WCR This Week

Lent becomes an adventure at St. Mary School

April 6, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Lenten adventures at Edmonton's St. Mary School continued to build in anticipation of Holy Week and will culminate at our New Life celebration April 10. Over the past 40 days, the school has put on a large number of events to involve students, staff and the community in the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lent is a time of prayer; a time for self-reflection and self-sacrifice. It is a time to look within ourselves, choose areas of our lives to improve and make a commitment to become better Christians.

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Kingston sisters renowned for service to the poor

Consecrated Life

April 6, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

April is a time for major decisions for the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The sisters are gathering at their motherhouse in Kingston and, given their aging membership, discerning the order's future. "In our pre-chapter meeting, we had a lot of hope," said Sister Jeannette Filthaut. "We know we live our mission fully. We are rewriting and simplifying our mission statement. . . . We are an aging community as are many in Canada and the United States, but we are still very viable and still very alive." One of four Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul (Kingston) sisters based in the Edmonton Archdiocese, Filthaut's voice was strong. She said she and several others have been called to seek leadership positions in the order.

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Artists, musicians stir patient healing

April 6, 2015
LEANNE NYIRFA
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Many things contribute to a positive healing experience within a hospital, including medical expertise and respectful and compassionate care by physicians, health care personnel, staff and volunteers. But for patients at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, where the core values go further to include holistic care, the process of healing the body, mind and spirit is enhanced through art. St. Paul’s is the first hospital in the city to deliver a program that fosters healing through art. The Healing Arts Program’s visual arts component, led by artist in residence Marlessa Wesolowski, has been using the creative arts to enhance the well-being of patients, families, caregivers and the community since 2005.

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Technology: Friend or foe to humanity?

April 6, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Protecting human ecology is an imperative every bit as important as protecting the natural environment, says a French pro-life activist. Tugdual Derville, a leader of Alliance VITA, a pro-life and pro-family coalition in France, told the annual Catholic Organization for Life and Family seminar March 20 how surprised he was to look out from the podium over an immense crowd that was protesting the French government's redefinition of marriage in 2012. "Nobody was expecting such a crowd in France," he said.

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Abortion frequent result from 'success' of IVF treatments

Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy
April 6, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Women who undergo in vitro fertility (IVF) treatments are often pressured to abort one or more babies if they have triplets, a psychologist told a seminar in Gatineau, Que. An associate with the Toronto-based de Veber Institute, Elizabeth Ring-Cassidy told the annual Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) seminar March 19 the goals of IVF have changed. Initially, success was "an achieved pregnancy." Now success is defined as "a single, take home baby," Ring-Cassidy said.

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Focolare strives for common ground among politicians

April 6, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The Toronto Focolare organization and its friends want to confront divisions within politics with ideas of unity and communion. "'Politics' shouldn't have to be a disdained word," Liberal MPP Laura Albanese told a March 13 conference on Politics for Unity at York University's Glendon College. The conference brought politicians on the left and right together before an audience of about 200 friends of Focolare, the Vatican-recognized ecclesial movement.

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Thousands on journey to Easter Vigil

Peter Yang
April 6, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Who was Jesus? Why do we need a pope? How were we made by God? All of these are good questions that anyone considering becoming Catholic might ask. But the questions are even more poignant when they come from a young man who grew up in a place where the government told him that God cannot mutually exist with science, where one who believes in God is considered weak, and where the only media coverage of the Catholic Church is around abuse scandals. If this is your background, it's challenging to talk about God at all.

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Turmoil and faith are story behind overflowing RCIA

March 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Sitting around the table at the meeting at Thomas More Church, Darlene Smigelski felt a smile start to soften her face. "Lord, you are funny. When you want to communicate with me you hit me with a two-by-four, don't you?" Smigelski had just agreed to be coordinator of the RCIA program for the church. That was 15 years ago. "I have been doing this since the turn of the century. That is what I like to say."

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Brazil is world champion in inequality, says bishop

Bishop Eugenio Rixen
March 23, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brazil is said to have one of the world's strongest economies. The problem is that the Brazilian economy is designed to favour the rich, keeping millions of Brazilians in extreme poverty. That's according to Bishop Eugenio Rixen of Goias, Brazil, who is the Share Lent visitor of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. He was in Alberta March 11-16 for a number of public events. "Brazil is the world champion in inequality," Rixen, who is originally from Belgium, said in a March 13 talk to staff at the Catholic Pastoral and Administration Offices. He spoke in French and his lecture was translated into English by Holy Cross Sister Sylvia Landry.

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Entering Church a family affair

March 23, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Born a Catholic, Adam Mickelson left the Church in his teens, but came back "because it was comfortable, familiar." His wife Trisha was "United, but not part of a church-going family." She had Mormon friends, started to think about faith, but never found anything that fit her. "Even after we were married. I was drawn to the Mormon church because that was more familiar to me."

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