WCR This Week

Students find God serving the poor

Marian Centre Logo

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Lynn Zakreski was making sandwiches at the Marian Centre. Another volunteer started barking orders about how these sandwiches were to be prepared. He insisted that the four slices of bread go in a line, crusts on the inside, how the mustard was to be spread and so forth. His manner was demanding, his words harsh.

Zakreski turned to a woman beside her, and said, "I didn't know the homeless were so picky."

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Will Baker – outstanding principal award

Will Baker

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

COLD LAKE – Will Baker has come a long way from being a phys-ed teacher in Australia to being named one of Canada's outstanding principals.

Baker, principal of Holy Cross Elementary School in Cold Lake, Alta., is one of 32 principals nationwide and one of three across Alberta to win The Learning Partnership's award for Canada's Outstanding Principal.

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Innovative principal wins national award

November 7, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – In more ways than one, Leo Turcotte is a pioneer in Catholic education. Turcotte has been working in education for almost 40 years. A longtime principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools, he was one of 32 recipients of The Learning Partnership's Canada's Outstanding Principal award. Only three Albertans were honoured with the award.

"Interspersed in my career I've always had a passion for looking at situations and seeing if we could craft a different approach that would bring about better results, not just academic, but results of gratification, satisfaction and collaboration for that enterprising question," said Turcotte.

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Beat the drums for Catholic Education

November 7, 2011
CAROL ZIMMERMANN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON – Promoting Catholic identity in Catholic high schools and elementary schools is necessary for their survival, according to speakers at a conference for Catholic school leaders.

Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton, N.J., and former president of The Catholic University of America, stressed that the mission of Catholic schools is to "proclaim the good news" and provide a "place to encounter God." This has not changed, he said, "since Jesus told his disciples to go and teach all nations."

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The Call to Holiness

November 7, 2011
ARCHBISHOP RICHARD SMITH

Welcome once again to Nothing More Beautiful. We are now in Year 4, which we dedicate to exploring the life of discipleship. In the months ahead we shall reflect upon the following dimensions of our life in Christ: the place of the Word of God in our lives; the role of the sacraments; the moral life as a response to God's love, and the eternal destiny held out to us in Jesus.

My reflection tonight has as its purpose to set the stage for all of this by discussing the fundamentals of Christian discipleship, which, in its essence, is the response to God's call to holiness.

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Scally urges dialogue with teens on pop music

November 7, 2011
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Parents should realize that it's bad decisions, not pop music, that may be causing problems in their children's lives, says a California-based author and speaker.

Anna Scally, president of Cornerstone Media, said parents who fear pop music is having a negative impact on their kids should listen carefully to those tunes and talk to their children about values and making the right decisions.

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Smith gets nod to head CCCB

October 31, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

CORNWALL, ONT. – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith says he's looking forward to serving "my brother bishops" in his new role as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"It's not something I was looking for, by any stretch of the imagination," Smith said in a telephone interview Oct. 20, the day after he was elected CCCB president. "But it's a unique privilege."

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New translation will help Catholics pray better – pope

Pope Benedict

October 31, 2011
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The new English translation of the Mass is the result of a long process of international cooperation and is meant to help Catholics pray better, Pope Benedict told Australia’s bishops.

The new translation, which most Australian dioceses began introducing in parishes on Pentecost, “is intended to enrich and deepen the sacrifice of praise offered to God by his people,” the pope said Oct. 20.

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Durocher calls Quebec Catholics pilgrims

Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher

October 31, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher looks to Jesus on the Road to Emmaus as a model guiding him in his new appointment as archbishop of Gatineau.

Jesus asked the travellers on the road what they were talking about and what concerned them before he opened up the Scripture to them and broke bread with them. Likewise, Durocher said he sees his task as one of discovering the hungers and spiritual needs of the people in his new archdiocese and hearing their stories. And sometimes, when it rains, it pours.

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Valeda House offers sanctuary, hope

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October 31, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Valeda House, a new program of Catholic Social Services, is a lifeline for homeless women and their children.

Take Angie Vandermaas for example.

"I came into the program very broken spiritually, physically, mentally," said Vandermaas, keynote speaker at the Sign of Hope campaign kickoff, held Oct. 18 at St. Andrew's Centre.

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