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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  • 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 »
  • Very nice church with beautiful stained glass windows. Quite good for tired people to a place to slow down and have some reflection and some quiet, peaceful moment. Went here for Sunday mass, and the ...  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!
  • I wood prefer to get Baptized in a creek.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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