Facing Life's Challenges Together with Christ

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has approved a national plan in service of the cause of life and the needs of the family. As part of that plan, the Archdiocese of Edmonton is pleased to present a series of events during our first annual Week for Life and the Family, May 4-12, 2013.

In their Pastoral Letter, Life and Family: Nurturing God's Precious Gifts, the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the NWT remind us that marriage and family are gifts of God, and invite all to participate in this special week.

"The central and primary focus of this week is the family, the community of love which fashions, nourishes and protects the gift of life," the bishops write. "At home we learn to share, to give, and to love. In the heart of the family the faith is taught and embraced.


"Today many families are struggling or even broken. To these we express in a particular way our closeness and support.  The Week for Life and Family will be a wonderful opportunity both to celebrate the beauty of life, marriage and family and to offer assistance in understanding and addressing the difficulties families face.

"The Church offers you support and opportunities for learning. Above all, she offers you Christ – his presence, strength, forgiveness and peace, especially through the sacraments.

 Download the full letter.

In the Archdiocese of Edmonton, we have a variety of events planned, addressing different issues and different stages of life. Please visit our webpage at www.caedm.ca/lifeandfamilyweek to find the topics that appeal to you - all events are free of charge. If you cannot attend in person, please visit our CAEDM-TV Channel to view the live webcast and submit comments or questions. Come, celebrate and learn! 

For more information on the Week for Life and the Family, please contact the Office of Family and Life at 780-469-1010.