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Reflections for the Year of Mercy

Fr. Joseph Jacobson has written a reflection for every month of this Year of Mercy.

Seek the latest on his page “From the Pen of Fr. Joseph”.

Jubilee of Mercy

Check out the Vatican website dedicated to the Year of Mercy here.

Aid for Fort McMurray

(4 May 2016) Read Archbishop Pettipas’ letter regarding donations for Fort McMurray here.

Church did not “weasel” out of Residential School Settlement

(27 April 2016) “A $21-million shortfall on a $25-million fundraising campaign was a fiasco, but it wasn’t an attempt to weasel out of the legal or moral obligations Catholics have in the wake of the residential schools tragedy, Grouard-McLennan Archbishop Gerard Pettipas told The Catholic Register.”  Read more here.

Q&A Concerning the Financial Commitment of Catholic Entities

(21 April 2016) “Over the past several days, there have been news items in the media concerning the financial commitment of Catholic entities in relation to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).  In the interest of providing you with the facts as I believe them to be, I am sending you the following Questions and Answers sheet offered by the Corporation of Catholic Entities Party to the Indian Residential School Settlement (CCEPIRSS), of which I am the chair of the Board.”  Read more here.


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
“While recognizing the variety of reactions that Canadians have in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its work over the past several years, these matters should be of interest and concern to all Canadians. I encourage all the faithful in our diocese to read and reflect upon this Declaration – not only the 26% of Catholics in our diocese who are First Nations or Metis, but all of us.
The Declaration can be found online at .”
– Archbishop G. Pettipas
The responses of Catholic Church leaders can be found below:

Catholic Response to Doctrine of Discovery and TN

Catholic Response Call to Action 48

Réaction catholique – Doctrine de la découverte et TN

Réponse catholique à l’Appel à l’action 48

Dialogue on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

 Check out a great new initiative from the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Every Life Matters is a series of five special presentations on various aspects of the assisted suicide & euthanasia issue. They include prayer, personal witness, teaching from Archbishop Richard Smith, and Q&A time.  These sessions are available at

 From the Bishops of Alberta:
Ash Wednesday Collection

Get more information on the Ash Wednesday Collection here.


Thoughts from the Archbishop

Archbishop Pettipas’ response regarding the Minister of Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices (January 20, 2016)

The ACSTA Statement in Response to Guidelines for Best Practices (January 2016)

Edmonton Archbishop Smith’s response

Calgary Bishop Henry’s response (Part 1 and Part 2)

St. Paul Bishop Terrio’s response 

Alberta Provincial Catholic Women’s League response

The Alberta Minister of Education’s Guidelines for Best Practices

Archbishop Pettipas in the news


For further reflection:

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza’s response on CBC Radio


Thoughts from Archbishop Pettipas (English) (français) – May 1, 2016.

Job Opportunities

We are looking for two new team members: a Youth Ministry Coordinator and a Director of Stewardship. Check out the details here.   



Here it is!
Our Pastoral Plan for 2015-2020


Restore St. Bernard Church

Help restore the most significant historical site in the Archdiocese!

Grouard’s St. Bernard Church was completed in 1902 under the direction of Bishop Emile Grouard. It is now in dire need of repair. The St. Bernard Mission Church Restoration Committee solicits your financial support of this project.

 Details and the pledge sheet are now available online.