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CONSTRUCTION NOISE – June 18-19

There will be very loud construction noise in the Basilica on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 18-19).  It will last until approximately 4:00pm both days.   We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued patience with our rectory project.


Ordination of Jake Mullin to the Priesthood

Jake Mullin will be ordained at St. Joseph Basilca on Thursday, June 13, 2024.  The Ordination Mass will be held at 7:00 pm.

This Ordination Mass will be livestreamed on FaceBook and YouTube.

There will be no 5:30 pm mass on June 13.


RESERVED PARKING – 24 HOURS/DAY, 7 DAYS/WEEK

Prior to rectory construction starting, there were two ‘Reserved’ parking stalls, for our clergy and the Archbishop, between the current rectory and the garage. 

These stalls have been moved to the parking area on the south side of the parking lot and are reserved at ALL times!  We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in respecting these notices, and finding alternate parking spaces for your vehicles. 


Basilica Tour - June 26, 2024

 July 1st marks the 157th anniversary of Canada, a day to celebrate our nation’s rich history, diversity, culture, and people.   

We also have a rich history right here in our diocese and in the Basilica!
How well do you know the history of St. Joseph’s Basilica?  

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Free behind the scenes tour into the architecture and history of our beautiful basilica.

The tour begins at 4:30P.M. Wednesday June 26th, and concludes in time for Mass. Following the 5:30 Mass there will be an early “Happy Birthday Canada” cake and coffee reception. 
All are welcome to celebrate our faith, history, and patriotism!

Sponsored by K. of C.  Monsignor Malone Council # 13312 & St. Joseph 4th Degree Assembly # 5


Employment Opportunity

Principal Organist & Assistant Director of Music, St Joseph’s RC Cathedral-Basilica, Edmonton.  For details and additional information, click here.


Corpus Christi Perpetual Adoration Chapel

Did you know the Archdiocese of Edmonton has a Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Andrew’s Centre?

More people are needed to sign up for a weekly time of adoration. Can you help? 

We want to keep the 24/7 adoration of Our Lord alive and well in our Archdiocese. Sign up for weekly worship today. 

Sign up can be completed in person at the chapel, or online.  For more information, contact Rosario at rosariolorna@gmail.com.


Holy Cross Mausoleum

A special Father’s Day Mass and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024, presided by Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie.  
Rosary is at 9:00 am, Mass is at 9:30 am, and lunch will follow.


Mass with Healing Service

The Catholic Renewal Services of the Archdiocese of Edmonton is hosting their next Mass with Healing Service at St. Emeric's Hungarian Catholic Church (12960-112 St NW, Edmonton) on Saturday, June 15, 2024, starting at 6:30 pm.  Fr. Matthew Hysell will be presiding

Reconciliation on Saturday, with Fr. Matthew, will only be available from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm at St. Emeric’s. 

www.crsedmonton.ca/events


 

Basilica Seniors Group

Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, July 10, after the noon mass.   Please call the office at (780) 488-7295 to register so we know how many people will be attending so we can prepare enough food.


Archdiocese responds to "MAiD" with Hope and Dignity

The Archdiocese of Edmonton has launched a multifaceted initiative to form Catholics as confident witnesses against euthanasia and for the hope and dignity offered by Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and dying.  

The official launch of Hope & Dignity follows an international symposium on palliative care entitled Towards a Narrative of Hope, attended by Archbishop Smith and organized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Pontifical Academy for Life.  The symposium took place near Toronto from May 21-23.

Hope & Dignity: A Catholic Response to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide includes a dedicated website, formation workshops, videos, podcasts, public presentations, and Compassionate Parishes that build circles of care around those who are suffering in our parishes and communities.

Click here to watch the video “Unlocking Hope: Highlights from the International Interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care.

Click here to go to the Hope & Dignity Website.

You will also find the press release issued on May 23, following the final day of the symposium.


Rectory Construction Update

The construction fence is up and work is progressing in the courtyard.  Please continue to avoid the east and south areas of the property. 
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.


URGENT REQUEST for support from Artic Canada: NEED FOR DONATIONS

This year, 2024, has turned into a huge financial struggle for the North of 60 Project, due to a dramatic logistics disaster. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has worked over the last 14 years to successfully provide food security support to assist those living in nine different Arctic communities. Donated transport logistics from both Edmonton and Calgary has normally made their project feasible.

On May 9th, 2024, the Marine Services of the Northwest Territories government advised that the 2024 river barge (full of supplies for the northern communities) from Hay River to Tuktoyaktuk will be cancelled—historically low water levels on the Mackenzie River has caused the river to be non-navigable.

For this reason, our previously donated transportation of nine 20ft sea containers will now cost $16,000.00 each to truck to the Port of Tuktoyaktuk. This change results in an estimated $150,000.00 in unbudgeted expenses to move the vitally needed seacans to Tuktoyaktuk.

Anything you can do to help offset some of this financial shortfall will allow us to continue with food security for those living in need in Arctic Canada. Thank you for your anticipated support.

Click here to go to the CanadaHelps donation page.


catholic family ministries - family life conference

The 26th Catholic Family Life Conference will be held at Lac Ste. Anne June 28 - July 1, 2024.  For more information or to register, click here to go to their webpage.


SAVE THE DATE - Archbishop’s Dinner

Archbishop Richard Smith invites you to the 2024 Archbishop’s Dinner, an annual gathering of Catholics from across the Archdiocese. At this year’s event, we will formally launch our Pastoral Priorities along with an updated Pastoral Letter.

Click here to register now to take advantage of the early bird rate.


Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage

We look forward to welcoming you again to the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage on July 20-25, 2024.

Each July, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the shores of Lac Ste Anne. Many come in search of healing and spiritual renewal.  

Some simply come to reconnect with old acquaintances and forge new friendships.

This pilgrimage, which began over a hundred years ago, has become the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada. 

Click here to go to the website.


Our Lady of Victory Camp

Registration is now open for OLVC for Summer 2024. Click here for more information or to register.

A new video from the Camp Director, Cody Parr is available to watch here.


Annual Newman Golf Classic

Registration is now open for the 32nd Annual Newman Golf Classic in support of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College. 

It will be held on Monday, June 24, 2024, at the exclusive Blackhawk Golf Club.

Visit caedm.ca/golf to sponsor, donate or register, or call Anna at 780-952-6437 for more information.


Respect for our beautiful Basilica

Recently, there has been an increase in the amount of garbage left in the church pews and on the floor following masses.  Our employees have been regularly gathering up disposable cups, candy and gum wrappers and other types of refuse. 

There are trash containers by the Holy Water fonts and at the rear of the Narthex for your use.  Please leave any trash you have in the containers on your way out.

If we all cooperate and show respect for our Basilica, it will remain a beautiful and tranquil location for many years to come.


Communion for Sick & Homebound

If you or a family member is ill or cannot make it to mass in person, we do have a ministry that will take communion to people.  Please call the office to request a visit.


loading zone reminder

A few months ago we had a 15 minute loading zone installed in front of the sidewalk leading to the accessibility door to better accommodate parishioners with mobility issues.  This zone is for drop off and pick up of passengers ONLY!  Frequently, parishioners try to park in the two hour zone in front of the church or office, but only a small part of their vehicle is in the parking area and the rest is in the loading zone.  If your vehicle does not completely fit between the parking signs, you are likely blocking the loading zone.  Please be courteous to your fellow parishioners who require the use of the zone and park in designated parking areas or in the lot across the street.  Thank you for your cooperation!


Church Etiquette

As Catholics, there are certain guidelines we must follow to ensure we receive the sacraments validly and to simply respect our beautiful Basilica. When attending mass, it is proper to do the following:

· Arrive early to ensure you are properly settled and ready to worship God.  If you are arriving during or after the homily, you are late and will disrupt those that arrived on time.

· Dress modestly and appropriately before the Lord.  Men and boys, kindly remove hats, toques, etc.

· Make the Sign of the Cross with holy water upon entering the Church.

· Fasting is an obligation for a minimum of 1 hour prior to mass, except medicine, water or if someone is ill and needs to eat. 

· Please do not bring any food or beverages into the sacred space of our Basilica.  Chewing gum is also considered impolite.

· Turn your cell phone off or to silent mode.

· Say Amen before receiving the Body of Christ. Amen means 'it is true' or 'let it be so'. 
It is important that all Catholics who are receiving Communion respond with ONLY “Amen” and not “Thank You”.

· If you receive communion in your hand, consume the host immediately. Do not take it back to your pew.

· Refrain from conversations in the Nave of the Church, they are disruptive to those who are trying to pray. 

· Don’t exit the church until after the final song and after the priest has completed the recessional procession.


Update on the Organ Renewal Project

The Organ Renewal Project is still ongoing. We continue to ask that you avoid the areas where work is being done on the altar behind the cathedra.
The piano has been relocated to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel.  We appreciate your cooperation in not touching it or attempting to move it. 

During the installation process, we ask for your patience, consideration and goodwill. There will be noisy construction work during
the day, and visible organ pipework until the final casework is completed. 
We are excited about this crucial project and we look forward to hearing the newly installed organ in the glorious acoustic of our cathedral-basilica.
Please pray for the success of this work on our precious organ, and pray for our parish musicians and staff.


Our heartfelt thanks to parishioners and friends who continue to support the parish. Your support is essential to us as we continue our mission.

To make an e-transfer email SJB.etransfer@caedm.ca or click the button below to donate.


 

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