WCR This Week

Church has antidote to exploitation of women — author

September 26, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A new book by a Catholic talk show host looks at how media and culture are sending unhealthy messages to women and how the Church can fill the emotional and spiritual void left behind.

The book, Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture, looks at how the culture is "going after women" and how women are hurt, "whether it be body image, eating disorders and sexual objectification," said the author, Teresa Tomeo.

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Mother Teresa's sisters help Vancouver's poor

Missionaries of Charity logo

September 26, 2011
LAUREEN MCMAHON
THE B.C. CATHOLIC

VANCOUVER — Four Missionaries of Charity are now a recognizable presence in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Dressed in bright white saris edged with three blue borders (signifying devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary) and a crucifix pinned on their left shoulders, the sandal-clad sisters are creating a small sensation after arriving at the former Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement convent on Cordova Street.

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Evangelization, faith formation, vocations set as top priorities

September 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Archbishop Richard Smith is setting evangelization, faith formation and the development of a culture of vocations as the pastoral priorities of the Edmonton Archdiocese for the next several years.

In a pastoral letter released on the Sept. 14 feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, Smith said he wants to let the Catholic faithful know the future direction of pastoral planning in the archdiocese when the Nothing More Beautiful process concludes in the spring of 2013.

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Changes to Gloria, Holy, Holy may ring out Sept. 25

Fr. Paul Kavanagh

September 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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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Pro-lifers critique suspended sentence for infanticide

Jim Hughes

September 19, 2011
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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.”

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Local parish hosts dialogue on future of Catholic schools

September 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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.

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Complacency killed Nfld. Catholic schools

Fr. Leo English

September 19, 2011
KIPLY LUKAN YAWORSKI
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

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.”

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St. Michael-Resurrection hears Somalia's cries of hunger

St. Michael-Resurrection Parish Logo

September 19, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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.

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St. Albert Parish's history honoured during jubilee Mass

September 19, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

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.

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WCR committed to lay formation, evangelization

Glen Argan

September 19, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
EDITOR & GENERAL MANAGER

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.

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