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Pastoral Care

for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.

Matthew 25: 35-36

Pastoral care communicates Christ’s healing love and compassion to all, especially those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. The Office of Pastoral Care works to coordinate and promote programs and initiatives that offer spiritual and sacramental support.

We connect with healthcare institutions, chaplains, parishes and clergy for the well-being of our Catholic community. 

We connect with pastoral visitor volunteers by providing education, training and formation in order to prepare them for service in our health care facilities and prisons.  

We participate in and promote major international, national and local initiatives to raise awareness and involvement in pastoral care, including: World Day of the Sick, Pastoral Care Week, Restorative Justice Week, and other restorative justice opportunities and pastoral care initiatives in our Catholic and  ecumenical communities.

We oversee the training of parish leaders in the Called to Protect™ program to ensure a safe environment for our children, youth and vulnerable persons.

The Office of Pastoral Care benefits greatly from the guidance and support of an Advisory Committee comprised of clergy, chaplains and laity.  This group meets several times a year to further the many initiatives of the Office of Pastoral Care.  Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Archbishop for a three-year term.

Contact: Teresa Kellendonk, BA M.Div.
Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2443

Administrative Assistant: Natalie Rose
Phone: 780-469-1010 ext. 2130

Or email using the Contact Us button above

Events
Registration is now open for the next cycle of classes in the Certificate in Catholic Studies (CCS), offered by the Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization through Newman Theological College. Fifteen different courses will begin on Monday, September 25. All are offered online, so you can study from the comfort of home and work around your personal schedule. Each course runs five weeks and costs just $85. This program is open to adults and youth of all backgrounds and education levels. ...
Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish, 18407-60 Aven (map)
An Evening of Answers Were you married in a civil ceremony? Divorced and remarried or living common law? Does the Church recognize such a marriage? How is a Christian marriage different from a civil marriage? Why is there an annulment process anyway? Why do I not qualify to be a sponsor/godparent because of my civil marriage? If you would like answers to these questions or similar ones, we invite you to attend an information evening on Civil Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage and the Catholic Ch...
Way Of Holiness Retreat Centre, Hinton, AB T7V 1Y4 (map)
Don't miss out on a well deserved break and opportunity to rest in His arms.  Registrations are still open for Beauty, Truth & Goodness: Discovering the Sacred in Daily Life, a women’s retreat at Way of Holiness retreat centre near Hinton. The women's retreat takes place Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1.  This retreat for women will help us to see how beauty, truth, and goodness inspire and elevate our lives to greater things. To register online, go to http://www...
Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, 1225 Township Rd 535, Carvel, AB T7Z 1X3 (map)
The Carmelite Friars of the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society jubilantly invite you to their first Carmelite-led retreat at their newly acquired retreat centre on Saturday-Sunday, September 30-October 1.  This retreat is offered to all who want to enjoy the deep spirituality, knowledge and humour of guest speaker Rev. Dr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, an expert in bioethics and philosophy.  Phone or email to reserve meals at cost and/or cabins: 780-963-0896 or mountcarmeledmonton@gmai...
Blackstone Mtn. Lodge, 170 Kananaskis Way, Canmore AB (map)
The Wilberforce Project invites all pastors, pastoral staff and pro-life leaders to Unite Life, a one-day event that will help pro-life leadership at all levels to help foster awareness, communication and comraderie, while drafting a strategy for a life-affirming change in Alberta.  This free event will be held Saturday, September 30, at Blackstone Mountain Lodge, 170 Kananaskis Way, Canmore AB.  For more information please contact the Wilberforce Project at 780-421-7747 or register ...
Providence Renewal Centre, 3005-119 Street, Edmon (map)
Would you like to learn a practice of prayer that has been part of our Christian tradition for centuries?  In October, Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton is hosting an Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop, which will feature a method of prayer taught by Fr. Thomas Keating of Contemplative Outreach International.  The one-day workshop introduction takes place on Saturday, October 21; register online www.providencerenewal.ca or call 780-701-1854.