Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Apparently a cardinal tackled the woman as she pulled Benedict's vestments. Bodyguards then took her away. Reports say the woman is mentally ill.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Was the greatest writer in the English language a Catholic? A new exhibition out of Italy seems to confirm that William Shakespeare was a Catholic convert, spending his "lost years," from 1585 – 1592, in Rome.
One signature in the guest book at Rome's Venerable English College (a school for English seminarians) from 1589 reads, Gulielmus Clerkue Stratfordiensis, which means William the Clerk from Stratford. Experts believe this is the signature of the bard.
Jolly old St. Nick paid a visit to St. Luke's Parish on his feast day (December 6). The Knights of Columbus served a delicious breakfast of sausages, scrambled eggs and hash browns for parishioners after the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses.
Kids of all ages had an opportunity to have their photos taken with St. Nicholas, while Santa's little helpers distributed goody bags and Knights of Columbus colouring books.
Monday, December 21, 2009
If you’re thinking it must be French, you’re on the right track. According to Wikipedia, it was Huron Carol, written by St. Jean de Brebeuf (St. John Brebeuf if you live in Abbotsford). St. Jean de Brebeuf of course was the Jesuit missionary and martyr known as the Apostle of the Hurons.
Although the Canadian Martyrs are probably Canada’s best known missionaries to Canada’s First Nations people, the first Indian of North America to publicly embrace Christianity was Grand Chief Henri Membertou of the Mi'kmaq tribe in what is today Nova Scotia. That was in 1610, 15 years before Brebeuf arrived in Canada from France, ministering to the Huron in the Great Lakes and southern Quebec.
The 400th anniversary of Chief Membertou's baptism will be commemorated by the Catholic Church, the CCAC, and the Mi'kmaq native communities in 2010.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Need a last-minute gift or stocking stuffer? How about giving the gift of history -- the definitive history of the Church in Vancouver: TRADITIONS OF FAITH AND SERVICE: ARCHDIOCESE OF VANCOUVER 1908- 2008, by Jacqueline Gresko. The Archdiocese of Vancouver's Archives Office is having a hundredth anniversary book sale over the Christmas holidays. The cost of the history is $25 if picked up at 150 Robson St. Shipping extra if mailed or sent through school courier. Contact the Archives Office for more information: 604-683-0281, ext. 302, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Congratulations are going out around St. Thomas Aquinas after the senior girls volleyball team won the AA provincial championship. The Fighting Saints beat Fraser Valley Christian in the finals and we'll be running some pix and a story next week (Dec. 21) in The B.C. Catholic.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas downtown, but something seems to be missing...what could it be...what could it be. Oh, yes, it's the life-size Nativity scene that's normally in the southeast window of The Bay on Georgia Street.
Now The Bay is understandably focussed on the upcoming Winter Olympics, so it's not a big surprise that its windows are full of Team Canada uniforms. Who can begrudge the store its title of 2010 Winter Olympic Games Superstore. Trouble is, several of the windows have humdrum, even tacky, non-Olympic displays that don't look much different than what you'd find at any other department store, complete with sparkling silver trees, and even a reindeer or two. One window has nothing but a banner. We called The Bay and asked them about the Nativity. They told us head office in Toronto tells them what to put in the windows and this year they haven't said Nativity. Head office's phone number is 1-866-746-7422, and click here to send an e-mail.
Now a visit over to the outdoor skating rink at Robson Square was a refreshing change. The busy venue was full of skaters circling the rink to the sounds of actual Christmas carols, including Away in a Manger.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
During the Christmas season, coming home can also mean reaching out to former Catholics with an invitation to return to their spiritual family, the Church. As we renew our focus on reaching out to others, this is a time when we can extend a welcome hand to friends and family who may have drifted from their faith.
Penitential services offered throughout the Archdiocese of Vancouver make it easier to receive the sacrament of penance, no matter how long it's been since your last confession. Check the date and times of penitential services at a parish near you, when the Church pulls all the stops out to make priests available for confessions. Join hundreds of others in your parish who are availing themselves of the numerous priests who will be available and who are just longing to speak the words, "Your sins are forgiven."
For a list of reconciliation services, visit www.rcav.org/advent
Christmas, like Easter, is a time when offering, and accepting, an invitation to come to church is much easier. Let's not pass any opportunity up.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Levant was in town to speak at the Jewish Book Festival and he told a harrowing tale of the abuses perpetrated by the commissions. We go to press Thursday night and the article should be on the web Friday.
But a small victory was won last week in Alberta after an appeals court threw out a conviction against Rev. Stephen Boisoin. He was convicted by the Alberta Human Rights Commission seven years ago for for spreading hate speech after he wrote a letter to the editor of an Alberta newspaper.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
An ad hoc committee of four bishops has been named to help the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in a renewal process, reports Deborah Gyapong of Canadian Catholic News.
"The focus of the committee is to help Development and Peace to review its mandate and to see how they can adjust to the last encyclical letter of the Pope Caritas in Veritate," said the new president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Saint-Jerome Bishop Pierre Morissette Dec. 3. "We think that there is a lot of very helpful insight in this letter for Development and Peace."
The committe includes Calgary Bishop Fred Henry; Rimouski Archbishop Pierre-Andre Fournier; Sherbrooke Archbishop Andre Gaumond; and Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau.
The committee is a response to recommendations of an inquiry a bishops' delegation made last June into Internet-based allegations that CCODP was funding projects through Mexican partners who were "pro-abortion."
Though the inquiry report found no evidence any partners were directly involved in abortion, it did recommend more prudence on the part of CCODP.
Meanwhile, a similar controversy Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the U.S., an organization similar to CCODP.