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 2018 GiFT Offerings

Living in the Word Scripture Seminar September 19-November 28

33 Days to Morning Glory

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession December 1

 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae November 23-24

The Catholic View: Marriage, Divorce and Annulments (Dec 3, 2018)


Youth Formation

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Religion Home Program

Young Disciples


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

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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 
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, September 18-November 27
7:00-8:30 pm
St. Maria Room
Wednesday, September 19-November 28
9:30-11:00 am
St. Maria Room

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!
For more information and to register, contact Alana LaPerle at 780-446-9009 or

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.)
Next Alpha course starts September 13, 7:00pm
Contact: Jerry and Pat Heck at 780-416-8111 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

Living in the Word Scripture Seminar – The Gospel of Matthew

Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:20 pm
September 19-November 28
Large Meeting Room

Join Dr. Stéphane Saulnier, Professor of Sacred Scripture, Newman Theological College, as we read and reflect on the Gospel of Matthew. This is a free, drop-in program. No charge, no homework, no pre-reading. Please bring your Bible.
Copies of the Ignatius Study Bible booklet – The Gospel of Matthew will be available for purchase.

There will be no seminar on Wednesday, October 24 or November 7

Please pre-register to help us plan. Contact: Pat at or 780-467-5470.


Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

Saturday, December 1, 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.

11:30-12:00 – Registration and Fellowship

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


50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

Film | Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae
Friday, November 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

Presented in partnership with The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and Gianna Centre, Catholic Social Services.

About the film:

Seven years in the making, SEXUAL REVOLUTION seeks to examine the effects of the free-love experiment of the hippie generation and the prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae. This beautiful documentary closely examines the history of the parallel developments of the Pill and modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) by telling the little known story of the founding doctors – Dr. Gregory Goodwin Pincus and Drs. John & Evelyn Billings – all of whom were once colleagues.

The centerpiece of the film is the dramatic life story of Alana Newman, a talented secular musician who gives up her entire musical career for life, family, and love. Alana shares how through desperation to know her father, she finally discovers the treasures of Theology of the Body, Humanae Vitae, and the riches of true freedom through a dramatic conversion.

Go here to watch the trailer:

Workshop | Natural Family Planning

Saturday, November 24, 10:00-11:30 am

Presented by Steven Defer, Office of Life and Family, The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Workshop | Humanae Vitae: Digging Deeper

Saturday, November 24, 1:00-2:30 pm
Presented by Dr. Paul Flaman, Professor of Christian Theology, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, and author of Sex, Love and Marriage in the Light of Following Jesus

This workshop is for teachers, catechists, ministry leaders, deacons and priests, and any Catholic who wants to dig deeper into this prophetic document. Through lecture and group discussions these questions are some of the questions we will explore:

  • What does HV and later Catholic teaching (e.g. Familiaris Consortio) teach about family planning including responsible parenthood and the morality of contraception, sterilization and Natural Family Planning? What are the main reasons given in this teaching?
  • Why do many not follow Catholic teaching including that of HV and what are some of their reasons? How can we respond to these reasons intelligently?
  • What are some elements of a good pastoral and educational approach to helping people form their consciences correctly in this area?

Watch for more information or contact Pat at or 780-467-5470

The Catholic View: Marriage, Divorce and Annulments

Monna Senez, Pastoral Associate, OLPH Parish
Tuesday, December 4

What does the Catholic Church teach about marriage? Why is marriage a sacrament? What makes a marriage valid? What is an annulment – is it just a “Catholic divorce”? And what does it all mean to me?
Join Monna Senez as she shares her knowledge and experience as the pastoral associate responsible for marriage preparation, irregular marriages, life after divorce and declarations of nullity (annulment).
This is a drop-in session but pre-registration is encouraged to help us plan. To register or for more information 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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