Parish News

Knights of Columbus Lobster Dinner

The Knights of Columbus Council 13312 will be hosting a lobster dinner on Saturday, June 1, 2024, with all proceeds to go to charity. 

Doors open at 6:00 PM and dinner starts at 6:45 PM.

The menu includes lobster, potato salad, coleslaw, and dessert. There will be a cash bar serving beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Tickets are $75.00 per person, and will be sold by the Knights after Sunday mass starting May 5th. 

Tickets can be purchased by cheque (made out to Knights of Columbus Council 13312), cash, credit card or e-transfer.  Contact Ken Kluchky at (780) 394-6985 or kluchky@telus.net to purchase tickets. 

There will not be any tickets available for sale at the office.

Rectory Construction Update

Good news!  Work has started on the Safety Fence that will surround the courtyard. 

Please avoid the courtyard, back and side fences, and the south parking lot. 

Parking in the south lot will soon be restricted to construction vehicles, His Grace, the priests, and a few handicapped stalls. 

Thank you for your cooperation – we will provide updates as the project continues.

2024 Clergy Transfers and Assignments

This year's appointments have been released.  There are no changes to the Basilica Clergy. 

Click here to see the Archdiocese notice.

International Interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care in Toronto

Archbishop Smith attended the first International Interfaith Symposium on Palliative Care, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, took place in Toronto on May 21-23, 2024. The Symposium affirmed that hope, its central theme, is always possible, even in life’s most challenging moments.

To read more about this Symposium, click here to go to the Archdiocese page with messages from Pope Francis and official press releases.

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.

Young people are important to the Church of today and tomorrow. Their faith, creativity, dynamism, and vitality are a surge of hope that can change the world. It is to young people that this Pastoral Letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is addressed.

Click here to read it in it's entirety.

Pilgrimage to Quebec

Join Father Joseph Vadassery this fall, September 18-24, 2024, exploring the rich religious history and culture of Quebec. 

Visits include, Montreal, St. Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Basilica, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Quebec City, St. Anne de Beaupre, Montmorency Falls, plus much more.  Reserve by May 30,2024.

For more information, you can contact Maria at Marianatha Tours at marianathatours@outlook.com or by phone at (780) 707-1683.  More information can also be found on their website at marianathatours.org

SAVE THE DATE - Archbishop’s Dinner

We are delighted to announce the date for the 2024 Archbishop's Dinner: Friday, October 4, 2024 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.  Stay tuned for the official invitation from Archbishop Smith, but for now, please mark your calendars!

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.

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.

Hope & Dignity

As Catholics, we uphold the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death. We believe that every single life matters. We are committed to protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable. We offer hope, mercy and love to those who suffer – not abandonment and death. The Catholic Church, drawing on the deepest sources of its tradition, remains strongly opposed to any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide (“medical assistance in dying” or MAiD).

Hope & Dignity: A Catholic Response to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is a pastoral initiative to equip Catholics to be effective witnesses in their families, parishes, workplaces and communities. In response to the pro-MAiD messages we hear from the secular media, government and even our highest court, the Catholic Church offers real hope and true dignity to those who are suffering and dying.

Click here to go to the website for more information and to watch informative videos.

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 expect work to be completed in June. 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.