Pastoral Scene

Three Alberta Indigenous leaders will be among the delegates traveling to Vatican City this upcoming December
Thursday, December 2, 2021Three Alberta Indigenous leaders will be among the delegates traveling to Vatican City this upcoming December to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis as part of national healing and reconciliation efforts.
VIDEO: Second Sunday of Advent - Residential Schools
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

In this video, the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of the second Sunday of Advent, and we hear the call to prepare for the coming of the Lord. We are invited to prepare the way for healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples by listening, understanding and seeking forgiveness for the suffering experienced by students and their families because of Indian Residential Schools.


VIDEO: Apology by the Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

On behalf of His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, we share with you a video featuring Bishops from across the country reading the “Apology by the Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of this Land.”

The video was shown during the Cardinal’s Annual Dinner, a virtual event this year, and was produced with the assistance of Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation.

The video (bilingual) can be shared to parishes and the public via the following link: https://youtu.be/M6BazS2PEN0


Rolheiser: Leaving church
Monday, November 29, 2021

People are leaving their churches for a multitude of reasons and this begs some further questions. When people are leaving their churches, what actually are they leaving? And, where are they going, if anywhere?


Remembering Sister Jeannette Gauttier
Monday, November 29, 2021Her passion and legacy continue to inspire others
COVID-19 Guidelines for Advent and Christmas 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021

The following guidelines prepared with the current health and safety restrictions in place will assist you in planning for the upcoming Advent and Christmas season.


VIDEO: Archbishop Smith talks about upcoming Indigenous Delegation to Rome
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The delegation departs from Canada on December 14th, and will return on the 21st. Three of the official delegates are from Alberta: Chief Wilton Littlechild of Maskwacis, Angie Crerar of Grande Prairie and Gary Gagnon of St. Albert. While in Rome, the Pope will grant three distinct one-hour private audiences with the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit delegates respectively. These will be followed by a fourth encounter with the entire group, at which other Indigenous people from Canada will be present.


VIDEO: Catholic Young Adults of Edmonton (C-YEG)
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Young adults need community - and we need you to be a part of it! C-YEG started as a small group of eight people planning some events and after only three months, we have had an astounding response...


Letter to the Faithful - Special Delegation of Indigenous Peoples to Encounter Pope Francis in Rome
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This meeting with the Holy Father is of immense significance in the history of Indigenous Peoples, our Church, and our country.


2021 Pastoral Letter on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Canada
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

On 22 November 2021, the CCCB Commission for Justice and Peace released a Pastoral Letter entitled For Freedom Christ has Set us Free: Pastoral Letter on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Canada. The letter draws attention to the inherently exploitative and abusive nature of the purchase of sex and insists that in order to protect the vulnerable, this practice must continue to be criminalized: “Treating sex as ‘work’ masks the physical, psychological and sexual violence inflicted on the prostituted person. Prostitution involves selling something that by its nature cannot be bought or sold and is therefore inherently exploitative.”