VIDEO: How to receive Communion
VIDEO: Demonstration of how to receive Communion
Weddings (With Mass and Outside of Mass)
- Wedding ceremonies may now have up to 20 people. Weddings continue to include the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers. The Alberta government and AHS now include photographers and videographers in the 20 people attendance. We are following up on our last update. The Archdiocese does not consider the soloist and instrumentalist as part of the 20 people allowed.
Funerals (Funeral Mass or Funeral Liturgy outside of Mass)
- Funerals continue to have a maximum of 20 people. This number does not include facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests.
- In-person attendance for Baptism is 20 people. This does not include the celebrant.
- Proper physical distancing and the use of masks are required during the celebration of the rite.
- The capacity limit for in-person attendance is 1/3 of the fire code occupancy.
- Pastors may confer the Sacrament of the Confirmation, especially if the parish postponed the celebration due to the recent restrictions.
Visitation to the Sick
- During Stage 2, a priest or deacon may take Holy Communion to the sick. If visitation is to a hospital or nursing home, we must adhere to the institution’s admission and risk mitigation policies.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- Adoration continues to be permitted with adherence to canonical guidelines and proper physical distancing and mask use.
- The capacity limit for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church is now 1/3 of the fire code occupancy.
- Outdoor social gatherings, with proper distancing, allowed up to 20 people.
- Indoor social gatherings are not permitted. This can limit visits to parishioner’s homes until Stage 3, which could begin in a few weeks.
As we enter into Stage 2, our parishes continue to prepare for Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan.
We thank all of you, clergy or parishioner, for your faithful stewardship these past several months. The preparations we all make together these next weeks will be essential as we return to pre-pandemic activities. There may be new ministries that will flow from the many volunteers that have offered their gifts these past several months, so please talk to your pastor about any way you can contribute and be involved moving forward together in Christ.
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
- Growing in Holiness during Pandemic
- On Living without the Eucharist
- What is an Indulgence?
- Explaining Marian Consecration
- How to celebrate Easter this year
- 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
AB/NWT Bishops Pastoral Letter “On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”
- 14 September 2020 – “A Pastoral Statement Impact Of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”
Archbishop Smith’s Letters & Messages
- 26 May 2020 – Archbishop Smith’s Letter: A Gradual Return to Publicly Celebrated Mass (EN)
- 26 May 2020 – Lettre de l’archevêque Smith: Retour graduel à la messe célébrée en public (FR)
- 08 April 2020 – A Message for Easter 2020
- 27 March 2020 – Archbishop’s Message explaining Indulgences during the Pandemic
- 16 March 2020 – Public Masses Cancelled until Further Notice
From Pope Francis
- Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
- Letter to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020
(includes 2 Marian prayers that can be recited at end of Rosary)
- Join in an online Mass from your parish’s website or social media. If your parish does not have this, you can join with Archbishop Smith every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Basilica. All Basilica livestreams (including all Sunday Masses):YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/yegbasilica/live
TELUS Optik TV: Channel 877 will livestream all Sunday Masses at 10:30 a.m.
Only for special feast days or archdiocesan events with Archbishop Smith (except Sunday Masses), the Basilica account WILL livestream these if it happens at the Basilica:
Spiritual Communion is an act of prayer that can be used when participating in the Mass remotely.
- Spiritual Communion Prayer Card – B&W (4 cards on a letter-sized page)
- Spiritual Communion Prayer Card – Colour (4 cards on a letter-sized page)
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.
Archdiocesan Updates for Parishes and Staff
- Mar. 23, 2020 – Update 5 – Pastoral & Administration Offices closed to Public
- Mar. 13, 2020 – Update 4 – Sunday Obligation; Continuing Mass, Outreach, Continuing Vigilance
- Mar. 11, 2020 – Update 3 – Sunday Obligation, Empty Fonts, No Handshakes or Distribution from Chalice
- Mar. 06, 2020 – Update 2 – Good Hygiene, Stay Home if Sick
- Feb. 28, 2020 – Update 1 – Precautions and Advice
- Sept. 28, 2020 – HR Update 16 – Transition from CERB to EI
- July 29, 2020 – HR Update 15 – Paper ROE (Record of Employment) Processing
- July 15, 2020 – HR Update 14 – LTB Benefits and Recruitment
- July 02, 2020 – HR Update 13 – Priests, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy update (Clergy – internal only, not linked)
- May 26, 2020 – HR Update 12 – Priests, Temporary layoff recall (Clergy – internal only, not linked)
- May 14, 2020 – HR Update 11 – CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) and the SUB plan
- May 08, 2020 – HR Update 10 – Benefits and Subsidies
- Apr. 28, 2020 – HR Update 9 – PAO Staff Update
- Apr. 24, 2020 – HR Update 8 – Parish processing Payroll, ROE and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- Apr. 20, 2020 – HR Update 7 – Government plans Update
- Apr. 08, 2020 – HR Update 6 – Priests, Updated Q&A (Clergy – internal only, not linked)
- Apr. 03, 2020 – HR update 5 – Priests, Q&A (Clergy – internal only, not linked)
- Mar. 30, 2020 – HR Update 4 – Priests, support documents (Clergy – internal only, not linked)
- Mar. 27, 2020 – HR Update 3 – Priests, Parishes & Staff (Clergy/Office – internal only, not linked)
- Mar. 18, 2020 – HR Update 2 – Physical Distancing, Self-isolation, Working Remotely
- Mar. 13, 2020 – HR Update 1 – Isolating after Travel, No Medical Note Required
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.