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Pastoral Letter

Living in the Word of God

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.

So, let us ask: “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing.

An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice.

Pastoral Letter: A Call to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Edmonton

In this September 2017 letter, Archbishop Smith guides us in how we can listen and do as disciples of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Download this letter in the format of your choice:

Pastoral Initiatives in Support of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter

This supporting document provides clergy and lay leaders some concrete ideas for ways in which they can accompany our people in living out the goals of the Pastoral Letter. We encourage you to share this with Parish Pastoral Council members, parish staff, ministry leaders, volunteer leaders or anyone else who might benefit.

Download the Pastoral Initiatives in Support in the format of your choice:

Implementation Timeline (PDF, 1 page) – A graphic representation of when we see the various initiatives unfolding. 

  1. Bulletin Reflections, Part 1 (Word .docx, 1 page) – initial excerpts from the letter that may be useful for the Sunday bulletin.
  2. Bulletin Reflections, Part 2 (Word .docx, 1 page)
  3. Bulletin Reflections, Part 3 (Word .docx, 2 pages)
  4. Bulletin Reflections, Part 4 (Word .docx, 2 pages)

May God bless us all as we strive to Live in His Word!