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Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples re: Kamloops residential school tragedy

We have been working closely with Father Susai of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, which is a National Catholic Parish for indigenous people. 

Sacred Heart parish elders hosted a pipe ceremony – a high honour among First Nations – at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. The ceremony was by its sacred nature private, involving only the elders. No photos or videos were allowed.

Following that private ceremony with a more public outreach, a 4 to 6 p.m. vigil was held at the Sacred Heart church site on 96 Street in which 215 ribbons were tied in the area.

During the prayer service, there was be traditional smudging and also one man drumming.

A limited number of participants were able to be physically present to reflect silently or speak. In the interest of crowd control due to the COVID pandemic, others were asked to either drive past and respectfully reflect inside their vehicles, or to walk past with appropriate social distance spacing.

His Grace Archbishop Richard W. Smith will be celebrating Mass at Sacred Heart parish at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday June 6. Mass will be offered for the victims of the former Kamloops residential school and for all residential school survivors. Both that Mass, and Mass from the Basilica, will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

Online Rosary for Kamloops tragedy at 7 p.m.

Rev. Les Kwiatkowski is planning a rosary this evening (June 2, 2021) with 215 candles to honour of the 215 children whose remains were recently discovered at the Kamloops residential school. The rosary at Lac Ste. Anne will be livestreamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL797S1WP_vSnXosmjHbLXg at 7 p.m.

Canada’s bishops express ‘deepest sorrow’ over loss of 215 children found buried at former residential school

Canada’s bishops are expressing their “deepest sorrow” and pledge to “continue walking side by side” with Indigenous people in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of 215 children buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

The Vatican published June 1 major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Archbishop Smith speaks on Kamloops Residential School site discovery

In this short video, Archbishop Richard W. Smith speaks on the recent Kamloops Residential School site discovery.

CCCB Statement regarding discovery at former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Today, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a statement following the report of a recent discovery of children’s graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

Oblates release statement on discovery of the remains of 215 children at Kamloops residential school

On behalf of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, I wish to express my heartfelt sadness and sincere regret for the deep pain and distress the discovery of the remains of children buried on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School brings to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and other affected indigenous communities, especially family members of the deceased. I appreciate the sensitive and respectful way in which this difficult work is being carried out. This heart‐breaking discovery brings the tragedy of the residential school system into the light once again and demands that we continue to confront its legacy.

2021 Clergy Transfers and Assignments

We will welcome several new priests to the Archdiocese of Edmonton over the next few months. Here's a  list of the 2021 appointments. Names in red signify priests who have arrived most recently; please keep them in your prayers.

With gratitude for the work of the Clergy Personnel Committee, we are pleased to announce the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Edmonton which are effective 15 July 2021 (unless otherwise indicated).

Newman Theological College awarded $50,000 grant

Newman Theological College (NTC) has been awarded a $50,000 USD grant from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Pathways for Tomorrow: Canadian Schools Planning and Assessment Grants Initiative

Community helps North one container at a time

A beautifully painted shipping container filled with non-perishable food and goods is headed for a permanent home beside Holy Name of Mary Church in a remote Arctic community.