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WCR shows reduced surplus in annual financial report

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September 19, 2011

The Western Catholic Reporter achieved a small financial surplus of $18,899 in the fiscal year that ended March 31.

The surplus was less than that of recent years for a variety of reasons, the most obvious being a decline of more than $40,000 in advertising revenue.

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Make your choice: All in or all out

Catholic evangelist, Peter Herbeck

September 19, 2011
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics are often too willing to compromise their faith in order to get ahead in the world, laments an American evangelist.

“They are keeping one foot in the Church and another in the world just in case,” said Peter Herbeck, a leader with Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Gamboling pup inspires theology series

Fr. James Mallen & Monsi

September 19, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Halifax — When Father James Mallon adopted Monsi from a local animal shelter years ago, he never expected his shepherd mix pup would inspire theology lessons.

“I’d take him out for a walk and he’d do something and a Scripture passage would pop into my head,” Mallon said. For example, he’d notice Monsi straining on his leash so hard he was choking himself and Mallon would remember how St. Paul wrote about how “we strain forward and we forget what lies behind.”

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Sister nurtures a hamlet's children from hatching to matching

September 19, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TULITA, N.W.T. — When Sister Celeste Goulet was nine years old, her dad died. She grew up a fat, lonely kid in Guelph, Ont., who was paradoxically good at sports. Badminton was her game.

When she was first attracted to religious life, Goulet went looking for an order that ran an orphanage. By the 1970s there weren’t many of those left. Some, mostly Polish Franciscans, the Felician Sisters, were the last women’s order in North America that still owned an orphanage.

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The Pastoral Priorities of the Archdiocese of Edmonton

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September 19, 2011
Following is a pastoral letter from Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, issued Sept. 14, 2011, feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

INTRODUCTION

Nothing More Beautiful: in service to the new evangelization in the Archdiocese of Edmonton

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107.1). In the Archdiocese of Edmonton we have much for which to be thankful. Without cease, God blesses us richly from the infinite depths of his “steadfast love.” His greatest gift is life in communion with his Son Jesus Christ by the agency of the Holy Spirit, who draws us together in the community of the Church.

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English world welcomes new missal

September 19, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Bit by bit, the third edition of the Roman Missal is being introduced in parishes throughout the English-speaking world.

From Canada to southern Africa to New Zealand, Catholics have seen parts of the new missal introduced at various times — most since January, but some earlier — so that by the first Sunday of Advent Nov. 27, the transition to a new set of prayers and liturgical music will be as seamless as possible for the faithful.

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Revised missal binds Catholics in 2,000-year history

September 19, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

When the third edition of the English-language version of the Roman Missal is implemented at Advent, it will mark the continuing evolution of the eucharistic liturgy that began in the earliest days of the Church.

The most recent changes — which more closely reflect Liturgiam Authenticam (The Authentic Liturgy), the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments’ 2001 document on liturgical translations — are unlikely to be the last, liturgists agree.

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Rembrandt paintings altered way world saw the face of Jesus

September 19, 2011
LOU BALDWIN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John told us all about what Jesus said and did, but not one of them mentioned what he looked like.

The vaguely European-featured Jesus with a brown beard and hair was pretty much the standard for most of history, at least until Rembrandt van Rijn, the greatest painter, draftsman and printmaker of the Dutch Golden Age, came along.

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Dioceses gear up for CCCB collection

September 19, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Dioceses across Canada are preparing parishes for the annual collection Sept. 25 for the needs of the Church in Canada, at a time many face financial strains.

The collection helps dioceses raise the money towards the annual contribution they owe the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) based on a per capita assessment of Catholics in their jurisdictions and funds the many activities of the conference.

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Activists take up Bouchard's call to protest tarsands

September 12, 2011
DENNIS SADOWSKI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Maryknoll Father Jim Noonan hopes the five or so hours he spent in jail recently will be noticed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

A staff associate in the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Noonan, 77, was among 65 people arrested Aug. 20 during protests calling attention to the environmental dangers he believes are posed by a proposed 2,700-km pipeline to carry Canadian crude oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.

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