St. Peter in Villeneuve, St. Catherine in Calahoo,
St. Emerence in Riviere Qui Barre, St. Charles in Mearns

Welcome to our Parish!

Our community is located in the Sturgeon County, AB., and consists of the parishes of St. Peter in Villeneuve, St. Catherine in Calahoo, St. Emerence in Riviere Qui Barre, and St. Charles in Mearns. We also have within our community the West Country Hearth Chapel, which is located in the Senior's Home in Villeneuve.

Our parishes continue the saving mission of Christ in our area through the faithful celebration of the Liturgy of the Church, and in communion with our local Ordinary, Archbishop Richard W. Smith, and our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

 

Parish renovation photo gallery

Enjoy this selection of photos from the recent renovations that have taken place at all our four parishes.

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Grotto of the Immaculate Conception to be dedicated Sunday, August 14th
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Submitted by Rev. Joy Vadakkan Poulose CFIC “Grotto of the Immaculate Conception” at Holy Name Parish in Vermilion, AB. New features of the Grotto: The new Marian statue faces to the south side, to the front entrance and parking lots  A beautiful Pergola stands with new stamped concrete leading to its base Benches on either […]

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Landry: Loud voices and restless hearts
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

With so much noise and so many voices competing for our attention, we need to be aware of who and what we pay attention to. It was with this in mind that a few years ago, Archbishop Richard Smith wrote: “I often pose the question, “Who are you listening to?” So often, in fact, that […]

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Stories from the Papal Visit
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Share your story! A Papal Visit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most Catholics. We have heard many stories and unique experiences from our guests, volunteers and staff. Now we want to hear from you! What is your strongest memory from the Papal Visit? What touched you most? What will you tell your grandchildren? Your story […]

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Speeches and Homilies of Pope Francis during his visit to Canada
Friday, July 29, 2022

His Holiness, Pope Francis, completed his apostolic journey to Canada from July 23rd – July 29th, 2022. On this “pilgrimage of penance”, he made a series of public statements regarding Indigenous reconciliation and healing. Each of the Holy Father’s statements is linked below: Address of the Holy Father: Meeting with Indigenous Peoples – First nations, […]

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Rolheiser: Why is there something instead of nothing?
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Belgian theologian Jan Walgrave, who directed my doctoral thesis, was a true intellectual and a rare one. True, in that his thought naturally, instinctually gravitated towards the huge philosophical questions of essence and existence. Why are we here? Who are we really?  Moreover, he was also a rare intellectual in that he was an […]

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Ermineskin Cree Nation releases info for Maskwacis Papal Visit July 25th
Saturday, July 23, 2022



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World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – July 24
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly 24 July 2022 “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Psalm 92:15)  Dear Friends, “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps 92:15). These words of the Psalmist are glad tidings, a true “gospel” that we can […]

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Children were forbidden to speak Indigenous languages – now a choir will sing in Cree for the Pope
Friday, July 22, 2022

Looking together at the themes of mercy, healing and reconciliation, members of the choir carefully chose music to support Pope Francis’ journey to walking together at his Papal Mass taking place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on July 26, 2022. The choir will play a pivotal role not only in the Mass but in the […]

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Designing the Papal Mass vestments, with Julia and Adam Kozak
Friday, July 22, 2022

Julia Kozak, an Indigenous artist and dancer, was approached to create a design for the Holy Father to wear during his celebration of the Holy Mass in Edmonton. She discerned along with her husband Adam how to bring forth her gift of talent and tradition to help share healing and promote reconciliation in harmony with […]

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Park & Ride to Commonwealth Stadium Papal Mass
Thursday, July 21, 2022

July 26, 2022 at Commonwealth Stadium. More information is available here.  ETS will provide Park & Ride service between Commonwealth Stadium and a variety of Park & Ride sites for the Papal Mass. ETS bus routes 2, 3 and 101, as well as the Capital Line LRT, run near Commonwealth Stadium. You can use your […]

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Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park FREE on July 25 & 26
Thursday, July 21, 2022

iyiniwak okiskêyihtamowiniwaw (Indigenous Peoples Experience) Fort Edmonton Park and the City have collaborated to offer the Indigenous Peoples Experience for free on July 25 & 26, 2022 over the Papal Visit. We invite you to visit the award-winning Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park. Gather and explore life through the diversity of First Nations’ and Métis […]

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Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples ready to welcome the Holy Father
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Following extensive restoration work after a fire in 2020, the church and its parishioners are ready to come together and welcome Pope Francis to Edmonton. After an Indigenous delegation from Canada travelled to Rome to invite the Holy Father to visit the Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, the church and its parishioners are […]

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Re-Dedication of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Archbishop Smith opens the doors for the rededication of the newly rebuilt Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, the first liturgy to take place inside since the fire 2 years ago. The long-awaited ceremony took place on Sunday, July 17. 2022, attended by hundreds of joyful parishioners, led by a procession of drummers, indigenous […]

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Landry: Pope Francis is coming to be an instrument of healing
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Anywhere you go that hockey is played, the number 99 is synonymous with greatness. The number 99 was the number that belonged to Wayne Gretzky, who is universally recognized as the greatest player to ever play the game. Here in Edmonton, where Gretzky won four Stanley Cups and achieved incredible milestones, hockey fans treasure 99 […]

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Final block of tickets for Commonwealth Stadium Papal Mass delayed from Monday, July 18 until Friday, July 22, 2022
Friday, July 15, 2022

The release of the final block of tickets for the Papal Mass (Tuesday, July 26) will now take place on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. MT. Tickets were originally scheduled to be released on July 18. Why the Change? We continue to prioritize Indigenous participation at events throughout the Papal Visit. In conversations […]

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The Pope is Coming to the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A few months back when the Indigenous delegation went to Rome, delegates invited the Holy Father to come to the Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage, which has great spiritual significance in the lives of indigenous peoples, drawing pilgrims especially from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, B.C., and the North. Elders and chiefs invited him hoping that the Holy Father’s […]

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Priest Assignments 2022 – continued
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The following Priest assignments took effect Wednesday, July 13, 2022: Rev. Felix KUSAMBA is appointed as Full-Time Priest Chaplain of Royal Alexandra Hospital. Rev. Wilson THANKACHAN is appointed as Full-Time Priest Chaplain of University of Alberta Hospital. The following Priest assignments will take place on the dates listed: Rev. Andrew BOGDANOWICZ, Pastor of St. Andrew Parish […]

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Rebuild Update: Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples was damaged by fire, sustaining serious damage which requires rebuilding and upgrades. Sacred Heart church was designated as a national Indigenous Parish in 1991. It serves indigenous peoples and settlers as natural hub for Catholic reconciliation work in the Edmonton area. The campaign to rebuild Sacred Heart Church […]

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St. Kateri Novena Prayer: July 14-22, 2022
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

As we prepare to welcome Pope Francis to Canada, let us invoke the intercession of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Mohawk saint who bears the title, “Protectress of Canada.” Please join in praying this novena to St. Kateri for the healing of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, as they prepare to share from their hearts with […]

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Rolheiser: Coping with our own souls
Monday, July 11, 2022

We have many photographs of Therese of Lisieux. Her sister Celine loved using a camera and took many photos of Therese, but there’s an interesting thing to note in those photos. The British Carmelite Ruth Burrows once did a study of those photos and commented that in all of them, Therese is always somehow alone, […]

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The Pope is coming to Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Thursday, July 7, 2022

A few months back when the Indigenous delegation went to Rome, Father Susai went along to support and accompany them. He brought with him a letter of invitation inviting the Holy Father to come to Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples parish, which is an indigenous parish that has significance in the Canadian church […]

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Updated: First block of tickets for Mass at Commonwealth Stadium sold out, 2nd block opens July 11
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

We are pleased to see so many people responding to the opportunity to attend Mass with Pope Francis, walking together on a journey of reconciliation. Approximately 16,000 seats were reserved today. The next block of seats will open on Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (Mountain Time). We are using a block approach in […]

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Rolheiser: Our fellow believers – friends not foes
Monday, July 4, 2022

Denominational identity in me runs deep. Born, baptized, and raised a Roman Catholic, Roman Catholicism is my second nature, like a brand on my skin. I have no regrets about the congenital grip this has on me, even though now I think of it more as a foundation than as an endpoint in my faith […]

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Public Ticketing for Papal Mass at Commonwealth Stadium Opens Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Thursday, June 30, 2022

The official program for the Papal Visit to Canada was released on June 23, 2002. We continue to work with National Indigenous Organizations and other Indigenous partners to prioritize space for residential school survivors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers at papal events. This work will continue in the days leading up to the arrival of Pope […]

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Media roundup: Maskwacis chiefs look ahead to historic visit of Pope Francis
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pope Francis will visit the Treaty Six Territory of Maskwacis, Alberta. This is a pivotal moment for the world to witness and understand the impacts of the intergenerational traumas suffered by indigenous people in the residential school systems in Canada and around the World. This is an important step towards reconciliation for everyone to be […]

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Rolheiser: Cheap grace
Monday, June 27, 2022

There’s a tension among Christians today between those who would extend God’s mercy everywhere, seemingly without any conditions, and those who are more reticent and discriminating in dispensing it. The tension comes out most clearly in our debates concerning who may receive the sacraments: Who should be allowed to receive the Eucharist? Who should be […]

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Alberta sites announced for Papal Visit to Canada – July 24–29, 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Canada’s Catholic Bishops welcome the June 23 announcement from the Holy See providing further details of the itinerary of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Canada, July 24 – 29, 2022. This will be the fourth papal visit to Canada and the first since Saint John Paul II’s journey in 2002. The Holy Father’s pilgrimage will […]

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Landry: Sharing the Good News
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

One night in mid-November 2004, the pyramid at Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory was empty except for myself and my girlfriend. Though there are many different types of plants featured in the arid pyramid, I wasn’t really paying attending to any of it. I had realized that this was the opportune moment I was waiting. It felt […]

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National Indigenous Peoples Day Prayer Intentions
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

For National Indigenous Peoples Day, Indigenous elder Fernie Marty, a parishioner at Sacred Heart of the First Peoples, prayed before Mass. Fr. Susai Jesu OMI offered the Mass with the path to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples both in Canada and worldwide as the special intention.

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Pew collections will support Pope’s visit to Canada
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

We are delighted to share the joy of the upcoming pastoral visit by Pope Francis to Canada on July 24-29, 2022. Today, we are sharing a letter from His Grace. In the letter, he addresses the purpose of the visit, as well as the associated costs. There will be two pew collections within the Archdiocese, […]

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Volunteer for the Papal Visit to Canada
Monday, June 6, 2022

Volunteering for Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022 can be of enormous personal, social and spiritual benefit. If you are 18 or older and willing to share your time and talents, organizers are seeking many volunteers for innumerable tasks during the papal visit, from greeting and directing pilgrims, to […]

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Vatican appoints Canadian bishop to Dicastery for Divine Worship
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

On Wednesday, 1st June 2022, the Holy See Press Office announced that His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton, as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. A total of 22 members were appointed to the aforementioned Congregation.  For a complete […]

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St. Norbert – Rosenheim reaches 100 years
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Submitted by Marion Kelch St. Norbert Church, located south of Provost, is Alberta’s largest rural neo-Gothic church. Also known also as Rosenheim church, it was the Catholic focal point of a the district of Rosenheim, which had been settled by mostly German-Americans who had immigrated to this part of Joseph’s Colony beginning in 1906. By […]

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St. Peter – Villeneuve parish to celebrate 125th Anniversary
Monday, May 30, 2022

Contributed by Colleen Soetaert Tawâw, Bienvenue, and Welcome! These three greetings will be used at the 125th anniversary of St. Peter’s Parish in Villeneuve, on June 19, 2022, signifying the history of the faith community that celebrates at the parish. With the arrival of Father Jean-Baptiste Morin, OMI and settlers from Quebec in 1891, the […]

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Priest transfers 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The following clergy transfers will take place on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, unless otherwise noted. 1. Fr. Roy ANTONY, CFIC, Associate Pastor of St. Theresa’s Parish, Edmonton, is appointed Pastor of Santa Maria Goretti Italian Parish, Edmonton, replacing Fr. George Puramadathil, CFIC, who is reassigned by his religious order. (Effective July 1, 2022) 2. Fr. […]

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Landry: We are given an indelible spiritual mark on our souls
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

One lasting image from Toy Story 2 is found on the bottom of cowboy doll Woody’s boot. There, you would find the name ‘Andy’ written in permanent marker. Andy writes his name on the feet of most of his toys as a sign/reminder that they are his and he cares for them. In the movie, […]

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Statement on the anniversary of the findings at the Kamloops Residential School
Monday, May 23, 2022

  It is with great sadness that Canada’s Catholic Bishops wish to recognize the one-year anniversary of the shocking reports from the site of the former Kamloops Residential School. These triggered a painful and lasting reminder of the ongoing legacy of suffering caused by Canada’s residential school system. Over the last year, the Catholic Church’s […]

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Rosary for the Family
Thursday, May 19, 2022

In preparation for the 10th World Meeting of Families (WMF), the CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life is hosting a live and nationwide Rosary for the Family via Zoom Webinar. The virtual event will take place on Sunday, 19 June 2022 at 1 p.m. and will be facilitated by several families from across the […]

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Father Frank Stempfle was one of the longest serving priests in Canada
Monday, May 16, 2022

Father Frank died May 13 at age 95. The Vigil Prayers will be held at St. Joseph’s Basilica on May 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Basilica on May 21 at 10 a.m.

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Edmonton to be hub of Pope’s journey of healing, hope and reconciliation
Friday, May 13, 2022

Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to Canada from July 24-29, 2022. The Holy Father will visit three cities in Canada: Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit. “The Holy Father is coming to meet with Indigenous Peoples of this land on a pilgrimage of healing, reconciliation and hope.” – Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, the national […]

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Archbishop Smith: Everyone involved in Catholic education is called to be a Gospel witness
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Catholic Education Week will celebrated May 23-27. The theme this year is Rebuild, Renew and Restore Together. Alberta’s bishops will each read the Gospel of the day and provide reflection for an audience of students, teachers and families. Video: Archbishop Smith reflects on the Gospel reading for Monday, May 23. Calgary Bishop William McGrattan celebrate […]

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Return to Mass: COVID dispensation lifted as of Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022
Monday, May 9, 2022

The Bishops of Alberta and Northwest Territories will lift the dispensation as of Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022. At the same time, acknowledging the continuing presence of Covid-19 in our midst, we encourage anyone showing signs of the illness, and vulnerable persons, to avail themselves of the means of spiritual communion that will continue to be available for some time still.

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Landry: Camp St. Louis taught me about prayer, community and joy
Monday, May 9, 2022

It was almost exactly 25 years ago that I made one of the most significant decisions in my life; I signed up to be a counsellor at Camp St. Louis (then known as the Youth for Christ Camp).

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Rolheiser: Spirituality – A place where all believers can come together
Monday, May 9, 2022

Spirituality is a place where we can meet in a communion of faith that takes us (at least in that place and moment) beyond our different histories, our different denominations, our different religions, and our different notions of faith.

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Rolheiser: Managing an ascension
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A friend of mine, somewhat cynical about the church, recently remarked: “What the institutional church today is trying to do is to put its best face on the fact that it’s dying. Basically, it’s trying to manage a death.” What he’s suggesting is that the church today, like a person struggling to accept a terminal […]

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Living In The Word (Reflections on Holy Scriptures) with Deacon Chad
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Living in the Word is a series of bi-weekly reflections on Holy Scriptures by Priests and Religious in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

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Memorial Mass for Father Mike McCaffery
Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Rev. Mike McCaffery, a pastor, mentor, teacher and community leader in the Edmonton Archdiocese for more than 50 years, died on Jan. 21, 2021. He was 85. The McCaffery family invites you to join them on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at St Joseph’s Basilica to honour Fr. Mike McCaffery at a Memorial Mass. […]

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Rev. Matthew Hysell researches the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Monday, May 2, 2022

My interest was stirred up when I visited Chartres Cathedral for the first time in 2017, where I saw the beautiful "Tree of Jesse" lancet window showing Christ surrounded by seven doves.  Then the question came to me....

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Landry: Mystagogy, leading through the mysteries
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

In the introduction to his Pastoral Letter, Living in the Word of God, Archbishop Richard Smith speaks of his Baptism as “the best and most important action my mother and father ever undertook on my behalf.” He also explains that “what begins at Baptism is a way of life that is shaped by sacred teachings, […]

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Rolheiser: Fear of missing out
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

It’s hard for a child to have to go to bed in the middle of an evening when the rest of the family is still celebrating. Nobody wants to go to bed while everyone else is still up. No one wants to miss out on life. Remember how as a child, tired and unable to […]

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