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Have you ever told a friend or loved one to “stay in touch”? Cell phones, palm pilots, instant messaging, web cams — these gadgets are designed to bring us all a little closer to each other. Yet there are so many in our world who feel more alone with each passing day.

Prayer builds church community


{mosimage}Editor's Note: This is a runner-up essay winner in the Friars’ Student Writing Award. Erin Stackhouse is a Grade 12 student at Jean Vanier Catholic High School. This is the last of six winning essays that the The Register published in the past weeks.

All across the world, Christian communities experience difficulties that they are challenged to overcome. Such can only be achieved through one thing: unity. Unity within Christianity has always been of utmost importance because without it, the church would never have been able to survive from the beginning. Even in modern society, persecution still exists and unity is relied upon more than ever for the purpose of keeping the Christian faith alive. One of the most effective ways that the church can unify themselves is through prayer; it not only brings people together as a community and strengthens personal morals and beliefs, but it also provides Christians with a way through which they can influence the world they live in from day to day.


Discerning God's will


It’s easy to say that being in Grade 12 has been one of the best years so far in my life. But the pressure is on. Second semester is underway and the next steps are just around the corner.

A different kind of WYD pilgrimage


{mosimage}TORONTO - World Youth Day will start sooner for newlyweds David and Gillian Kantor than for most people.

Vancouver archbishop tells youth to evangelize


{mosimage}BURNABY, B.C. - Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, coadjutor bishop for the archdiocese of Vancouver, met with young adults at the newly opened Interfaith Centre of Simon Fraser University on Jan. 23 where he urged students to defend the faith.

Discussing the future of campus chaplaincies


{mosimage}OTTAWA - Some 35 students from universities across Ontario gathered in Ottawa for the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association regional conference, held Jan. 25-27 at Saint Paul University.

Every day is Family Day


I couldn’t help but stare in disbelief at the front cover of a major newspaper last semester. A cartoon depicted a same-sex couple gawking at a young couple walking with their child. From the mouths of the same-sex couple was a speech bubble with the bold word “FREAKS!”

Prayer is our common language


{mosimage}Editor's Note: This is a runner-up essay winner in the Friars’ Student Writing Award. Margaret Suen is a Grade 12 student at  St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School. The Register will publish all six winning essays.

In our society today, we see many Christians around us, be they Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant. But in the end, we all believe in the same God and share a common prayer. Prayer is the single driving force that will bring all Christians together in unity. It rises above all differences, gathers us together and allows God to accomplish things for us on Earth.


Far from home, close to God


Coming from a society where we live with our parents till the day we wed, I never had to worry about paying the bills or making sure that the pantry was well-stocked. Those were the concerns of “grown-ups” while all I had to do was pay attention in school and stay out of trouble. For 19 years, I lived in an environment where “things just got done” for me. However, two years ago, I left Singapore to further my education at Simon Fraser University. This is where the real adventure in life began.

Creative ministry ignites a ‘Revolution’


{mosimage}CALGARY - Youth ministries across southern Calgary are teaming up for a series of monthly theme nights called Revolution. 

God in the bedroom


{mosimage}HALIFAX - Newlyweds Vincent and Vanessa Chevrier are big supporters of natural family planning (NFP) and give talks for marriage preparation courses. They teach other couples about the method while explaining its use within their marriage.