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Irondale, AL (EWTN) Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., known to millions around the world as Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully at 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala. “This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Mother has always, and will always, personify EWTN, the Network which she founded. In the face of sickness and long-suffering trials, Mother’s example of joy and prayerful perseverance exemplified the Franciscan spirit she held so dear. We thank God for Mother Angelica and for the gift of her extraordinary life.” Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo in Canton, Ohio in 1923, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland on Aug. 15, 1944 at the age of 21. A year later, she received her religious name – Sister Mary Angelica of the... Read More

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced the schedule of memorial events for its Foundress Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A., who died Easter Sunday, March 27, at 5 p.m. CDT. All events will be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama and will be televised globally on EWTN. Times listed are U.S. Central (CDT):

Tuesday, March 29

3 PM: Rite of Reception of Mother Angelica’s Body.

Mother Angelica’s body will be received in a ceremony and escorted through the Piazza of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Upon conclusion of the Procession, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the Shrine’s Upper Church and the body will be transferred to the Monastery Cloister for private visitation with the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration.

Wednesday, March 30

10 AM: Rosary in Memoriam and Public Visitation.

A public rosary will be led by Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA in...

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Since the Assisted suicide issue has arisen I’ve been writing about lack of a moral compass that seems to have infected our people and the consequence of that. A solid example of that has surfaced in Quebec where the Quebec College of Physicians has issued an ethics bulletin to its members.

It seems some emergency room doctors have refused to provide antidotes for patients that have attempted suicide by poisoning, reasoning that the suicide attempt was evidence the individual wanted to die. The Quebec College of Physicians bulletin warned that doctors have an ethical duty in those instances to try and save the individuals life. To not do so, the bulletin argued, goes against the doctor’s duty of to-do-no-harm.

Well, that dictum went out the window when the Quebec government legislated assisted suicide, or physician assisted suicide, as legal. It was bound to happen and it will only get worse.

Legislation is so broad that pretty well anyone can choose to have...

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To download the Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan 
on the Legalization of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Click Here

Chrism Mass with Bishop Thevnot

Last updated on March 21, 2016

The Chrism Mass is an important continuation of the church, said Prince Albert Bishop Albert Thevénot in his homily at the March 15 Chrism Mass celebration. Bishop Thevénot celebrated the Mass because the Regina Archdiocese does not yet have a new Archbishop following the January death of Archbishop Daniel Bohan.

The three holy oils the Church uses in many of its ceremonies and rituals are blessed at the Chrism Mass and distributed to all parishes in the Archdiocese.

Thevénot in his homily told the story of the three oils, their purposes, uses and symbolism in the Church. He had the congregation laughing several times describing how the oils were used in the past and how some of that has changed.

The Catechumen oil used in Baptism, sad Thevénot. “We become a member of the Church and we are anointed to become a prophet. Today we have to be stronger, standing for the Truth and the Truth is Jesus Christ.”

“The oil of the sick,” said the Bishop, “used to be...

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Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria

Last updated on March 17, 2016

In order to mark the 5th anniversary of the war in Syria, Pax Christi International has issued a call for “Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria”, with a special focus for this coming Sunday, March 20. The English, French and Spanish versions of its “Prayer for the People of Syria” are provided in the attached PDF documents. More information on the “Global Call for Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria” is available on the website of Pax Christi International at http://www.paxchristi.net/. The information will also be posted on the CCCB website.

PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA

Almighty and all powerful God,

creator of the world

We bring before you all those caught

up in the conflict in Syria.

We pray for an immediate ceasefire, for

an end to violence against all civilians.

Give humanitarian organizations the space to assist

the needs of those living in poverty and...

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Ukrainian Easter Eggs An Ancient Art Form

Last updated on March 9, 2016
Ukrainian Easter eggs, pysanka, are not just a colorful work of art they are full of Christian symbolism. “These designs are symbols of Christ’s Resurrection and eternal life,” said Eleanor Bernakevitch of St. Athanasius Parish who was hosting an Easter Egg workshop Saturday March 5. She gave the PM a description of the designs, their meaning and the tools required to “write” on the egg. It’s an ancient tradition, said Bernakevitch, that has been going on since about 500 A.D. According to the internet, the tradition evolved from a pagan tradition that paid tribute to the natural world. The meaning of the designs was changed over time to align with traditional Christian beliefs. One does not “color” Easter Eggs, the designs are written on the egg using beeswax and dyes. Pysanka means to write, explained Bernakevitch. Before dyes were available colors came from nature, “yellow came from an onion peel,” said Bernakevitch, “orange came from cheese, red from beet juice, green from spinach... Read More

End of Life Care in Catholic Care Homes

Last updated on March 7, 2016

It’s here and we simply have to deal with it. Physician Assisted Suicide, euthanasia, compassionate alleviation of the suffering and pain or whatever euphemism you wish to put on it, is simply killing people.

The Supreme Court gave the new Liberal government a four-month extension to get a law in place and supposedly somewhere in the bureaucratic complex that is government, someone or some group is trying to put something together. The current law against such procedures is still in force but it’s not being enforced.

All the attention has been on individuals suffering terminal illnesses but so far no one has looked at the long term effect this could have on society.

Long term care homes are full of people requiring varying degrees of care. Some are suffering terminal illnesses; some are deteriorating with dementia or Alzheimer’s, some are in what appears to be in a vegetative state (that’s a subject for a future blog) and considering all the suggestions of what...

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A Young Adult Ministry Coordinator position is available at Good Shepherd Parish in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

To download job description click here

Martha House - Vacancies

Last updated on February 29, 2016
MARTHA HOUSE - a Home for Retired Priests  and Seniors Men and Women has vacant rooms. We are accepting those can descend and ascend stairs independently. (Level 1)   It has conducive rooms and  it is a beautiful and serene place for Seniors who love to PRAY . We have daily recitation of the Rosary and daily Masses. Martha House offers the lowest and affordable cost in the city. For more information contact :  Sr. Jessica or Debra Kirkpatrick 306-5450509 Martha House 1855 2nd Avenue North Regina, SK S4R 0Y1 Martha House is a Registered Charitable Institution  

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