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
Winter-Spring 2019 GiFT Offerings
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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?
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?
Catholicism 101 is absolutely FREE but pre-registration is required, as space is limited!
Next course starts September 24, 2019
For more information, contact Alana LaPerle at email@example.com or call/text 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! 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
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 email@example.com or call/text 780-446-9009
The No-Book Club
6:00 pm optional listen/view
7:00-8:30 pm discuss
Like the idea of a book club but don’t have time to read? Then you’re going to love The No-Book Club! Every month we select a video or audio talk (~60 minutes) from FORMED/Lighthouse CDs that you can view/listen to on your own time and then come ready to discuss. This is a drop-in club – no registration required. Everyone is welcome!
Friday, January 25
Topic: Why do I need the Church?
Selection: “Religionless Spirituality” by Dr. Tim Gray
Friday, February 22
Topic: How can I find meaning in suffering?
Selection: “Making Sense out of Suffering” by Dr. Scott Hahn
Thursday, March 14
Topic: How can the Stations of the Cross bring me closer to Jesus?
Selection: “Glimpses Along the Way” by Msgr. James Shea
To access the monthly selection:
- CDs can be purchased for a small fee from the Lighthouse stand in the church foyer or videos and audio talks can be accessed online from FORMED.
- To set up your free FORMED account, go to https://formed.org and click on “Enter Code“ then enter the parish code: J4YZ4K. You will be prompted to fill out your registration profile. Once logged in, all you have to do is click on the “Community” tab at the top to find the monthly selection.
- Assistance getting connected to FORMED will also be offered at all No-Book Club meetings.
Questions? Contact: Alana at 780-446-9009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession
Saturday, April 6
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.
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 email@example.com or 780-467-5470
Parish Lenten Mission
“Then Shall We Know the Joy of Living as His Brothers and Sisters”
Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13
Presented by Fr. Terry Kersch, CSB, President of St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta
Joy. It’s a word we hear often in our Christian life – from “Joy to the World” at Christmas and the joy of Easter morning, to Pope Francis’ First Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. But what do we mean by Christian joy? Indeed, there are many times in our lives when joy seems very far away. Join Father Terry Kersch has he helps us prepare for the Joy of Easter with this three-day Lenten Mission. Inspired by Pope Francis, Father Terry will share his insights on scripture and joy.
Monday, March 11
Science or Religion?—Dispelling modern misconceptions about Scripture
“I think a lot of what prevents modern Catholics from engaging scripture more deeply are misconceptions about the nature of scripture including, in particular, misconceptions about biblical historicity and inerrancy. For example, a Catholic physicist or biologist who holds common misconceptions about scripture would not be encouraged to take scripture very seriously–let alone non-Christian natural scientists. In my first presentation, I want to dispel misconceptions about the nature of Scripture in order for a modern Catholic (or even non Christians) to get beyond, say, the apparent tension between, on the one hand, biblical cosmology and, on the other hand, modern cosmology.”
Tuesday, March 12
Beyond human artifice—Disposition of heart for engaging Scripture as the Word of God
“It is possible to fruitfully spend one’s life studying the Jewish and Christian scriptures from the point of view of an archeologist, anthropologist, philosopher, sociologist or historian in the same way as one can spend a lifetime studying a myriad of other ancient writings and their impact on human life, culture, thought, and society. Further, any serious thinker would be as foolish to merely dispense with the Bible as nonsense as they would be to dispense with the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans, among others. But to truly engage with Scripture as something that transcends human artifice, a certain disposition of heart is needed. This session will address this special disposition of heart and mind that is needed to understand Scripture as God’s Word in addition to it being an outstanding product of human artifice—a disposition that goes well beyond intellectual curiosity, which by itself is a tremendous human value.”
Wednesday, March 13
The Joy of the Gospel
We will dive deeply into the idea and experience of Christian Joy, drawing particularly on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium).
Each evening session will include:
Father Terry’s Reflection on Joy and Scripture
Period of Silent Reflection
Closing Prayer & Dismissal
Father Terry Kersch, CSB
President, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta
Born in 1956 and raised in Montreal, Fr. Terry encountered the Basilian Fathers in 1993 while completing his Doctorate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He entered the Basilian Noviciate in 1995 and professed first vows in 1997. Prior to returning to school and completing his post secondary education degrees at the University of British Columbia, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 18 years in combat and combat service support roles. Hoping to make some positive contribution to the peace process in the middle east, Fr. Terry is currently studying modern Hebrew along with Israeli society, government and politics. He has travelled extensively to and in the Holy Land both as an individual and leading Catholic pilgrimage groups.
How the Catholic Church Built the West
“Whether you trust him or despise him, whether you fear him or hope for his return, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in our civilization for two thousand years.” – Ryan Topping
Based on his book, The Gift of the Church: How the Church Transformed the History and Soul of the West, Dr. Topping will survey 2,000 years of Church history. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a top theologian about the key events, people and ideas that transformed the ancient world and continue to shape our way of life today.
This course is absolutely FREE but pre-registration is encouraged to help us plan.
To register, contact: Pat at 780-467-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wild Goose: Discovering a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit
You are invited to enter into a more profound life giving relationship with the Holy Spirit – a relationship that is marked by the love of God who breathes life into our daily existence. The Holy Spirit does not come to us just in Confirmation. Rather, the Holy Spirit desires a relationship with you that will take you on the greatest adventure imaginable: a journey to the very Heart of God.
In this 8-week session, you will learn how the Holy Spirit desires to be present to you in a manner that brings light out of darkness, freedom out of bondage, order out of chaos and life out of death. Each weekly session includes a video talk from The Wild Goose series, animated by Fr. Dave Pivonka, Franciscan Priest and nationally known author and speaker.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER TO HELP US PLAN.
To register or for more information, please contact:
Jerry and Pat Heck at 780-416-8111 or email@example.com
OR Rita Sandmaier at 780-570-4826 or firstname.lastname@example.org
33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Retreat
Tuesdays, May 21-June 25
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.
To register or for more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:email@example.com
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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