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Archbishop Smith's latest Video Message

How can we grow in holiness during the pandemic?

"In this video message, I’m responding to a question that was put to me not long after restrictions placed upon us due to COVID-19 began to take hold. Someone wondered how to grow in holiness during this time of pandemic. Let’s take a brief look at that.

"Let me say first that I’m really pleased with the question. It suggests an intuition that these strange and limiting circumstances might be providing us with an occasion to ponder closely our life of faith and the universal call to holiness that is ours from Baptism. I think here we already have what we could call a holy intuition, one that recognizes that, since God is always at work in our lives, we should be very attentive, especially in untoward situations, to how we might be called to cooperate with his grace...."

-- Archbishop Richard Smith, May 7, 2020

More Video Messages from the Archbishop



  • On Cancellation of Skaro Pilgrimage
  • Supporting our Parish
  • Message to Engaged Couples
  • Message to the Catholic Deaf Community (in ASL)
  • Message to the Elderly & Isolated
  • Message to Healthcare Workers
  • Message to Catholic Educators
  • Message to Catechumens and Candidates
  • Cancellations of Summer Camps
  • Archbishop Smith's Letters & Messages

    April 8, 2020 - A Message for Easter 2020

    March 16, 2020 - Public Masses Cancelled until Further Notice

    March 27, 2020 - Archbishop's Message explaining Indulgences during the Pandemic

    Faith Resources

    From Pope Francis

    At Home

    Spiritual Communion is an act of prayer that can be used when participating in the Mass remotely.

    During the Pandemic, Living With Christ is offering free Prayer Resources and Daily Mass texts.

    The Archbishop's homily texts will be posted on our Messages and Homilies page.

    2020 Cancellations or Postponements due to Pandemic

    • Chrism Mass
    • Catholic Family Life Conference
    • Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage
    • Skaro Pilgrimage
    • Faith, Fun and Fitness Run/Walk
    • Newman Theological College 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion
    • Newman Golf Classic
    • Summer Camps
    • Archbishop's Dinner

    Archdiocesan Updates for Parishes and Staff

    General Updates

    Human Resources

    Mental Health Support

    If you, or a loved one, is feeling mental health distress, please call 211 (Alberta only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

    • Protecting your Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association page with resources on maintaining your mental health
    • Sunlife Employee Assistance Program – Available for staff who are enrolled in the Archdiocese benefits programs
    • Help in Tough Times – Alberta Health Services resources page with support for you or someone you know. You can find information on items such as COVID-19, Social support, Stress, Mental Health, Grief support, and even in finding Healthcare Services.