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September 15th, 2017

Living in the Word of God - Archbishop Richard Smith has released a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese that will provide special focus for our faith community over the next 5 years.  It is deeply grounded in the words of Pope Francis, ""These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus: to listen to the word of God, and to put it into practice. This is the Christian life – nothing more.  Simple, simple."  (Homily at Daily Mass, September 23, 2014)

You can read the pastoral letter, watch a video titled Archbishop Smith's Pastoral letter in 60 Seconds, and find other resources at

Holy is Thy Name –Each of the names of schools and buildings in Edmonton Catholic Schools has a special significance. Our District Archivist, Helen, Scarlett, has done an amazing job of revising the book Holy is Thy Name – Honouring the Namesakes of Edmonton Catholic Schools, which was first produced in 2006, and creating a beautiful digital format.  This book proudly shares the stories of our rich Catholic heritage.  You can view it by visiting our website at

Dinner and a Course Winners – There are so many opportunities for us to grow in knowledge of our faith.  We were pleased to offer 5 bursaries to staff to participate in Dinner and a Course at St. Joseph's College at the U of A.  Congratulations to Kelli Lavigne, Ann Hammond, Gloria Cabase, Gloria Antipan, and Laurie Wojcichowsky whose names were drawn to receive the bursaries.  If you are interested in registering for the course, the information can be found at

Ecumenical Learning Opportunities – Pope Francis has shared that "Christian unity is an essential requirement of our faith, a requirement that springs from the intimacy of our being as believers in Jesus Christ" (10/11/2016). The Archdiocese extends the following invitation to attend a session on Why the Reformation Still Matters:

Join us for this special presentation marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Why does it still matter? Find out with Dr. Brad S. Gregory, an award-winning professor of church history at University of Notre Dame and author of The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. His lecture is free, and all are welcome.  Come to All Saints Anglican Cathedral, 10035 - 103 Street, Edmonton, on Friday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m.  The presentation is jointly sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton, the Edmonton & District Council of Churches, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

The 28th annual Ecumenical Mission of Strathcona County will be held from October 15th -18th.  It will be led by Archbishop Bolen of the Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.  The brochure for this opportunity can be found at by clicking here

Catechetical Sunday, October 1 – Our call in Catholic education is to help others to come to know and love Christ. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources for celebrating Catechetical Sunday, a day that celebrates this calling. The theme this year, Missionary Disciples in the Vineyard of the Lord, focuses on four topics: catechists are called to be missionary disciples, facilitate encounters with Christ, accompany others, and live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. The resources are found at




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