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

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Holy Cross High School, 16193 88th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: $40 on or before August 21, 2019
$45 after August 21, 2019

Online registration is now closed.
On-site registration available at 9 a.m. at Holy Cross Secondary on August 24.


The 3 L’s – A Way of Life for Every Ministry Introduction to RCIA – Part I
Basics of the Faith – I Classroom Planning – How to Be an Effective Catechist
Addressing the Clerical Abuse Scandal


Course Descriptions

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

Course No: S901
Presenter: Emil Canlas

Are you ready to serve where God calls you to be? Do you want to witness the joy of your ministry? Whatever parish ministry you are in Adult Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, PREP, LWC, RCIA, or other 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.” This is a perfect workshop to prepare for the start of the catechetical year.

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: S902
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.


Addressing the Clerical Abuse Scandal

Course No: S903
Presenter: Peter Nation

With the recent and shocking revelations of clerical sexual abuse in the Church, it is important to understand how they could have occurred and how the Church has responded to this emergency.

Using the Catholic Voices method, we will be able to answer the question, “Why has it taken so long for the Church to take clerical abuse seriously?” in a way that sheds light and avoids generating heat in discussions with family, friends and professional associates.

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


Introduction to RCIA – Part I

Course No: S904
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 the Director of Faith Formation at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta. She is also an educator for PRH (Personality and Human Relations, Canada).


Classroom Planning – How to be an Effective Catechist

Course No: S905
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), Liturgy of the Word with Children (LWC), and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Ministries and Outreach Office.

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