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 2018 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?
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 780-446-9009
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 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