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 for Youth

 Catholicism 101

Winter-Spring 2017 GiFT Offerings

33 Days to Morning Glory

Fall 2017 GiFT Offerings

Ecumenical Mission October 15-18

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession December 3

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!

Catholicism 101: What do Catholics Believe?

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Tuesdays, September 12–November 21
7:00-8:30 pm
St. Maria Room

This 10-week course covers the central beliefs, teachings and practices of the Catholic Church, including: Church history; what is the Church; Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium; the Sacrifice of the Mass; Heaven, Hell and Purgatory; Mary and the Saints; the Catholic moral life; and more!

Pre-registration is required.

Contact: Alana at alaperle@telus.net or 780-446-9009.

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

Learn the basics of Christian beliefs: Who is Jesus and why did He have to die? How should I pray? How do I read the Bible? How can I have faith? How does God guide us? And more! Whether you’re new to the Christian faith or just want to deepen your relationship with Jesus, Alpha is for you!

10-week Evening Course

  • Thursdays, September 21–November 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

10-month Morning Course *NEW*
Fridays, September 15, 2017–June 1, 9:30-11:00 am

  • Alpha lands at JETS once a month for 10 months! You do not have to be a JETS member to attend – Alpha is open to everyone and babysitting is available for a small fee.

Please pre-register to help us plan.
Contact: Alana at alaperle@telus.net or 780-446-9009.

 

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.

For more information, contact Alana LaPerle at alaperle@telus.net or call/text 780-446-9009

28th Annual Ecumenical Mission of Strathcona County
with Archbishop Donald Bolen, Archdiocese of Regina

October 15-18, 2017

OLPH Parish is this year’s mission host. Help us provide a warm welcome as we get to know other Christians in our community!

 Contacts:

Rita at rsandmaier04@gmail.com, 780-570-4826

Armella at armellaplaunt@gmail.com, 780-464-2734.

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
Saturday, December 3, 12:00-4:30

 Back by popular demand! Prepare for Advent by attending this informative and inspiring half-day workshop on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Learn how to make the most of this Holy time with Jesus.

In this one-day workshop, you will:

  • Learn what the Church teaches about the sacrament of Reconciliation and how it connects to Scripture, Catholic Tradition and God’s passionate desire to be with you.
  • Hear other people’s stories about the power of confession and the difference it makes in their faith lives.
  • Watch a practical walk-through to see what happens in the confessional.
  • Learn how you can make the most of this Holy time with Jesus.

12:00-1:20 – Session 1: Where Are You?

God is a loving Father who seeks us out when we sin. In this session we will learn how God uses our feelings of guilt to get our attention and show us that something needs to change.

1:30-2:50 – Session 2: An Encounter with Mercy

We encounter Christ himself in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this session, we will learn how Jesus – through the sacrament – gives us powerful grace to battle temptation and sin.

3:00-4:20 – Session 3: Embraced in Mercy – The Rite Explained

In this session you will learn how to prepare for Confession by making an examination of conscience. You will also learn what to expect in the Confessional – what to do, what to say and when to say it!

There is no charge for this workshop but a free will offering will be taken.

Please pre-register to help us plan.

 To register, contact Robert Gaudet at rgaudet@shaw.ca or 780-416-4771.

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.

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