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NO PARKING - EXCEPT HANDICAPPED WITH A STICKER OR PLACARD - IN SOUTH LOT BY RECTORY - JULY 2nd TO JULY 19th

We would like to thank the parishioners who have found alternate parking while visiting the Basilica during construction challenges and movement of heavy vehicles and equipment.  There are some folks, however, who have chosen to park in the EMERGENCY LANE adjacent to the lawn.  As indicated on the signs, you WILL BE TOWED if you park there.  There continues to be handicapped parking available in the lot and if you have a handicapped sticker or a placard, you are able to park in one of the designated stalls.  All of the remaining stalls are reserved and are NOT available for use by anyone 24 hours per day, every day during this time period.  If the lots across the street are full, please take advantage of the ability to park in the NE corner of the Connelly-McKinley lot.  We appreciate your continued support.


Employment Opportunity
Part-time Caretaker (28 hours/week)

St. Joseph’s Basilica is seeking a part-time caretaker.  This position will involve caretaking and maintenance services for the parish buildings (church, rectory, garage, halls and other premises) and the church grounds.  The applicant will have good verbal and written communication skills, be able to lift 50 pounds, be comfortable climbing stairs and ladders, and possess adequate strength and endurance to perform the manual work required. 

The position will be guaranteed 28 hours per week with the possibility of extra hours during busy times of the liturgical season.  Hours for this position are Sunday through Wednesday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with a one hour lunch break. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume quoting the job title “Part-time Caretaker” in the subject line to Leah.Lunz@caedm.ca.  We thank all those who apply; however, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.


Coffee Sunday

Coffee Sunday is taking a break for the summer months of July and August.  It will resume again in September.  


Shalom World Conferences

Jesus Heals 2024 is a live event that offers a unique opportunity
to gather and seek healing of mind, body, and soul through Holy Mass and Adoration. Blessings for the sick will also be offered
at this faith-filled, life-changing event.

This year's Jesus Heals event will be held at the following
parishes from 6 pm to 8 pm:

July 16:
 St. Theresa’s Parish - 7508 29 Avenue, Edmonton

July 17:
Holy Trinity Parish, - 200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove

July 18:
 St. Andrew's Parish, - 12810 111 Avenue, Edmonton

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Come and See is an event where you can explore how Shalom World can empower you and your loved ones to lead a Christ centered life through a positive influence of media.

This event is being held on July 20 at St. Theresa’s Parish from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

For more information visit www.shalomworld.org


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.


“Out of This World” Youth Day

Are you looking to rekindle your faith and find balance in your life?
Are you on a quest for answers, seeking guidance on your spiritual journey?

🌟 The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton invites YOU to an exhilarating journey of faith, fun, and fellowship at the “Out of This World Youth Day.”

📅 Date: Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28
📍 Location: Camp Oselia, 45 minutes west of Edmonton

👉 Who is it for? 
Young adults 18-35, whether you’re a devout Catholic or just curious about Christianity.

Why You Should Come:

Inspiring Talks: Be moved by dynamic speakers who will ignite your spirit and guide you in recognizing God’s call.
Spiritual Growth: Engage in meaningful prayer, liturgies, and receive spiritual guidance to deepen your connection with God.
Community Building: Meet and bond with other young adults. Share stories, laughter, and meals as you forge lasting friendships.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to deepen your faith, connect with like-minded individuals, and create unforgettable memories. Sign up now and join a weekend that will truly be “Out of This World”!

Click the Link to Learn More and Register - https://rb.gy/jkz6ew
Your adventure in faith awaits!


Encounter School of Ministry

The Encounter School of Ministry is offering a summer intensive.  This is an evening school that  provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a fast four-day period. The summer intensive is perfect for anyone desiring to attend the Encounter School during the year but are unable to do so because of distance or schedule. It is also ideal for those discerning their enrolment in the school of ministry but who are in need of greater discernment.

If you are wondering if this school might be for you, Come and See! The Summer Intensive 2024 takes place over 4 evenings, July 29- August 1st at Holy Trinity Parish in Spruce Grove.

For more information, visit their website at encounterschool.org/edmonton/#events


Annual Skaro Pilgrimage

Wednesday, August 14, 2024:
6:30 pm- 7:30 pm - Reconciliation
7:00 pm - Rosary
7:30 pm - Vespers
8:00 pm - Mass at Grotto

Thursday, August 15, 2024:
10:00 am Mass at Grotto with Sacrament
of the Sick.

Following each mass, the Blessed Sacrament Procession with lit candles will follow the blessing of religious articles.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the Vigil on August 14th.

For more information please click here.

 

 

 


Basilica Seniors Group

Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, August 14, after the noon mass.  Please call the office at (780) 488-7295 to register so we can prepare enough food for the number of people attending.


An Evening At The Mac! - August 22, 2024

We hope you can join us for Catholic Social Services Annual “Evening at the Mac” gathering this summer in the beautiful ballroom at Hotel Macdonald! 

On Thursday, August 22nd between 5 pm and 7:30 pm, we promise you an evening of inspiring stories, delectable treats, musical entertainment, great conversation, and one of the most enviable views of our great city.

Tickets are ONLY $69 each.

To purchase your tickets please click here.


Archbishop’s Dinner - October 4, 2024

Archbishop Richard Smith warmly invites you to the Archbishop’s Dinner on October 4, 2024, Friday, 5:00 pm at the Edmonton Convention Centre. 

The Archbishop's Dinner is an annual event that brings together Catholics from across the Archdiocese. This year’s gathering offers a wonderful chance to engage with fellow Catholics and hear the Archbishop discuss our Pastoral and Evangelical Priorities.

Enjoy a delightful meal, connect with your community, and leave with an updated Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Smith.

Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate by clicking here!


Employment Opportunity

We’re hiring a Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music!  If you, or someone you know, has a proven record of exemplary organ performance at the highest levels, we encourage you to apply.

The job description has now been amended to better reflect the duties, which are far from onerous and easily done within the average of 14 hours/week scope. Please take a look and consider sharing with others. Thank you.

For details and additional information, click here.


Organ Renewal Project

The Organ Renewal Project is now reaching its culmination, and we give thanks to Almighty God for all the generosity, creativity and hard work that has gone into this 7-year project.

We have managed to address all 3 stages
1. Restoration of our original gallery organ;
2. Installation of a new chancel organ;
3. Enlargement of the gallery organ of the full project with
only some minor revisions to the third and final stage.

We now possess two flexible instruments - a unique scenario in Western Canada. Both organs work independently or are playable together by just one organist. This new set-up is excellent for our needs as a metropolitan cathedral-basilica and puts us in an advantageous position for the next 50+ years, allowing for all our liturgical needs with both cantors and choirs, and allowing improved use for concerts of sacred music. 

Throughout the process, we have published updates on the various stages of the project, including the financial cost of such a massive undertaking. Organs are an excellent way of permanently memorializing loved ones. Our Casavant gallery organ is the Archdiocesan memorial to the fallen of both World Wars, and paid for by many individual donations in 1963 on behalf of lost loved ones. In 2017, an anonymous donor gifted the Basilica $300,000 to restore and upgrade the existing gallery, covering the costs for stage 1. At the completion of that first stage in 2021, a further donor kindly gifted $200,000 in memory of a beloved grandfather for the second (and a greatly reduced third) stage, which enabled us to purchase a second-hand Casavant instrument. We are indebted to all these benefactors for their generosity stemming from a desire to inspire beautiful music to enhance our Catholic worship and cultural witness. These donations have enabled us to realize our musical vision.

In order to complete the wooden casework and conceal the visible pipes and organ mechanisms, an additional $150,000 needs to be raised.  Please consider making a donation today to support this endeavor. Thank you for your continued generosity and support.


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.


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.


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.


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.


 

 


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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