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Life and Family

“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.”
   - St. John Paul II (Familiaris Consortio #86)

The Office of Life and Family, as an extension of the Archbishop's ministry, exists to encourage, equip, and build up the body of Christ in the Archdiocese of Edmonton by assisting parishes in the development and implementation of programming and experiences promoting an authentic and holistic understanding of the human person, sexuality, marriage, and family life.

Services, programs, resources, or referrals are available for Marriage Preparation, Marriage Enrichment, Natural Family Planning, Sexuality, Life Issues, World Meeting of Families , and the annual World Marriage Day celebration.

Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF)

Bullying: A plague to combat together

More than 425,000 Canadian students are bullied daily at school. Their attackers are quick to identify an element of vulnerability.

According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, at least one of every three teenagers reports being bullied at school, and 10% experience daily attacks or threats from their peers – a problem that is responsible for 15% of cases of truancy.

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide   

Questions of life and death always provoke impassioned debates.

Recently Canada again considered the possibility of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. Shouldn't we allow these practices in order to respect the freedom and dignity of patients? Don’t we have a right to die at the time and in the circumstances of our choosing? Doesn’t compassion require us to agree to the request of a sick person who wants to die?

It is impossible to remain indifferent to the danger posed to the most vulnerable among us by attempts to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Being well informed is essential in order to participate effectively in the public debate and to propose truly human and Christian solutions.

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The Gospel of Everyday Life

The family is called to play a major role in the New Evangelization. 

COLF’s new letter to families “The Gospel of Everyday Life – An Adventure Worth Sharing!” reflects with you on the ways and means of proposing the friendship of Christ to the members of our families, our friends and colleagues at work, in the midst of our day-to-day life.

On the last page of the brochure, you will find a series of questions which will help you deepen your reflection. A Workshop Guide is available.

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Reflection on Abortion

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Is the unborn child human? When does life begin? What does science say? Is abortion a right? Does abortion affect the lives of women? Are there alternatives to abortion?

In this beautifully illustrated brochure, "The Unborn Child: A Gift, A Treasure, A Promise: A Reflection on Abortion, COLF answers these questions and many others in a very accessible style.

As a complement to this publication, a workshop guide — designed to assist those who wish to deepen their understanding of this issue — is available for download.

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New online resource on Amoris Laetitia

The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) have released a new web-based video resource to assist with the study of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family. The resource consists of nine 7-8-minute videos as well as discussion guides.

It is designed to be used by individuals in their homes or by groups gathered in diocesan, eparchial, parish, school or other Catholic institutional settings. Among the contributors is our own Archbishop Smith, whose video reflection focuses on Chapter 7, the Education of Children.

Pope Francis himself has asked that we study the document carefully:

"...I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text. The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully, or if attention is paid to the parts dealing with their specific needs" (Amoris Laetitia, n. 7).