This week, a couple of recent statements to bring to your attention.First, yesterday, May 12th, was World Communications Day. Before his retirement, Benedict XVI issued a statement to mark the occasion
Since his election as our new Holy Father, Pope Francis has made many gestures and spoken many words that, from the power of their simplicity, have made quick and lasting impressions upon our minds and hearts. One such expression was spoken during his homily for the Easter Vigil, when he said, “there are no situations which God cannot change.” None
Last Thursday I travelled to the Northwest Territories for a few days. One of our Edmonton priests, Fr Arlan Parenteau, is on loan here, sent in the context of the new twinning arrangement of mutual support established between the Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith
Wednesday of this week, March 6th, is the Day of Confessions in the Archdiocese of Edmonton. This is a wonderful opportunity to receive the gift of peace and freedom that come from the knowledge of forgiveness given in the Sacrament of Penance.To encounter Jesus is to encounter mercy.
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This past Sunday we heard the Gospel account of the temptation of Jesus in the desert by Satan. The evil one besets The Lord with the seductions we face daily: to rely on self rather than God and to self-identify in terms of power, control, possessions and so on instead of as a beloved child of God.At the root of our struggle with temptation is a fundamental choice, namely, to base our lives upon truth or a lie.
A few things to commend to your prayers this week. First, these past few days saw the passing of two holy men: Most Reverend Arthé Guimond, Archbishop Emeritus of Grouard McLennan, and Reverend Father Duncan MacDonnell, priest of the Archdiocese of Edmonton
Yesterday I had the joy of meeting at Saint Joseph Seminary with fourteen gentlemen gathered there for our “Come and See” weekend. These days are set aside for men seeking help to know if the Lord may be calling them to serve the Church and world as a priest.
I’ve spent the last few days crossing multiple borders, having come to the Holy Land for the annual gathering called the Holy Land Coordination. (Since this first began, the CCCB has sent its President as representative to this conference, which gathers Bishops from a number of episcopal assemblies to manifest solidarity with the Christian community in the Holy Land.)The first border to cross was that of Israel.