The unique ministry of deaf Catholics

They can hear the call like no one else — and also respond like no one else. Details from the B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: The Church needs deaf Catholics and their gifts for they can reach people for the Gospel that only they can reach. That’s the message Archbishop Terrence Prendergast gave delegates at the [Read More...]

Mother of the Year nominee: cancer survivor who refused abortion while pregnant

Wal Mart in Canada is running a Mother of the Year contest — and this nominee, submitted by one of her children, deserves a little closer attention, I think: At 8 years old, my mom was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilm’s tumor. She had surgery, 15 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and [Read More...]

People, look East: “The shape of the church worldwide now depends more on India than on Ireland”

From Fr. Raymond de Souza: On Monday night, I was honoured to host the senior Catholic prelate from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in Mississauga, Ont. On Tuesday morning, a new archbishop — Christian Lépine — was announced for Montreal. In the 21st century, what will be more important for global Christianity — Mumbai and Mississauga, [Read More...]

The next battleground in modesty: yoga pants

It’s happening at a Catholic school in Canada: First it was playground balls, and then it was kilts. Now another Ontario school has joined the bandwagon of proposed bans by saying no to tight-fitting Lululemon yoga pants. Some students at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa have kept wearing the yoga pants, even after [Read More...]

What we have come to: Canadian mother strangles newborn, goes free

This news has to give all of us pause: An Alberta judge has let a woman who strangled her newborn son walk free by arguing that Canada’s absence of a law on abortion signals that Canadians “sympathize” with the mother. “We live in a country where there is no protection for children in the womb [Read More...]

Quote of the day: Canada edition

“When I went to business school, part of what you learn is a culture that rewards ambition. I did a lot to unlearn that when I decided to become a priest.  I am ambitious for the higher gifts, as Saint Paul put it – primarily the gift of service.” – Fr. Thomas Dowd, age 40, [Read More...]

"I wanted to start feeding my soul instead of my wallet…"

From Canada, comes this great story about a deacon who gave up a high-paying executive position to work with the homeless as the chaplain of the Ottawa Mission. Details: We come upon the official chaplain, Tom Donohue, a Catholic deacon since 2003. He has an office right by the front door on Waller Street, where [Read More...]

"He can help us from heaven": Quebec missionary priest killed in quake

Here is just one story, out of thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, that are emerging from the devastated rubble of Japan. From CTV in Canada: A Catholic priest from Quebec has been found among the dead in Japan after an earthquake and tsunami rocked the country. Father Andre Lachapelle, a 76-year-old missionary from Saint-Jacques-de-Montcalm, near [Read More...]

Historic first: new cathedral's stained glass windows will provide solar power

Let there be light!  It will be the first church in North America to use this particular kind of solar energy. Details: A different kind of trinity is emerging at Saskatoon’s newest cathedral, where the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is combining art, technology and faith in a stunning and environmentally-friendly project. The Holy Family [Read More...]