When I go to Mass and receive Communion, what happens to my sins?

  • 25 July 2018

CONFESSION!

  • 23 July 2018

"All may, some should and a few must."

 

Baptism makes us missionary disciples

  • 12 June 2018

Baptism makes us missionary disciples, endowed with many gifts and talents for the service of others in the name of the Lord.  If a person was baptized in infancy as I was, it is very easy to take for granted the wondrous gift bestowed by that sacrament.  Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living.  (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

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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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Rolheiser: Seeing what lies near our doorsteps
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Henri Nouwen once suggested that if you want to understand the tragedy of the Second World War, you can read a hundred history books about it and watch a thousand hours of video documentaries on it, or you can read the Diary of Anne Frank. In that single memoir of young girl imprisoned and later […]

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Landry: Series will reflect on what we believe and what we do
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Many years ago, as a junior high student, I discovered a love for performing in the theatre. The high point of my acting career took place when I was 16 years old, and I was given the opportunity to play the part of the lame man healed by Jesus (John 5) in an Easter musical […]

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Skaro Pilgrimage on August 14-15
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Details about the pilgrimage are available here: OLA Bulletin

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Grotto of the Immaculate Conception to be dedicated Sunday, August 14th
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Submitted by Rev. Joy Vadakkan Poulose CFIC “Grotto of the Immaculate Conception” at Holy Name Parish in Vermilion, AB. New features of the Grotto: The new Marian statue faces to the south side, to the front entrance and parking lots  A beautiful Pergola stands with new stamped concrete leading to its base Benches on either […]

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Landry: Loud voices and restless hearts
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

With so much noise and so many voices competing for our attention, we need to be aware of who and what we pay attention to. It was with this in mind that a few years ago, Archbishop Richard Smith wrote: “I often pose the question, “Who are you listening to?” So often, in fact, that […]

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Stories from the Papal Visit
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Share your story! A Papal Visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most Catholics. We have heard many stories and unique experiences from our guests, volunteers and staff. Now we want to hear from you! What is your strongest memory from the Papal Visit? What touched you most? What will you tell your grandchildren? Your story […]

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Speeches and Homilies of Pope Francis during his visit to Canada
Friday, July 29, 2022

His Holiness, Pope Francis, completed his apostolic journey to Canada from July 23rd – July 29th, 2022. On this “pilgrimage of penance”, he made a series of public statements regarding Indigenous reconciliation and healing. Each of the Holy Father’s statements is linked below: Address of the Holy Father: Meeting with Indigenous Peoples – First nations, […]

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Rolheiser: Why is there something instead of nothing?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Belgian theologian Jan Walgrave, who directed my doctoral thesis, was a true intellectual and a rare one. True, in that his thought naturally, instinctually gravitated towards the huge philosophical questions of essence and existence. Why are we here? Who are we really?  Moreover, he was also a rare intellectual in that he was an […]

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Ermineskin Cree Nation releases info for Maskwacis Papal Visit July 25th
Saturday, July 23, 2022



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World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – July 24
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 24 July 2022 “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15)  Dear Friends, “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps 92:15). These words of the Psalmist are glad tidings, a true “gospel” that we can […]

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Children were forbidden to speak Indigenous languages – now a choir will sing in Cree for the Pope
Friday, July 22, 2022

Looking together at the themes of mercy, healing and reconciliation, members of the choir carefully chose music to support Pope Francis’ journey to walking together at his Papal Mass taking place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 26, 2022. The choir will play a pivotal role not only in the Mass but in the […]

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Designing the Papal Mass vestments, with Julia and Adam Kozak
Friday, July 22, 2022

Julia Kozak, an Indigenous artist and dancer, was approached to create a design for the Holy Father to wear during his celebration of the Holy Mass in Edmonton. She discerned along with her husband Adam how to bring forth her gift of talent and tradition to help share healing and promote reconciliation in harmony with […]

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Park & Ride to Commonwealth Stadium Papal Mass
Thursday, July 21, 2022

July 26, 2022 at Commonwealth Stadium. More information is available here.  ETS will provide Park & Ride service between Commonwealth Stadium and a variety of Park & Ride sites for the Papal Mass. ETS bus routes 2, 3 and 101, as well as the Capital Line LRT, run near Commonwealth Stadium. You can use your […]

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Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park FREE on July 25 & 26
Thursday, July 21, 2022

iyiniwak okiskêyihtamowiniwaw (Indigenous Peoples Experience) Fort Edmonton Park and the City have collaborated to offer the Indigenous Peoples Experience for free on July 25 & 26, 2022 over the Papal Visit. We invite you to visit the award-winning Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park. Gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations’ and Métis […]

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Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples ready to welcome the Holy Father
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Following extensive restoration work after a fire in 2020, the church and its parishioners are ready to come together and welcome Pope Francis to Edmonton. After an Indigenous delegation from Canada travelled to Rome to invite the Holy Father to visit the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, the church and its parishioners are […]

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Re-Dedication of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Archbishop Smith opens the doors for the rededication of the newly rebuilt Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, the first liturgy to take place inside since the fire 2 years ago. The long-awaited ceremony took place on Sunday, July 17. 2022, attended by hundreds of joyful parishioners, led by a procession of drummers, indigenous […]

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Landry: Pope Francis is coming to be an instrument of healing
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Anywhere you go that hockey is played, the number 99 is synonymous with greatness. The number 99 was the number that belonged to Wayne Gretzky, who is universally recognized as the greatest player to ever play the game. Here in Edmonton, where Gretzky won four Stanley Cups and achieved incredible milestones, hockey fans treasure 99 […]

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Final block of tickets for Commonwealth Stadium Papal Mass delayed from Monday, July 18 until Friday, July 22, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022

The release of the final block of tickets for the Papal Mass (Tuesday, July 26) will now take place on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. MT. Tickets were originally scheduled to be released on July 18. Why the Change? We continue to prioritize Indigenous participation at events throughout the Papal Visit. In conversations […]

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The Pope is Coming to the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A few months back when the Indigenous delegation went to Rome, delegates invited the Holy Father to come to the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage, which has great spiritual significance in the lives of indigenous peoples, drawing pilgrims especially from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C., and the North. Elders and chiefs invited him hoping that the Holy Father’s […]

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Priest Assignments 2022 – continued
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The following Priest assignments took effect Wednesday, July 13, 2022: Rev. Felix KUSAMBA is appointed as Full-Time Priest Chaplain of Royal Alexandra Hospital. Rev. Wilson THANKACHAN is appointed as Full-Time Priest Chaplain of University of Alberta Hospital. The following Priest assignments will take place on the dates listed: Rev. Andrew BOGDANOWICZ, Pastor of St. Andrew Parish […]

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Rebuild Update: Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples was damaged by fire, sustaining serious damage which requires rebuilding and upgrades. Sacred Heart church was designated as a national Indigenous Parish in 1991. It serves indigenous peoples and settlers as natural hub for Catholic reconciliation work in the Edmonton area. The campaign to rebuild Sacred Heart Church […]

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St. Kateri Novena Prayer: July 14-22, 2022
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

As we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to Canada, let us invoke the intercession of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Mohawk saint who bears the title, “Protectress of Canada.” Please join in praying this novena to St. Kateri for the healing of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, as they prepare to share from their hearts with […]

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Rolheiser: Coping with our own souls
Monday, July 11, 2022

We have many photographs of Therese of Lisieux. Her sister Celine loved using a camera and took many photos of Therese, but there’s an interesting thing to note in those photos. The British Carmelite Ruth Burrows once did a study of those photos and commented that in all of them, Therese is always somehow alone, […]

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The Pope is coming to Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Thursday, July 7, 2022

A few months back when the Indigenous delegation went to Rome, Father Susai went along to support and accompany them. He brought with him a letter of invitation inviting the Holy Father to come to Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples parish, which is an indigenous parish that has significance in the Canadian church […]

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Updated: First block of tickets for Mass at Commonwealth Stadium sold out, 2nd block opens July 11
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

We are pleased to see so many people responding to the opportunity to attend Mass with Pope Francis, walking together on a journey of reconciliation. Approximately 16,000 seats were reserved today. The next block of seats will open on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time). We are using a block approach in […]

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Rolheiser: Our fellow believers – friends not foes
Monday, July 4, 2022

Denominational identity in me runs deep. Born, baptized, and raised a Roman Catholic, Roman Catholicism is my second nature, like a brand on my skin. I have no regrets about the congenital grip this has on me, even though now I think of it more as a foundation than as an endpoint in my faith […]

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