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

Please note: Online Registration is now closed. To register, please contact the Catechetics Office at 604.683.0281 ext. 50237. On-site registration starts 9:00am at St. Patrick’s High School Cafeteria.

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, unless indicated
Location: St. Patrick’s Secondary School, 115 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $40 on or before August 21, 2016
$45 after August 21, 2016
$20 for half day course, $25 after August 21, 2016


Catholic Voices Ushering in the Church   – Half-day PM
Basics of the Faith – I Classroom Planning
Catholic Lutheran Dialogue Singing the Mass Throughout the Liturgical Year – Half-day AM
Discovering the Gospels Praying the Liturgy of the Hours for the Laity – Half-day AM

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Course Descriptions

Catholic Voices: How to Talk About Homo/Trans/Intersexuality

Course No: S601
Presenter: Peter Nation

Do you want to learn how to dialogue with your co-workers, neighbours, and family members about hot topics, without raising voices? This presentation outlines the history and unique approach of Catholic Voice’s global contribution to the New Apologetics.

This presentation explains how without losing your cool, to answer the questions, “Why does the Church call gay people ‘disordered’?”

Build your confidence with mock conversations with others who role-play family members or friends who believe the Church is homophobic.

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


Basics of the Faith – I

Course No: S602
Presenters: 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 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.


Catholic Lutheran Dialogue 

Course No: S603
Presenter: Fr. Martin Moser, OMI

What does it mean for the Church to dialogue with Lutherans after a 500 year long divide? What is the path from conflict to communion? This workshop will explore the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the Catholic Lutheran Dialogue on the international level and locally.

Fr. Martin Moser, OMI is the pastor of St. Peter’s parish in New Westminster, a member of the RCAV Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and a professor of theology at St. Mark’s College.


Discovering the Gospels

Course No: S604
Presenter: Leanne Penco

Why are the same stories slightly different in each of the Gospels?  What’s the difference between a temple and a synagogue?  How is Jesus the fulfillment of the Old Testament?  We will look at Jesus’ life and ministry, the culture and political scene of the time, how the New Testament was assembled and more.  Together we’ll discover diverse ways to read, study, ponder and teach the Gospels. This is an excellent course for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of our Lord and the Gospels. Come, and bring your Bible and your questions.

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

Discovering the Gospels is a required course for completion of a LWC Catechetical Certificate.


Ushering in the Church  

Course No: S605
Presenter: Leo Ilomen
Half Day: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Welcoming, greeting and ushering is an awesome responsibility in growing your parish community and creating relationships. When people appear on the church doorsteps, God is at work. The hospitality and friendliness shared by ushers and greeters helps to welcome in the Holy Spirit as worshippers seek to build a closer relationship with God. This workshop addresses the specific ways that greeters and ushers should carry out their functions of creating a system of hospitality as it relates to building community, mission and outreach.

Leo Ilomin has been involved with many of the parish activities and one of his forté is ushering. He is a current member of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission.


Classroom Planning

Course No: S606
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.


Singing the Mass Throughout the Liturgical Year  

Course No: S607
Presenter: Margaret Barry
Half Day: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

How does the Liturgical Year shape what is sung at Mass and how does what we sing both give glory to God and edify and evangelize the faithful? This presentation, for parish music directors and choir members, will focus on both the Ordinary (Mass settings) and the Propers (hymns and those parts that change throughout the Liturgical Year).

Margaret Barry has been involved in Sacred Music for many years at Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta (IC Delta).  She has a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy and Music.  She is currently on the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission.


Praying the Liturgy of the Hours for the Laity  

Course No: S608
Presenter: Deacon Terry McLaughlin
Half Day: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Liturgy of the Hours? Too old fashion? Boring? Not at all!  Enrich your daily prayer life and deepen your spirituality by understanding this beautiful prayer of the Church. Deacon Terry’s instructive and interactive presentation will focus on the role of the Liturgy of the Hours in the Church, in daily life and an introduction on how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours for the laity.

Participants are invited to bring their Liturgy of the Hours prayer books or digital version of IBreviary, or if not borrow the single volume book from their parish.

Deacon Terry McLaughlin, professed in the Order of Secular Franciscans for 30 years.



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 credit card payment, please contact the Catechetics Office with payment information: 604-683-0281
  • **Registrant should confirm billing arrangement with parish or school.
  • Registration is not processed until payment has been received.
  • Request for refunds must be received by August 22, 2016 to: 604.683-0281 or
  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.

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

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