Synodal process

We’re sharing links to the local content in the Edmonton Archdiocese. Archbishop Smith launched that process last Sunday leading up to the 2023 Synod on Synodality. He also recorded a video explaining the process and introducing our synod project coordinator, Eugenia Kowalczyk ( Please share as widely as possible on your websites and social media. The hashtags for sharing on social media are #Synod and #ListeningChurch. If we can help further, we’re happy to do so

Opening of Synod with Archbishop Smith




Introduction to the Synodal Process




Texts, photos and videos from the Synod 2021-2023 websites

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From the Archdiocese: His Grace’s video regarding the statement of apology by Canada’s bishops

Here is the link to His Grace’s video regarding the statement of apology by Canada’s bishops:

His Grace also references the nation-wide financial commitment to healing and reconciliation. Here is that link:

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September 16, 2021 – Temporary Health & Safety Measures from the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese believes the health and safety of everyone in our church and the Archdiocesan facilities is the top priority for the Archdiocese, the pastor, parish staff and volunteers, especially during this time of pandemic.  As a result, the following measures are to be implemented as of this date:

Places of worship:

  • Masks are mandatory and are to cover the nose and mouth. The only mask exceptions are for children under two years of age and those with medically certified exemption.
  • Church capacity is limited to 1/3 of fire code capacity
  • Two metres of physical distancing must be maintained between households, or two close contacts for those living alone

Liturgical Guidelines on Mass:

  • Attending Mass is on a first come, first served basis
  • No contact tracing information will be collected
  • Priests, deacons, and lectors must always wear a mask unless speaking or proclaiming
  • Altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the cantor, and instrumentalists/musicians must wear a mask at all times
  • As mentioned above, two metres of physical distancing must be maintained between households, or two close contacts for those living alone
  • Congregational singing is suspended at this time
  • Only 1 cantor/soloist is allowed
  • The cantor/soloist must wear the mask while singing/chanting and must be located away from the congregation and the instrumentalists/musicians
  • The use of the mask is required when singing/chanting
  • Singing by the cantor/soloist will be limited to the following:  Entrance antiphon or unfamiliar hymn, preparation of the altar, Communion, recessional
  • Instrumental music may replace singing
  • The offertory procession will not resume at this time to avoid unnecessary contact with the vessels.  Its resumption will be decided by the end of October 2021

Distribution of Holy Communion:

  • Priests/deacons/Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must wear the mask during the distribution of Holy Communion.  Hands must be sanitized prior to the distribution
  • Mask use is mandatory for all the faithful.  Parishioners who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons can be exempt from this regulation except when receiving Holy Communion
  • All parishioners must wear masks when lining up for the distribution of Holy Communion, including those receiving Communion on the tongue or a ‘blessing’
  • The communicant removes the mask in front of the priest/deacon/Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to receive Communion and must put it back on after consuming the consecrated host.
  • Communion is only given under one species – the consecrated host
  • Communion on the tongue continues to be offered
  • If the Ordinary/Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion comes in contact with the Communicant in the distribution, hands are to be sanitized with a quick-drying, alcohol-based hand sanitizer before continuing to distribute Holy Communion

Archdiocesan Guidelines for Social Gatherings:

  • No social gatherings are permitted in parish halls and facilities
  • In-person meetings and faith-based meetings, which are not social gatherings, are allowed to continue with attendance limited to 1/3 of the room’s fire code occupancy, i.e. RCIA and sacrament preparation
  • Masks must be worn at all times

Weddings and Funerals (effective Monday, Sept. 20):

  • Indoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services are permitted with up to 50 people
  • Indoor wedding and funeral receptions are prohibited


  • Attendance at baptism is allowed for up to 50 people
  • Proper physical distancing and the use of masks are required during the celebration of the rite


  • Parishes that have livestreaming capabilities are encouraged to continue with livestreaming Masses for those who are not comfortable with returning to Mass in person
  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues for dioceses in the Province of Alberta
  • Hand sanitizing remains in effect along with proper hand hygiene
  • Please make every effort to implement respiratory etiquette, i.e., coughing or sneezing into bent elbow, promptly disposing of used tissues in a lined garbage bin

Thank you.



Catholic virtual election forum

The group has shared videos from a Catholic virtual, major political parties forum for the upcoming Sept. 20 federal election. The videos feature representatives from Canada’s Liberal, Conservative, and New Democratic parties answering questions on key issues from the perspective of Catholic social teaching. The parties each nominated Catholic representatives, and all three helpfully and thoughtfully framed their parties’ policy commitments through the Catholic faith, quoting extensively from papal encyclicals, the Gospel, and other sources.

To view the videos you can log on to the Archdiocese website or you can  copy and past the following link in your browser:

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Archbishop’s letter to start the academic year


September 2021

Dear friends,

A New Beginning in Hope

Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

As the month of September fast approaches, and the start of another school year looms from behind the shadows, we look forward to a new beginning; a year filled with promise and hope. Over the past seventeen months, we have witnessed the state of society and our lives change in ways we might never have imagined two years ago. From the closing of borders to the adherence to strict protocols, life has been challenging, and for some, even devastating.
Throughout the pandemic, we learned many valuable lessons: we learned to depend on the support of family, friends, neighbours, our health care systems, and especially our faith communities. We learned that a world concerned with the plight of others is better than a world centered on ourselves. We learned that even though we could not practice our faith in person, technology made it possible for us to gather and pray virtually. Most important of all, we learned through the sorrow and pain how we depend fully upon the steadfast love and saving help of God, who never abandons us..
COVID-19 is just the latest hardship in a long line of civil unrest and human suffering. Once again, we have seen that, in difficult circumstances, God gives us the capacity to overcome the challenges through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. As we embark upon a new academic year, may we know daily the joy of the victorious help of our Lord.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton


Healing and Reconciliation webinar series

The Archdiocese is sharing links to a two-part webinar series. It’s a brief reflection on the history of the residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the long road towards Healing and Reconciliation. This educational video is presented by His Grace, as well as Metis Deacon John Brown, Cardinal Thomas Collins – the Archbishop of Toronto – and Neil McCarthy, the director of communications for the Toronto Archdiocese.

Link on CAEDM:

Part 1 link on YouTube:

Part 2 link on YouTube:

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