From the monthly archives: September 2015

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Drayton Valley pastor had soft spot for parish youth

Fr. Gary Lee
September 14, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Father Gary Lee, pastor of St. Anthony's Parish in Drayton Valley, was well loved by everyone, especially by young people, to whom he gave many responsibilities at the altar. Lee's plan was to get a priest from out of Drayton Valley one day. Earlier this year, he brought all the young men who serve with him to tour St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton.

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On pilgrimage, one can draw near to the Lord

September 14, 2015
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

All people are pilgrims on this earth, but some choose to go on pilgrimage. My wife Nora and I will be among millions of Christians who make a physical pilgrimage this year when we leave Edmonton this fall for a hike that will begin in Lourdes, France, and end nearly 1,000 km later in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Going on pilgrimage is not an exclusively Christian pastime - Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists all make holy pilgrimages - but the Christian, mostly Catholic, spiritual exercise of pilgrimage has unique features.

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Former Lumni parishioners say farewell to 86-year-old church

September 14, 2015
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LUMNI - With no Mass in St. Theresa's Church here since 2009, parishioners have decided to sell the 86-year-old church. That decision made, a final Mass was celebrated by Father Adam Daniluk Aug. 23 with more than 200 people filling the church Former parishioners of St. Theresa's now belong to St. Anne of the Prairies Parish in Trochu.

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Pope's 'comprehensive solutions' require global dialogue

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September 14, 2015

Twice in his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls for "comprehensive solutions" to the crises of our age (60, 139). This call for policies and lifestyle changes that are comprehensive, rather than piecemeal, is the hallmark of the encyclical. "We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.

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Our human nature seems to be at odds with God's will

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi
September 14, 2015

An American humorist was once asked what he loved most in life. This was his reply: I love women best; whiskey next; my neighbour a little; and God hardly at all!< This flashed in my mind recently when, while giving a lecture, a woman asked this question: "Why did God build us in one way and then almost all of the time expect us to act in a way contrary to our instincts?"

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Be a lighthouse of hope in turbulent times

John Connelly
September 14, 2015
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 20, 2015

How would you and I respond if our financial system suddenly collapsed? I think all of us are aware there is always a possibility the greed and corruption in our world could eventually wreak havoc on our civilization. I am not writing this as a prediction but as an exercise for us to put things in biblical perspective. Jesus was clear: We cannot serve both God and money.

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Ouellet's theology demands Church transform pastoral practice

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September 14, 2015

Cardinal Marc Ouellet hits the nail on the head when he states, "Eucharistic communion . . . is an objective sign that sacramentally expresses personal union with Christ" (Page 11). When that personal union is broken, such as through divorce and remarriage without an annulment, he implies, the second marriage is a countersign that undermines the Church's "missionary dimension."

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Party leaders fail to deal with reality

Bishop Fred Henry
September 14, 2015

Despite the great recent excitement about the success of the Toronto Blue Jays, I want to focus on and apply something once said by Casey Stengel. Stengel was a longtime major league New York Yankee (and Mets) Hall of Fame baseball manager whose unique way with the English language became known as "Stengelese."

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Commandments make for a better world

Lydia Cristini
September 14, 2015
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 27, 2015

Most of the time, the precepts of the Lord don't give joy to my heart. I realize this is because I'm not holy enough. I suspect someone whose heart and will are truly united to Christ's really does experience joy when thinking about God's law. I am not one of those people.

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Church has role in defining political values

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September 14, 2015

It may be, as Regina political scientist Ann Ward states (Page 5), that Church influence over the decisions their members make at the ballot box is declining. In one respect, this is a good thing. Direct Church entanglement in politics, with pastors telling parishioners how to cast their ballot, is rarely beneficial for either the Church or democracy.

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