One day courses for ministry training, faith formation and general interest open to all.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Holy Cross Secondary School, 16183 88th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Full Day: $40.00 payment received on or before April 24, 2017
$45.00 payment received after April 24, 2017

Half Day: $20.00 payment received on or before April 24, 2017
$25.00 payment received after April 24, 2017


  • Women in the Church
  • Starting a Parish Liturgy Committee
  • Catechizing Children with Special Needs
  • Basics of the Faith – II
  • Overview of the Liturgy
  • Relational Ministry – Earning the Right to be Heard
  • Music Ministry – The Heart of Worship
  • Children & Prayer
  • Adult Catechesis – Condensed

Course Descriptions

Women in the Church 

Course No: SP701
Presenter: Ikponwosa “I.K.” Ero
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Do you want to learn about how to dialogue with your co-workers, neighbours, and family members about hot topics, without raising voices? How would you answer someone who asked the question, “Why does the Church think women aren’t good enough to be a priest?” This presentation explains how, without losing your cool to answer that question.

I.K. holds the position of international advocacy and legal officer for a Christian charity based in Surrey, BC and in Tanzania. She has a BA and MA in political science as well as a degree in Law and a member of Catholic Voices Academy.


Starting a Parish Liturgy Committee

Course No: SP702
Presenter: Leo Ilomin
Half Day: 10:00am – 12:30pm

For it is in the Liturgy, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, that “the work of our redemption is accomplished,” and it is through the liturgy especially that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church. (CCC1068)

We are one Church, the Body of Christ. Planning, organizing, and acting are important in community worship. A liturgy committee supports the celebrant and helps to facilitate the celebration. Since all the senses are employed during the sacramental celebration, we need to ensure that God’s presence is a reality in every step of the liturgy. Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas are the times when a Parish Liturgy Committee is much needed, not to mention on special occasions where larger crowd are expected. First Communion, Confirmation and Parish Feast are celebrations that needs to be organized and the answer is a Parish Liturgy Committee.

Leo Ilomin, Member of the Liturgy Commission, St. Ann’s Abbotsford Parishioner.


Catechizing Children with Special Needs 

Course No: SP703
Presenter: Sr. Rhonda Brown
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

“That they too may know.” Passing the Faith on to children can be challenging, but helping a child to know and experience God’s love can fill our lives with meaning and deepen our own love for God and His Church. Teaching a child with special learning needs can be even more rewarding. In this session, Sr Rhonda will discuss the vision of the Church for catechesis with people with special needs and the effective implementation of that vision. She will offer valuable resources and practical ideas in order to help start and build creative catechesis for special needs.

Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP is the Director of VANSPEC (Vancouver Archdiocese and Special Education Catechetical).


Basics of the Faith II 

Course No: SP704
Presenter: Fr. Anthony Ho & Madonna House
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Catholic Faith is true and beautiful, but many have yet to discover its riches. Basics of the Faith covers the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Creed, Morality, Prayer and Sacraments. Part II explores the moral life and prayer. This course is open to anyone wanting to learn more about their faith.

Fr. Anthony Ho is pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Cloverdale. Madonna House is a Catholic community dedicated to poverty, prayer, and hospitality.

Basics of the Faith is a required course for completion of a Catechetical Certificate.


Overview of the Liturgy 

Course No: SP705
Presenter: Leanne Penco and Fr. Tien Tran
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

As the name implies, this course offers a basic understanding of liturgy and the Mass.  How did we get the Mass that we know today?  When should we bow and genuflect? Is there any significance to the liturgical colours? Come and learn about the richness of the Mass, including the ‘why’ behind some of the things we do, the fascinating history and development of our liturgy, the importance of music, as well as the vestments and sacred vessels used in the Mass. We conclude with Mass which the participants help to prepare.

Leanne Penco is the Liturgy of the Word with Children (LWC) Consultant for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.Fr. Tien Tran is the pastor of St. Matthew’s Parish and Chair of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission.

Overview of the Liturgy is a required course for completion of a LWC Catechetical Certificate.


Relational Ministry – Earning the Right to be Heard

Course No: SP706
Presenter: Clayton Imoo
Half Day: 10:00am – 12:30pm

When it comes to youth ministry, it’s easy to get caught up in programming, planning skits and talks, and logistics.  But it’s more important to focus on people and less on programming; more on souls and less on attendance.  Come to this workshop to learn practical skills to improve your relational ministry with teens.  After all, young people won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Recommended for all youth ministry coordinators, core team members, and volunteers.

Clayton Imoo is an Associate Director of Ministries and Outreach and has served at the Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office for the past 14 years.


Music Ministry – The Heart of Worship

Course No: SP708
Presenter: Dylan Drego
Half Day: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

When you sing to the Lord you are in the company of angels; music is meant to lift our souls to the heights of worship and increase our devotion and strengthen our prayer.  If this isn’t how you feel after Mass, Adoration, or a retreat, then something is missing – but it doesn’t have to be this way!  Come to this workshop to discover simple ways to significantly increase your effectiveness as a Lead Worshipper, Choir member, Musician, or lay person using music in the company of angels.

Dylan Drego is a parishioner of St. Pius X and has over 10 years of leading worship at Mass, Retreats,  Conferences, and Adoration services.  He has also been very active in youth ministry at both the parish and archdiocesan levels.


Children and Prayer

Course No: SP708
Presenter: Murita Chua
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

This course is designed to help catechists lead their students to an appreciation of the centrality of the Eucharist and the importance of prayer in our lives. There will be opportunities to participate in prayer and plan prayer experiences using a variety of resources. Ideas and guidelines to prepare children for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation will be discussed.

Murita Chua is the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Consultant for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Children and Prayer is a required course for completion of a PREP Catechetical Certificate.


Adult Catechesis – Condensed 

Course No: SP709
Presenter: Patrick Gillespie
Full Day: 10:00am – 4:00pm

“Go… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This workshop provides an overview of the role of adult catechesis in the mission of the Church. Participants will examine the content that is to be delivered, including Sacred Scripture, doctrine and personal testimony. While emphasis is given to RCIA, the principles explored are applicable to any form of adult catechesis. Learn how to prepare a session and utilize art, music, personal testimony and group discussion in order to foster effective catechesis.

Patrick Gillespie is an Educational Consultant for the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese.

Adult Catechesis I & II (Condensed) is a required course for completion of a RCIA Catechetical Certificate.




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Spring Institute Registration:

  • Cost full day course: $40.00 (payment received on or before April 24, 2017, $45 after April 24, 2017)
  • Cost half day course: $20.00 (payment received on or before April 24, 2017, $25 after April 24, 2017)
  • The cost of registration includes morning snack and lunch.
  • Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Late registration is not guaranteed a lunch
  • Registrant should confirm billing arrangement with parish or school.
  • Registration is not processed until payment has been received.
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  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.

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