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

Living in the Word Scripture Seminar January 17-April 11

Lenten Mission Engaging God: The Risky Business of Allowing Gift and Gratitude to Transform your life

33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Retreat

Discovering a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit

Timely Topics: The Euthanasia Deception


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

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.


Lenten Mission

Engaging God: The Risky Business of Allowing Gift and Gratitude to Transform your life.
7:00 p.m., Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14

Led by Sandra Prather

The 40 days of Lent are a gift to us – if we allow them to be. Lent can be a special time to engage with God in a more focused way, allowing new and surprising things to happen. But be warned: it can be risky business when we truly let God into our lives! During this Parish Mission we will turn our focus on God’s gracious gifts to us, beginning with Jesus, and consider our response: gratitude. When we live out of a grateful heart, we are transformed. Let Lent come alive in you!

Sandy Prather is a long-time retreat director, writer and facilitator known for her infectious joy in her faith. She holds a Master of Theology degree from Newman Theological College, served as Executive Director of Star of the North Retreat Center in St. Albert, and writes a monthly column “Breaking Open the Ordinary” in the Prairie Messenger. She was the recipient this past year of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award given by Newman Theological College. She and her husband Bob are long-time parishioners at our Lady of Perpetual Help.”

 For more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or


33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Retreat

Tuesdays, April 3-May 15
9:30-11:30 a.m.

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 on May 22.

This Small Group Retreat includes:

  • Daily readings on your own time from the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC
  • 6 weekly meetings from April 10-May 15
  • Mass and Consecration on May 22


There is a small fee of $10 to cover the book (offered at a significant discount!) and participant materials.


To register or for more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or


Discovering a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit

Thursdays, April 12-May 31

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.


To register or for more information, please contact:

Pat Heck at 780-416-8111 or Rita Sandmaier at 780-570-4826 or

Timely Topics: The Euthanasia Deception

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide:  The Catholic View

Thank you to everyone (approximately 500 parishioners and visitors)  who attended the evening on Monday, April 30.  A special thank you to our panel of Father Jim, Sister Zoe and Father Eamon for answering many questions and providing additional information for thought.  Thank you as well to everyone who provided baking for the hospitality afterwards – how generous you were and how plentiful was the feast!  God bless you all.

Many people asked how they could view the documentary The Euthanasia Deception.  It can be rented or purchased at or

The producers of The Euthanasia Deception, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, are releasing a new film on May 8 called Fatal Flaws. To watch the trailer or pre-order copies of the video, go to:  This is another very powerful film about the impact of assisted suicide laws on society.

More information is also available through the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition @

For more information, please contact Pat at 780-467-5470 or

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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