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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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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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
In this issue of the WCR, you can read Archbishop Smith’s pastoral plan for the Edmonton Archdiocese. It focuses on evangelization, lay formation and vocations promotion.
The WCR is, first of all, a newspaper. We report the news affecting the Catholic community in our diocese, across Canada and around the world. In reporting the news, we try to make judgments that are fair and consistent, that meet our readers’ interests. We try not to grind axes, promote pet causes or exclude coverage of legitimate aspects of Catholic life.
The Western Catholic Reporter achieved a small financial surplus of $18,899 in the fiscal year that ended March 31.
The surplus was less than that of recent years for a variety of reasons, the most obvious being a decline of more than $40,000 in advertising revenue.
Catholics are often too willing to compromise their faith in order to get ahead in the world, laments an American evangelist.
“They are keeping one foot in the Church and another in the world just in case,” said Peter Herbeck, a leader with Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Halifax — When Father James Mallon adopted Monsi from a local animal shelter years ago, he never expected his shepherd mix pup would inspire theology lessons.
“I’d take him out for a walk and he’d do something and a Scripture passage would pop into my head,” Mallon said. For example, he’d notice Monsi straining on his leash so hard he was choking himself and Mallon would remember how St. Paul wrote about how “we strain forward and we forget what lies behind.”