Archbishop Smith has issued a new pastoral letter entitled "We Believe! The Archdiocese of Edmonton Celebrates the Gift of Faith."


"Faith is the lifeblood of Christians," writes Archbishop Smith. "A wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit, faith is the opening of the heart and mind to God, who has loved us first (cf. 1John 4:19). It is the acceptance, with trust in divine providence and wisdom, of all that God has revealed in his Son Jesus Christ. By faith working through love (cf. Galatians 5:6) we are led to salvation!

"Such a precious gift must be constantly nourished. We are very grateful, then, that three major initiatives aimed at enabling our growth in faith will unfold in the pastoral year before us. Each in its own way brings to light various dimensions of the faith. Taken together, they form a wonderful celebration of faith's beauty and grandeur."

The letter outlines plans for the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Archdiocese and Year of Faith, as well as addressing our call to mission and the need for constant prayer.

Archbishop Smith extends a particular invitation to the solemn Mass that will mark the opening of both our centenary and the Year of Faith. It will take place at St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton, at 7 p.m. on October 11, a date chosen to coincide with the Opening Mass for the Year of Faith celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. He also announces plans for a new partnership with the northern Diocese of Mackenzie Fort Smith and notes that the Jubilee Gala set for November 21 will raise money for that initiative as well as for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

For full text of the Archbishop's letter, please visit our Pastoral Letters page.