NEWS AND UPDATES:
50th Anniversary of the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Whitehorse
Come Celebrate with Us!
FRIDAY – June 9, 2017
13:00 Catholic Schools' Mass at Vanier Catholic Secondary School
19:00 Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Talk by Rudy Couture
SATURDAY – June 10, 2017
11:00 – 15:00 – BBQ/Picnic and activities at Christ the King Elementary School.
17:00 – Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Then immediately after mass - Official presentations and recognitions followed by social
Video presentation of the history of the Diocese of Whitehorse
SUNDAY – JUNE 11, 2017
11:30 – Concluding Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral followed by lunch and social
Guidelines for the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Click on this link to read the guidelines recently released by the Bishop:
Association of Western Catholic Bishops Annual Retreat January 9-13, 2017
Guidelines for Catholic Burials
There have been important new developments regarding Catholic burials issued locally and by the Vatican, mainly effecting the timing of Eulogies and the the appropriate placement of cremated remains. Please see this document issued by the Archdiocese of Vancouver, signed by Bishop Hector Vila. Click here.
You can also read the release by the Vatican here:
Special Collection for Haiti Hurricane Relief , November 19th and 20th around the diocese
To read the letter from Bishop Héctor regarding this collection Click Here.
Bishop Héctor's Visit to Rome
Did you know Bishop Héctor recently went to Rome and had a brief moment to speak with Pope Francis about Yukon? Click here to view pictures of our Bishop's visit to Vatican for "Baby Bishops School".
Bishop Héctor's Response to CBC on Assisted Death
Click here to read letter
Online Donations now available
The Diocese of Whitehorse is now accepting online donations via our partner Canada Helps, which is equipped to issue instantaneous tax receipts. Your generosity enables us to serve our communities, care for those in need and accomplish the mission entrusted to us by the Lord. Click on the button below to donate online.
Map of the Diocese
The diocese of Whitehorse is vast! It comprises the top northern quarter of the province of British Columbia and the entire Yukon Territory. In this 723,515 square-kilometer area, the total population is approximately 40,000.
Our Catholic population is 7,500, which is served in 23 parishes and missions.
The seat of the diocese is Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon Territory. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Our Lady of Victory Parish, and three Roman Catholic schools serve the Whitehorse area. The vastness of the diocese is matched by the grandeur and beauty of God's creation. The St. Elias mountains with the highest peaks in Canada and massive glaciers, are something to behold. The diocese is geographically situated in the great river watersheds of both the Arctic and Pacific oceans. The Yukon, Liard, Dease, Fort Nelson, Stikine, Nass and Skeena rivers and their tributaries are the historical highways of this land.
The all-season Alaska, Klondike, and Cassiar Highways connect the diocesan missions year round; and provide connections to our neighboring dioceses of Prince George (BC), Mackenzie-Fort Smith (NWT), Grouard-McLennan (Alberta), Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks (Alaska). Air travel connects the people up here nationally and internationally.
To live up here and travel to the small Catholic communities is to experience why "God so loved the World that He gave His only Son" Jn.3:16. It is something beautiful!