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 email@example.com or call Pat Lemire at 780-467-5470.
Ongoing GIFT Offerings
RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Fall 2019 GiFT Offerings
Rosary Rally – October 12
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist – October 26
Catholic Education: A Look forward – November 4
33 Days to Morning Glory – Starts November 7
Forgiven – November 30
Movie Night – December 6
Formed: The Catholic Faith On Demand
Are you hungry for a deeper faith and love of God? Let your heart be filled with inspiration, knowledge, and encouragement. Sign on to FORMED. It is easy to use and best of all, it’s FREE!
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- Go to https://olphsherwoodpark.formed.org
- Verify your Parish as Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 13 Brower Drive Sherwood Park, then click “Next.”
- Enter Your Name and email and then click “Sign Up.”
- You will receive a verification email. Click the link provided in the email and you’re ready to go. No password needed – ever!
Need assistance? Email Billy at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to help.
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 at the Parish office @ 780-467-5470 or email at email@example.com
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.
Alpha: What do ALL Christians Believe
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! Every Alpha session includes fellowship, 30-minute video talk and small group discussions facilitated by trained hosts. Alpha is absolutely free and all are welcome. (A freewill offering is invited to help cover costs.)
Contact: Jerry and Pat Heck at 780-416-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholicism 101: What do Catholics Believe?
Tuesday Evenings: Jan 7-Mar 3, 7:00-8:30 pm
OR Wednesday Mornings: Jan 8-Mar 4, 9:30-11:00am
Do you know why Catholics believe and do the things they do? Can you explain your Catholic faith to others? Whether you are thinking about joining the Church, coming back to the faith, or just want to know more about Catholic beliefs and practices – Catholicism 101 is for you!
- 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?
- Where am I going (death, judgment, heaven, hell)?
- How can I live a Catholic life?
This course is absolutely FREE but space is limited – pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, please contact Alana at email@example.com or call/text 780-446-9009
Pray the Rosary for Peace in the World
Saturday, October 12, 11:45am-1:00pm
Herb Belcourt Park (northwest corner of Oak St & Sherwood Drive); parking available in south end of Kinsmen Leisure Centre lot.
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.
For more information. contact: Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-467-5470
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist
Saturday, October 26, 11:30am-4:30pm
What is it that is so special about the Eucharist? Although the Eucharist appears to be simple bread and wine, it is actually the “source and summit” of Christian life. In this half-day workshop, we explore the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, from its origins in Sacred Scripture, to its profound role in the life of the Church and her members.
There is no charge for this workshop. A free will offering will be taken.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER TO HELP US PLAN. (But drop-ins are always welcome!)
To register or for more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or email@example.com.
Catholic Education: A Look Forward
November 4, 7:00pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish
Join our expert panel to learn more about Catholic education in Alberta and what you can do to preserve it for future generations.
- Archbishop Richard Smith, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton
- Dean Sarnicki, Executive Director, Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association (ACSTA)
- Matt Hoven, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion and Education, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta
Watch for more information or contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Retreat
Thursdays, November 7 – December 12
9:30 – 11:30am
Find out why consecration to Jesus through Mary is “the surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means to becoming a saint!” Gain new insights into Marian Consecration, learn how key saints lived it out, and discover how you can live it out as well! Six weekly meetings ending with Mass and Consecration.
There is a small fee of $10 to cover the book (offered at a significant discount!) and participant materials.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER TO HELP US PLAN. (But drop-ins are ALWAYS welcome!)
To register or for more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or email@example.com.
Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
Saturday, November 30
11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Back by popular demand! Prepare for Lent 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.
There is no charge for this workshop but a free will offering will be taken.
Please pre-register to help us plan. (But drop-ins are ALWAYS welcome!)
To register, contact Pat Lemire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-467-5470
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 (email@example.com) if you would like to help out with this special liturgy program.
Children’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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 mailto:email@example.com
YOUNG DISCIPLES IS AN ACTIVE FAITH FORMATION
PROGRAM THAT TEACHES THE CATHOLIC FAITH THROUGH SONGS,CRAFTS, LESSONS, AND GAMES IN A
FUN AND ENGAGING WAY!
YOUTH GRADES 1-6
OLPH CHURCH IN THE LOWER-LEVEL MEETING ROOMS
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 6:30-8PM OCTOBER-APRIL
COST IS $40 PER CHILD OR $100 PER FAMILY OF 3 OR MORE CHILDREN
FOR MORE INFO: OLPH.YOUNGDISCIPLES@GMAIL.COM