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COVID-19 Updates

New worship restrictions due to COVID-19

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

  • 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.

Archbishop Smith's Video Messages

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

 VIDEO: How to receive Communion


VIDEO: Demonstration of how to receive Communion




AB/NWT Bishops Pastoral Letter “On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”

Archbishop Smith's Letters & Messages

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.