WCR This Week

Ukrainian eparchy ponders closure of summer camp

Bishop David Motiuk

September 8, 2014
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Edmonton Ukrainian Eparchy is holding off on the sale of Camp Oselia for now but the sale remains an option as the eparchy tries to carry out its 25-year pastoral plan. "We are reviewing everything, all of our personnel, all of our resources, and trying to align it with our 25-year pastoral plan," explained Bishop David Motiuk. This has made supporters of the camp nervous enough to launch an online petition to save Camp Oselia. More than 350 people have signed the petition. The eparchy has two diocesan camps: Camp St. Basil at Pigeon Lake and Camp Oselia at Wabamun Lake.

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CCODP gets $1M from Ottawa for Iraq

September 8, 2014
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is receiving $1 million in federal government money to help in its work with displaced Iraqis. "That means we'll be able to support all the families in Iraq that currently need help," said CCODP's deputy director of in-Canada programs Ryan Worms. "It also means we will be able to work closely with our partners on the ground, such as Caritas Iraq and Catholic Relief Services."

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Ukrainians mark 6-year internment

Ukrainian Memorial Plaque

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When the First World War began, Canada established internment camps to detain persons viewed as security risks. Prejudice and wartime paranoia led to the internment of several thousand immigrants, most of them Ukrainian civilians who had come from Galicia and Bukovyna. A memorial plaque was unveiled in Edmonton's Ukrainian community centre as part of a nationwide initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of this dark chapter in Canadian history.

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Martyred bishop declared patron of prison ministry

Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky

September 8, 2014
FR. JOHN SIANCHUK, CSSR
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

On July 20, before a crowd of 200,000 faithful at the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Zarvanytsia in Ukraine, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk solemnly proclaimed Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky as patron of prison ministry for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. This honour and gift is given not only for the people of Ukraine but in a particular way also to the faithful in North America. Blessed Vasyl lived his last year of life in Winnipeg. He died in 1973 and his holy relics, a fully intact body, are now enshrined in St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church there.

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Redemptorists to pay $20M in sexual abuse settlement

September 8, 2014
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Redemptorists of Canada have agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims from a sexual-abuse lawsuit filed in Quebec. The settlement is reported to be the largest ever sexual-abuse settlement in Quebec. In a deal announced Aug. 12, the Catholic religious order approved the settlement that will see $20 million paid to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the order over a 27-year period beginning in 1960.

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Icon-writing: Learning to trust in God's slow work

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In iconography, the process is more important than the result. "Writing an icon is a journey, and it's the stages of growth. The process is what's important with icons, not the end product," said Gisele Bauche, who led a seven-day iconography workshop at Providence Renewal Centre, Aug. 17-23. "That's much the same with our lives, where we're in such a panic to reach the end goal without delay. With iconography, as with life, we are to trust in the slow work of God and to believe that God will look after things."

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Artist strives to unite head and heart

Gisele Bauche

September 8, 2014
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON – Gisele Bauche struggled to find the balance between her head and her heart. Bauche always had an interest in growing in her faith. Scriptures, liturgy and sacraments appealed to her, so studying theology made sense. But she also comes from a family of professional artists, so she enjoyed creating her own art that reflected mood, inspiration and beauty. She could feel the tension coming from the academia of the head and the intuitive nature of her heart. Combining the head with the heart is essential in most art, whether music, drama or painting.

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CMA defends doctors' conscience rights on euthanasia

September 8, 2014
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Canadian Medical Association has passed a new policy on conscience rights that supports a doctor's right to choose whether to help patients commit suicide in jurisdictions where it may become legal. "If the law were to change, then we would support the right of physicians to follow their conscience. It (the new policy) doesn't say we favour a change in the law," said Dr. Jeff Blackmer, the CMA's executive director of ethics. The CMA stance opposing euthanasia remains in place.

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Slain U.S. journalist put faith into action

James Foley

September 8, 2014
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Slain journalist James Foley, a Catholic who sent images and copy from different war zones, was described as living his faith through his work. The Associated Press reported that at a memorial Mass Aug. 24, Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, N.H., lauded Foley for bringing important images of war and oppressive regimes to the rest of the world. Foley was kidnapped in November 2012 while covering the war in Syria. The Islamic State posted a video on the Internet Aug. 19 showing him being beheaded, saying it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.

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'Mass mobs' launch tidal wave of people into empty churches

Members of the Polish Women's Alliance of America's Zamek Dancers

September 8, 2014
MIKE STECHSCHULTE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Thom Mann believes Catholics in the Detroit metro area have always wanted to see Detroit's beautiful, historic inner-city churches filled again – many have even wanted to visit themselves – but just needed "a little push" to do so. But what started as a little push has turned into a tidal wave for the "Mass mob" movement, which began in early spring and has blossomed into a resounding "Amen" as pews have become packed with every successive outing. The latest, on Aug. 10, saw more than 2,000 people attend Mass at a historic Polish church that hasn't heard that many "Peace be with yous" in at least three decades.

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