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

Winter-Spring 2018 GiFT Offerings

Who am I to Judge? PART 2 January 20

Living in the Word Scripture Seminar January 17-April 11

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Forgiveness February 17th


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!

Next evening Alpha course will start in September 2018

Contact: Alana at 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 or call/text 780-446-9009

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

Saturday, February 17, 12:00-4:30

 Back by popular demand! Prepare for Advent or 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.

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

Who am I to Judge?  PART 2
Saturday, January 20, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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.

If you missed Part 1 in October – no problem! You can catch up by watching the first four sessions on Formed (see above for your free subscription) and then join us for some great group discussions!

Cost: $15 (for lunch). Please pre-register to help us plan.

PROGRAM – Who am I to Judge? PART 2
8:30 Mass
9:15 Registration
Session 1: Engaging Moral Relativism

In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul reminds us that we are to “[speak] the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). If we try to share the truth without love, we are very likely to do more harm than good. In this session, we’ll discuss how the goal of engaging with moral relativism is to share a beautiful message of hope and healing, not just to win an argument.

Session 2: “I disagree” doesn’t mean “I hate you”

When we love people, we want the best for them—we don’t want them to make choices that will lead to them getting hurt or being unhappy. But how do we find the right balance between expressing concern and sounding judgmental? And what can we do when someone accuses us of being intolerant just because we disagree?

12:20   Lunch

Session 3: Exposing the Mask

Many people are relativists because relativism gives them a way to cope with sin and brokenness in their own lives. The alternative to relativism is not just an alternative worldview—the real alternative is God’s love and compassion. Engaging moral relativism is all about showing people how much Jesus loves them—he is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) for everyone, not just “for me.”

Session 4: What is Truth?

n this final session we will look at several common questions about moral relativism and how we talk about it to others. These questions will help us reflect on what we have learned in the study and begin to tie it all together in order to go out and engage moral relativism.

Contact: Pat at or 780-467-5470.


Living in the Word Scripture Seminar – The Gospel of Mark

Wednesdays, January 17-April 11
(no session February 21)
11:30-12:30 pm

 In his 2017 Pastoral Letter, Archbishop Richard Smith tells us that “the first act of the disciple is to listen carefully to what God is saying to us in the words of Jesus.” He encourages parishes to provide “opportunities for fellow disciples to gather and reflect deeply upon the Word of God.” And he encourages each one of us to “listen carefully to the Word of God and, in a shared commitment, put it into practice.”

The GiFT committee is delighted to partner with Dr. Stéphane Saulnier, Professor of Sacred Scripture at Newman Theological College, who will share his knowledge of Scripture, biblical history and scriptural interpretation in this free, one-hour seminar. Together, we will read the Gospel of Mark (which the whole Church will be reading in 2018 – Year B) and explore ways to apply it in our own lives.

Bring your Bible and a bag lunch!

No cost. Please pre-register to help us plan.

Contact: Pat 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:


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