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Archbishop Smith's latest Video Message

What is an Indulgence?

"We are all very much in the mind and prayers of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, especially anyone who is suffering from the COVID-19 virus, their family members and those who care for them. These brothers and sisters of ours perhaps feel most keenly the need for God’s grace, which normally reaches us through the celebration of the sacraments. So, during this time of pandemic, the Pope is granting a special indulgence. Today I want to explain this beautiful gift and how those to whom it is granted may avail themselves of it."

-- Archbishop Richard Smith, March 27, 2020

Archbishop Smith's Letters & Messages

March 16, 2020 - Public Masses Cancelled until Further Notice

March 27, 2020 - Archbishop's Message explaining Indulgences during the Pandemic

Faith Resources

Join in an online Mass with Archbishop Smith every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Joseph's Basilica. Livestream will be posted on our front page and on Facebook @archedmonton. (No Facebook account is required to view)

Spiritual Communion is an act of prayer that can be used when participating in the Mass remotely.

During the Pandemic, Living With Christ is offering free Prayer Resources and Daily Mass texts.

The Archbishop's homily texts will be posted on our Messages and Homilies page.

Holy Week at Home

What are your plans for Easter 2020? Since many Catholics are not able to gather in their parishes during Holy Week this year, Liturgical Press has made Holy Week at Home available for individuals and families to use. This is a short resource, adapted from the liturgies of Holy Week, with prayers for Palm Sunday and the days of the Triduum. (PDF, 15 pages)

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