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

Online registration is now closed. On-site registration will begin at 9:00am at Holy Cross school foyer.


Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, unless indicated
Location: Holy Cross Secondary School, 16193 – 88th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $40 on or before August 21, 2017
$45 after August 21, 2017


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity A Hand’s on Course for Leading Liturgy of the Children’s Liturgy – LWC Orientation & Training
Active Listening: Standing on Holy Ground How to be an Effective Catechist – Classroom Planning
Our Role as Catholics in the History of Colonization Creative Catechesis for Special Needs
The Cornerstone of Our Faith – Basics of the Faith I Introduction to RCIA – Part I


Course Descriptions

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Course No: S701
Presenter: Peter Nation

How would you answer someone who asked the question: “Where does the Church stand on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity?” Learn how to dialogue with your co-workers, neighbours and family members about hot topics, without raising your voice. Catholic Voices will guide you through defending your faith

Peter Nation is the coordinator for Catholic Voices Academy, Canada and a parishioner at St. Edmund’s Parish.


Active Listening: Standing on Holy Ground

Course No: S702
Presenters: Br. John Gale

Have you ever wondered what to say or how to assist those who express their grief, anger, disappointments with life or doubts about their faith? This session will explore the theological basis and key components for active listening. Participants will have a chance to role-play various critical incident issues.

Br. John Gale is a member of the Christian Brothers and is professionally trained in pastoral care and worked with Providence Health Care for nearly ten years. Currently, he is a sessional lecturer with St. Mark’s College.


Our Role as Catholics in the History of Colonization

– Please be advised that this course has been cancelled –

Course No: S703
Presenter: Deacon Rennie Nahanee & Stephanie David 

Learn the history of colonization in Canada in a way that is accessible to Catholics. Canada’s history of colonization has not been openly discussed within our church community, this workshop will inspire dialogue, communion and action towards our role as Catholics in the efforts of reconciliation. This KAIROS Blanket Exercise will provide an opportunity to hear from Aboriginal witnesses and a time for self-reflection and guidance on our next steps towards communion as members of the Mystical Body of Christ.

Learn about the church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

Deacon Rennie Nahanee, a member of the Squamish Nation is the Coordinator for First Nations for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Stephanie David is a parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church and currently working with Catholic Schools using the KAIROS Blanket Exercise.


The Cornerstone of Our Faith
Basics of the Faith – I

Course No: S704
Presenter: Fr. Anthony Ho & Madonna House

The Catholic Faith is true and beautiful, but many have yet to discover its riches. Part I explores the Creed and Sacraments, two of the four pillars of our Faith.

Fr. Anthony Ho is pastor of St. John the Apostle parish in Vancouver. 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.


A Hand’s on Course for Leading Children’s Liturgy

LWC Orientation and Training 

Course No: S705
Presenter: Leanne Penco

This practical, step-by-step course will assist you in preparing the Liturgy of the Word with Children. Learn how to plan and implement Children’s Liturgy, the elements of the ‘Liturgy of the Word’, and some fun and creative presentation techniques. A hands-on course with opportunities to try things out yourself. This course is a must for all novice presiders as well as a wonderful refresher for other team members.

Leanne Penco is the Liturgy of the Word (LWC) Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

LWC Orientation and Training is a required course for completion of a LWC Catechetical Certificate.


How to be an Effective Catechist
Classroom Planning

Course No: S706
Presenter: Murita Chua

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”. Planning is the key to ensuring a quality learning experience for the children in your class. Participants will learn a variety of strategies for planning an effective year as a classroom catechist.
Topics include: calendaring for the liturgical year, choosing appropriate resources, assessment tasks to address the new Religious Education Learning Outcomes, and creative and valuable catechetical methods.

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

Classroom Planning is a required course for completion of a PREP Catechetical Certificate.


Creative Catechesis for Special Needs  

Course No: S707
Presenter: Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP

“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 for people with special needs and the effective implementation of that vision. She will offer valuable resources and practical ideas 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)


Introduction to RCIA – Part I  

Course No: S708
Presenter: Patrick Gillespie

Why the RCIA? What is it? This course will provide participants with a foundational understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Particular attention will be given to the role of liturgy in drawing adults to Jesus Christ and his Church.

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

Introduction to RCIA – Part I is a required course for completion of a RCIA Catechetical Certificate.



Summer Institute Registration:

  • The cost of registration includes morning snack and lunch.
  • Please bring your own mug.
  • Late registration is not guaranteed a lunch.
  • For Bill Parish payment please contact Patricia at the Ministries and Outreach Office: 604-681-0281 extension: 50237
  • Registration is not processed until payment has been received.
  • Request for refunds must be received by August 22, 2017 to: 604.683-0281 or
  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.

For more information, please contact the Office of Catechetics or 604-683-0281.

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