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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

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COVID restrictions eased

The provincial government has announced their open for summer plan that documents the various stages of easing COVID-19 restrictions. 

In summary, here are the key highlights and relevant updates for places of worship: 

Beginning Friday, May 28, 2021

  • The capacity limit for worship services goes back to the 15% of the fire code occupancy.
  • There will be no change on funerals, weddings, and baptisms.
  • Masks remain mandatory.

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021

  • Wedding ceremonies may have up to 10 people, including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers. Receptions remain prohibited. NOTE: The government has now included photographers and videographers to the 10 people allowed. The Archdiocese does not consider the soloist and the instrumentalist included in the 10 people allowed.
  • Funerals: Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests. Receptions remain prohibited.
  • Baptisms: The Archdiocese continues to limit the attendees to 10 people for Baptisms.
  • House Blessings: We continue to recommend that house blessings (inside gatherings) happen only after stage 2 begins.

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Archbishop on Buddhist Feast of Vesakh

A letter from Archbishop Smith to Edmonton Buddhist communities on the occasion of the Feast of Vesakh.

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Sheedy: St. Joseph is a guide to being an everyday saint

Seminarian Andrew Sheedy writes that St. Joseph has much to teach us: about how great holiness can be achieved in our day-to-day lives, about how we can serve Jesus in the people around us, about what it means to be a good father, and so much more.

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Langlois: Looking back on my vocation, I fell in love with Jesus

Sister Michelle Langlois writes when she first went through the doors of Calgary’s FCJ Christian Life Centre to find out more about Religious Life in 2011, she believed that I had some idea of what I was getting into.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle renews mission to heal relationship between Church and First Nations

As Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, focused on the work of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, we want to renew and celebrate the Spirit of Pentecost. Still relatively new as a coalition, we are convinced of the importance of language, the challenges of unity in diversity, and the impossibility of progress in reconciliation in our Church and communities apart from the work of the Holy Spirit.

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