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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 Pastoral Scene

June 13 at 10:30 a.m. – 11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, from St. Joseph Basilica
Friday, June 11, 2021

Livestreamed Masses are now being hosted at https://grandinmedia.ca/livestream/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pg/archedmonton/videos/


Indigenous delegation to Vatican could come by end of the year
Thursday, June 10, 2021Canada’s Catholic bishops remain committed to moving forward with a delegation of Indigenous people to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis by the end of this year.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residential Schools – June 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

This FAQ is intended to provide some context and address some frequently asked questions about this important issue. We must all join in the collective efforts on the path to healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.


Pope prays for Indigenous children who died in residential schools
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

After his Angelus address June 6, Pope Francis led hundreds of pilgrims and visitors in St. Peter’s Square in a moment of silent prayer for the Indigenous children who died in Canadian residential schools and for their grieving families.


Indigenous rights on the mind of Vatican’s new representative to Canada
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Pope Francis’ new ambassador to Canada has often defended the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world and earlier this year noted they were being hard hit by the ongoing COVID pandemic.


Researcher: ‘Mass grave’ narrative misses need for answers
Monday, June 7, 2021

Anthropologist Dr. Scott Hamilton said in an interview that he believes his study provides important detail and context for a public grappling with the implications of the Kamloops news. Hamilton said the “mass grave” description “misses the point with the residential-school story,” a story that unfolded over more than a century and in which appalling conditions led to high death rates due to disease, the most devastating of which was tuberculosis.

Deceased students were often buried in simple graveyards near the schools because federal authorities provided no funding to send the bodies home or to conduct proper burials.

The result, Hamilton told The B.C. Catholic, was that the children were interred in de facto “pauper’s graves” with simple wooden crosses that have deteriorated and disappeared over the decades.


FULL INTERVIEW: Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild with Archbishop Smith on reconciliation
Monday, June 7, 2021

Exclusive interview with Chief Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild, former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, attended 3 different residential schools over a span of 14 years. 

He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.


VIDEO: Chief Littlechild and Archbishop Smith's Statement on Kamloops and Reconciliation
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Chief J. Wilton "Willie" Littlechild and Archbishop Richard Smith met this week in Maskwacis, and are offering this joint statement on the Kamloops Residential School discovery, and on reconciliation.

Chief Littlechild is a former Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations. He was also a commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations, and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, Alberta Order of Excellence, and Queens Counsel.


VIDEO: Vigil for the 215 at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Friday, June 4, 2021

Video of the vigil held at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples in Edmonton on Thursday, June 3, 2021 for the Kamloops 215.


Archbishop's Letter on Kamloops 215
Friday, June 4, 2021

We must acknowledge the role played by Catholic organizations in the residential school system. I recall my own testimony to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, given on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories:

“We apologize to those who experienced sexual and physical abuse in residential schools under Catholic administration. We also express our apology and regret for Catholic participation in government policies that resulted in children being separated from their families, and often suppressed Aboriginal culture and language at the residential schools.”