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Cantors to return to Mass

The voice of a cantor is now permitted at Catholic masses in the Edmonton Archdiocese, as parishes are given new guidelines following the easing of provincial COVID-19 guidelines on singing and music.

While provincial guidelines allow a choir performance with COVID restrictions, full congregation singing is not recommended at this time. In the Archdiocese, the guidelines say that only a cantor is permitted at this time. and the COVID-19 risk must be managed with physical distancing and other health precautions.

These guidelines were sent by Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith to priests on Sept. 17.

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AB/NWT Bishops release Pastoral Letter “On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”

Sept. 14 the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories released a pastoral statement, called On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal. This letter – addressed to all the Catholic faithful – offers praise and thanks for the many examples of care and collaboration that have emerged during the pandemic; it also highlights some of the social challenges that have surfaced and that will need to be addressed going forward. In particular, the bishops are inviting Catholics to review the impact of COVID-19 within their homes, schools, workplaces, and society in general, in light of the gospel and the social teaching of the Church.

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Canadian Bishops express sympathy after Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples fire

In a letter to Archbishop Richard Smith, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed sympathy to the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton following the devastating fire August 30.

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Uniting Ourselves in Prayer as Schools Reopen: Pastoral Letter from AB-NWT Bishops

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have written new pastoral letter entitled Uniting Ourselves in Prayer as Schools Reopen. The topic is timely, as the new school year begins amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Archbishop in Dialogue asks the question: Why Worship?

ARCHBISHOP IN DIALOGUE is a new digital platform for the Archbishop of Edmonton to teach the Catholic faith in an engaging manner, using thoughtful conversations with a variety of guests from all walks of life.

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Fire causes substantial damage at Sacred Heart Church of First Peoples

We are saddened to learn of today’s fire at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples but grateful that no one has been hurt.

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Reminder: No Skaro Pilgrimage this week

Even without the pilgrimage, we can still turn to the Blessed Mother in prayer.

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Archbishop offers message of condolence following Beirut explosion

Archbishop will celebrate Mass at the Maronite parish on Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Heartbreaking Loss of Historic Church

Arson has destroyed important part of Catholic history in east-central Alberta.

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Find an online Mass during COVID-19 restrictions

A list of online Mass celebrations in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

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