I totally disagree with Brian Spiers ("Sunday Mass changes unpleasant, negative," Letters, Feb. 3). Unfortunately, his comments were very negative regarding what chant is and what it is meant to be for the listeners.
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I want to thank Mark Pickup for his article, "Christ reveals his body and the image of God to our senses" (WCR, Feb. 3).
The Spirit of Vatican II is alive and well at the 10:30 Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica. The changes in the liturgy not only more clearly follow the wishes of the council fathers, but also the instructions in the missal of Pope Paul VI.
Volunteers in parishes across the diocese have been asked to sign a "Covenant of Care" agreement with the Edmonton Archdiocese. It is part of a broader plan named Called to Protect the archdiocese purchased through the corporation Praesidium.
The theme for this year's Share Lent campaign is One Human Family, Food for All. The Development and Peace campaign materials are excellent in bringing us the message of the one billion voices of humanity whose most basic human right – the right to food – is being denied.
With the call for us to be focused on the new evangelization, doesn't it seem counter-productive to cancel the only Catholic communication available, via the Western Catholic Reporter, that actually gets to the homes and into the hands of practising and non-practising Catholics?
Our well-attended 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica has undergone some drastic, and less than positive, changes. We are no longer able to sing our "Blessing of the Lord" to the children as they leave the sanctuary for their lesson, a ritual which I always felt was delightful and enriching.
Many WCR readers may not know of an extraordinary opportunity to grow in the knowledge of the faith. Called Treasures of the Faith seminar series, this is a free weekly seminar given by one of the professors at Newman Theological College.
Re: Cindy Olsen’s letter to the editor (WCR, Nov. 11).
In response to trustee Cindy Olsen’s letter on the Catholic authenticity of the separate school system (WCR, Nov. 11), I am concerned with what Olsen describes as “Catholic authenticity.”