The Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan Welcomes You!


Click here to learn about the events and retreats for this year’s Pastoral Ministry Month!


The Archdiocese is seeking a full-time assistant to the Financial Administrator. Details here.


Archbishop Gerard 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


Please read the latest letter from Archbishop Pettipas on COVID-19 regulations in our parishes.

More details on our COVID-19 protocols

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

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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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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


LETTER: Letter from Archbishop Pettipas on Mass protocols after the lifting of restrictions on July 1st. 

Decree: Dispensation from Sunday Obligation – in effect until the end of August 2021, will be reevaluated then. 

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)

Our new May newsletter is available here.

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.