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Skaro ready to welcome pilgrims again on August 14th

Pilgrims are once again being welcomed to attend Skaro in person to pray. The Skaro Pilgrimage will be held Aug. 14.

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COVID restrictions eased

The provincial government has announced their open for summer plan that documents the various stages of easing COVID-19 restrictions. 

In summary, here are the key highlights and relevant updates for places of worship: 

Beginning Friday, May 28, 2021

  • The capacity limit for worship services goes back to the 15% of the fire code occupancy.
  • There will be no change on funerals, weddings, and baptisms.
  • Masks remain mandatory.

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021

  • Wedding ceremonies may have up to 10 people, including the officiant, bride/groom, witnesses and any photographers/videographers. Receptions remain prohibited. NOTE: The government has now included photographers and videographers to the 10 people allowed. The Archdiocese does not consider the soloist and the instrumentalist included in the 10 people allowed.
  • Funerals: Funeral ceremonies may have up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests. Receptions remain prohibited.
  • Baptisms: The Archdiocese continues to limit the attendees to 10 people for Baptisms.
  • House Blessings: We continue to recommend that house blessings (inside gatherings) happen only after stage 2 begins.

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Archdiocese announces expanded restrictions

We look forward to the time when we can all worship together, in person. Respecting these restrictions will get our community to that point sooner rather than later. To promote consistency and hopefully avoid as much confusion as possible, the following restrictions will be in effect in all parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton regardless of regions and number of cases in regions.

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VIDEO: Archbishop Smith Speaks On New Health Restrictions

There are new worship restrictions province-wide effective immediately.
Stay-tuned for information from His Grace later this week on updated measures. 

From the Alberta government website for places of worship:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for hot spot regions – Effective May 5

  • Faith services are limited to 15 in-person attendees. 
  • Physical distancing between households must be maintained at all times. 
  • Virtual or online services are strongly recommended. 
  • Drive-in services where people do not leave their vehicles and adhere to guidance are allowed. 

For funerals: 

  • 10-people maximum for funerals, including participants and guests.
  • Funeral receptions are not permitted. 

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

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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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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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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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AB/NWT Bishops release Pastoral Letter “On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal”

Sept. 14 the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories released a pastoral statement, called On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal. This letter – addressed to all the Catholic faithful – offers praise and thanks for the many examples of care and collaboration that have emerged during the pandemic; it also highlights some of the social challenges that have surfaced and that will need to be addressed going forward. In particular, the bishops are inviting Catholics to review the impact of COVID-19 within their homes, schools, workplaces, and society in general, in light of the gospel and the social teaching of the Church.

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Uniting Ourselves in Prayer as Schools Reopen: Pastoral Letter from AB-NWT Bishops

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have written new pastoral letter entitled Uniting Ourselves in Prayer as Schools Reopen. The topic is timely, as the new school year begins amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bishops comment on expansion of attendance limits for worship services

Current guidelines remain in place while Bishops review.

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