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Catechetical Certificate Program 2016-2017

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: Holy Spirit Parish, 10827 24 St. SW, Calgary, AB T2W 2Z2

For more information and to register, please call 403-218-5501, or email religiouseducation@calgarydiocese.ca.

Catechetical Certificate Program

Topic Order is subject to change

    Level 1

  1. World Day for Catechists Mass and Presentation with Michael Chiasson: Sept. 24
  2. Scriptural Foundations (Hebrew Scriptures) : Oct. 1
  3. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament): Oct. 15
  4. General Directory for Catechesis: Oct. 29
  5. How to be and Effective Catechist: Nov. 5
  6. Prayer and Spirituality: Nov. 26

    Level 2

  1. Scriptural Foundations (Old Testament) Jan. 14
  2. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament) Jan. 28
  3. Sacramental Life of the Church Feb. 11
  4. Prayer & Spirituality Feb. 25
  5. Vatican II Mar. 11
  6. Sacraments Mar. 18

    Level 3

  1. Adult and Child Learning and Development April 8
  2. Scriptural Foundations (Hebrew Scriptures) April 22
  3. Liturgy May 6
  4. RCIA and Catechesis May 13
  5. Scriptural Foundations (New Testament) May 27
  6. Social Justice June 3
  7. Bonus Session (Topic TBA) June 17
Related Offices Religious Education
Related Themes RCIA Catechist Formation Religious Education Catholic Schools Courses and Workshops Adult Formation Catholic Teachings Sacramental Preparation

Misericordia et Misera

Immediately following the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy See released on November 21, 2016, the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis entitled Mercy and Misery. In his letter, the Holy Father has established the World Day of the Poor which will be celebrated annually throughout the Church on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Reflecting the experience of the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People this past November 13, the World Day is to "help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Luke 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace," Pope Francis has written. In his Apostolic Letter he points out that "this Day will also represent a genuine form of new evanglization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy."

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
November 22, 2016

To download or read the full text, click here.

Related Offices Bishop's
Related Themes CCCB Poverty Catholic Teachings Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ New Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” or “The Joy of Love".

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops joyfully welcomes the Holy Father's Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family. As the national assembly of the Catholic Bishops of this country, we encourage its prayerful reception among all the faithful, and recommend its careful study to married couples and families, and to those agencies and organizations working with them, as well as to pastors and those in consecrated life who are called to be at the service of family life.

Bishops across Canada will be issuing their own statements of welcome, and engaging in discussions and conversations on the Exhortation with the members of their diocesan and eparchial churches. For its part, this Conference will assist the Bishops in their reflections and discussions on the Exhortation, in view of integrating and implementing its insights and teachings into the pastoral life of the Church.

The Apostolic Exhortation reminds us that "the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people," and that "the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed" (no. 1). At the same time, the Exhortation reflects on the "crises, worries and difficulties" which face family life (no. 231), and reminds pastors and communities of faith to prepare couples for marriage (no. 205) and accompany them in the first years of married life (no. 217). Likewise, Amoris Laetitia challenges all the faithful to do more in accompanying, discerning and integrating those family situations which "radically contradict" the ideal of Christian marriage or "realize it in at least a partial and analogous way" (n. 292).

Amoris Laetitia reiterates the necessity of protecting human life from beginning to its natural end. In the section entitled "The Transmission of Life and the Rearing of Children", the Holy Father points out that "if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed." Citing the Relatio Finalis of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis affirms: "The family protects human life in all its stages... Consequently, 'those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection. Similarly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia', but likewise 'firmly rejects the death penalty'" (no. 83).

The Bishops of Canada are deeply thankful to Pope Francis for focusing the attention of the Universal Church on the importance of marriage and family, for reminding all the faithful of the urgent priority of accompanying families in hope and mercy, and for inviting Christian families to "value the gifts of marriage and the family" (no. 5).

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ottawa, April 8, 2016

Link to the Apostolic Exhortation

Read/Download online – PDF file

To order the exhortation from CCCB Publications. click here

Related Offices Bishop's Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
Related Themes Discipleship Consecrated Life Vocations Catholic Teachings Married Life Family

The Second Vatican Council

What was it and why is it important today? 

Episcopal Commission for Doctrine Canadian Conference of Catholic BishopsOctober 11, 2012. This year the Catholic Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of a momentous event: the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Today, however, many Catholics – particularly the young – have scarcely heard of the Council, while others may know very little about it… Please read the document from the CCCB in the links provided below:

Second Vatican Council Resources:

A procession of Cardinals enters St. Peter's in Rome, opening the Second Vatican Council.
Painting by Franklin McMahon.

Related Offices Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs Office Office of Liturgy Religious Education
Related Themes Catechist Formation Education Christian Formation Resources Catholic Teachings Vatican II
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