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[Pinned] VIDEO: Chief Littlechild and Archbishop Smith's Statement on Kamloops and Reconciliation

Chief J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.

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August 1 at 10:30 a.m. – 18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, from St. Joseph Basilica

Livestreamed Masses are now being hosted at https://grandinmedia.ca/livestream/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/archedmonton/videos/

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Skaro ready to welcome pilgrims again on August 14th

Pilgrims are once again being welcomed to attend Skaro in person to pray. The Skaro Pilgrimage will be held Aug. 14.

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Try a little tenderness, Pope says on first World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

VATICAN CITY — Try a little tenderness. That’s basically how Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, 73, summarized Pope Francis’ vision for what older people, their grandchildren and friends should do to change the world after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2021 Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage to take place online

This year’s Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage is once again going online.

The five-day pilgrimage which attracts thousands of mostly indigenous people from across Canada will be strictly spiritual and not physical. The year’s pilgrimage July 24-28 will held online in an effort to maintain social distancing, protect pilgrims — many of whom are elderly or in poor health — and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The pilgrimage site, west of Edmonton, is closed. There will be no camping or on-site visits.

Instead, organizers hope to keep alive the enduring spirit of the healing and spiritual renewal pilgrimage with a virtual Lac Ste Anne event that includes livestreamed Masses celebrated by bishops from Alberta and the Northwest Territories, video messages, and other programming.

The Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage website will be the main hub for the online content.

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Responding to Church Fires

Archbishop Smith addresses the faithful in a response video to church fires amid efforts for truth and reconciliation. On the morning of June 30, 2021 St. Jean Baptiste Church in Morinville (located within St. Paul Diocese) was destroyed in a fire.

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Statement on Schools and the Grandin Name

The Archdiocese of Edmonton thanks Alberta Catholic school trustees and district staff for their leadership and sensitivity regarding the name of Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin, central Alberta’s first bishop.

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Statement on Vandalism of St. John Paul Statue at Holy Rosary Parish

The following statement is issued on behalf of Archbishop Richard Smith on the vandalism of the statue of St. John Paul II at Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton.

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Hundreds of graves discovered at Saskatchewan residential school site

The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced the discovery of up to 751 unmarked graves at the site of the Catholic residential school on its territory, the news coming almost a month after the discovery of 215 children’s bodies buried at another residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

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Liturgical Guidance for Stage 3 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy

The Province of Alberta has announced that Alberta's Open for Summer Plan will enter Stage 3 on Thursday, July 1, 2021. As parishes begin to reopen, numerous conversations will occur, and of course, discernment and discretion in each parish circumstance. We know that being patient with one another is so crucial as the reopening begins. Please allow yourselves the opportunity to evaluate and re-evaluate as the reopening progress and to discern any changes. As you will note below, there will be an evaluation of specific protocols over the summer months.

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