Catechetical Certificate Program 2017-2018

This Certificate Program is designed to give lay people the necessary Catechetical background in order to feel more confident in the following areas of Parish Ministry:

  • Sacramental Preparation
  • RCIA
  • Youth Ministry
  • Parish-based Catechesis

This program, offered in three levels covering various topics, is also invaluable to anyone seeking to know more about their Catholic Faith.

Course Registration Fee is $100 for each Level.

Location: Canadian Martyrs Parish 835 Northmount Dr NW, Calgary, AB 

You can register online here. Or, for more information or to register manually, please call 403-218-5501, or email

Catechetical Certificate Program 2017-2018

Topic Order is subject to change

    Level 1

  1. Scriptural Foundations (Hebrew Scriptures): Sept. 30
  2. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament) : Oct. 14
  3. Liturgy: Oct. 28
  4. General Directory for Catechesis: Nov. 11
  5. How to be and Effective Catechist: Nov. 25
  6. Prayer and Spirituality: Dec. 2

    Level 2


    Level 3


Related Offices Religious Education
Related Themes RCIA Catechist Formation Religious Education Catholic Schools Courses and Workshops Catholic Teachings Adult Formation Sacramental Preparation

Join the Diocesan Forum

The Ministry

The Diocesan Forum in Initiation (the Forum) works through the Office of Liturgy and with the Religious Education Secretariat to carry out the Bishop’s mission of Christian Initiation in the Diocese. The Forum supports parish initiation teams by providing formation in initiation ministry, researching best practices, and building relationships with parishes. Members of the Forum are people of prayer with experience in catechesis and ministry. They have discerned a calling to this ministry and enjoy working as part of a team.


The Forum invites new members as needed. If you are interested in joining the Forum or for more information, please contact the Director of Liturgy at 403-218-5524 or


  • Prepare and host the Rite of Election annually along with the Office of Liturgy, Diocesan Liturgical Commission, and Sacred Music Committee
  • Conduct research on current issues and practice in initiation ministry
  • Prepare annual formation in the diocese for initiation ministers
  • Prepare resources for parish initiation teams
  • Build relationships with parish initiation teams


  • Attend monthly Forum meeting (usually Thursday, 5:45 – 7:45pm)
  • Participate in ongoing formation through reading and discussion
  • Complete assigned action-items between meetings
  • Cultivate relationship with assigned parish initiation teams
  • Attend and assist Forum events (e.g. Rite of Election, workshops etc.)
  • Two-year commitment.


  • Leadership experience in initiation ministry or other related experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing ministry formation (e.g. attendance at diocesan workshops, TEAM program, Catechetical Certificate Program, NAF Institutes, or other)


  • Provide a reference from someone at the parish who can testify to your leadership and pastoral experience.
  • Provide the name of your current pastor for reference.
Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes Liturgy Liturgical Formation Catholic Schools

A Sure Foundation

by Ryan Factura, for the Youth Ministry Office

In his classic work The Screwtape Letters, the great Christian author C. S. Lewis tells us that the devil takes us away from God, not so much by putting things into our lives, but instead by drowning God's voice out of our consciousness through endless distractions. More than half a century after its publication, the message strikes our core ever deeper.

For a young person, it can be tough living out our faith from day to day. In our media-saturated culture, it is almost impossible for us to miss the daily dose of conformity that society serves us. Sometimes jealousy, doubt, and fear might occupy our hearts more than our faith does.

But, Jesus knows this. He tells His followers to be careful that their hearts do not become weighed down from the worries of daily life [cf. Luke 21:34].

Society calls us to fit in, whereas God calls His children to stand out. What a remarkable sight it is when His children do stand out as one. As a church, we do not go on our faith journey alone – we help each other, together.

In our diocese, we are blessed to have the opportunity to see this happen among young people every year through the One Rock festival. It goes beyond just music and games – above all, it is a festival of faith.

It is where the young people celebrate a life found on Jesus Christ, and live out the joy that comes with it. In the words of St. John Paul II, \""We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song!\""

In spite of everything that is going on around us, One Rock continues to be a sign of God's promise to St. Peter manifested in our young people that \""the gates of Hades will not prevail\"" against the Church that He Himself built. Now, that's a sure foundation.

A couple of years ago, I experienced One Rock for the first time. Everything was great, but one thing happened that I will never forget. Right before the opportunity to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, that year's headlining act, the amazingly talented Audrey Assad performed. And after her moving and beautiful set, there was no wild cheering. No encore. She just slipped backstage with her band, and the procession of the Blessed Sacrament began. Miss Assad had been the opening act for the \""Main Act,\"" so to speak. That, for me, was the highlight of One Rock 2013. A highlight that, in spite of all of life's distractions, two years later I can still fondly remember the profoundness of the event.

Related Offices Youth & Young Adult Related Programs One Rock
Related Themes Youth and Young Adults Diocesan Event Catholic Schools Youth Ministry


Youth Ministry Certificate Program

The Diocese of Calgary, in conjunction with St. Mary's College, will be offering courses towards a Youth Ministry Certificate. Also, the Office of Youth Ministry will offer specific required modules, beginning in the Winter of 2001.

This is an exciting initiative for our Diocese, as more and more parishes are looking for those with training and expertise in working with and for our Catholic youth. The program is for credit, and course costs will be the same as any of the program offered through St. Mary's College. We are hopeful that those considering a paid position in Youth Ministry and volunteers alike will take advantage of this opportunity for education and faith enrichment.

The Certificate, upon completion, will be issued by the Diocese of Calgary.

For further information, please contact the Office of Youth Ministry.

Courses offered through St. Mary's College

The following courses are available through St. Mary's College. A time frame of up to 5 years is anticipated, as many will study on a part time basis.

Level One

Theology 201

Introduction to the Bible

3 credits

Philosophy 200

Historical Survey

6 credits

or History 200

History of Ideas

Religions 201

Western World Religions

3 credits

Psychology 201

Principles of Psychology

3 credits

Level Two

Theology 301

Introduction to the Gospels

3 credits

or Theology 303

Pauline Theology

Philosophy 313

Issues in Bioethics

3 credits

Sociology 377

Sociology of Religion

3 credits

or History 349

History of Religion in Canada

RLGS 343

Religion and Social Morality

3 credits

or RLGS 345

Religion and Social Issues

Catechetical Requirements

Level One: 18 hours of instruction plus assignments

Level Two: 18 hours of instruction plus assignments

Youth Ministry specific modules:

  • Conflict Management
  • Communications
  • Comprehensive, Collaborative Models
  • Volunteer Recruitment/Management
  • Morality
Related Offices Youth & Young Adult
Related Themes Religious Education Christian Formation Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Courses and Workshops
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