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Edmonton Catholics stand with Muslim women, community after hate attack

The Archdiocese of Edmonton is deeply saddened to hear of a violent attack injuring two Muslim women in a hate-motivated incident this week.

We offer the sympathy of all the Catholic community to the two victims, their families, friends, and to the colleagues and community of those who have been attacked. We pray that they find the strength and the faith to overcome the wounds to their body, mind, and spirit.

There is no room in our society for hate, let alone a terrible attack of this nature.

We join with the Muslim community, and all people of faith, in condemning this incident. We find unity and solidarity in our shared values, which are greater than those who seek to divide us.

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Liturgy Guidelines updated Dec. 9 due to COVID measures

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has updated guidelines for liturgical celebrations and the use of parish space following the Government of Alberta’s December 8 announcement of stronger public health measures to keep everyone safe, protect the health system, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

These new measures should be followed by all parishes, regardless of the municipality in which they are located:  Indoor and outdoor social gatherings, public and private, are prohibited; Effective December 13, masses are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. Virtual or online services are recommended. Funerals and weddings continue to have a maximum allowable attendance of 10 people including the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses.

Services must be held at their normal location, and parishes with a hall as normal location for liturgies can use both the church and their overflow space as long as they limit attendance in each to 15% of fire code occupancy, or less if required for distancing. In-person faith group meetings are still permitted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed. The maximum allowable attendance is 10 people total.

Effective December 8, masks are mandatory. The celebrant and others speaking in front of a congregation are permitted to remove their masks while speaking provided they maintain 2 metre distance from others while doing so. Once finished speaking, the speaker must put on their mask again.

We ask for online or phone registrations for Christmas masses to avoid line-ups or physical contact with parish staff.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Divine Worship which be reached at divineworship@caedm.ca.

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Bishops OK vaccinations for COVID-19

Alberta and NWT Bishops have published a letter explaining that "the Church assures us that it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive [the vaccine] for the good of personal and public health."

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Liturgy Guidelines updated Nov. 27 due to COVID measures

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has updated guidelines for liturgical celebrations and the use of parish space in light of the Nov. 24 Government of Alberta public health measures to keep everyone safe, protect the health system, and slow the spread of Covid-19.

Mask use is mandatory, Masses are at one-third capacity (or less if required to maintain social distancing), weddings, baptisms and funerals are limited to 10 people including clergy. Parishes exposed to COVID must notify both Alberta Health Services and the Archdiocese's Pastoral Administration Office.

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New Priest Appointments

Father Jozef Wroblewski to retire, Father Adam Lech appointed Pastor of Holy Family parish, with Father Matthew Kunnel CMI appointed as Associate Pastor.

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Livestream: Nov. 2 All Souls’ Day Mass to be a requiem for COVID-19 victims

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith will offer Mass for all victims of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nov. 2.

The 5:30 p.m. Mass will be livestreamed from St. Joseph’s Basilica. The requiem Mass will be celebrated with current COVID-19 protocols and livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person. Archbishop Smith said it’s an opportunity to come together as a Catholic community to remember everyone who has died, especially as a result of COVID.


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Archbishop's Catholic Education Sunday Message 2020

See Archbishop Smith's video message for Catholic Education Sunday 2020.

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Novena for Catholic Education Sunday

We are grateful for our Catholic Schools. Let us unite in prayer that the Holy Spirit may intercede for Catholic Education throughout Alberta by praying this traditional prayer daily from October 29 until November 6, 2020. 

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Comments attributed to Pope Francis

With regard to questions arising about comments attributed recently in the media to Pope Francis, it belongs to the Holy See (the Vatican) to issue explanations and clarifications. If and when such information is issued, the Archdiocese of Edmonton would be pleased to offer an explanatory comment upon it.

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Prayer Intentions for Catholic Education (2020/2021 School Year)

Here are prayer intentions for Catholic Education during the 2020-2021 school year.

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