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Liturgy Guidelines updated Dec. 9 due to COVID measures

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has updated guidelines for liturgical celebrations and the use of parish space following the Government of Alberta’s December 8 announcement of stronger public health measures to keep everyone safe, protect the health system, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

These new measures should be followed by all parishes, regardless of the municipality in which they are located:  Indoor and outdoor social gatherings, public and private, are prohibited; Effective December 13, masses are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. Virtual or online services are recommended. Funerals and weddings continue to have a maximum allowable attendance of 10 people including the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses.

Services must be held at their normal location, and parishes with a hall as normal location for liturgies can use both the church and their overflow space as long as they limit attendance in each to 15% of fire code occupancy, or less if required for distancing. In-person faith group meetings are still permitted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed. The maximum allowable attendance is 10 people total.

Effective December 8, masks are mandatory. The celebrant and others speaking in front of a congregation are permitted to remove their masks while speaking provided they maintain 2 metre distance from others while doing so. Once finished speaking, the speaker must put on their mask again.

We ask for online or phone registrations for Christmas masses to avoid line-ups or physical contact with parish staff.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Divine Worship which be reached at divineworship@caedm.ca.

Download the full guidelines (PDF, 1 page)

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Bishops OK vaccinations for COVID-19

Alberta and NWT Bishops have published a letter explaining that "the Church assures us that it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive [the vaccine] for the good of personal and public health."

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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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Guidelines announced for gradual return to public masses

Catholics may be invited back to Sunday Mass as early as June 7. 

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AB Bishops Update: Date for Resumption of Public Masses not yet set

Date will be announced once Bishops know that directives can be fully and properly implemented.

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Alberta Bishops plan for reinstatement of public masses

Bishops' task force discerning when and how gradual reinstatement will be initiated.

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Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church, on May 1

Seeking protection and healing during pandemic, 9 a.m. on May 1.

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Pray with Pope Francis during May, the month of Mary

Pope Francis encourages us to pray the Rosary daily in May, and offers two new prayers.

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Video: Easter Message from Archbishop Smith

Some suggestions for how to celebrate this very different Easter.

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COVID-19: Archbishop Smith calls for preventive measures wherever Mass is celebrated

Refrain from handshakes; empty holy water fonts; no distribution from chalice.

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