Pastoral Scene

God’s Anger – And our Feelings of Guilt and Shame
Monday, November 28, 2022

My early religious training, for all its strengths, placed too heavy an emphasis on fear of God, fear of judgment, and fear of never being good enough to be pleasing to God. It took the biblical texts about God being angry and displeased with us literally. The downside of this was that many of us […]

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YouCat: How we celebrate the mysteries of Christ
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

I have loved Lego for as long as I can remember. This highly sophisticated interlocking brick system captured my imagination as a child, and even as an adult I appreciate the ingenuity that goes into designing a new set. While there is always room for a certain degree of creativity whenever you have a set […]

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2022 Advent and Christmas Resources
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Resources for meditation to deepen your Advent prayer The Three Comings of the Lord: A Meditation for Personal or Parish-Wide Reflection A simple Advent reflection by Doctor of the Church St. Bernard of Clairvaux. St. Bernard of Clairvaux says there are three comings [of Christ]: Advent prepares not just for the first coming of Christ […]

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New book launch: And on the eight day, God created … sport?
Monday, November 21, 2022

Quinton Amundson Canadian Catholic News Matt Hoven’s book, On the Eighth Day: A Catholic Theology of Sport, was co-written with two PhD colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet foundational elements of this literary work were unofficially laid during the academic’s childhood. Hoven is an associate professor and the Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Catholic […]

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YouCat: God and the Sacred Liturgy
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

I will never forget the first night I held her hand. We were driving on a cold night in early March 2004; I had misplaced my gloves and my hands were cold… and my future wife graciously obliged my need by clasping her hand into my own. I was thrilled, my heart began to race, […]

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Glorifying God through sacred art: St. Joseph’s Basilica collaborates with Saskatchewan artist
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Sacred music and sacred art have been a rich part of the Catholic Church’s continuing legacy. The director of music at St. Joseph’s Basilica – Roderick Bryce – is participating in that legacy with his dedication to creating beautiful sacred music. The Basilica’s professional eight-piece vocal ensemble, the Schola Cantorum (Latin for “Song School”), is […]

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Basilica Music Inspires New Portrait Of The Virgin Mary: Tianna Williams
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

On November 15, the Schola Cantorum of Edmonton’s St. Joseph’s Basilica is releasing their second album of sacred music, entitled Into Light. For the full story click here. Roderick Bryce,  the director of music at St. Joseph’s Basilica,  collaborated with Saskatchewan Catholic artist Tianna Williams to design the album cover for Into Light. Through the […]

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YouCat: God Acts in Our Regard by Means of Sacred Signs
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

In 1983, The Karate Kid was released, and audiences were treated to one of the most unique (and memorable) training montages in any movie. In this case, the young apprentice Daniel, was trained by a series of chores he was assigned around his teacher’s yard. These included sanding a deck, painting a fence, and waxing […]

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Catholic Women’s League celebrates more than a century of faith and service
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

“Catholic and Living It” is the motto of the Catholic Women’s League as it celebrates 110 years of service, right where the CWL was originally founded, here in Edmonton. The Catholic Women’s League of Edmonton, was founded by Katherine Hughes (1876-1925) in 1912. It was the first organization in Canada to model after the Catholic […]

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A Poverty That Can Set Us Free: An Invitation From Our Pope
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Sharing the love of Christ through action is at the heart of Christianity. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus sets an example of not only preaching the Gospel, but also incarnating love by healing the sick, feeding the hungry and caring for the poor. At the end of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis […]

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Faith and science in harmony for Catholic scientists – Dr. Frank Marsiglio
Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Pope St. John Paul II wrote that “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish.” The belief in this symbiotic relationship between Catholicism and science is at the heart of […]

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Catholic Education Sunday, November 6th
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

We’re sharing several items today in advance of Catholic Education Sunday, this Sunday, November 6, 2022. The Catholic Education Sunday Video above features a compilation of speakers – including Archbishop Smith – from A Night of Catholic Education event on October 21, organized by GrACE (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education) and Elk Island Catholic Schools. In […]

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YouCat: How We Celebrate the Christian Mysteries
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Many stories dedicate a good part of their introduction to what’s known as “narrative exposition,” which presents the reader/viewer with information about the characters, their histories and their relationships. This process repeats itself when characters are taken from their own world and dropped into an unfamiliar world like Oz (The Wizard of Oz) or Narnia […]

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Rolheiser: Workaholism and greed
Monday, October 31, 2022

There’s only one addiction for which we are praised – overworking. With every other addiction, concerned others are looking to put you into a clinic or into a recovery program, but if your addiction is work, generally it’s seen as virtue. I know of what I speak. I’m a “recovering workaholic”, and not exactly in […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: “They never lost their faith, even with all that happened.”
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nations individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and reconciliation. […]

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Supporting Catholic Social Services Sunday – Oct. 30
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

When vulnerable people come to Catholic Social Services they are people at the margins of our society. They may be women and children facing domestic abuse, refugees leaving a war-torn homeland, people with developmental disabilities who require around-the-clock supports, seniors living in isolation, a pregnant girl with nowhere to turn for support, or a high-risk […]

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Two pastors mark milestone anniversaries as Salesian priests
Friday, October 21, 2022

Two pastors in Edmonton, and a former pastor, are among the Salesians priests marking milestone anniversaries as priests. Father Adaikala Raja John, SDB, pastor of St. John Bosco Church in Edmonton and treasurer of the Salesian community in Edmonton, has been a priest for 25 years. A native of Tamil Nadu State in India, he […]

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Protection of conscience rights for physicians seems to be ‘fading fast’
Friday, October 21, 2022

Dr. Rebecca Genuis is a fertility care physician based in Sherwood Park and a longtime member of the St. Luke’s Physicians Guild of Alberta. She was the guest speaker at the guild’s annual dinner. The following is an interview with her. When I moved to Edmonton from Ontario in 2011, I had just gotten married […]

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Portuguese parish celebrates 50 years in honour of Our Lady of Fatima
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Edmonton’s Portuguese parish, is celebrating their Golden Jubilee Anniversary Oct. 22-23.  It promises to be a weekend that brings both Portuguese and Canadian culture together with a deep love and devotion to the parish’s namesake, Our Lady of Fatima. The events will include three days of festivities, beginning with a […]

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YouCat: I Believe in Jesus Christ
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

For many years, Archbishop Richard Smith posted weekly reflections at a blog titled The Reason for Our Hope (these reflections can now be found on our Archdiocesan website.) The title of the Archbishop’s blog was inspired by the words of our first pope, who challenged us to “Always be ready to give an explanation to […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: “I don’t need to be stuck in all that trauma”
Monday, October 17, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nation individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and reconciliation. […]

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Pope Francis prays for unity of church as he celebrates anniversary of Vatican II
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – The Second Vatican Council was the universal Catholic Church’s response to God’s love and to Jesus’ command to feed his sheep, Pope Francis said, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the council’s opening. The council reminded the church of what is “essential,” the pope said: “a church madly […]

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Pastoral Letter to Young People released by Canada’s bishops
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Today, the Most Rev. Raymond Poisson, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a Pastoral Letter to Young People. The Letter is dated 12 October 2022 to honour the anniversary of the death of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first beatified millennial. This Pastoral Letter responds to the CCCB’s virtual conversations with […]

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YouCat: I Believe in God the Father
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Luke Skywalker had put up a good fight, but Darth Vader had gained the upper hand by cutting off Luke’s right hand. Luke crawled away off the catwalk, just out of Vader’s reach. He was trapped and defenceless. When Vader tried to convince him to switch allegiances, Luke wanted none of it. But the next […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: “It allows people to stop assuming the worst”
Saturday, October 8, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nation individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and reconciliation. […]

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For retiring St. Paul bishop, it’s always been about pastoral work
Thursday, October 6, 2022

The retiring Bishop of St. Paul, Alta., may have arrived in the province as a Montrealer, but he now considers himself an Albertan and has no plans to leave the diocese once Bishop-elect Gary Franken of the Archdiocese of Vancouver takes over. Bishop Paul Terrio said in an interview with Lakeland This Week that despite […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: “It’s like Jesus came to us.”
Monday, October 3, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nation individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and reconciliation. […]

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Archbishop Smith: Reconnecting with the mission of Catholic health care
Monday, October 3, 2022

Catholic health organizations across Canada mark National Catholic Health Care Week Oct.-28. Through stories, reflection and prayer, National Catholic Health Care Week also seeks to foster healing and to advance Catholic health care’s commitment to social justice and the values of inclusiveness and compassion, in the spirit of reconciliation. Within the Edmonton Archdiocese, the Covenant […]

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Rolheiser: Writing your own obituary
Monday, October 3, 2022

“There comes a time in life when it’s time to stop writing your resume and begin to write your obituary.” I’m not sure who first coined that line, but there’s wisdom in it. What’s the difference between a resume and an obituary? Well, the former details your achievements, the latter expresses how you want to […]

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YouCat: The Christian Profession of Faith
Monday, October 3, 2022

You don’t need to look far to find a story centered on a battle between good and evil. While many movies, novels, and comic books make the heroes and villains plain to see, some of the best of these stories add a little intrigue. In these stories it can be much harder to know who’s […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: ‘Our people are going to rise again’
Friday, September 30, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nation individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and reconciliation. […]

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Father Wieslaw Szatanski served in St. Albert and Lac Ste. Anne
Friday, September 30, 2022

Father Wieslaw Szatanski, OMI, passed away on Sept. 22 in Canmore. He was 57. The funeral Mass for Father Wieslaw will be held on Oct. 11 at 2 pm at St. Albert Parish. Viewing will take place prior to the Mass. Cremains will be interred in Poland. Father Wieslaw was a dedicated priest who served […]

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Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation: “I ask God to bless our people and that they would know Jesus.”
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Catholic Voices Of Reconciliation is a series of interviews with Catholic First Nation individuals who were a part of Pope Francis’ visit to the Edmonton Archdiocese. We asked each of them three questions about their experience as both followers of Christ and First Nations people and practical ways that local Catholics can support truth and […]

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Rolheiser: Dying along in the desert
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Recently I received a letter from a friend who shared that she was afraid to accept a certain vocation because it would leave her too much alone. She shared this fear with her spiritual director who simply said, Charles de Foucauld died alone in the desert!” That answer was enough for her. She went ahead […]

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YouCat: We Respond to God
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

When we celebrate a major milestone like a wedding or anniversary, it’s common to send out a series of invitations. These usually include instructions on how to RSVP to the event. “RSVP” comes from the French term respondez s’il vous plait, which means “please respond.” While in the past you might find an RSVP card […]

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Longtime pastor Father Leo Floyd served in Fort Saskatchewan and Mill Woods
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Fr. Leo Floyd, a longtime pastor in Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton, has died. He was 91. Leo Anthony Floyd  was born on Aug. 16, 1931 in Springfield, N.S. He attended St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton from 1954-1958 and ordained on May 31, 1958 at St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Father Floyd served as pastor in […]

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Christian unity and reconciliation is happening on “Church Street” Edmonton
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Jenny Connelly – Archdiocese of Edmonton There is something exciting happening on the historical “Church Street” of Edmonton, Alberta. Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples hosted an event called Church Street: Hope and Healing Encounter, an opportunity to share faith and help those in need. The event took place on 96 Street in downtown […]

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Together We Serve launches 2022 Fall Appeal
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The Together We Serve 2022 Fall Appeal officially kicked-off on Sunday, September 18, with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Richard Smith at St. Joseph’s Basilica. In his homily on the Gospel of the dishonest steward (Luke 16:1-13), His Grace invited us to see Together We Serve as an “opportunity to be prudent and wise managers of […]

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Fr. Shayne Craig Leaves For France On “Great Adventure” As Head Of Sulpician Order
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Jenny Connelly – Archdiocese of Edmonton Father Shayne Craig, a longtime priest and teacher in Edmonton, has been elected as the new superior general of the Society of Priests of Saint-Sulpice, an international order of priests founded in the 1600s. Father Craig, a Sulpician priest himself, will be based in Paris, France, the headquarters for […]

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YouCat: God approaches us
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Every love story starts somewhere. Mine began on a busy road in south Edmonton in the winter of 2004. I had been trying to work up the courage to ask her out on a date throughout the evening, and as she was about to get into her car and head home from the birthday party […]

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Rolheiser: On being jealous of God’s generosity
Monday, September 19, 2022

“The cock will crow at the breaking of your own ego – there are lots of ways to wake up!” John Shea gave me those words and I understood them a little better recently as I stood in line at an airport: I had checked in for a flight, approached security, saw a huge lineup, […]

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YouCat: Why We Are Able to Believe
Monday, September 19, 2022

One of the toys I remember having as a little kid was the Tupperware Shape-O Toy. It’s a shape sorter built as a red and blue ball, with a variety of holes all around it. It is designed in such a way that each of the yellow shaped pieces matches up to one hole on […]

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New bishop appointed for the Diocese of St. Paul
Thursday, September 15, 2022

B.C. Catholic With files from the Archdiocese of Edmonton Pope Francis has named the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Vicar General, Father Gary Franken, as the new Bishop of Saint Paul, Alta. Father Franken will take over from Bishop Paul Terrio, who retires at the age of 79, four years after reaching the mandatory retirement age of […]

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Youth Catechism: Man is Receptive to God
Thursday, September 15, 2022

In the age of digital cable and streaming media, it’s hard to imagine a time when people didn’t have access to hundreds of shows at the push of a button. It’s not that long ago that for some, even basic cable was considered a luxury. Many people only watched TV thanks to a set of […]

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A Calling Of Joy: Discerning Religious Life With Edmonton Local Sara Dmitri
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Jenny Connelly Archdiocese of Edmonton Communications Sara Dmitri is a woman who radiates joy. But she also knows the feeling of fear. Sara has recently left her hometown of Edmonton to discern becoming a religious sister with the Queenship of Mary, a religious community based out of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. On Sept. 7, the […]

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Saskatchewan community prays for victims of mass stabbing tragedy
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Quinton Amundson Catholic News Service PRINCE ALBERT – Catholics joined the local Anglican bishop and others across Saskatchewan and the nation in praying for the victims and survivors of a stabbing spree on the James Smith First Nation and in nearby Weldon, Sask. Among the 10 dead is one of the suspected perpetrators, Damien Sanderson, […]

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YouCat: Why We Are Able to Believe
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

One of the toys I remember having as a little kid was the Tupperware Shape-O Toy. It’s a shape sorter built as a red and blue ball, with a variety of holes all around it. It is designed in such a way that each of the yellow shaped pieces matches up to one hole on […]

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Rolheiser: A Biblical Formula for Forgiveness
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Nothing is as important as forgiveness. It is the key to happiness and the most important spiritual imperative in our lives. We need to forgive, to make peace with the hurts and injustices we have suffered so as not to die angry and bitter. Before we die, we need to forgive – others, ourselves, and […]

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YouCat: Each one of us is the result of a thought of God
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

About two-thirds of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring, all the forces of good gather for a council. Trouble is brewing, and they lay out the dangers they and their people are facing. The situation is dire, but there is hope. If someone was to destroy the enemy’s weapon – a simple gold ring […]

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Rolheiser: Magnificat gives voice to how God responds to powerlessness of poor
Monday, August 29, 2022

A wise old Augustinian priest once shared this in class. There are days in my life when everything from the pressures of my work, to tiredness, to depression, to distraction, to flat-out laziness make it difficult for me to pray. But, no matter what, I always try to pray at least one sincere, focused Our […]

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