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Vatican to require vaccination proof or negative COVID-19 test

Visitors, tourists and employees who want to enter Vatican territory will be required beginning Oct. 1 to show proof of vaccination, recovery from the coronavirus or a negative COVID-19 test.

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Sept 16, 2021 Update: Temporary COVID Measures for Archdiocese of Edmonton

On Sept. 15, the Alberta government declared a local state of public health emergency. COVID cases and hospitalizations are increasing, putting extreme pressure on the health system. The Alberta government has mandated new, temporary measures to curb the spread of COVID. 

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'A New Beginning in Hope' - Archbishop Smith's message on the new School Year

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you,

I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

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Liturgical Guidance for Stage 3 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy

The Province of Alberta has announced that Alberta's Open for Summer Plan will enter Stage 3 on Thursday, July 1, 2021. As parishes begin to reopen, numerous conversations will occur, and of course, discernment and discretion in each parish circumstance. We know that being patient with one another is so crucial as the reopening begins. Please allow yourselves the opportunity to evaluate and re-evaluate as the reopening progress and to discern any changes. As you will note below, there will be an evaluation of specific protocols over the summer months.

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Guidelines for Holy Week & Easter

General Guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week which leads to Easter is the heart of the liturgical year. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers the following guidelines for Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum.

Parishes are taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. If you are healthy and able, and if your home parish has space for you, it is best to attend these liturgies in person.

The Archdiocese is encouraging the faithful, who cannot attend in-person in their own church, to participate in the live-streamed celebrations presided over by Archbishop Richard Smith during Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum as a sign of unity. The livestreamed Archdiocesan liturgies will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook at St. Joseph’s Basilica.

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Lent 2021: Participation in Live-Streamed Liturgies

The Archdiocese of Edmonton offers guidance for our reflection to encourage and guide our active participation in the live-streamed sacred liturgies of the Lenten season of 2021 during these pandemic times.

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Video: World Day of the Sick

Archbishop Richard W. Smith shares his message on this year's World Day of the Sick, which will take place on February 11, 2021.

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Updated pastoral guidelines for Lent

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has updated guidelines for some aspects of the Holy Season of Lent.

These guidelines include details regarding:

  • Ash Wednesday (February 17); 
  • Rite of Election (February 20-21); 
  • Palm Sunday (March 28);
  • Chrism Mass (tentatively scheduled for March 29); and 
  • Paschal Triduum (April 1-4).

Please see the full document: 

Updated Guidelines for some aspects of the Holy Season of Lent (PDF, 1 page)

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Liturgy Guidelines updated Dec. 9 due to COVID measures

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has updated guidelines for liturgical celebrations and the use of parish space following the Government of Alberta’s December 8 announcement of stronger public health measures to keep everyone safe, protect the health system, and slow the spread of COVID-19.

These new measures should be followed by all parishes, regardless of the municipality in which they are located:  Indoor and outdoor social gatherings, public and private, are prohibited; Effective December 13, masses are limited to 15% of fire code occupancy for in-person attendance. Virtual or online services are recommended. Funerals and weddings continue to have a maximum allowable attendance of 10 people including the officiant, bride/groom and witnesses.

Services must be held at their normal location, and parishes with a hall as normal location for liturgies can use both the church and their overflow space as long as they limit attendance in each to 15% of fire code occupancy, or less if required for distancing. In-person faith group meetings are still permitted at a place of worship as long as physical distancing and public health measures are followed. The maximum allowable attendance is 10 people total.

Effective December 8, masks are mandatory. The celebrant and others speaking in front of a congregation are permitted to remove their masks while speaking provided they maintain 2 metre distance from others while doing so. Once finished speaking, the speaker must put on their mask again.

We ask for online or phone registrations for Christmas masses to avoid line-ups or physical contact with parish staff.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of Divine Worship which be reached at divineworship@caedm.ca.

Download the full guidelines (PDF, 1 page)

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Bishops OK vaccinations for COVID-19

Alberta and NWT Bishops have published a letter explaining that "the Church assures us that it is morally permissible for Catholics to receive [the vaccine] for the good of personal and public health."

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