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Growing in Faith Together  (GiFT)

Welcome to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Website

We are a vibrant community of strong faith which welcomes, worships, works and celebrates life together in Jesus Christ. From our beginnings in 1958, to the present, OLPH has been blessed with wonderful leaders, with vision and tremendous dedication, and also with an active compassionate parish family of now over 14,000 strong.

OLPH is located in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada and has much to offer. We welcome your inquiries and hope you will join us.

We also serve St Francis of Assisi Parish in Tofield, AB
5523 50th St, Tofield, AB T0B 4J0

God Bless!

Find us at:
www.olph.ca
https://www.facebook.com/olphsherwoodpark/

 

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Mission Statement:

A Roman Catholic Christian community. We come together at our Lord’s invitation to worship God, celebrate the sacraments, and deepen our faith.

We strive to be thankful, generous and welcoming, and are sent fort to help advance God’s Kingdom on earth by proclaiming the Gospel and serving others.

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe

******* GALLUP ENGAGEMENT SURVEY *******

Your opinion is important! Your Opinion Counts!
Participate and complete the Gallup survey.

OVERVIEW: 
The GALLUP Survey is called ME25 Engagement Survey. It is comprised of 25 questions, single answer within a scale of 1-5. It is intended as an individual survey for ages 18 years and older within the OLPH Parish. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. OLPH parishioners will be responding to the Catholic survey version. Gallup guarantees anonymity. If doing the paper survey, do not put your name on the survey.

WHO:
All members of the Parish 18+ years and older, anyone who considers him or herself a part of OLPH Parish. This is not a household survey. All members 18+ are urged to complete an individual survey. Do only one survey, paper or electronic, per person.

WHAT:
OLPH Member Engagement Survey. The survey is anonymous.

WHEN:
Commences with ALL masses on September 28, 2019 and runs for four (4) weeks. End date is October 20, 2019 after the 7:00pm Mass.

WHERE:
After Sunday masses in the OLPH church foyer, at home, or at your office.

WHY: 
To collect your opinions about key aspects of our parish. Your participation in the Gallup Survey will help set a future spiritual pathway for our OLPH Parish. Engaged parishes are flourishing faith communities. This is God’s desire.

HOW: 
Parishioners can take the survey via:

  • smart phone (cell) or home/office computer  connection to the following web address:  https://survey.gallup.com/OLPHsherwoodpark2019
    Through the OLPH Parish website, click on the above url. Once connected you will see Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sherwood Park (first page of the survey).

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  • Chrome books are set up in the Church foyer for your use and will directly link you to the survey. Volunteers are available should you have any questions are need help. Chrome books will be available at some Sherwood Park and Ardrossan Catholic Schools. Check at the school office.

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  • For paper/pen survey completion:
  1. Immediately following each Mass you can complete the survey in your Church Pew. Volunteers and ushers will quickly provide you with a survey copy for completion in a pew. Pens or pencils will be available.
  2. You may also choose to go directly into the Church Foyer to complete the survey on small the small tables. A copy will be available for completion prior to leaving the Church. Volunteers will be available for any questions or if you require help.
  3. For survey completion at home, you may pick up a survey as you leave the Church. Complete the survey at home and return during the week or the following weekend and place into the Gallup Survey Drop Box in the Church foyer or at the Parish Office. Important Note: Your survey must be returned to a Gallup Drop Box no later than the end of 7:00pm Mass on Sunday October 20, 2019.
  4. Gallup Survey will be available at Sherwood Park and Ardrossan Catholic Schools. Return to the OLPH Church foyer or office for placement into Gallup Drop Box.
  5. Gallup Survey is available at Sherwood Park Senior Lodges and Nursing Homes where OLPH parishioners reside to provide an opportunity to complete a Gallup Survey either electronically or by paper/pen. The Gallup Survey will be distributed by the Parish Priests during their monthly visit and scheduled Mass time. It can be completed at the time of the visit or Mass and be returned to A Gallup Drop Box in the Church Foyer or at the Parish Office

RESULTS:
Will be reported to the OLPH Parish via Town Hall Meeting upon completion of the results report and delivered by a representative of GALLUP.

PLEASE COMPLETE A SURVEY. YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT!

2018 Stewardship Report

Please click the link below to view the 2018 Stewardship Report for OLPH Parish. Blessings and thank you to all who so generously donated their time, talent and treasure to our parish community.

2018 Stewardship Report

Called to Protect-Volunteer Management Process

Many of you have received Volunteer Management forms to fill out and others will be getting their packages in the next week or so. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions we receive:

Q1: I already did a Criminal Records Check for another organization, why do I have to do another one for OLPH?

A1: The RCMP/EPS keep track of which organization requests a Criminal Records Check. For the Criminal Records Check to be recognized as being for OLPH, it must be completed for OLPH directly and it must be done once every four years.

Q2: I already attended Called to Protect [CTP] at another parish, why does my package say that I must attend again?

A2: The OLPH records do not search the database at other parishes – please inform us of where and when you attended the CTP and we will get the Archdiocese to pull those records and update the OLPH database accordingly. If they are unable to find the record, and you can’t supply us with a copy, then you will be required to attend CTP again.

Q3: Why do I need to get a Criminal Records Check? I only volunteer as an usher?

A3: Any volunteers in the Archdiocese of Edmonton that work with parishioners who could be vulnerable [under 18, seniors, disabled, suddenly ill or incapacitated etc.] or are in a position to have access to keys or confidential information are required to complete a Criminal Records Check.

If you have more questions you may find https://caedm.ca/CalledtoProtect helpful. This is the Archdiocesan site that explains the Volunteer Management Program.

 

 

 

 

October 26 – Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist (GiFT)

November 4 – Catholic Education: A Look forward (GiFT)

November 7 – 33 Days to Morning Glory (GiFT)

November 30 – Forgiven (GiFT)

All Glory! Our beautiful new crucifix has arrived and is installed…praise be to God!

WELCOME

OLPH Parish extends a warm welcome to Father Sathia and Father Balraj. Father Sathia and Father Balraj join our parish community from India. Some of you may have noticed the letters behind the priests’ name. What do those mean? Those letters indicate the order that our priests belong to. Our diocesan priests, like Father Jim, do not have these letters.

Father Sathia and Father Balraj belong to the Salesian order as indicated by the letters SDB following their names.
If you would like to learn more about this order please click on the link below.

PALLOTINE and SALESIAN FATHERS

Abuse in the Church-a Pastoral Response

Please click on the link below to see the guidelines put forth by the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

https://caedm.ca/PastoralScene/entryid/715/cccb-releases-new-guidelines-for-responding-to-and-preventing-sexual-abuse

Please click on the link below to see the Catholic Bishops of Alberta response to the child sex abuse scandal in the United States.

Alberta-NWT Catholic Bishops response to Pennsylvania abuse report (002)…

 

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide:  The Catholic View

Thank you to everyone (approximately 500 parishioners and visitors)  who attended the evening on Monday, April 30.  A special thank you to our panel of Father Jim, Sister Zoe and Father Eamon for answering many questions and providing additional information for thought.  Thank you as well to everyone who provided baking for the hospitality afterwards – how generous you were and how plentiful was the feast!  God bless you all.

Many people asked how they could view the documentary The Euthanasia Deception.  It can be rented or purchased at

http://www.caringnotkilling.com/ or http://www.vulnerablefilm.com/

The producers of The Euthanasia Deception, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, are releasing a new film on May 8 called Fatal Flaws. To watch the trailer or pre-order copies of the video, go to: https://fatalflawsfilm.com/.  This is another very powerful film about the impact of assisted suicide laws on society.

More information is also available through the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition @ www.epcc.ca

 

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