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April 13, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
RCIA provides more than formal study
Re:An Easter to remember
I appreciate the WCR having highlighted our ministry in the April 6 issue. Unfortunately, your reporter was with us for such a short time that he wasn’t able to capture the full vision.
We at OLPH are blessed to be able to offer the full RCIA as a year-round, ongoing Lectionary-based process giving full attention to the liturgical, apostolic and social as well as the more formal study of faith and practice.
Each one’s journey is unique. While adults are baptized at Easter, those coming to full communion celebrate the rite of reception throughout the year, when they are ready. Similarly people begin this journey whenever the Spirit leads them.
We exercise an apprenticeship model of initiation. You will find our candidates and catechumens along with sponsors, team members, and those completing their neophyte year not only joining the community for Sunday Mass, with Sending Forth, but at evenings of reflection, missions and retreats.
They will prepare and serve a meal for the youth or head out with the group to the Bissell Center, go pray with the L’Arche community or help pack and deliver food hampers. They minister with the Way of the Cross and perform at the annual variety night and this year’s Companions on the Journey.
The total community is the primary minister here. Our initiates know there are so many more people they can count on — not just the 12 team members, their sponsors and prayer partners.
At present we have three adult elect, two of whom will be baptized here at the vigil and one in California. There are nine children who will also be baptized at that time.
Two adults complete initiation that night. Five adults will celebrate the rite of reception at Pentecost and two children during the Easter season.
Six candidates will continue their journey, As well, two inquirers are just setting out and four are completing their neophyte year.
They do not leave us as soon as they are confirmed but continue until that first anniversary. This facilitates their integrating into the parish community and living as a Catholic Christian.
Many people are involved. Everyone is matched both with a sponsor who represents the community in sharing this journey and a prayer partner who is committed to supporting the journey in prayer. The team of catechists facilitates the sending forth and lead the catechumenate gathering.
The night the reporter was with us there was a guest speaker but generally the team who have attended formation sessions and workshops lead, teach and animate.
Isn’t this a wonderful gift to the Church? It truly is a privileged ministry to share.
RCIA Director/Pastoral Assistant OLPH
Accusations an injustice against CCODP
Re:CCODP stops some Mexican funding
In Doubt, the film and the play, Sister Aloysius clearly doesn’t want to know: she doesn’t ask the presumed villain priest, nor the monsignor nor the bishop. She doesn’t even ask the sacristan and she fakes a call to the priest’s previous parish.
She doesn’t ask because she prefers her “truth” and proceeds to spread rumours around. Unfortunately, the rumours she spreads are no more retrievable than feathers from a pillow released from a rooftop on a windy day.
Your Life, Family and Culture Outpost’s (LifeSiteNews.com) release of the “news” that Development and Peace was funding pro-abortion partners in Mexico with Share Lent money isn’t any more responsible than Sister Aloysius’ actions.
Even after statements from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, signed by its president Archbishop James Weisgerber, from Michael Casey, executive director, and Pat Hogan, president of D&P; Archbishop Weisgerber’s letter to his archdiocese of Winnipeg, calling the accusations against D&P “untrue” and Archbishop Daniel Bohan’s letter to his archdiocese of Regina, calling the LSN reports “false” and a “malicious attack”, LSN continues to “investigate” D&P partners.
On March 31,LSN published Priests for Life Canada’s letter to Canadian bishops, calling for action against “D&P Abortion-Lobby Group Funding.”
Sister Aloysius’ certainty crumbled too late. D&P detractors, like Sister Aloysius, are unbending, assured of their righteousness, fiercely committed to their crusade.
But what is happening here is no longer Doubt, A Parable. It is a terrible injustice to D&P and to thousands of our brothers and sisters, men, women, children, even unborn children, whose very lives depend on this aid in the unprecedented economic crisis Third World countries are experiencing.
It is not too late to give generously to D&P’s Share Lent Campaign. We can’t erase LSN’s shameful campaign but at least we can take a stand for social justice.
Attacks on CCODP rooted in fear of dialogue
Re:CCODP stops some Mexican funding
Over 40 years of committed service and witness to social justice in the developing world, $500+ million to support more than 14,600 projects and programs in 70 countries of the South and there are still those in our Canadian Catholic community who are prepared to question their confidence in CCODP.
Commitment to action in a diverse and complicated world demands risk. Development and Peace does not shy away from this risk but does take the measured steps to minimize it.
Casting shadows of doubt on those labouring under conditions of oppression, the violence of poverty and the absence of respect for human rights is no way to empower and boost the morale of those engaged in the front line struggle.
Those who are accusing D&P for supporting a few programs in Mexico that are pro-abortion are using a bullying strategy in their effort to discredit an enlightened and progressive arm of the Catholic Church.
It is my opinion that the abortion issue is just the tip of the iceberg. Checking out the website of one of these groups leads me to believe that the accusations against D&P are born from a fear of deliberate, rational and respectful discussion and debate on a variety of issues within a pluralistic society.
Many of these fundamentalist, conservative groups are so trapped in their own self-righteousness that they are incapable of engaging in a dialogue which is democratic and respectful of other views.
This is the type of intolerance that breeds fear, distrust, insecurity and anger.
Not the ingredients for a more hopeful, helpful, compassionate and enlightened world view.
I congratulate Archbishop Smith for his quick response in supporting D&P. This confidence and solidarity of spirit are the empowering agents of change for a more just and peaceful world.
Is laying on of hands superstitious too?
Concerning the article in the April 6 issue; “Reiki is superstitious, says bishop’s doctrine committee.”
Are the U.S. bishops unable to see that the description of the Japanese practise of Reiki is virtually identical to the Christian practice of the laying on of hands.
The bishops called it superstitious and unscientific. I guess the laying on of hands is also superstitious and unscientific.
Homosexuality was no big deal in the Bible
It was with great disappointment and sadness that I read the latest issue of the WCR (April 6).
I am a returning Catholic struggling to find my place in this Catholic community and I understand that, as with any group, I will come across opinions and points of view with which I disagree.
I also understand that my efforts to return to the Catholic Church are in jeopardy right off the bat due to my differences of opinion regarding many of the Church’s teachings.
But reading the words “the lie that the practice of homosexuality is normal” (letter from Ron Rosmer, Hinton) broke my heart. Why do so many people still insist on taking issue with this?
If God really felt that homosexuality was such a bad thing, then why did she not include it in the Ten Commandments, or at the very least make a bigger deal out of it in the Bible?
Letter to the Editor - 05/11/09
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