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Every Life Matters Easter Series

In the 2016 Easter season, Archbishop Smith hosted a series of presentations on the subject of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Five sessions were held at five different parishes across the Archdiocese, each dealing with a different aspect of this important topic. They included prayer, personal witness, teaching from the Archbishop, and time for questions and answers. 

Take a look at the recorded webcasts below, courtesy of Salt+Light TV. Learn about this tragic situation and its consequences, about what our faith teaches, and about what we can do in response.  


Session 1 - What’s it all about? 

An outline of the legal situation now facing our country. If you missed it at St. Anthony's Parish in Lloydminster, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Kate Faught, a lawyer specializing in estate litigation, and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a physician specializing in palliative care.

Download Archbishop Smith's text here


Session 2 - What’s wrong with assisted suicide and euthanasia?

If you missed it at Corpus Christi Parish in Edmonton, check out the recording of the live webcast below.With special guests Lisa Daniels, a young mother who tells her own personal story of finding meaning, purpose and happiness in life despite suffering debilitating pain; and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a palliative care physician who speaks about the need for improved access to palliative care for all Canadians. Archbishop Smith explains and illustrates Church teaching around suicide and euthanasia.

Download Archbishop Smith's text here


Session 3  - It’s my body, my choice

If you missed it at St. Mary's Parish in Red Deer, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Father Eamonn McNerney, a hospital chaplain who shares his personal experience with a family whose loved one requested euthanasia, and Dr. Robert Hauptman, a specialist in pain management who maintains that with modern medical care, no patient should have to suffer intolerable pain. Archbishop Smith explains and illustrates Church teaching around freedom, choice, and personal autonomy -- concepts that are often used to justify assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Download Archbishop Smith's text here


Session 4 - I don’t want to suffer 

If you missed it at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Jeri and Chuck Marple, who tell us how their disabled daughter Mary has been a blessing in their lives,  and Dr. Anna Voeuk, a palliative care physician speaks on caring for the caregivers and families of those with severe illness or disability, or nearing end of life. Archbishop Smith teaches on the Christian understanding of the mystery of suffering.

Download Archbishop Smith's text here


Session 5 - What must we do? How we are called to respond to this new situation?

If you missed it at St. Charles Parish, check out the recording of the live webcast below. With special guests Mark Pickup, who tells of a very dark time when he came close to losing the will to live, and Dr. Anna Voeuk, who asks us all to defend doctors, nurses and pharmacists who refuse to participate in assisted suicide or euthanasia. Archbishop Smith offers four concrete ways we as Catholics can defend human life against such attacks.

Download Archbishop Smith's text here