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Parishes, schools make sacraments more available

Sr. Maria Therese

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Thanks to a pilot program that seeks to harmonize sacramental preparation across the Edmonton Archdiocese, some parishes and schools are doing a lot more talking and visiting. Pastors, school principals and sacramental coordinators in at least 10 parishes have been meeting for the past nine months to discuss sacramental preparation of children. Their aims are to ensure no child falls through the cracks when it comes to sacramental preparation and to bring families to a deeper understanding of the faith.

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Pope, patriarch express yearning for greater communion

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

June 9, 2014
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Half a century after an historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ's death and resurrection. "We need to believe that, just as the stone before the tomb was cast aside, so, too, every obstacle to our full communion will also be removed," the pope said May 25 during a prayer service at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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St. Brendan parents upset with abrupt school closure

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – After more than 40 years serving the Ottewell community in southeast Edmonton, St. Brendan Catholic School will close at the end of June so construction of a new replacement school can start on its site. The chair of the school's parents' advisory committee says she and other parents are "frustrated and upset" the school is being closed with little notice. "We were always told that we had another year to plan and coordinate and get the kids used to the idea of going someplace else and now we have a month," parents' council president Sherry Stewart told the WCR.

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St. Gabriel parents win battle to save south-side school

June 9, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Ottewell neighbourhood will be home to a new state-of-the-art school after the Catholic School Board decided to close three aging schools in southeast Edmonton. Trustees voted to close St. Kevin, St. Brendan and St. James schools but, in a surprising move, they decided to spare St. Gabriel in the Capilano neighbourhood. "This shows our community's voice was heard," said a jubilant Lana Brenneis, head of St. Gabriel's parent advisory council and spokesperson for the Greater Hardisty Community Sustainability Coalition.

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Palliative care motion wins Commons approval

Charlie Angus

June 9, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Canada's Catholic bishops, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) and other groups are welcoming the passage of a motion to bring in a national palliative care strategy. The House of Commons passed NDP MP Charlie Angus private member's Motion 456 May 28 almost unanimously. Only one Bloc Quebecois MP was opposed. "Today in the House of Commons, we have all main parties, especially the government, standing up on the need to establish a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy," Angus told journalists after the vote.

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During the wildfire of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit sets all flesh free

Peace of The Holy Spirit

June 9, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The feast of Pentecost has traditionally been seen as the third most important feast in the Church, more important than any feast other than Easter and Christmas. Perhaps the importance of Pentecost is creeping back into our imagination. But when it is raised to higher importance, it is often domesticated as the "birthday" of the Church. Religious art depicting the descent of the Holy Spirit also tends to be static showing Mary and a collection of disciples neatly sitting in orderly rows or in a semi-circle while little flames sit above their heads.

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Adoration goes back to the land

June 9, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The time spent in adoration with the Lord can undoubtedly become a profound, meaningful and joyful experience. However, outdoors in a residential neighbourhood in the Millwoods region in southeast Edmonton is not the typical location for Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament was in solemn exposition, in a monstrance atop a table along the sidewalk. In contrast, behind the table were heavy construction machinery and mounds of soil enclosed within a fenced-off area. It is the eventual site of Corpus Christi Church, at 34th Street and 28A Avenue.

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Canadian religious challenged by multicultural living situations

Fr. Anthony Gittins

June 9, 2014
PETER NOVECOSKY, OSB
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

MONTREAL – Religious communities face new challenges today with an increasing number of members coming from different countries and cultures, a guest speaker told more than 250 leaders of religious communities here May 29 to June 1. They represent more than 15,000 women and men religious in Canada belonging to more than 200 different congregations. Spiritan Father Anthony Gittins of Chicago, a theologian and social anthropologist, said members of international religious communities may live together, but that doesn't mean they live as an intercultural community.

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Filmmaker's 'camino' has been a 5-year journey

June 9, 2014
MARK PATTISON
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The famed 800-kilometre "Camino" trek from southern France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, takes pilgrims about a month or a bit more, depending on the pace, the pilgrim's fitness, any hurts sustained along the way, sightseeing and the like. But bringing a film about the Camino to viewers took filmmaker Lydia Smith five years. Smith did her filming in the spring of 2009 on a shoestring budget of $30,000. Since then, she's racked up $150,000 in debt for all of the editing, postproduction and publicity needs surrounding her documentary, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago.

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Don't destroy God's creation – pope

Pope Francis

June 9, 2014
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what he created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said. The Bible says that after every stage of creation, God was pleased with what he had made, the pope said May 21 at his weekly general audience. "To destroy creation is to say to God, 'I don't like it.'" On the other hand, he said, safeguarding creation is safeguarding a gift of God. "This must be our attitude toward creation: safeguarding it. If not, if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Don't forget that!"

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