St. Joseph's Basilica, Edmonton

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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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  • It seems that every time I go to this church they are playing Christmas music. Ok, so I don’t go every Sunday anymore. Nonetheless, it is a grand old church which reminds me of Norte Dame in Paris.  more »
  • I had emailed the secretary of this basilica. She was super nice and gave me the times when we could visit the basilica. We didn't regret coming here. There was a large parking place for those attendi...  more »
  • A beautiful, sacred place where you feel the presence of God...the classic architecture of this large Church is a feast for the senses and speaks to the eyes, the ears, the heart and the soul. Being p...  more »
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  • Beautiful basilica, great place to pray. Service though on the other hand sometimes is a little boring/off. But overall this is a great place of worship!
  • 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."
  • I wood prefer to get Baptized in a creek.
  • 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".

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