There is no doubt that the Catholic Church has had an
important role in the life of Franco-Albertans. As elsewhere,
the liturgy has always been that which has been required by the
Roman Catholic Church, including the changes engendered by the
Vatican Council II.
During the early settlement period, before
the establishment of the parishes, religious services were held
in the homes of the faithful by the Oblate missionaries who travelled from settlement to settlement. Most of the parishes
were created at the beginning of the 20th century, but with the
massive currents of migration of the rural population towards
the cities, there has been consolidation of these and sometimes,
as in the case of the parish of Saint-Thomas d’Aquin in
Edmonton, the creation of new ones1.