Gerry Turcotte: The garden of the soul

I am not a gardener. In fact, I moved into a house with a large garden a decade ago and I joke that I have killed off one species of plant each year. Except that it’s not a joke.

    Glen Argan: Humanity shows when we’re poor in spirit

    When I was in Grade 8 at St. Augustine School in Regina, one of the priests at the neighbouring Little Flower Church frequently asked me to be the altar server at funerals. After a few of these ventures, my teacher told me to stop taking time away from school to serve at these Masses. I considered his command and decided that since this was a Catholic school, being the server at these funerals was the right thing to do. So, I engaged in my first acts of civil disobedience.

      Peter Stockland: Cardinal sending a strong message

      Near the end of June, I pulled into our parish parking lot full of gumption at the resumption of Masses after four months of COVID-forced church closures.

        Leah Perrault: Falling apart is one step toward healing

        Falling is on my list of least favourite things.

          Charles Lewis: Some sound advice for our next pope

          We need to stop from time to time to contemplate what it means to be Catholic in this aggressively secular society of ours. It is easy for our beliefs to be swamped by the detritus of a powerful popular culture that looks upon us with bare tolerance at best and derision at worst.

            Gerry Turcotte: ‘Duck and cover’ isn’t an option

            When I was growing up it was popular to mock a film made in the 1950s to prepare children to survive a nuclear war. Older folks will remember this odd cross between animated and live action footage featuring a bow-tied Bert the Turtle who could “duck and cover” at the sign of danger.

              Glen Argan: Patience a virtue when watching my Oilers

              A long-time fan of the Edmonton Oilers, I hold in my heart the glory days of the 1980s when my team won five Stanley Cups in seven years. It was an exciting time for both me and the city. Although I lived most of those years in Winnipeg, I remained a dedicated member of the Oilers’ diaspora.

                Fr. Raymond de Souza: Syro-Malabar calendar elevates summer feasts

                Our calendar of liturgical seasons is rather bare compared to some of our sister Catholic Churches. That is never more evident than in our long season of “Ordinary Time,” an uninspired translation of a banal original (in Latin, “Sundays of the Year”).

                  Peter Stockland: Hospice stands firm against all-out assault

                  The board of the Irene Thomas Hospice hoped faith alone could stop the onslaught of MAiD at the 10-bed palliative care facility on Vancouver’s southeast edge.

                    Cathy Majtenyi: Studies point to schools fully re-opening

                    It’s a step-by-step, multi-pronged back-to-school safety plan, written by practitioners in a Toronto children’s hospital internationally renowned for its expertise and innovation.

                      Charles Lewis: Cardinal sets example of real leadership

                      This column is a shout out to a good man. No one can accuse me of trying to curry favour with him. I do not need a job or need to borrow money.