To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced that the Church would celebrate a special year dedicated to St. Joseph beginning on December 8, 2020 and continuing through December 8, 2021.

In the Archdiocese of Edmonton, a time dedicated to St. Joseph will officially begin on March 19, and conclude with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2021.

In this video, Father Paul Kavanagh, rector of St. Joseph’s Basilica, explains some of the initiatives to honour St. Joseph this year as an Archdiocesan family. Some parishes already have plans to do this in their parish communities. At the same time, we invite you participate in a sign of unity with Archbishop Richard Smith.

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