WCR This Week

Holy Trinity CWL enjoys 'royal visit'

Mariette Huot

July 25, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

STONY PLAIN — Holy Trinity Catholic Women's League in Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Parkland County highlighted their year before the summer break with high tea and a very special visit from the" queen," Mariette Huot.

Madeline Twerdochlib and her daughter Karen decorated with an elegant royal setting. Tea and dainties were served and all ladies present for the occasion wore fancy dresses and hats.

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St. Bernard Mission Church needs total restoration

St. Bernard Mission Church

July 25, 2011
GERARD NICOLET
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

GROUARD — The St. Bernard Mission Church Restoration Committee has initiated a major project involving the restoration of the church in Grouard.

This church is the most significant historical site in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan. The construction of this first cathedral of the Grouard-McLennan Archdiocese was started in 1901 under the direction of Bishop Emile Grouard. Plans for this building were prepared by Oblate Brother Augustin Dumas who also supervised construction of the church.

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Montreal's blogging bishop-to-be will be second youngest prelate in world

July 25, 2011
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

MONTREAL - When Bishop-elect Thomas Dowd is ordained to the episcopacy on Sept. 10 as auxiliary bishop of Montreal, he will become the second youngest bishop in the world.

Dowd, 40, plans to continue blogging, a hobby he has pursued as a priest at Frdowd.net since 2003.

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Opus Dei celebrates feast of St. Josemaria

St. Josemaria Escriva

July 25, 2011
LEANNE STONE
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — On the June feast day Mass for St. Josemaria Escriva, Edmonton's faithful met at St. Andrew's Church to celebrate the Opus Dei founder's life.

While there is no official Opus Dei centre in Alberta's capital, hundreds of people do support the teachings of The Work. Hundreds, while coming from diverse cultural, social and professional backgrounds, are united through their love for Opus Dei.

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Vatican newspaper says Harry Potter film champions values

July 25, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The last battle of the almost-grownup Harry Potter may be too scary for young viewers, but it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice, the Vatican newspaper said.

"The atmosphere of the last few episodes, which had become increasingly dark and ominous, reaches its pinnacle," said one of two reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 printed July 12 in the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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Canadian Catholics should plan for a larger future

July 18, 2011
REGINALD W. BIBBY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

What I have to report will come as a surprise to many Canadian Roman Catholics.

In recent years, many of you have grown accustomed to hearing that religion is in decline and that your numbers are dropping. The common portrait painted by the media is one of an aging Church whose golden years of large and vibrant congregations comprised of people of all ages is a thing of the past.

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Nuclear weapons must go now, says Vatican's UN rep

July 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Nuclear weapons have "threatened humanity" for far too long and it is urgent to now move to a "world without nuclear weapons," said the Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations.

"Now is the time for a profound rethinking and change in our perception of nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation are essential from a humanitarian point of view," Archbishop Francis Chullikatt said July 1.

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St. Agnes — lots of faith, fellowship, food

July 18, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

For Angie LaRose, St. Agnes Parish was where she began to grow in her faith.

"I started climbing up the hill in my faith here," LaRose said in an interview at the parish's 75th anniversary celebration July 10.

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Jason West: Newman's new academic dean

July 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The new academic dean at Newman Theological College says theologians must strive to defend tradition from too much innovation and protect innovation from "a stale, narrow reading of the tradition."

Jason West, who has taught philosophy at the college for the past seven years, takes over as dean from Father Stefano Penna, who assumes the new position of vice-president for college development and advancement.

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Pope makes 3 episcopal appointments for Quebec dioceses

July 18, 2011
WCR NEWS SERVICES

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict has named a new bishop for the Diocese of Nicolet, Quebec, and two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Accepting the resignation July 11 of Bishop Raymond Saint-Gelais, who reached the customary retirement age of 75 in March, the pope named Montreal Auxiliary Bishop Andre Gazaille, 65, to succeed him.

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