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 or call Pat Lemire at 780-467-5470.

Ongoing GIFT Offerings


RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


Alpha for Youth

Catholicism 101

Fall 2017 GiFT Offerings

Rosary Rally October 14

Ecumenical Mission October 15-18

Who am I to Judge? October 21

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession December 9

Youth Formation

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Religion Home Program

Young Disciples


Image result for rciaRCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Did you know….
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith and becoming a Catholic, it’s not too late to join this group. Please contact Pat Lemire or Father Joe at the Parish office @ 780-467-5470 or email them at or
RCIA is a process of conversion and preparation for a life of discipleship and is supported by the 4 pillars of catechesis (teaching), liturgy, service and community.



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  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?

Tuesdays, January 9- March 13
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 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!

Once a Month Morning Course

Fridays, Nov 3, Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 2, Mar 9, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1

Alpha lands at JETS once a month for 8 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 or 780-446-9009.

Next evening Alpha course will start in September 2018


Join the 2017 Public Square Rosary Rally!
Saturday, October 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Broadmoor Lake Park

In this historic year of the Fatima Centennial (1917-2017), our country and the world need the intersession of Our Lady more than ever. As human efforts fail to solve Canada’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking for His urgent help. Join hundreds of Christians in over 500 communities across Canada as we simultaneously pray the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the needs of Canada and the world.

Each year, the Canadian Society for the Defence of Christian Civilization, through its Canada Needs Our Lady campaign, coordinates the Public Square Rosary Crusade in cities all across the country. These yearly Public Square Rosary Rallies take place on the Saturday closest to October 13, feast of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun.

Presented by: Growing in Faith Together (GiFT)

Coordinated nationally by: Canadian Society for the Defence of Christian Civilization

For more information, contact:

Lucie Tettamente, Sherwood Park Rally Captain

780-410-0454 or


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 or call/text 780-446-9009

28th Annual Ecumenical Mission of Strathcona County
Growing Together in Unity and Mission
October 15-18, 2017

Led by Roman Catholic Archbishop, The Most Reverend Donald Bolen, of the Regina Archdiocese

Sunday, October 15
6:00 pm Potluck Supper (Bring a dish to share. Everyone welcome.)
Sherwood Park United Church
7:30 pm Opening Service
Sherwood Park United Church
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: Christ Desires our Unity – Ephesians 4:4-6

Monday, October 16
2:00 pm Afternoon Tea
St. Thomas Anglican Church
Dialogue and a Culture of Encounter – Jon 4:4-42
7:30 pm Evening Service
Glory Lutheran Church
The Unity Christ Wills, as He Wills it: Common Prayer – John 17:20-23

Tuesday, October 17
10:00 am Bible Study
Ardrossan United Church
The Grace Given You in Christ: Ecumenical Learning – 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

2:00 pm Afternoon Tea
Bethel Lutheran Church
Inter-Church Couples and Families – 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

7:30 Evening Service
Salisbury United Church
At the Services of the World: Common Mission – Mark 10:41-45

Wednesday, October 18
12:00 pm Lunch (soup and beverages provided)
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Joint Study, Formation and Communication: Learning to Walk Together – Luke 24:13-35

7:30 pm Closing Service
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Standing Together Before Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

Rita at, 780-570-4826
Armella at, 780-464-2734.

Who am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love

What is “right” and “wrong”? Is what’s right for you right for me? Is there a right and wrong for everyone, all the time? These are difficult questions to discuss in our culture. We live in a society that supports the opinion that each person should make up his or her own morality—that there is no moral truth that applies to everyone.

Who am I to Judge? is an eight-session group study program offered by the Augustine Institute to help Catholics talk about morality in a relativistic world. The GiFT committee is offering the program in two half-day workshops that include fellowship, video talks by the very entertaining Dr. Edward Sri, and facilitated group discussions.


Saturday, October 21, 12:00-4:30
11:30-12:00 Registration
Please come early so we can begin at 12:00 sharp! Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Session 1: Don’t impose your morality on me!
12:00- 1:15
Many of us have been affected by the idea in our modern world that there is no objective morality – you have your truth and I have mine. You might even ask: Is there really an absolute right and wrong for everyone? And, if there is, how can I talk about it without offending others or being labeled intolerant? In this introductory session, Dr. Sri looks at some of the challenges of—and opportunities for—talking about morality in a relativistic age. He also lays the foundation for having more open, respectful and meaningful conversations with relativistic friends.

Session 2: Recovering the basics of virtue and friendship
Each one of us is created for love. The good news is that we don’t have to figure out how to live up to this purpose on our own. In this session, we’ll discover that there really is a set of skills that will make us capable of living our relationships well and eventually building up a great society: the virtues, and that these virtues are the skills we need for life.


Session 3: Real freedom, real love
2:30-3:30 pm
Do you think that you are free to live your life to the fullest and achieve ultimate happiness? In the last session we examined the virtues as the skills necessary to live our relationships well. These same skills make us truly free. In this session we’ll look at what real freedom means and discover what kind of instructions God has given us for living in that freedom.

Session 4: The lost “art of living”
3:30-4:30 pm
What do you do when you want to learn how to do something really well? Do you get along by trial and error, with nothing to help you except your own determination to succeed? Or do you find someone to teach you, read books on the subject, or perhaps watch a tutorial? We generally learn best when we have a worthy example to follow. The same goes for the art of living. In this session, we’ll learn how God has created each one of us for love, and we learn how to truly live a life of love from others who have gone before us and already mastered the necessary skills.

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 Pat Lemire at or 780-467-5470

Watch for Part 2 of “Who am I to Judge?” coming in 2018!

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
Saturday, December 9, 11:30-4:30

 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 half-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 Pat Lemire at or 780-467-5470

childrens-liturgyChildren’s Liturgy

The program will run every Sunday at the 10:30 am Mass from September 10th until the end of June 2018.

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 ( 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 Christine at 780-417-4773 or

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 please contact Christine at 780-417-4773 or

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:


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.

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