Suspect in Mass interruption charged with hate crime

A 25-year-old Edmonton has been charged with a hate crime after a suspect disrupted Mass at Santa Maria Goretti in front of the congregation, and briefly posted an obscenity-laden video online.

The suspect is charged with mischief to religious property – a hate crime under the Criminal Code – and mischief. Police have also banned him from Santa Maria Goretti parish, the heart of the city’s Italian Catholic community, and he will be banned from all Archdiocese of Edmonton property.

Edmonton police and the Archdiocese of Edmonton are not naming the suspect.

Praise the Lord

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Archbishop Smith: Hampers for Christmas

Christmas is always Christmas. That was the clear message going out from a group of volunteers, who participated in assembling and delivering Christmas hampers to the needy of Sacred Heart Parish of the First Peoples in Edmonton.

Hours were spent on Friday placing in the hampers a variety of necessary items, and Saturday morning was delivery time. I was privileged to be with them Saturday as they met at St. Albert parish in the city of St. Albert (following all pandemic-related restrictions, of course), and to thank and bless them as from there they set off to deliver the parcels.

In this time of pandemic, Christmas celebrations and traditions are far from what they usually are. The reality of lack is experienced by many as very painful, understandably enough. Yet we need to be wary of the temptation that lies within this pain, namely, to be so focused upon our own anxiety and distress that we forget the needs of others. Outreach in charity is an abiding moral obligation for Christians. It is accentuated by the mystery of Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, given to the world as gift. In the nativity of Jesus Christ, we are shown that the heart of authentic human living is making oneself a gift for the other.

Praise the Lord

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Archbishop Smith: Mary, our Mother, is Here. Be at Peace.

On Saturday, December 12th, I had the great privilege and blessing of celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with representatives of the First Nations Peoples of the Archdiocese. Her appearance in 1531 to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin demonstrated with the utmost clarity the Blessed Mother’s special love for the original peoples of the Western Hemisphere. For this reason, December 12th has been designated by the Bishops of Canada as our National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. I love this annual event, and took delight in gathering at our Cathedral with representatives of the First Nations.

This year, our mass was celebrated in the midst of the great – and growing – anxiety gripping the hearts and minds of many people due to the pandemic and its consequences. It was thus an opportunity to recall a particular message Mary gave to Juan Diego when he was anxious and afraid. What she said was simple and straightforward, yet changed everything for him. I believe she is offering the same message to us in our present need. If we accept in our hearts what she says, everything will change for us, too.

Here’s the context. One of Mary’s appearances to Saint Juan Diego occurred while he was deeply worried about the very poor health of his uncle. What she said to him at that time are words that, I happily admit, I recall often: “Am I not here who am your mother? Are you not safe in the shadow of my protection?” In other words, “Why are you worried? I am your mother, after all, and I am with you.” Juan Diego placed his trust in Mary’s maternal love and powerful intercession. Sure enough, his uncle was restored to health.

Praise the Lord

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