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St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton

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4.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica is a minor basilica in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The basilica, located just west of the downtown core is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and is one of the largest churches in Edmonton. It is the only basilica in Alberta.Of architectural note are the 60 stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and the New Testaments and from the church's connection to St. Albert, the first diocese in Alberta.Church historyThe history of St. Joseph's began in 1913. At the time the city's main Franco-Albertan church, St. Joachim’s, was no longer able to cope with the booming population of English speaking parishioners. A large basement was excavated and concrete was poured. The new church would function as a crypt church from this time until the building was finally completed in 1963.Construction of the church was halted until 1924 due to the Great War.In 1917, St. Joseph's became a separate parish when the English speaking and French speaking parishioners at St. Joachim’s were given their own parishes. The French speakers remained at St. Joachim's. The English speakers moved to St. Joseph's.Construction resumed in 1924, and Archbishop Henry O'Leary designated the unfinished St. Joseph's as the cathedral for the diocese.
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  • The church is very peaceful and solemn. it's our first time to visit the church and it's mama Mary's day. Recommended for all! God bless u all! 
  • If a person like contesting religious architecture, and the evolution of the setting of its place in the community, this is a good place to ruminate. 
  • We have attended many weddings at this church. It is a beautiful church. Very large and the sound is great. It is very grand for a wedding. 
  • Before I give my review, I just wanted to say that I am very sorry for Oddvar's negative experience at this wonderful basilica. It was not clear if Oddvar is Catholic, but to clarify, it is the Catholic Church's firm teaching that only those who are Catholic and in a state of grace may receive Holy Communion. It is also our custom that communion is consumed immediately after receiving it, should it happen that the Host is taken away and merely discarded or kept for malicious purposes. I am certain that those who confronted Oddvar did so out of respect for Holy Communion, which we believe to be Jesus' Body and Blood itself, and perhaps were imprudent in the manner with which they accosted Oddvar and company. This does occur frequently as many who are not Catholic and unfamiliar with proper protocol at Mass will do likewise, and we as Catholics must not berate them, but rather, gently advise them in a prudent manner of the break in protocol. I am elated that you decided to join the Catholic community for Mass, and please do not let this one-time occurrence stop you from returning to other Masses at other churches, perhaps. I too experience social anxiety and being confronted in public for a seemingly little mistake would make me terribly disappointed as well, but things like this happen, and one must move forward. This cathedral is an awesome place of worship and a historical relic of Alberta's past which I strongly recommend all to visit.
  • Unfortunately Oddvar I can see that you have not been to a Catholic Church for a definite number of years. The check is in play because a number of Satanist all over the world have been known to go to Mass steal the communion and later desecrate it in their own black mass. That is why you take the communion when you first receive it at the front. But just to also say I love St Joseph's
  • I went here today… and had the worst experience in my life at a place of worship. It had been 13 years since I had last attended mass. I was at a low point in my life and was horribly sad today so when my friend offered to take me here to St. Joseph's I took it as a sign that perhaps something beautiful could come of a visit. I followed along with the service, sang, and went up to accept the communion. My church I was baptized in and taught catechism at always taught me to take the communion and either take the communion at the front or take the communion wafer back to my seat, put it into your mouth and let it dissolve as you pray. Well… half way back to my seat my arm was grabbed and I was scolded then demanded to eat the communion right then and there. I have extremely bad social anxiety and I burst into tears as I walked back to my seat… My friends who were there (both had never been to a catholic church) were also accosted by the same lady giving communion and asked very rudely "WHAT DID YOU DO WITH THE COMMUNION?! I sense you took in doubt."
  • A place that I love coming back. Light the candle and sit at the front of the Blessed Sacrament, I feel and even can hear the whisper, "Everything will be alright".
  • When I was homeless, I snuck in to sleep behind an alter. A nun found me & took care of me as I stole the Jesus cookies. Thank you for your grace.
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