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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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Father Tesfu's mother passes

With sadness we advise that the mother of Rev. Tesfu Kelati, priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, died on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Abrehet Bahta died in Eritrea.

Father Tesfu is the pastor of St. Emeric Parish, and he also serves as the chaplain of St. Benedict Chapel in downtown Edmonton. 

We offer condolences to Father Tesfu and his family. 

Let us pray for the repose of Abrehet Bahta’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, that they rest in peace.

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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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