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Statement on Grandin name

The people of the Archdiocese of Edmonton share the deep pain felt by Indigenous Peoples, and indeed all Canadians, arising from the disclosure that what is believed to be the remains of 215 children were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C.

The painful legacy of residential schools, many of which were originally under Catholic administration, reverberates to this day.

The name Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin, central Alberta’s first bishop, appears in a variety of contexts: on buildings, schools, and neighbourhoods. We acknowledge that it represents a controversial and mixed legacy. Although Bishop Grandin is rightly remembered for the many good things he accomplished, nevertheless the association of his name with the sad and tragic legacy of residential schools has rendered it for many people a reminder of very painful experiences.

The Archdiocese is ready to engage and work directly with First Nations, school districts, Franco-Albertan communities, the City of Edmonton, the provincial government and all stakeholders in an ongoing and meaningful conversation about the next steps.

We are committed and working towards finding a solution that is respectful to all parties involved.

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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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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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Guidelines for Holy Week & Easter

General Guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week which leads to Easter is the heart of the liturgical year. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers the following guidelines for Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.

Parishes are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. If you are healthy and able, and if your home parish has space for you, it is best to attend these liturgies in person.

The Archdiocese is encouraging the faithful, who cannot attend in-person in their own church, to participate in the live-streamed celebrations presided over by Archbishop Richard Smith during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum as a sign of unity. The livestreamed Archdiocesan liturgies will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

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Edmonton Catholics stand with Muslim women, community after hate attack

The Archdiocese of Edmonton is deeply saddened to hear of a violent attack injuring two Muslim women in a hate-motivated incident this week.

We offer the sympathy of all the Catholic community to the two victims, their families, friends, and to the colleagues and community of those who have been attacked. We pray that they find the strength and the faith to overcome the wounds to their body, mind, and spirit.

There is no room in our society for hate, let alone a terrible attack of this nature.

We join with the Muslim community, and all people of faith, in condemning this incident. We find unity and solidarity in our shared values, which are greater than those who seek to divide us.

Download the Statement (PDF, 1 page)

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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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Video: How to receive Communion under new guidelines

New guidelines aim to keep everyone safe at Mass.

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Father Bernard (Bernie) Gilliece SDB passes at 86

Vigil Prayers 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at St Dominic Savio Parish, funeral Saturday 11 a.m.

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St. Patrick Parish to close on September 30

Parish to close with retirement of long-serving pastor Father Frank Stempfle.

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