WCR This Week

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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Poor will bear the brunt of climate change – bishop

June 9, 2014
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

GENEVA – World leaders and policy makers need to direct their attention to the human beings who will be most affected by rising global temperatures, a Vatican official said. "As with most natural disasters, climate-related emergencies cause more suffering and personal loss on those who live in poverty," Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, said May 21.

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Slain priest a good shepherd

May 26, 2014
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Gilbert Dasna was slain in the rectory of the St. Paul Cathedral after answering a doorbell that others would have ignored, said St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio. Dasna went to the door at 6 p.m. on a Friday because his conscience told him that was the right thing to do, Terrio said in his homily at the murdered priest's funeral May 19. "I know some pastors who would have all kinds of reasons for not answering the doorbell on Friday evening at six o'clock," he said.

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Slain priest was beacon of light for St. Paul

Fr. Gilbert Dasna

May 26, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Gilbert Dasna was a happy, funny, hard-working priest who loved people, especially the First Nations people he served at Saddle Lake where his kindness and evangelical fervour sparked a flourishing parish. "When my wife and I first started taking care of the church a few years ago, we were lucky if we had five people in church on Sunday," said Greg Hysell of Saddle Lake. "After he was here for a few months, we'd have 40 or 50 people, sometimes more. He completely turned the church around."

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