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Divine Worship

 The mission of the Office of Divine Worship is to promote full, active, conscious and fruitful participation in liturgy throughout the Archdiocese.

This is accomplished by providing and encouraging education, support, direction, leadership and resources to all parishes, and by being a unifying and visionary body to all parishes.

Director: Rev. Paul Kavanagh
Phone:  780-469-1010 ext. 2153

Administrative Assistant: Mona Dolan
Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2151

Or email using the Contact Us button above

Learn about the Elements of the Mass

Elements of the Catholic Mass is a video series designed to help the faithful better appreciate the beauty of the Mass. Featuring experts from the Liturgical Institute, the program consists of beautifully produced weekly short videos of 2-5 minutes. These free videos will be available online and on demand. Because they will be released with a discussion guide with references, they are ideal for personal faith formation or group discussion. We invite you to take a look!

Composing Catholic Prayers

Have you been asked to compose a prayer for a special occasion? Then you will find this guide helpful. 

Download Composing Catholic Prayers

Western Canada Liturgy Conference 2016

Those Who Sing Pray Twice:
A Second Glance at Chant in the Liturgy

October 21-22, 2016, at Corpus Christi Parish in Edmonton

Discover the soul and the “beauty ever ancient, ever new” of the sung liturgy. The Western Conference for Liturgy (WCL) Conference this year aims to provide participants with the opportunity to hear and sing the new beautiful English chants and timeless Latin classics.

The conference will be held on October 21-22, 2016 (Friday and Saturday), at Corpus Christi Church, 2707 - 34 St. NW, Edmonton, with presenter Lowell A. Davis, Director of St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant at University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.

Download the Letter of Invitation

Download the Poster

Who should attend this conference?

  • Parish/school choir directors, musicians, choir members and music teachers. Find out how the chants can be a definite addition to your repertoire. There will be an opportunity to sing the chant in the liturgy on Saturday, Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m. Mass.
  • Members of the clergy who provide liturgical leadership. A special session for priests with focus on the Roman Missal Chants will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (register separately to
  • Liturgical coordinators, ministers and all the members of the faithful. Find out why chants’ sacredness and timelessness have stood the test of time.

For more information about the conference, please contact Judy Darbyson, WCL Executive Secretary, at 780-476-2457 or visit the website at, or call Mona in the Office of Divine Worship at 780-469-1010 ext 2151.

To register for the conference online, click on the button below.

Registration fee of $100 can be paid online with Visa or Mastercard, or you can confirm payment and then select Offline Payment and mail your cheque, payable to The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, to:

Office of Divine Worship
The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
8421 - 101 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6R 3H5

An Act of Spiritual Communion

During an outbreak of influenza in Alberta, we encourage all parishioners to remain home at the first sign of illness, especially a cough or fever, out of respect for their brothers and sisters. Those who stay home can view a televised Mass on Salt+Light Television, on EWTN Television, or online at

When unable to receive Holy Communion, one can make a Spiritual Communion. This is an act expressing what was described by St. Thomas Aquinas as "an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him." In a Spiritual Communion we ask our Lord to come to us in the same way He would if we were able to receive the Sacrament:

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there,

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Rev. Paul Kavanagh,
January 8, 2014