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Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) Updates

Currently the PAD withdrawals are done on the 16th of each month (unless a parishioner has specified otherwise).  We are going to change any new agreements to the 30th of the month.  If you would like your current agreement to change to the 30th, please contact us.

If you would like your withdrawals to remain on the 16th, you don’t have to do anything.  We will not change anything unless we hear from you.

At the same time we ask that you look at your PAD agreement and, if it has been in place for some years, please consider an update if your finances allow.  If you would like to see your current PAD agreement, please call or email Bernie Fitzsimmons, Parish Accountant to receive a copy. 

Bernie can be reached at Bernie.Fitzsimmons@caedm.ca or 780-488-7295, ext. 226

Click here to link to the new PAD application form: 

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph’s Basilica!


National Family and Life Week 2024 (NFLW)

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) warmly invites the Catholic faithful to celebrate National Family and Life Week 2024 (NFLW), which will take place from 13 – 19 May 2024.

This year’s theme, “Love hopes all things,” is inspired by the words of Saint Paul, the Apostle: “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7). This theme, linked to Amoris Laetitia, a discourse on love by Pope Francis, guides us towards hope, a theological virtue that renews our relationship with God and others.

The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life and its corresponding Office have developed a pastoral toolkit specifically designed for the “domestic church” in our national context. Each day of National Family and Life Week 2024 is built around specific themes, proposing prayers and activities adapted to different ages, cultures and circumstances. The kit includes a message from the CCCB President, the official National Family and Life Week 2024 logo, a catechesis, prayer intentions, daily activities for families and parishes, graphic resources for daily social media campaigns, with quotes on Christian hope, and pastoral suggestions for a family and life Mass.

Concluding on the Solemnity of Pentecost, National Family and Life Week 2024 offers a special opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to accompany us in this celebration of life and the family.

For more information see the resource page on their website here.


Alberta March for Life

On Thursday, May 9th, join thousands at this peaceful event to show the size, strength, and solidarity of the pro-life movement to the public and government.

The Mass for Life will be at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Basilica with Archbishop Smith presiding. The March will start at 12:00 noon at the Alberta Legislature grounds.

The Rose Dinner will be at 6:00 pm at the Polish Hall (10960-104 Street). This year’s keynote speaker is Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Click here to buy tickets.

For more information, please go to www.albertamarchforlife.com/


Jubilee Year 2025 - Pilgrims of Hope

Preparations are underway to celebrate the Jubilee Year 2025 - Pilgrims of Hope.

On January 21, 2024 the Holy Father announced the Year of Prayer in Preparation for the Jubilee 2025 inviting the faithful to enter into a Year of Prayer in order to ensure that the Jubilee Year 2025 is a spiritual experience that enriches the life of the Church.

The Papal Bull of Indiction will be issued on May 9, 2024, the Solemnity of the Ascension. The Papal Bull will outline the plans for the Jubilee. 

For more information visit the website at www.iubilaeum2025.va/en.html


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.


Basilica Seniors Group

The first session of our Seniors Group had a great turnout!  Thank you to all who attended!

Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, May 8, after the noon mass.  A light lunch will be available for a nominal fee.  Please call the office at (780) 488-7295 to register so we know how many people will be attending.


 

Hope & Dignity


 

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


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.


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!


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 May. 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.