What Candida Shepherd misses the most is community and sacred ceremony.

At Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton, she has always enjoyed greeting elders and other relatives and friends, sharing the smudging ceremony together, and the sounds of drumming and singing. But since the suspension of in-person Mass, the church has fallen silent.

“The hardest part is not being with my community right now,” said Shepherd, who was heavily involved in Sacred Heart, volunteering and planning events as a member of parish council.

Praise the Lord

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