TORONTO - A healthy dose of silence and the discipline of meditation are on tap at St. John’s Convent, 233 Cummer Ave. in Toronto, when the Christian Meditation Community of Toronto hosts its May 11-13 retreat.

Green Party’s May interested in the common good, but supports abortion, gay marriage

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OTTAWA - Green Party Leader Elizabeth May hopes to change the conversation in Ottawa.

Though best known for its environmental stance, the Green Party also stresses social justice, fair trade instead of free trade and non-violence. But Mays views on families, communities and the common good may also attract Catholic voters and potential candidates.

Rose of Sharon offers teen mothers a home-away-from-home environment

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Newmarket, Ont. - Inside the main gathering space of Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers hangs homemade colourful quilts, boxes of infant toys lay on the carpet, all by a well-used rocking chair. The all-female 15-person staff create a home-away-from-home atmosphere for hundreds of teen mothers and their pre- and post-natal children who use the centre’s services.

Counsellors help students deal with death of classmate

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Mississauga, Ont. - A Tragic Events Response Team (TERT) arrived at St. Alfred’s Catholic School here April 12 to give support to students and teachers in their time of grief for 10-year-old schoolmate, John Pham, who died as a result of a bus accident on Hwy 410 south of Brampton the day before.

Wingle to lead the OCCB

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Ontario’s Catholic bishops have chosen Bishop James Wingle as president of its executive.

New MPP seeks meditation room for Queen’s Park

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TORONTO - It’s unlikely that the Oct. 10 Ontario election will be fought over the issue of prayer and meditation at Queen’s Park. It’s equally unlikely members of the provincial legislature and their staffs will have a room set aside for contemplation and related inactivities before election day.

Social investing explodes

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TORONTO - More than half a trillion dollars, almost a fifth of Canada’s investment capital, is now invested with one eye on the ethical bottom line.

Ordination season is upon us

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TORONTO - Like the tulips defying the last gasps of winter, preparations for ordinations are another sure sign of spring in Toronto.

On Christian women mystics

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TORONTO — From Julian of Norwich, Clare of Assisi, Teresa of Avila and hundreds of others, Christian women draw on a rich heritage of mysticism. Rev. Glenda Meakin of the Christian Meditation Community of Canada will outline that heritage at the regular monthly teaching meeting of the Christian Meditation Community of Toronto on April 26.

Doing your part for the environment

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TORONTO — Learn to keep your parish’s books in the black through the winter and do the Earth a favour at a one-day forum presented by Faith and the Common Good’s Greening Sacred Spaces program.

Trying to make sense of the Holocaust’s senseless

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For Vanessa Harris her Grade 8 class trip to the Holocaust Museum in Toronto was all about trying to understand the incomprehensible.