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

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Notre Dame High School, 2880 Venables St., Vancouver
Cost: $40 on or before August 22, 2018
$45 after August 22, 2018
  • Online registration is now closed.
  • In-person registration begins at 9:00am at Notre Dame High School.


The 3 L’s – A Way of Life for Every Ministry Introduction to RCIA – Part I
Basics of the Faith – I A Vision for Youth Ministry
Classroom Planning – How to Be an Effective Catechist Jewish-Christian Dialogue


Course Descriptions

The 3 L’s – A Way of Life for Every Ministry

Course No: S801
Presenter: Emil Canlas

Are you ready to serve where God calls you to be? Do you want to witness the joy of your ministry? Either you are in PREP, LWC, RCIA, Youth Ministry or any parish ministry, you must be spiritually tough. This course will offer a lot of introspection to deepen your self-awareness and make you spiritually equipped for the service ahead. As you begin to partake in the ministerial work this year, learn and consider the 3 important elements of “Learning-Living- Loving.”

Emil Canlas (PhD Educational Management, MA Christian Formation Education) is Director of Catholic Educational Leadership and Religious Education Programs and Associate Registrar at St. Mark’s College.


Basics of the Faith – I

Course No: S802
Presenters: Fr. Anthony Ho & Madonna House

The Catholic Faith is true and beautiful, but many have yet to discover its riches. This course explores the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Part I explains the Creed and Sacraments, Part II focuses on Morality and Prayer). Basics of the Faith makes it easy for Catholics to know what they believe and to feel confident in sharing those beliefs.

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

Fr. Anthony Ho is pastor of St. John the Apostle in Vancouver. Madonna House is a Catholic community dedicated to poverty, prayer, & hospitality.


Classroom Planning – How to be an Effective Catechist

Course No: S803
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’s catechism class. Beyond lesson planning, what are the elements to consider in order to ensure that you will achieve the religious education goals for the children? Come and learn a variety of strategies for planning an effective year as a catechist.

Topics include:

  • calendaring for the liturgical year,
  • choosing appropriate resources,
  • assessment tasks to address the new Religious Education Learning Outcomes
  • creative and valuable catechetical methods.

This course is open to those involved in the Ministry of Liturgy of the Word with Children (LWC).

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

Murita Chua (MA Religious Education) is the coordinator for Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Ministries and Outreach Office.


Introduction to RCIA – Part I

Course No: S804
Presenter: Jane Waldock

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.

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

Jane Waldock has been a long-time RCIA and PREP Coordinator. She is currently a Coordinator at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta.


A Vision for Youth Ministry

Course No: S805
Presenter: Clayton Imoo

Does your youth ministry have a clear purpose?  How will you measure success?  And does everyone on the youth ministry team know and own your collective goals?  We often overlook the importance of setting a proper vision, mission statement, and objectives for our ministry.  Come to this workshop to learn how to properly create a vision, mission statement, and goals for your youth ministry as we head into another service year.

Clay Imoo is an Associate Director of the Ministries and Outreach Office for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has over 25 years of ministry experience and the parish and archdiocesan levels.


Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Course No:  S806
Presenters: Fr. Martin Moser, O.M.I. & Deacon Hilmar Pabel

Catholics need to deepen their love for Jews and Judaism. What does it mean for the Catholic Church to dialogue with Judaism? What do Christians hold in common with Jewish people? Explore the past and current on-going dialogue on the international and local level. Learn how to grow in mutual understanding with “the people of Covenant,” never revoked by God, as St. John Paul II called our Jewish sisters and brothers.  At his visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome, he said:  “You are our dearly beloved brothers and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.”

Fr. Martin Moser, O.M.I. is pastor of St. Peter’ Parish in New Westminster, a member of the RCAV Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and Professor of Theology at St. Mark’s College.
Deacon Hilmar Pabel (PhD, History, Yale University) is a Professor of History at Simon Fraser University and a Permanent Deacon who serves on the Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.


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, 2018 to: 604-683-0281 extension 50237 or
  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.

For more information, please contact the Ministries and Outreach Office or 604-683-0281.

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