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Dear Brothers and Sisters in the diocese of St Paul,

During the past week in the media of the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, there has been some pretty intense commentary about and misunderstanding of the views of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta, the Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta and the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association as individuals and groups reacted to Premier Prentice’s decision to “pause” before the third reading of Bill 10.

Chers frères et sœurs du diocèse de Saint-Paul:

Au cours de la dernière semaine, il y a eu beaucoup de commentaires passionnés dans les médias des villes d’Edmonton et de Calgary au sujet de l’incompréhension des points de vue des évêques catholiques de l’Alberta, des directeurs généraux des écoles catholiques de l’Alberta et de l’Association des conseillers des écoles catholiques de l’Alberta alors que des individus et des groupes ont réagi à la décision du premier ministre Jim Prentice à faire une ‘’pause’’ avant d’entreprendre la troisième lecture du projet de loi 10.

To: The Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Throughout history, our human settlement has constantly undergone changes in society and demographics due to the migration of peoples for social, economic or political reasons. As people move and communities grow and diminish, the Church must continue to adapt to these changes in society and respond to the needs of our time.

A Pastoral Note on the Celebration of the Word with Communion during Weekdays

Beginning with the understanding that “no Christian community can be built up unless it has its basis and center in the celebration of the most Holy Eucharist” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 6), we must ensure that proper care is taken to guarantee the primacy of the celebration of the Mass in the life of each parish community. As I have already stated in my Pastoral Letter on the Shortage of Priests in the Diocese of St. Paul: “we are Eucharistic communities” (p. 4). This demands ongoing catechesis on the importance of the celebration of the Eucharist.