The Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan Welcomes You!


PAPAL VISIT UPDATES

The Vatican release further details of Pope Francis’s visit to Canada here.

Tickets for the Papal Mass at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton can be reserved on Wednesday, July 6th, at papalvisit.ca. Learn more here.

Volunteer for the Pope’s upcoming visit here.

Donate to help the Catholic Church in Canada pay for the papal visit here.

PILGRIMAGES AND RETREATS IN 2022

Eleske Pilgrimage will be held this July. Details here.

The Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage is returning this summer. Learn more and how to volunteer here.

REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR CAMP ST. MARTIN

Are you looking for a great way to grow closer to Christ this summer? After two years Camp St. Martin is finally re-opening and we are now accepting registrations for the 2022 camp season! Click here to register online and join us – as a camper or a volunteer. Dates are included on the poster. 

Download and print the PDF registration form here
Registration only for Family Camp here.
Camp Donation Form here.
Apply for “Campership” Sponsorship/Assistance here.

This Catholic summer camp provides a week of fun, adventure, friendship and spiritual growth for young people across the archdiocese. The three week camp includes a variety of activities from short talks and workshops, water games, campfires, praise and worship music, daily Mass, adoration and “desert time”. All of these activities are directed towards the mission and rule of life of Camp St. Martin: “To facilitate an encounter with Christ in the context of Christian community.”

Learn more at https://www.campstmartin.ca/ or contact info.campstmartin@gmail.com


READ THE LATEST STORIES FROM NORTHERN LIGHT

A renewal of sisterhood
A renewal of sisterhood

CWL members come together for first in-person event since the pandemic began

Fostering a listening heart
Fostering a listening heart

Listening gatherings for the upcoming Synod on Synodality already bearing many fruits locally

Gerald’s Road to Damascus – Part One
Gerald's Road to Damascus

Part One: The Only Seven Mile Endless Road

Facilitating an encounter with Christ
Facilitating an encounter with Christ

Peace Retreats continue a growing legacy of spiritual direction in the Peace Country

Raising up the community
Raising up the community

NET team find a welcoming reception to the faith

A deeper devotion
A deeper devotion

Pilgrimage and commemorative year help bring faithful closer to St. Joseph

The Beauty of Consecrated Life
The Beauty of Consecrated Life

School Sisters of Notre Dame reflect on their lives of sisterhood

‘I don’t want anybody missing out on what we missed out on’
Reverts help keep church music ministry alive

‘I don’t want anybody missing out on what we missed out on’

Faith amid the flames
Faith amid the flames

After their church was lost to a fire, Fox Lake’s Catholic community hope to see a new church built this year

New shoes for a new hope
New shoes for a new hope

Ontario pastor hopes donations to Indigenous communities in our region will be an aid to reconciliation

Helping those in need
Helping those in need

Sexsmith bread ministry an important charitable work for parish and community

Uniting in ministry
Uniting in ministry

Pastoral Ministry Month provides opportunity for growth and collaboration in the archdiocese

A pilgrimage of healing
A pilgrimage of healing

As she prepares for the Indigenous delegation to Rome, Angie Crerar hopes to find forgivess and reconciliation for her people

Being present
Being present

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas reflects on 15 years as archbishop

‘Finally the homeless have a home’
‘Finally the homeless have a home’

After many months of restoration work, missionary priest is finally able to settle into his parish and rectory

Bringing history to light
Bringing history to light

Archdiocese has high hopes Indian Residential Schools photo project will be a positive step towards reconciliation

Among saints and scholars in Belgium
Among saints and scholars in Belgium

Seminarian Ryan Beaupre reflects on his life-changing year studying in Belgium

Walking on Sacred Ground Together
Walking on Sacred Ground Together

Open discussion at St. Joseph’s provides an opportunity for conversation and healing

Welcoming the stranger
Welcoming the stranger

St. Joseph’s Refugee Committee continues a more than fifty-year legacy

Preservation through song
Preservation through song

Grouard man preserves his language and traditions through Cree hymns

Revitalizing the Girouxville Pilgrimage
Revitalizing the Girouxville Pilgrimage

With new dynamics as an archdiocesan event, locals hope to see a strong future for historic pilgrimage

Fostering faith through Vacation Bible School
Fostering faith through Vacation Bible School

Parent-led initiative brings a joyful side of the Church to young children

Intentional living
Intentional living

Young Catholics in archdiocese find their faith deeply nurtured at St. Therese Institute

Water to the fire
Water to the fire

Peace River pastor saves local parish from arson attempt

Conversations with Bertha: Eastern Catholics
Conversations with Bertha

The second installment in a new series by Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

If you build it, they will come
If you build it, they will come

High Level has big dreams of new parish hall project

Standing the test of time
Standing the test of time

Historic church in Friedenstal commemorates its 100th anniversary this year

Restored and renewed
Restored and renewed

With his parish now repaired from major flood damage, Kenyan priest reflects on his tumultuous first months in Canada

Pilgrimage for St. Joseph
Pilgrimage for St. Joseph

St. Joseph pastors hope Catholics across archdiocese will take part in unique pilgrimage

Remembering Hotel-Dieu in Whitelaw
Remembering Hotel-Dieu

The legacy of early Catholic health care centre in Northern Alberta continues today

‘It’s apocalyptic right now’
‘It’s apocalyptic right now’

Local priest personally affected by India's pandemic crisis calls for prayer

Editor’s reflection: St. Joseph the Worker
Reflection: St. Joseph the Worker

How Christianity and the feast of St. Joseph the Worker bring a new dignity to work

Conversations with Bertha: Apostolic Succession
Conversations with Bertha

The first installment in a new series by Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

A growing faith
A growing faith

Charismatic renewal group El Shaddai celebrates six years in Grande Prairie

Missionary nun and Indigenous Catholic fondly remember the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha
'It's like a dream'

Missionary nun and Indigenous Catholic fondly remember their pilgrimage for St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Father Feroz bids farewell
Father Feroz bids farewell

Passionate priest reflects on his three years in northern Alberta

The long way home
The long way home

One family's 20 year journey to the Catholic Church

‘It shows God is still involved’
‘It shows God is still involved’

Holy Week offers a sign of hope for parish priests

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BISHOP’S LETTER ON LIFTING DISPENSATION

The Bishops of Alberta and Northwest Territories will lift the dispensation for Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation on Pentecost – Sunday June 5th.

Please read the full letter and decree from Archbishop Pettipas. (English) (French) (Decree

RECENT LETTERS:

The CCCB detail the dates and places Pope Francis will visit in Canada this July.

The CCCB offer information on the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Rome. (English) (français)

NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY:

The Archdiocese is hiring a full-time Youth Minister!
Click here to learn more!


NEW VIDEO:

Archbishop offers reflection for Catholic Education Week


View our Facebook livestream as Archbishop Pettipas joins Pope Francis and bishops around the world for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Closing Mass for the Archdiocesan Year of St. Joseph:


Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, CSsR gives a heartfelt homily at the funeral Mass for his brother Roger Pettipas, from St Theresa’s Church in Halifax:


Sisters in our Archdiocese share their stories on the World Day for Consecrated Life:


A new video series: ‘Ask the Archbishop’


To submit questions for this series, please contact Kyle at 780-532-9766 or via e-mail at comdirector.agm@outlook.com

View the latest episodes of ‘Ask the Archbishop’ here.
View more video messages from the Archbishop here

MORE RECENT LETTERS

Pope Francis’s Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

March letter from the Archbishop (English) (français)

Letter on protocols in our churches as of March 1st, 2022 (Updated on March 4th, 2022)

Update from the office of the Vicar General on the Rite of Election, Chrism Mass, and other important dates this month

Letter from the Archbishop on the recent report on ground penetrating radar in Grouard 

Letter from the Archbishop on the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund and our Ash Wednesday Collection
(English) (français)

December letter from the Archbishop (English) (français)

OUR PRIESTS REFLECT ON THE PANDEMIC: Read this summary report based on our priests pandemic experiences

The CCCB announce the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples for 2021 (English) (français)

Read the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories’ letter on Catholic Education Sunday

November letter from the Archbishop (English) (français)

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas’ letter to the Indigneous chiefs and councils in our region on Pope Francis’ announced visit to Canada

Archbishop Pettipas reflects on some recent important updates from the Archdiocese and the Church at large. (English) (français)

The Catholic Bishops of Canada offer an unequivocal apology to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. (English) (français)

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas’ letter to our priests and parishioners in regards to exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccines

LETTER: Archbishop Pettipas addresses the recent church fire in Fox Lake

LETTER: Archbishop Pettipas reflects on saying ‘I Love You’

Have you planned your St. Joseph’s Pilgrimage yet this year? Click here for more details

THE ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER


The archived stream of our Archbishop’s Dinner can be viewed on our Facebook page. It was a very entertaining night!

 

PILGRIMAGE: Watch the video recap of our recent Archdiocesan Pilgrimage in Girouxville here.

MORE NEWS

NEW LETTER: Archbishop Gerard Pettipas offers his thoughts on the recent discovery at the site of Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

(Read the Archbishop’s 2008 apology here)

The CCCB announce a delegation of Indigenous people will meet with Pope Francis to foster meaningful encounters of dialogue and healing. (English) (français)


The CCCB issue statement following the recent discovery of children’s graves at the former Kamloops Residential School. (English) (français)

The CCCB offer a Pentecost message to the Canadian National Movements and Associations. (English) (français)

Pentecost message from Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle. (English) (français)

The Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have released a new letter for Catholic Education Week 2021. (English) (français)

Events and information for the CCCB’s National Week for Life and the Family here.  

Bishop Reporting System: The CCCB’s new Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop can be accessed here. Go directly to the system here.

This service furthers our commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and our commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.

View our brand-new and updated parishes page

Letter on the Expansion of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (8 April 2021)(français)

Archbishop Pettipas has decreed the Year of St. Joseph in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan 19 March 2021 – 19 March 2022:

Letter to the Faithful on Vaccines from the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and Northwest Territories (30 Nov 2020)
Further Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments during Phase Two (effective 2020-06-19)

How you can support your parish during this difficult time (updatedPAD agreements for parishes)

Boost your faith formation: check out the resources available at our Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis in Peace River.

Check out the Family Prayer Resources 

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.