Indeed it was a special celebration on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11 at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Rama. It isn't too often that three Oblate priests celebrate The Holy Eucharist in unison at one location on a Thanksgiving Sunday. However, such was the case in Rama when Fr. Andrew Sowa OMI, who was the main celebrant and pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, celebrated Mass for Jubilants, Leonard and Vivian Pasloski as they marked their 60th Anniversary of Marriage as requested by their family. Fr. Marcin Mironiuk OMI, pastor of St. Anthony's, celebrated the Mass for Fr. Andrew Sowa OMI marking his 25th Year of Priestly Ordination as requested by St. Anthony's Parish; while Fr. Mitch Burdzy OMI, pastor of St.Read More
Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality – A Reflection on Commonalities
The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated on December 12 since 2002. The following reflection by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council identifies areas of commonality found in Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and the Catholic faith, seeking to point out bridges for mutual understanding. These will hopefully lead to a deeper respect and appreciation among all Catholics toward traditional Indigenous spirituality, and at the same time show how Aboriginal Catholics see a relationship between their Catholic faith and their cultural and personal identity.Read More
A Pledge to Vote challenge between Campion and Luther University of Regina Federated Colleges appears to have been a success.
The challenge between the two faith based colleges was issued September 29 by the two College Presidents, Dr. John Meehan S.J. of Campion and Dr. Bryan Hillis of Luther. The winner would receive a pizza party paid for by the loser. Read More
The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a submission this past October 19 to the Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. The submission includes references to Church teaching with pertinent citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, together with excerpts from the CCCB Plenary Assembly's statement on assisted suicide released on September 18, 2015, supplemented with further comments on the urgency and importance of palliative care.Read More
Students at both Campion College and Luther College rallied behind their College presidents in the Pledge to Vote challenge, which was first announced at the end of September. A total of 270 students on the university campus made a pledge to vote in the 2015 federal election on October 19. Of those, 83 indicated an affiliation with Campion College, and 81 indicated and affiliation with Luther College. The overall results were tabulated based on the proportion of students at each College, giving Luther College the lead in the challenge at 16.9% of its student population, with Campion following at 13.0% of its student population pledging to vote.
Have you ever thought of giving a year of your life in missionary service? Pure Witness Ministries engages teams of Catholic men and women, eighteen years of age and older and trains them as missionaries to: proclaim the freedom, hope and joy that come from living pure lives for Christ, and to present the teachings of our Catholic faith to youth and families across Western Canada in dynamic ways that speak to this generation. Pure Witness missionaries experience a transformational year in their lives as they live out the three-fold mission of: Community Life, Faith Formation and Outreach. Discover all that you were created to be and be a part of the renewal of faith in our Church as we work together to love a generation back to Christ. For more information check Read More
Security was tight and obvious when James and Holly Gustafson Brett and Flannery Salkeld attended the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit to Philadelphia but it didn’t take away from the experience. Everyone was issued a transparent plastic back pack and you had to carry everything in it. You could carry something else, said Gustafson, but it would be a real hassle.Read More
Priests need to work smarter, not just harder, in the face of declining numbers. That was the message Reverend Ronald Knott of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky (home of KFC, Bourbon and Muhammad Ali he quickly added) brought as guest presenter at the annual Clergy Assembly held October 5-8 at the Heritage Inn here. This year’s theme was The Powerful Spiritual Leadership of a Unified Presbyterate.Read More
The faithful gathered here October 11 from as far away as Minnesota to celebrate the Centennial of Holy Angels Parish.
The weekend began on Friday October 9 with a lighthearted tribute to Pastor Reverend Anthony Pangan and former Pastors Reverends Louis Abello, Stephen Bill, Pat Murphy and Peter Nijsen. What each brought and what each left was highlightedwith some good humour thrown in. The evening also celebrated a mass, Benediction and the program was accompanied by an evening meal.Read More