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Arson suspected in fire at St. Patrick's church

Arson is suspected after fire caused extensive damage to the front entrance of St. Patrick’s church in downtown Edmonton.

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Alberta bishops offer support during Catholic Education Week May 10-14

Catholic Education Week May 10-14 celebrates the important and vital role that publicly funded Catholic schools play in Alberta by providing a faith-based education to more than 180,000 students.

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Archdiocese announces expanded restrictions

We look forward to the time when we can all worship together, in person. Respecting these restrictions will get our community to that point sooner rather than later. To promote consistency and hopefully avoid as much confusion as possible, the following restrictions will be in effect in all parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton regardless of regions and number of cases in regions.

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VIDEO: Archbishop Smith Speaks On New Health Restrictions

There are new worship restrictions province-wide effective immediately.
Stay-tuned for information from His Grace later this week on updated measures. 

From the Alberta government website for places of worship:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for hot spot regions – Effective May 5

  • Faith services are limited to 15 in-person attendees. 
  • Physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times. 
  • Virtual or online services are strongly recommended. 
  • Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed. 

For funerals: 

  • 10-people maximum for funerals, including participants and guests.
  • Funeral receptions are not permitted. 

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

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Canadian bishops announce new abuse reporting system

Today, the Bishops of Canada launch a national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered-up by a Bishop. This service furthers their commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and their commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.

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Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage 2021 to take place online

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and following upon the counsel of Alberta Health Services, the Board of Trustees of the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage Site has unanimously taken the decision to hold the 2021 pilgrimage virtually, as was done in 2020. The pilgrimage this year will not take place in person.

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Archbishop Smith's letter to Muslim community for Ramadan 2021

The theme of hope is central as Archbishop Richard Smith shares his letter the Muslim communities of the Edmonton area as they mark the holy month of Ramadan. “We live not only for the moment but for eternity, we are concerned not with the fulfilment of self-centred and transient desires but with allowing God to fulfil His will in us,” Archbishop Smith writes in his April 16 letter. “This is the basis or our hope both as Christians and Muslims.

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Archbishop Smith announces new Divine Mercy parish in southwest Edmonton

With great joy, I announce to you the name chosen for the newest parish in the Archdiocese of Edmonton: Divine Mercy Parish. Indeed, “Divine Mercy” is a message we want echoed and lived throughout the Archdiocese. It proclaims the good news of God's unconditional love, which reaches our wounded world as mercy, and transforms suffering into hope.

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VIDEO: Easter offers all of us a message of extraordinary hope

“The Lord is Risen!” is the acclamation of all Christians at Easter.

Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith said there’s a risk of taking for granted the message of extraordinary, sure hope that is contained in those words.

Over the past year as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re looking for signs of hope. However, it is nowhere near the explosive potential in those words “The Lord is Risen”. All that Christ asks of us is that we have faith in Him and the untold power of his love.

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St. Joseph Seminary rector appointed as new bishop of Prince Albert

Rev. Stephen Hero, a former associate pastor and vocations director who grew up in Edmonton and spent nine years as rector of St. Joseph Seminary, has been appointed as the new bishop of Prince Albert, Sask.

The announcement was made in Rome on March 25.

“I’m being sent now to these people to evangelize,” Father Hero said. “I’m seeing myself as a missionary, working with a whole bunch of other good people there, trying to preach the Gospel.

"I see my role then to help build up the Catholic Church there, to help people come to faith in Jesus Christ through the Word, through the salvation of the sacraments, and to be one with each other and with Christ.”

The current Bishop of Prince Albert, Albert Thevenot, has announced that he will be retiring. The diocese has scheduled a news conference for 9:30 a.m. March 25. More information will be available on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Prince Albert.

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