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Icon-writing: Learning to trust in God's slow work

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In iconography, the process is more important than the result. "Writing an icon is a journey, and it's the stages of growth. The process is what's important with icons, not the end product," said Gisele Bauche, who led a seven-day iconography workshop at Providence Renewal Centre, Aug. 17-23. "That's much the same with our lives, where we're in such a panic to reach the end goal without delay. With iconography, as with life, we are to trust in the slow work of God and to believe that God will look after things."

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Redemptorists to pay $20M in sexual abuse settlement

September 8, 2014
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Redemptorists of Canada have agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims from a sexual-abuse lawsuit filed in Quebec. The settlement is reported to be the largest ever sexual-abuse settlement in Quebec. In a deal announced Aug. 12, the Catholic religious order approved the settlement that will see $20 million paid to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the order over a 27-year period beginning in 1960.

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Martyred bishop declared patron of prison ministry

Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky

September 8, 2014
FR. JOHN SIANCHUK, CSSR
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On July 20, before a crowd of 200,000 faithful at the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Zarvanytsia in Ukraine, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk solemnly proclaimed Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky as patron of prison ministry for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. This honour and gift is given not only for the people of Ukraine but in a particular way also to the faithful in North America. Blessed Vasyl lived his last year of life in Winnipeg. He died in 1973 and his holy relics, a fully intact body, are now enshrined in St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church there.

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Ukrainians mark 6-year internment

Ukrainian Memorial Plaque

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the First World War began, Canada established internment camps to detain persons viewed as security risks. Prejudice and wartime paranoia led to the internment of several thousand immigrants, most of them Ukrainian civilians who had come from Galicia and Bukovyna. A memorial plaque was unveiled in Edmonton's Ukrainian community centre as part of a nationwide initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of this dark chapter in Canadian history.

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CCODP gets $1M from Ottawa for Iraq

September 8, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is receiving $1 million in federal government money to help in its work with displaced Iraqis. "That means we'll be able to support all the families in Iraq that currently need help," said CCODP's deputy director of in-Canada programs Ryan Worms. "It also means we will be able to work closely with our partners on the ground, such as Caritas Iraq and Catholic Relief Services."

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Ukrainian eparchy ponders closure of summer camp

Bishop David Motiuk

September 8, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Ukrainian Eparchy is holding off on the sale of Camp Oselia for now but the sale remains an option as the eparchy tries to carry out its 25-year pastoral plan. "We are reviewing everything, all of our personnel, all of our resources, and trying to align it with our 25-year pastoral plan," explained Bishop David Motiuk. This has made supporters of the camp nervous enough to launch an online petition to save Camp Oselia. More than 350 people have signed the petition. The eparchy has two diocesan camps: Camp St. Basil at Pigeon Lake and Camp Oselia at Wabamun Lake.

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Teens ignited by the fire of faith

Zac Connelly and Alana Short

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The fire of faith was ignited in teens who came to a week-long camp near Bonnyville with the desire to grow in their knowledge of Christ and be empowered to share their faith with others Organized by Face to Face Ministries, Ignite 2014 was held Aug. 24-29 at Camp St. Louis, near the entrance to Moose Lake Provincial Park. Its goal was to inspire Catholic youth, Grades 9 to 12, serious about growing in holiness. "Ignite is a conference-style camp that we host for teens who are serious about growing in their faith.

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Program forms Catholics for new evangelization

Michael Dopp

September 8, 2014
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Saint Paul University's Summer Institute of New Evangelization inaugurated its first two-week session in August, equipping Catholics to spread the Gospel. The Ottawa-based university had approached Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) about doing an institute on the new evangelization, said Michael Dopp, who directed the program. Thirty-five students took part in the first session in what will be a three-year program. About a third attended the institute for university credit; the rest will receive a certificate in new evangelization. About half of the students joined the two weeks of classroom instruction online, the others in person, Dopp said.

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Church reaches out to the Middle East

September 8, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics in the Edmonton Archdiocese are reaching out to victims of violence in the Middle East with prayer and solidarity. Hundreds of people, including many with roots in the Middle East, attended a special Mass for peace at St. Joseph's Basilica Aug. 27. In addition, Archbishop Richard Smith has authorized a special collection to support the work of Catholic aid agencies working to alleviate the suffering in Iraq, Syria and Gaza. The archbishop is also asking parishes to consider sponsoring refugee families "who need to come to Canada to escape the horror."

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Parishes can be full of life

September 8, 2014
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The secret to a flourishing parish? "The people take ownership of it," says Oblate Father Andrzej Stendzina with directness. Stendzina talks enthusiastically about St. Albert Parish where he served for 14 years until recently. Smiles fill his voice as he says, "The theme for our pastoral council was to become an inclusive and welcoming community, that we were a team."

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