Q+A

Suffering

How often have we had an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness and abandonment, of physical and emotional pain, which has driven us to sincerely cry out to God? Have we con-sidered that this is a genuine act of faith and trust which asks where God is in our suffering and an acknowledgement of God’s desire to…

Vocations in the Diocese

There is a lot of excitement in the diocese right now regarding vocations. There are times when at the Pastoral Center I see a look of content/bewilderment/thanksgiving on the faces of those who have worked so hard to increase vocations within our diocese. After a dry spell of over 5 years, this spring we started…

Responding to the Needs of Fort McMurray

In such a short period of time, life changed for the people of Fort McMurray. For the majority of us, we have no idea what they have gone through; to driving through the fire to reach safety, to leave their homes, schools, workplaces and their faith communities. So many have helped them with providing accommodations,…

Trust

With all that is going on in the world today, most recently the wildfire in Fort McMurray that drove 90,000 people from their homes, the earthquakes, the tornadoes, the hurricanes, the suffering of those we love from disease, accidents, from losses, lead us to question our faith and to question why bad things happen to…

“Theology of the Body”

During the recent Diocesan Assembly with the priests, deacons and the deaconate candi-dates , Bishop Paul focused part of his long term pastoral strategy on “Theology of the Body”. Theology of the Body is the title given to a series of 129 lectures given by St. John Paul II during his pontificate. These lectures have…

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls all people of faith to join nationwide in 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care on May 4, 2016. This is designed to take place during the National Hospice Palliative Care Week (organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association) as a profound witness to the sanctity of…

Refugee Support

In 2011, pro-democracy rallies in Syria turned violent when government forces arrested and tortured several youth for painting revolutionary slogans on a school wall. This quickly escalated into a full out civil war. The government has been accused of violating international laws during this war, and their actions have resulted in the starvation, torture, and…

What is the Church?

If you had to define “the Church” in a single sentence what would you say? Probably your response would be one of the following: It is an institution, a structure, a gathering, a community, a people? It is all of that but so much more. For us as Catholics we believe that the Church is…

Eastertide (Paschal tide, or Easter Season)

We have recently felt the roller coaster of emotions that accompany Holy Week. We experience anticipation and penance as we spend our 40 days in Lent. We experience the ache of sadness as we recall Christ’s suffering and death. And then we exult and exclaim with joy “Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia” as we celebrate…

As we begin Holy Week

The celebration of Palm Sunday originated in the Jerusalem Church, around the late fourth century. The early Palm Sunday ceremony consisted of prayers, hymns, and sermons recited by the clergy while the people walked to various holy sites throughout the city. At the final site, the place where Christ ascended into heaven, the clergy would…