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St. Paul Outside the Walls

Year of St. Paul

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Nothing More Beautiful 
is a five-year process of reflection and renewal in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, in which we are invited to encounter anew  the beauty of our faith and our own relationship with Jesus Christ.

The focus of the initiative this year is a series of encounters that combine music, prayer and speakers on the theme of  The Beauty of the Human Person.

At the February 12 encounter, more than 1,300 people heard two inspiring presentations on the topic of The Human Body in God's Creative Design. Featured were Sister M. Timothy Prokes, F.S.E., professor of spirituality and theology at Christendom College in Virginia, and Michael and Terese Ferri, a couple from Pembroke, Ontario, who are popular presenters on the subject of family life.

If you couldn't make it to the Basilica for their presentations, you can experience them by visiting our Video Gallery.


You can also download full text of the presentations and some suggested reflection questions from the Nothing More Beautiful webpage -- just click on the image on the left.


Schedule of Penitential Celebrations

Easter Week Mass Times

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI             for Lent 2009

"He fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry"
(Mt 4,1-2)

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

At the beginning of Lent, which constitutes an itinerary of more intense spiritual training, the Liturgy sets before us again three penitential practices that are very dear to the biblical and Christian tradition – prayer, almsgiving, fasting – to prepare us to better celebrate Easter and thus experience God’s power that, as we shall hear in the Paschal Vigil, “dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy, casts out hatred, brings us peace and humbles earthly pride” (Paschal Præconium). For this year’s Lenten Message, I wish to focus my reflections especially on the value and meaning of fasting. Indeed, Lent recalls the forty days of our Lord’s fasting in the desert, which He undertook before entering into His public ministry. We read in the Gospel: “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry” (Mt 4,1-2). Like Moses, who fasted before receiving the tablets of the Law (cf. Ex 34,28) and Elijah’s fast before meeting the Lord on Mount Horeb (cf. 1 Kings 19,8), Jesus, too, through prayer and fasting, prepared Himself for the mission that lay before Him, marked at the start by a serious battle with the tempter.

We might wonder what value and meaning there is for us Christians in depriving ourselves of something that in itself is good and useful for our bodily sustenance. Click here for full text


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