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June 15, 2009
WCR Letters to the Editor
Bible school provided healing, a light for youth
I am writing you in response to the article featuring the closure of John Paul II Bible School (WCR, May 18). I am an alumni of the Bible school and was deeply grieved to hear of the upcoming closure of the school.
I am saddened because the future generations of our country will no longer have the opportunity to be formed to become disciples of Jesus. The Bible school paved the way for me to an exciting career as a full-time missionary with Catholic Christian Outreach in bringing university students to know Jesus personally.
As well, the emotional and spiritual healing offered through prayer journey; a prayer ministry unique to the Bible school will no longer be accessible to young people.
Personally, I received deep healing from past wounds in my life and gained a deeper knowledge of self. There is no money on earth that can buy what I received through prayer journey.
The Bible school was a light to young people in the midst of darkness. The closure just doesn't make sense to me.
Just take a look in your local parish. How many young people attend Sunday Mass? Why are we closing the one school in Alberta that appeals to the younger generation of Catholics?
We should be looking for ways to work with the Bible school instead of focusing on the problems.
Closure of the Bible school solves nothing. It only increases the problems in our Church. We need young people in our Church. The Bible school was a net to catch them. It may have been a holey net, but it was still a net.
Letter to the Editor - 07/20/09
Communion from chalice threatens good health
The recent outbreak of swine flu - H1N1 - brought with it a couple of positive changes to our Catholic masses.
First was the elimination of the use of the chalice for wine.
Does anyone regularly drink from the same glass as someone they do not know? Would you go to a restaurant, order a coffee and feel fine if the waitress took a cup from the table next to you where the people just left, wipe it with a clean hankie and then serve you your coffee in it?
What about women who may be in their first trimester of pregnancy and use the chalice after it has been used by a youngster who doesn't yet know he or she has measles?
Why does anyone think that the chalice is safe to drink from because someone uses a hankie to wipe it off? It does not kill anything, and often, is not even wiped exactly where the person drank. The idea that alcohol kills all bugs is incorrect - ask your doctor.
Another thing is shaking hands with the person next to me for the "peace be with you" after I have sat and watched him or her cough vigourously into their hands throughout the service.
Many of us carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer for after the handshake, especially since we will next be putting the Communion host in our hand. Let's just continue to smile and say the greeting.
This is not being neurotic, it is being smart and looking after yourself, which I believe God wants us to do.
I hope the Church takes a look at these practices and brings them up to date with the world we live in today.
Thanks to those who helped March For Life
We wish to thank all our supporters of March For Life 2009. We feel it was a success even though it's difficult to measure. We estimate the crowd at the Legislature Building to be between 600 to 800 people prior to the downtown walk.
We thank all our pro-life speakers as well as Archbishop Smith and the other bishops in attendance. You provided leadership and direction to your flocks as well as inspiration to pro-lifers everywhere.
We thank the Knights for their visible presence at the march and for their financial support. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave so selflessly of their time and resources.
Also thanks to Lorraine Turchansky for her professionalism in getting out media releases to the media. They know we're here even if they choose to ignore us.
We will not be silent as the stakes are too high in our extreme secularist society. Life cannot be cheapened via abortion, euthanasia, mercy killing and embryonic stem cell research. We must get the message out that life has infinite value and all steps must be taken to protect human life from conception until natural death.
Our goal is to convey a message of hope for the future that all citizens have value in God's eyes, including the preborn and the weakest amongst us and therefore so should they have value in our eyes as well.
Alberta March For Life Association
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