People across the Archdiocese of Edmonton are responding with generous and merciful hearts to the victims of the Fort McMurrary fire disaster. Here are just a few of the initiatives.

  • Archbishop Richard Smith has asked parishes in the Archdiocese to conduct emergency collections at Masses over the next two weekends in support of the people in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. Proceeds will be forwarded to the Diocese of St. Paul, where they will be shared equally between the Fort McMurray parishioners and the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association to be distributed to any local residents in need. We are also invited to make personal donations to the Red Cross, where they will be matched by the Alberta and federal governments. In a letter to the faithful, Archbishop Smith writes:

 "Above all, I invite you to join me in offering urgent prayers for the needs of all those affected by the wildfire disaster: those who have been displaced from their homes, the first responders and volunteers who are serving them, and all those working so hard to bring the situation under control. May the Lord of Mercy offer them His infinite grace and protection." 

Download the Archbishop's letter in full (PDF)

  • Some of our larger Edmonton-area parishes will be sheltering displaced Fort McMurray residents, and may also benefit from donations of personal items. 

  • St. Joseph's College on the University of Alberta campus has taken in a few families who were forced to evacuate Fort McMurray and is asking for help to gather items for them (new items only please, for this location only). If you can help, contact Danica at 
Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
Shampoo & Conditioner
Body Wash 
Hand Soap
Dish Soap 
Toilet Paper
Paper Towel
Cooking Utensils
Non-Perishable Food Items 
Grocery Store Gift Cards
Pharmacy Gift Cards