2022 Advent Penitential Services

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. Click for a schedule of all the Advent Penitentials that parishes have sent to the Archdiocese:

ADVENT PENITENTIAL LIST

Media roundup: Maskwacis chiefs look ahead to historic visit of Pope Francis

28 June 2022

Appears in: Archdiocesan News

Pope Francis will visit the Treaty Six Territory of Maskwacis, Alberta.

This is a pivotal moment for the world to witness and understand the impacts of the intergenerational traumas suffered by indigenous people in the residential school systems in Canada and around the World. This is an important step towards reconciliation for everyone to be a part of, to collaborate for a true sense of  truth and reconciliation.

On June 27, the Maskwacis Chiefs held a press conference to welcome the news from the Vatican. Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief Vernon Saddleback, Chief Desmond Bull and Coun. Chase McDougall (representing Chief Leonard Standing on the Road) were in attendance (watch the video above).

The Papal visit is focusing on the theme of “Walking Together” with an emphasis on Indigenous participation. At this visit, Pope Francis will deliver an official apology on Canadian soil on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in the Indian Residential System.

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