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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHCRIOGE HERALD Saturday, December 26, 1974 Herald- Religion Youth quest at Prairie Bible institute programs will be offered in sample form next February at Youth Quest 75, sponsored by Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills. Students in Grade 10 and above may apply tor an introductory weekend, Feb. 7-9, which features sports, musical programs, campus tour and course outlines. Applicants may write to the Hostess Matron, Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alberta TOM 2AO. Observer record published Godsong, an LP stereo album of gospel music, was released last month by The Observer, national magazine of the United Church. The record features the 60 voice choir of Alderwood United Church, Toronto, in 15 of the most popular gospel anthems. Among the selections is "To know God is to Love by Deanna Waters and Eric Wild, music director of the CBC Hymn Sing program. The Alderwood choir is internationally known among evangelical church people. It has travelled widely in Canada singing in United, Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Alliance and Pentecostal churches. It has also performed in Jamaica, An- tigua, and Bermuda. Godsong is on the Vintage label, and retails for It is available through The Observer and at selected book and music stores. Drop-in budget at A drop-in centre project for athletes participating in the Canada Winter Games will cost city churches and religious organizations according to a budget report by A. W. Shackleford. The finance committee chairman has forwarded an appeal for funds to about 40 congregations in Lethbridge. Expenses include hiring of a co-ordinator to supervise drop-in activities at First Baptist Church and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church during the Games. Churches are also assisting with counselling and hospitali- ty programs. Rev. Keith Churchill of First Baptist is steering the project at Winter Games Society request. BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American General Conference) 329-19th Street North H. 328-204S School (German and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Ave. South A.D. GOLDSMITH, Pastor 9-45 Sunday School LIGHTS" "THE PEACE CHILD" P FILM MADE IN NEW GUINEA FOR THE PRAIRIE BIBLE INSTITUTE New Year's Eve Combined Service at Lakeview Mennonite Brethren Church of the Nazarene 9th Avt. South S 16th St. Lethbridge Rev, R, G 327-4786 Assist. Pattof Phone 328-0130 School Worship Services Mr. Larry Dahl speaking Service Sanctuary Choir presents Cantata "BORN A KING" Evening "WATCHNIGHT SERVICE" A Friendly Welcome Awaits You LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAELSON 520-7th Street South Home of the Sunthme Evangel Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 K.C. School (Classes for all ages) Worship (New Year's Message) Service (Special Music) DECEMBER 31st (Prayer and Praise Service) Hearty invitation extended to all and a warm welcome awaits you BROTHER ANDRE, FOUNDER ST. JOSEPH'S ORATORY Heart recovery cheers Montreal NEW HOPE CENTRE OF LETHBRIDGE 1505 6th Ave. South SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Conn, a Bible Teacher from Calgary will be ministering in both meetings. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 p and Meditation at the Close of 1974 A BIBLE CENTRED CHARISMATIC CHURCH WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME! COME THOU WITH US AND HE WILL 00 THEE GOOD By ROB BULL Special to The Herald MONTREAL The Holy Cross Fathers at Saint Joseph's Oratory, the large white basilica whose dome towers over Mount Royal, have spent a particularly happy Christmas this year. Brother Andre's heart has been returned, just as the oratory rector Father Marcel Lalonde, C.S.C., said it would be. After it was stolen in March 1973, Father Lalonde said he was convinced that eventually the perpetrators of the crime would be overcome by remorse and the heart would be returned to its rightful place. "Should the day ever he told a reporter, "when these people realize the futility of their crime and decide to return the Little Brother's heart, no questions will be asked." It was discovered last week- end in circumstances as mys- terious as its disappearance. There has never been a French-Canadian saint but Brother Andre is being con- sidered for sainthood. At pre- sent he is recognized by the Vatican as a servant of God which is the first step of the process. He was born in a large fami- ly south of Montreal. He work- ed as a shoemaker, tinsmith and baker, travelled to the United States and worked in textile mills until he was 25 when he became a monk and the gatekeeper at Notre Dame College at the foot of Mount Royal. He used to pray on the mountain and ask Saint Joseph's help for those who suffered. He also wanted to build the church dedicated to the saint and after 30 years of saving nickels he earned cutting hair for the college students he had to start the job. Tent A passing him praying in the ram and gave him a tent and wood for a platform. Then a small wooden chapel was built and eventually the huge church that exists today. There are stories about him fighting the devil, about the way he drove himself to help the sick and unfortunate, about people who claim he cured them of their ailments, although Brother Andre always claimed the cures came from Saint Joseph. "He was a humble Father Bernard Lafreniere said in an interview. When Brother Andre died in 1937, at the age of 91, an esti- mated million and a half per- sons filed past his coffin. His preserved heart was placed in a glass urn and dis- played as an object of vener- ation until March 1973 when it disappeared. Police said the robbery was the work of highly professional thieves. They opened two metal doors to a vault and then a cast-iron grill held by three locks and did so without any signs of violence. Ransom Within two days, one of the city's French-language tabloids received a note re- questing a ransom for the heart. The note sent reporters and police to a car in the east-end of the city where they found a roll of film with 12 photos of the heart. The police wanted the oratory to play along with the blackmailers but Father Lalonde refused. He issued an announcement saying that he did not wish to pay criminals for committing a crime. It would only en- courage other criminals. As far as the police were concerned that ruined any chances of ever getting the heart back. Detectives told reporters that if the thieves decided they had an item they could not sell, they might throw it away to destroy the evidence. Father Lalonde was not so sure. Besides, as far as the fa- thers were concerned the heart, while precious to them, was not as significant as the facts of the man's life. The relics served to remind people of Brother Andre's faith and hope. So the oratory got along without the heart. In the meantime people got involved. A group of artists at a downtown gallery let it be known that a large opening party for an exhibition would be held and if anybody wanted to drop in and leave the heart there, he would probably get away with it un-noticed. Posters showing the heart and advertising the exhibition were on hoardings all over town All sorts of people came into town, "to look for the mainly in some of this city's fine bars, cafe's and restau- rants. Then it all sort of died down. Until last week, that is, when Frank Shoofey, a lawyer who has represented some of the city's more colorful criminals and is currently representing Robert Samson, the former RCMP constable involved in the bombing of a chain-store executive's home this summer, received an anonymous telephone call. Conditions The caller told him where the heart could be found and set two conditons, the first that four specific police of- ficers participate in the search, and the second that it be returned to the oratory and placed on public display again. Mr. Shoofey, who is a Greek Orthodox of Lebanese descent, went with police Saturday morning to the base- ment of a downtown apart- ment building. They broke open a locker and found the heart inside the second of two cartons. Father Lalonde identified it. The technicians at the police force's medical-legal institute checked the preservatives and it was handed over to the Holy Cross Fathers on Christmas Eve. "It's a marvellous Christ- mas Father Lalonde told reporters. For the Sunday tabloids whose usual front-page pic- tures are of gory crimes and accidents, it was a change of pace. Monday, the Journal de Montreal had an interview with Mrs. Frank Bengate, 68, who said she was cured by Brother Andre after a car ac- cident in 1925 when he gave her sister a medal. The sister put the medal on Mrs. Bengate's chest. She was un- conscious for a year and then recovered. All of which goes to show that Montreal, as Mayor Jean Drapeau often said, is not a city like the others. Brother Andre would probably not appreciate all the fuss people are making about the heart. But the Holy Cross Fathers are glad to have it back. Pope gives warning of catastrophe VATICAN CITY (Reuter) Pope Paul has warned that the danger of catastrophic wars remains a real one, despite the progress being made towards unity and peace in the world. In a message to "all men of good will" for the Roman Catholic Church's day of peace on Jan. 1. Pope Paul said: "The world is progress- ing towards its unity, but even as it does so there increases the terrifying hypotheses which envisage more possible, more easy and more terrible fatal clashes He said mankind is travell- ing toward worldwide peace. "Or rather it seems to be." He said that making peace means educating mankind for peace. Canadians believe TORONTO (CP) Ninety- two per cent of Canadians be- lieve in God or a supreme being, a national survey con- ducted for the CTV television network indicates. The survey, conducted by Complan Research Associates Ltd. of Toronto, showed that 80 per cent of the people ques- tioned believe in God. Another 12 per cent said they believe in "a supreme being in control of the universe." Prayer group enters New Year rejoicing By NOEL BUCHANAN Herald Religion Writer A charismatic prayer meeting in Lethbridge is help- ing some city residents enter the New Year on a high note of rejoicing. Every Wednesday, more than 50 persons assemble at Assumption parish hall for a prayer meeting. Rev. Claire Watrin, a Basilian brother, says the meetings are open to the public, although Catholic "flavoring" often enters the conversation. Meetings commence with a layman-directed study, Life in the Spirit, at 7 p.m. A beginners' class and an ad- vanced class study separate introductions to such charismatic experiences as speaking and praying in an un- known language, healing and family life. Study materials originate from Anne Arbor, Mich., where they are prepared by Catholic laymen. A two-hour prayer session follows. Father Watrin explained in an interview mid-week prayer groups are unusual for most Catholic parishes, although they are now growing in number and acceptance. The Assumption unit started after a parishioners' request for "shared prayer" about six years ago. The membership was quite small until about 18 months ago when it developed a charismatic tone. "Our purpose is to praise God, rejoice in God's goodness and, yes, to pray for community Father Watrin said. "The emphasis is on deeper love for the Lord, a deeper love for our fellow man." Father Watrin said he wouldn't have ever gotten Baha'i assemble in Regina Baha'i youth from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and the North West Territories are attending a Baha'i youth conference in Regina Dec 27- 29. The conference is one of five to be held across Canada during the weekend. The Baha'i faith was found- ed by Baha'u'llah (meaning The Glory of God) in Persia. The prophet founder of the faith made the claim that he was the promised messenger from God for this day. The basic teachings of Baha'u'llah are the oneness of God, the oneness of His manifestations (such as Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Baha'u'llah) and the oneness of mankind. The laws and precepts presented by Baha'u'llah have as their purpose the unity of mankind through the es- tablishment of a peaceful world civilization. Because of his claim, Baha'u'llah suffered four successive exiles and in 1868 was imprisoned in the dread- ed penal colony of Akka (in what is now the state of Despite his imprison- ment Baha'u'llah proclaimed his message to the religious and political leaders of the time. near charismatic experience had he not been able to observe first hand problems resolved, divorces halted and other changes in personal lives. Father Watrin claimed charismatic parishioners often become better Catholics with the men restored to the New Testament spiritual leadership role in family situations. Some traditional Catholics take awhile to adjust to free- spoken prayer, Father Watrin said, rather than relying on a priest or prayer book. He guesses some non- charismatic priests possibly find discomfort when they realize parishioners are able to pray freely. The Roman Catholic charismatic experience is largely lay led, Father Watrin said. He first personal- ly investigated the phenomena about six years ago. "Wednesday night is an ecumenical prayer he said. "We have Baptists, Anglicans, Mormons and United come to our meetings. I like to think of ecumenical as meaning sharing the com- mon ground of Christ. I hope and personally wish all churches could more often get together to solve mutual problems and make statements as concerned Christians." Membership in the Assump- tion group encompasses high school, university and married age groups. Father Watrin is Catholic chaplain at Lethbridge Community College and the University of Lethbridge, and is active in retreat programs. DEDICATE GIDEON BIBLES M continuing memorial PhOiw 327-5322 or 327-2735 PLACED IN HOTELS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, PRISONS CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST 425-11th SI. S. J. R. CHAPMAN. Minister MR D. MAISEY. Organist "DIAL AN ANSWER" 327-4774 Family Service 10.00 a.m. (Worship Service for Adults S.S. Classes lor Children) EVERYBODY WELCOME' CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 1203-4tnAVE. S. 9-30 a School 11 Service "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE" Wednesday. 7 30 p m Meeting READING ROOM Open Noon 2 00 p rn Tues., Thurs, Sat Christian Science Quarthes on Sale in the Reading Room Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church Invites You to listen to the Back to God Hour every Sunday night at p.m. over CHEC Radio THE POSITIVE VALUE OF NEGATIVE THINKING shows how the regrets that pile up at year's end can become the foundation for renewal and joy. May you receive the blessing of our Lord in 1975! The Christian Reformed Church is located at 1807-2nd Ave. "A" North m the City Services at 10 a.m and 7 p.m You are invited cordially CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS Everyone Welcome FIRST, SECOND and SEVENTH WARDS: 1912-1 Oth Avenue South THIRD and FOURTH WARDS: 28th Street South and Scenic Drive FIFTH and SIXTH WARDS: 2223-6th Avenue 'A' North STUDENT BRANCH: 28th Street South PLEASE PHONE 328-8305 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD (Affiliated with Ambassador College) SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1975 to p.m. LETHBRIDGE COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE LARGE LECTURE THEATRE 5th Ave. 18th St. South Minuter: CECIL MARANVILLE, Ph. 345-4705 (Collect) Listen to GARNER TED ARMSTRONG ON CFCN RADIO and TELEVISION NORBRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH School The Evangelical Church in Canada 1402-8 Ave. N. E. SIPE Service "HE HAS KEPT ME" SERVICE by the Senior Choir EVERYONE IS WELCOME Everyone is Welcome "YE DO ERR, NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES" Matthew Ignorance of God's Word usually means ignorance of Christ. (John Bring your Bible to an old-fashioned Bible study. INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCH Meeting in the Lethbridge Construction Association Building 122-s Avenue South Monday, p.m. 1875-1975 THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA CENTENNIAL YEAR ST. ANDREWS 1818 5th Avenue South Minister: REV. L.D. HANKINSON, B.A. School SERMON: "REFLECTING ON CHRISTMAS" (A Carol Service) Organist: W. Van der Kooy BETHLEN 1020 -10 Avenue North Minister: REV. G. TELCS, B.A. B.D., M.TH. School Organist: Vivian Toth ;