Buddhists. My answer is always that we help people not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholics."

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How can I pray better during Lent?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

March 21, 2011

Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I can understand fasting and almsgiving. But how can I pray?

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God says the sun sets, but it also rises

Mark Pickup

March 21, 2011

Do old men have dreams?" asked Jeanette as she watched her 88-year-old father through the window of the cottage they rented for a week in the Rockies.

Bill Richards was standing alone on the deck looking at the natural majesty around him. It was dusk. The last vestiges of daylight were slipping behind a snow-capped mountain in the distance. It was the end of another day of more than 32,000 previous days that had passed in Bill's long life. There was something sad yet symbolic in the scene.

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