Formation

Growing in Faith Together (GiFT)

“To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” (Rev 21:6)

The Catholic-Christian life is a journey. From the moment of our baptism we are pilgrims in this world, nourished by the sacraments and strengthened by the Church. Faith formation is not a one-time event but, rather, an enduring commitment to living and growing in our Christian faith. We learn to conform our lives to Christ as we journey towards our final destination: union with God.

OLPH Catholic Parish offers a number of opportunities for growing in your Catholic faith. Some of these, like Alpha and Catholicism 101, are offered regularly to provide a solid foundation for the journey. Others are one-time events, special presentations or courses that can enrich and expand your life of faith.

If you have ideas or suggestions for faith formation at OLPH Parish, please contact the GiFT team at gift@olph.ca or call Pat Lemire at 780-467-5470.

Ongoing GiFT Offerings

 Formed

 ALPHA

 ALPHA YOUTH

 Catholicism 101

Winter-Spring 2017 GiFT Offerings

Lenten Parish Mission    April 3-6

Finding New Life in the Spirit   April 20-May 25

Day Away with Sandy Prather   May 11

Fall 2017 GiFT Offerings

Certificate in Scripture

Formed: The Catholic Faith On Demand

A special GiFT for all OLPH parishioners!

100s of movies, talks, books and episodes – including Symbolon and Bishop Barron’s Catholicism – all in one place. Watch on your phone, ipad, computer or smart TV in the comfort of your own home.

To access Formed, go to http://formed.org/home?code=J4YZ4K  and click on “Register.” When prompted, complete your registration.

Once registered, you can return to Formed again and again, using the password you set up. Enjoy!

RCIA Workshop:  RENEWAL THROUGH RCIA

Presenter: Bishop Emeritus Gerry Wiesner, OMI
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
OLPH Parish, Sherwood Park

Information for Participants

Bishop Gerry Wiesner was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan and ordained a priest in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1963. During the next 16 years, he served as Professor of Theology and later Superior at his alma mater, St. Charles Scholasticate, in Battleford. In 1984 he was named Provincial Superior of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), St. Mary’s Province, based in Saskatoon. From 1972 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 1992 he taught theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton and served briefly as acting president of the college until he was ordained Bishop of Prince George Diocese in February, 1993. Dedicated to lifelong learning, Bishop Wiesner holds a License and Masters of Theology, and has completed graduate studies at six different universities. He has been a longstanding supporter of adult education and has offered numerous opportunities for the faithful to grow in their knowledge of theology, liturgy, and practice of the faith. Bishop Wiesner retired in January 2013 and continues to teach and give retreats across Canada.

Who: This workshop is for anyone who serves in RCIA and those who serve in other parish ministries and want to know more about RCIA.

Where: Meeting Room (downstairs) OLPH Parish, 13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta

When: Sign-in begins at 9:00 am. The workshop starts at 9:30 am sharp and ends at 3:30 pm.

What to Bring: A copy of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (if you have it) and writing materials if you want to make notes.

Cost: $25 per person (includes lunch). Let us know of dietary needs. Fee must be submitted to the parish office by March 24 or contact Lorraine at the parish office to make arrangements.

Payment: Cheques are to be made payable to “OLPH Parish”, Re: RCIA workshop, April 1.” Cash also works.

Questions? Contact Br. Joe Glaab, ofm at jofglaab@hotmail.com or 780-467-5470.

Catholicism 101: What do Catholics Believe?

Catholicism 101 is a great next step for Alpha “grads” – and for anyone who wants to know more about specifically Roman Catholic beliefs and practices. (*You do not have to take Alpha to take Catholicism 101 but we recommend it.) The purpose of Catholicism 101 is to explore together the teachings of the universal Church created by Jesus Christ. Whether you are thinking about membership in the Church, considering return to the practice of your faith, or just want to know more about the Catholic Church – Catholicism 101 is for you!

This 10-week program uses selected segments from the excellent Symbolon series to explain Catholic beliefs in a way that is clear and engaging. Every session offers an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the Catholic faith in small group discussions facilitated by trained hosts.

Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • What is “the Church” and why do I need it?
  • What every Catholic should know about Church history.
  • What makes a Catholic “Catholic”?
  • What do Catholics believe about the Eucharist?
  • What’s so special about the Mass?
  • Why do Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints?
  • Where am I going (death, judgment, heaven, hell)?
  • How can I live a Catholic life?
  • Catholicism 101 is absolutely FREE and all are welcome  FALL COURSE STARTS SEPTEMBER 12
  • Registration for the next course is now open
    To register for the winter course, or for more information, contact:
    Alana LaPerle at 780-446-9009 or alaperle@telus.net or Billy Spindler at 780-990-7981 or bspindle@shaw.ca

Alpha: What do ALL Christians Believe teaches the essential proclamation (or Kerygma) of the Christian faith

This proclamation is the Good News that Jesus is the long-promised Messiah! He was crucified but rose gloriously from the dead. Through his ascension into heaven, he has been glorified and now calls each of us to repent, conform our lives to him and prepare for the coming judgment.

In this engaging 10-week course, Alpha answers questions like:

  • Who is Jesus and why did he die?
  • How can I have faith?
  • Why and how should I pray?
  • How should I read the Bible?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • Does God heal today?
  • How does God guide us?Each session includes fellowship, a video talk by the very-entertaining Nicky Gumbel and small group discussions facilitated by trained hosts. There is lots of space for open discussion – including disagreement! Alpha’s goal is honest conversation, so we love hearing what you really think.Thursdays: 7:00-8:30 p.m.To register for the fall Course, or for more information, contact:
  • Alana LaPerle at 780-446-9009 or alaperle@telus.net or Pat and Jerry Heck at 780-416-8111 or jpheck@shaw.ca
  • Watch for Upcoming Courses
  • Alpha is absolutely FREE and all are welcome – but it is only offered once a year at OLPH Parish. Don’t wait another year to start your journey. Register today!
  • If you have questions like these (even if you attend Mass every week), then Alpha is for you!

Alpha for Youth

Alpha for Youth is designed especially for youth, 13-19, who want to learn more about basic Christian beliefs. Through fun and engaging videos, the courses invite young people to think and talk about the BIG questions, like:

  • What is the meaning of Life?
  • Who is Jesus and why did he die?
  • How can I have faith?
  • How should I pray?
  • How does God guide my life?

And much more! If you or your teen is looking for a fun and meaningful way to grow in the Christian faith, then check out Alpha for Youth.

Youth Alpha @ ABJ

Winter 2017 course starts

Tuesday, February 21 (grade 9) and Thursday, February 23 (grades 10-12)

Youth Alpha @ ABJ is a great opportunity to learn more about Christian beliefs, while earning your Catholic Faith Experience credit (10% of grade in Religion 10, 20 or 30). The course is presented in 10 weekly lunch-time sessions and a half-day away retreat at OLPH Parish.

Youth Alpha @ ABJ is offered twice a year (both the fall and winter semesters) and is open to all ABJ students, whether or not you are taking a Religion course.

To register or for more information contact Alana LaPerle at alaperle@telus.net or call/text 780-446-9009

Lenten Parish Mission

“A Lenten Journey Celebrating God’s Mercy”
with Bishop Gerry Wiesner, OMI  

April 3–6  from 7:00-9:00 pm

Monday, April 3

Theme: “God’s Definition of Mercy”

Liturgy of the Word – Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 4

Theme: “Jesus, the Face of the Father’s Mercy”

Liturgy of the Word – Parish Hall

Wednesday, April

Theme: “Mary, Mother of Mercy”

Liturgy of the Word – Parish Hall

Thursday, April 6

Theme: “Called to be Merciful”

Eucharist – Sanctuary

Come and hear Bishop Wiesner preach at weekend masses, April 1 and 2!

Parishioners are also invited to join those journeying toward membership in the Catholic Church at a Saturday workshop called, “Renewal through RCIA,” 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in the large meeting room, OLPH Parish.

 

Gerald William Wiesner, OMI, was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan and ordained a priest in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1963. During the next 16 years, he served as Professor of Theology and later Superior at his alma mater, St. Charles Scholasticate in Battleford. In 1984, he was named Provincial Superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), St. Mary’s Province, based in Saskatoon. From 1972 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 1992 he taught theology at Newman Theological College and served briefly as acting president of the college until he was ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Prince George in February 1993.

Dedicated to lifelong learning, Bishop Wiesner, holds a Licence and Masters of Theology, and has completed graduate studies at six different universities. He has been a longstanding supporter of adult faith education and has offered numerous opportunities for the faithful to grow in their knowledge of theology, liturgy and practice of the faith. Bishop Wiesner retired in January 2013 and continues to teach and give retreats across Canada.

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EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

There is no charge for the Lenten Mission but a free will offering will be taken.

Finding New Life in the Spirit

Thursdays, April 20 – June 1

7:00-8:30 pm

Do you want to live a deeper Christian life?

As Catholics, we receive the life of the Spirit through the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. But most of us need to fan this spark of life into flames throughout our Christian journey of faith.

Finding New Life in the Spirit provides an introduction and powerful experience of a life lived in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. In this series of seven talks, personal testimonies and group discussions, you will learn to recognize the fire, breath, gifts, fruits and charisms of the Holy Spirit in your own life. Join with other seekers as you prepare for a very personal “Pentecost,” a new release or revitalization of the Spirit’s presence.

Presented by the Alpha team, this seminar is great for Alpha grads and anyone who wants to experience new life in the Spirit!

Talk 1  God’s Love

Talk 2  God Saves Us

Talk 3  New Life

Talk 4  Receiving God’s Gifts

Talk 5  Receive the Holy Spirit

Talk 6  Growth

Talk 7  Transformation

There is no charge for the Finding New Life in the Spirit seminar  but a free will offering will be taken.

Please pre-register to help us plan. To register, call Pat Heck at 780-416-8111 or email jpheck@shaw.ca.

Maturing into Life: Exploring Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Fr. Ron Rolheiser
A Day Away with Sandy Prather

OLPH Parish

Thursday, May 11

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

When one reaches the highest degree of human maturity, one has only one question left: How can I be helpful? – St. Teresa of Avila

Father Ron Rolheiser’s timely book, Sacred Fire, explores a spirituality for the second half of life. Certain deep questions belong to one’s youth; others arise in one’s maturity. Discipleship necessarily looks different at each stage. Through presentations, reflection and sharing, we will delve into the wisdom of Sacred Fire and ask what mature discipleship looks like. This is a day for anyone looking to embrace the challenges and gifts of one’s, ‘blessed age,’ whatever that age is!

Sandra Prather is a teacher and facilitator in the areas of faith and spirituality. She leads retreats, missions, and workshops for a variety of groups, including parishes, educators, lay formation programs, and men’s and women’s religious congregations. Sandra draws upon her theological training and faith perspective to “break open the ordinary” so that we might know God “amidst the pots and pans.” Sandra holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Theology from Newman Theological College, and was the Executive Director at Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert for 21 years. She and her husband Bob are long-time members of OLPH parish and have been blessed with four children and ten grandchildren.

The registration fee of $20 includes a delicious lunch!

Pre-registration is required.

To register, please call Len Stang at 780-467-8412 or email slstang@shaw.ca.

Scripture – Live and in Person!

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

September 2017 – June 2018

Through a partnership with the Benedict XVI Institute at Newman Theological College, OLPH Parish will offer a series of six courses in the Certificate in Catholics Studies program (CCS).

All CCS courses are presently offered online – but you get to experience them Live and in Person at OLPH! Take just the course(s) that interest you – or take all six and earn your Certificate in Scripture.

Each 5-week course includes mandatory reading assignments, group discussions and 1-2 weekly written assignments (1-page each). The Introduction to Scripture course will be led by a professor from Newman Theological College. All other courses will be introduced by a NTC professor at the first session and then led by a NTC graduate.

Cost for each course: $85 plus text

2017-2018 Course Schedule (dates to be confirmed)

Sep 25-Oct 30 CCS-002 Introduction to Scripture
Nov 6-Dec 4 CCS-0038 The New Testament
Jan 8-Feb 5 CCS-009 The Old Testament
Feb 19-Mar 19 CCS-023 The Acts of the Apostles
Apr 2-Apr 30 CCS-024 Paul: Life and Letters
May 14-Jun 11 CCS-025 The Gospel and Epistles of John

For course descriptions or more information on the Certificate of Catholic Studies Program, visit www.newman.edu

and click on Benedict XVI Institute.

To register for any of the Scripture – Live and in Person courses at OLPH Parish, contact Alana at alaperle@telus.net or 780-446-9009

childrens-liturgyChildren’s Liturgy

The program will run every Sunday at the 10:30 am Mass from September 11th until the end of June 2017.

Lessons are for children ages 4-6 years old. In order for the program to run this year, we need several volunteers to help lead. All lesson plans and materials are provided. This a great way to be involved in the Parish, especially if you enjoy working with young children. You can commit to leading once in a while or every Sunday. We are grateful for any involvement.

Please contact Heidi Nelsen (bhnelsen@shaw.ca) if you would like to help out with this special liturgy program.

youth-alphaYouth Alpha @ ABJ

Youth Alpha @ ABJ is a great opportunity to learn more about Christian beliefs, while earning your Catholic Faith Experience credit (10% of grade in Religion 10, 20 or 30). The course is presented in 10 weekly lunch-time sessions and a half-day away retreat at OLPH Parish.

Youth Alpha @ ABJ is offered twice a year (both the fall and winter semesters) and is open to all ABJ students, whether or not you are taking a Religion course.

WINTER COURSE STARTS TUESDAY, FEBRAUARY 28

Space is limited. Register today.

To register, email Alana at alaperle@telus.net or call/text 780-446-9009

NEW! Youth Alpha @ Home

Parents! Did you know that you can run Alpha for Youth at home? It’s free and easy. Simply register your home course online and you will have immediate access to the excellent teaching videos, a simple Leader’s Guide and other useful items. You don’t have to be a theologian or teacher – just open and willing to share your Christian faith with your children.

For more information, visit https://www.alphacanada.org/ or contact Alana at 780-446-9009 | alaperle@telus.net.

Youth ALPHA

Alpha for Youth is designed especially for youth, 13-19, who want to learn more about basic Christian beliefs. Through fun and engaging videos, the courses invite young people to think and talk about the BIG questions, like:

  • What is the meaning of Life?
  • Who is Jesus and why did he die?
  • How can I have faith?
  • How should I pray?
  • How does God guide my life?
  • And much more! If you or your teen is looking for a fun and meaningful way to grow in the Christian faith, then check out Alpha for Youth.

CrossChildren’s Home Religion Program

Catechetics (Religious Education) Home Program:

At the beginning of the school year parents decide what activities their children will be involved in during the year. Among those activities it is important to think of the spiritual dimension of the child’s life. In OLPH parish we have many families whose children are not in our Catholic Schools. For those families, we invite you to journey with your child at home. There is a “Home program” to help you. Beginning with Kindergarten, parents work with their children at home each week, at a time that is convenient for them. There will be someone available to help throughout the year. Materials for the program are available through the Parish.

For more information, and to get the materials you need, please contact Sr. Gertrude, 780-417-3526 or Val Becher at 780-416-7122 .

Catechists for the Home Program

Would you consider being a catechist for the Home Program? This means connecting with one or more families to support them and help them when needed. Formation and support will be given to these catechists.

Please contact Sr. Gertrude at 780-417-3526 or the Parish office at 780-467-5470.

Young DeciplesYoung Disciples

Young Disciples is an interactive faith program for children and teens, Grades 1-9, who meet each Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 PM in the church basement. The cost for a whole year of faith, fun and snacks is only $40 per child, or $100 for a family with 3 or more children. Please contact Marla W. at 780-464-1256 or email

Young Disciples at OLPH is excited to invite you to our Junior High youth group for grades 6-9. We meet Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 and have fun hanging out, playing games, discussing important topics, praying for those in need and helping with service projects throughout the parish.

Check out our website at:  olphyd.org

Location

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

13 Brower Drive - Sherwood Park, AB
Canada T8H 1Y7

Parish Office Hours

Please note the Parish Office is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Contact Us

Email: info@olph.ca