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Regarding public debate on teaching of human sexuality in Catholic Schools:
Dear Father/Deacon,
You may be wondering about recent media reports concerning the work of the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA). Their goal is to ensure that the school curriculum currently being rewritten by Alberta Education will be broad enough to allow Catholic schools to include Catholic teachings on human sexuality. Any media and public inquiries will be answered by the President and Past President of the CCSSA
(Karl Germann in Grande Prairie or Bonnie Annicchiarico in Okotoks respectively), who are most familiar with this work.

At this time, I ask that you forward any media or public inquiries on this issue to the CCSSA at 780- 913-0194.
Of course, our parishioners will likely have questions about what they have heard reported, and they may approach you individually. I can assure you that much of the media reporting is inaccurate, and that we are in the process of creating speaking points that will assist you in answering their questions accurately. We
will provide these to you as soon as possible.

 
In view of the politics, misinformation, and sensitivities around this developing story, it would not be appropriate to preach or comment on it during Mass this weekend.
 
I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fr Reddy’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of his Ordination- April 22, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Working against suicide

The Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14,

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country. The Supreme Court decision and current legislative efforts are in stark contradiction to the endeavours of individuals, families and communities to counteract the dangers and sufferings of suicide. To express your concerns about the legislation, visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

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The responsibility to protect one another’s life

The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada affirm the sacredness and dignity of human life. Suicide and euthanasia are contrary to the most profound natural inclination of each human being to live and preserve life. Furthermore, they contradict the fundamental responsibility that human beings have to protect one another and to enhance the quality of health and social care which every human life deserves, from conception to natural death. To learn more about physician-assisted suicide, visit

http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4463-campaigns-against-physician-assisted-suicide

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Safeguarding persons most at risk

Bill C-14 is now before the Parliament of Canada. No matter how it may be amended, it is an affront to human dignity, an erosion of human solidarity, and a danger to all vulnerable persons — particularly the aged, disabled, infirm and sick who so often find themselves isolated and marginalized. Moreover, it is a violation of the sacrosanct duty of healthcare providers to heal, and the responsibility of legislators and citizens to assure and provide protection for all, especially those persons most at risk. For information to share with others about the negative impact of physician-assisted suicide, visit

http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4463-campaigns-against-physician-assisted-suicide

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Facing the threat of physician-assisted suicide

As our country faces the moral and social threat of physician-assisted suicide, you are invited to call upon federal, provincial and territorial legislators to defend and protect the lives of all, to renew efforts to guarantee accessible home care and palliative care, and to protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers and agencies refusing to be part of euthanasia and assisted suicide. To share your concerns with your legislators, visit

http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/

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Celebrate Life with Jesus!! at the

Fort McMurray Shalom Festival

 
 
 
 

World Youth Day- Information

WYD

 
 
 

Photo’s from Shalom Festival 2015

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Statement: Cardinal Thomas Collins on Supreme Court of Canada decision on assisted suicide
Friday, February 13, 2015
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Cardinal Collins responded to the recent Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide earlier this week. The following statement will be available in parishes this weekend, either as a bulletin insert or at the back of the church.

February 10, 2015

“For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.” Psalm 31

In our days, as in the days of the psalmist, so many years ago, people can suffer grievously during their journey through this “valley of tears,” and may even be ‎tempted to request assisted suicide. The Supreme Court has now allowed that, and at first glance, it may seem to be the compassionate thing to do.

There is certainly no need to take extreme measures to extend the length of life. When people are dying, we should surround them with love as they enter into their final experience on this earth, and relieve as best we can any suffering they endure. We need as a society to make effective palliative care more available. But there is a profound difference between compassionately journeying with someone who is dying, or who is suffering when not in danger of death, and killing that person, or helping that person to commit suicide. No one has a right to do that, and it is simply wrong for the state to allow or to encourage that.

Suicide is already a sadly common tragedy in our society, as persons facing what at the moment they feel to be intolerable suffering of some kind, decide to end their life. We all need to reach out compassionately to anyone contemplating suicide, and to offer whatever help we can to alleviate their pain, be it physical or psychological, so they can appreciate the value of their life, and know they are loved. But for anyone actually to assist them not to escape but to commit suicide is wrong. It is a perversion of the vocation of physicians to have them engaged in helping people to kill themselves. Physicians are called to be servants of healing, not agents of death.

Assisted suicide is the deceptively attractive face of euthanasia. The most compelling cases grip our attention and sway the debate, and so the Court opens the door to assisted suicide, all the while seeming to do less than it actually has done by surrounding its action with a set of limiting conditions, seeking to guarantee informed consent, as if that were the key issue.  But the state is authorizing the killing of an innocent person, whatever controls are in place, and even those limitations can over time be swept away, leading to the more widespread practice of euthanasia. We have only to look at some European countries to see what lies ahead. We Canadians patriotically believe our country is special, but it is not so special as to be immune to the dynamics of increasing access to medical killing, as individualist rationales make persuasive the argument for that in more and more cases.

The court, recognizing that many physicians, faithful to their healing vocation, will not assist people to kill themselves, makes some very slight room for freedom of conscience. It trusts local Colleges of Physicians and other such groups to deal appropriately with the conscience issue.

This trust is misplaced.  Currently the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is proposing a draft conscience policy which states that physicians who refuse to perform a procedure to which they morally object must arrange that the procedure gets done by someone else. In other words, they are compelled to become accomplices. I urge the College not to go through with this unjust policy, and I urge Ontarians, especially physicians, to speak up against it. First the politicians; now the physicians: the assault on freedom of conscience steadily advances in our country.

We all are on the way to death and should gain wisdom from ‎contemplating that inescapable fact, so that we use each present moment to prepare for the moment of our death by living well. We should provide all who are suffering with the best medical assistance we can offer, especially in palliative care for those who are coming to the end of life. Most importantly, we should accompany each person with love, especially those without friends or family.  But any society that authorizes killing people through assisted suicide and euthanasia has lost its moral compass.