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Tuesday July 25, 2017

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 Father John Walsh, the former pastor of St. John Brebeuf parish in LaSalle, marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination with the launch of his forthright autobiography, God is Calling, Don’t Leave him on Hold. 

Perhaps best known as the CJAD talk show host who once served as an Episcopal Vicar of St. Jean-Longueuil, he continues an active social ministry although he retired five years ago. 

“The church in which I minister today is not the same church that it was then and I am not the same person or the same priest,” he writes. “There have been times over the past five decades when I wondered why I remained in the priesthood.” 

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 The Art for Social Action Fair, hosted by Social Justice Connection (SJC) will bring together Montreal artisans and craftspeople whose work fits in with a socially responsible ethical mandate. The SCJ is proud to raise funds for the organization while promoting such beautiful locally-made work.

Amongst some of the articles that will be sold at the fair include, quilts, henna art, embossed pewter, organic cotton baby clothes, handmade soaps, paintings, objects made from recycled tires and other materials, and chemical free natural beauty products.

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Pillow Talk: An Essay on Dreaming by Dulcinea Langfelder playing at the Centaur Theatre until April 24th is about something we all do, but take for granted - dreaming. This one-woman show, co-created with Anne Sabourin (staging & choreography), features Langfelder artfully interpreting her own dreams on stage through voice-over and dance as she interacts with vivid video animation (Benjamin Broche & Patrice Daigneault) which conveys what is going on in her subconscious mind. The mysterious realm of dreams is further brought to life by brilliant lighting effects (Vincent Santes) and a stunning soundscape (Danys Levasseur) which transport the audience into the artist's staged dream world.

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 The Blue Metropolis Literary Festival kicked off its 18th year on Wednesday night with the Walrus Talks on Resilience of the Spirit at the Alumni Auditorium of Concordia University. Over the years Blue Met has become a forum for dialogue on a wide range of ideas and issues, as well as literary topics. This year is no different. As in the past, many of its events are taking place at Hôtel 10, with others unfolding at off-site venues around the city.

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 The Archdiocese of Montreal and the St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre have inked a deal that will allow the former to be converted into a 12- bed home and Montreal’s first palliative care day centre. After several years of negotiation, an emphyteutic lease agreement which covers a 75 year period was signed on March 30.

Construction is expected to begin later this year and the facility is expected to open in 2017.

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 If you've ever been on a bus, you probably think that travelling by bus to and from work or school is about as banal as it gets. However, Bus Stops, Théâtre I.N.K.'s multi-faceted production, playing at the Centaur Theatre until March 27th, takes the meaning of the daily commute to a whole new level. Written and directed by Marilyn Perreault - Théâtre I.N.K.'s Co-founder and Co-artistic Director (with Annie Ranger) - and translated by Nadine Desrochers, this English-language world premiere explores the mysterious realm of connection in a world of strangers and seemingly random events.

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 The Pillars Trust Fund annual giving campaign for 2015 wrapped up recently and raised over $106,800 from donors. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who supported the campaign.

The Pillars board of directors directs the funds to support beneficiary organizations carrying out work in the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with a special focus on supporting the education of seminarians, youth training, spiritual enrichment and good works.

In 2015, Pillars supported Archbishop Christian Lépine’s Refugee Aid Fund, Benedict Labre House, The Newman Centre, Ville Marie Online and the 2015 Lenten Mission to name just a few worthy causes.

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 Former Prime Minister Paul Martin Jr. recently gave the keynote address at McGill University's Newman Centre on his late father's life and political legacy with the Liberal Party of Canada. The RSVP event, which drew many faculty members and students, was part of the 2016 Claude Ryan Lecture Series on Catholic Social Thought. Paul Martin Sr., Catholicism & Canadian Liberalism traced a path between the Catholic spiritual and intellectual influences of Martin Sr.'s youth, beginning at Collège Saint-Alexandre in French Quebec, and his progressive politics in later years in English Canada. 

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 On Thursday January 28th, the Newman Centre welcomed Professor Michael Northcott for a special edition of its ‘Theology Thursday’ series. The topic, "Ecology and the Ethics of Christian Stewardship," drew a crowd of 50 students, faculty and community members representing diverse fields, including environmental science, political science, environmental law, and ethics. Michael Northcott is a professor of ethics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and is deemed a leading environmental theologian and ethicist with significant research and ground-breaking publications in the field. 

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 Donald Pidgeon, the longtime historian of the United Irish Societies and former President was a well-known community volunteer with a capacity for making and keeping friends. An amiable, gentle man, he was also a Navigator 4th Degree with the Knights of Columbus Council 284, served as a director of Catholic Community Services and could often be found serving at the St. Patrick’s soup kitchen.

Pidgeon was 79 when he died on February 8.

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 Even though the parish of St. Raphael's closed seven years ago, about two dozen faithful gathered in what was once the boardroom of the now vacant old church building in Outremont for a mass to usher in the New Year. The church may be closed, but a small group of parishioners refuse to let their parish die.

They get together for an intimate prayer service or mass every other week or so. The service is tailor-made for the congregation who bring a pot-luck brunch and participate in choosing what hymns will be sung, what the intentions might be, and even provide the wine for communion - a bottle of Beaujolais is not out of the question!

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 Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, who founded the Congregation de Notre-Dame in 1671 will be remembered on her feast day with a Mass to be celebrated at the Sailor’s chapel in Old Montreal on January 10 at 10:30 a.m. Marguerite’s feast day, however, is actually two days later, January 12. 

Brigadier General Fr. Guy Chapdelaine, chaplain of the Canadian armed forces will celebrate the bilingual service. 

A native of Troyes in France, Bourgeoys came to New France in 1653. In 1657 she laid the foundation for the chapel which still stands on St. Paul Street, and opened a school the following year. In 1671, she founded her order of teaching sisters. She died in 1700. She was declared venerable in 1878, beatified in 1950 and canonized in 1982. Her remains lie in the chapel which she had built. 

Last Night at the Gayete

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By Deborah Rankin

The Centaur Theatre's 2015-2016 season is drawing to a close with its final production of Last Night at the Gayety, a musical comedy by Bowser & Blue which runs until May 22nd.

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Paul Donovan walks the Camino Ignatiano

Follow former Loyola High School principal, Paul Donovan, as he walks the famous 700km Camino Ignatiano.

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