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 

For more information and to register, 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

World Day of the Sick 2017

Message of our Holy Father, Pope Francis for the 25th World Day of the Sick

Dear brothers and sisters,

On 11 February next, the Twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick will be celebrated throughout the Church and in a special way at Lourdes. The theme of this year's celebration is "Amazement at what God has accomplished: 'The Almighty has done great things for me...'" (Lk 1:49). Instituted by my predecessor Saint John Paul II in 1992, and first celebrated at Lourdes on 11 February 1993, this Day is an opportunity to reflect in particular on the needs of the sick and, more generally, of all those who suffer. It is also an occasion for those who generously assist the sick, beginning with family members, health workers and volunteers, to give thanks for their God-given vocation of accompanying our infirm brothers and sisters. Read more

Downloadable resources

Pope Francis' message (in French, click here)

download Prayer Cards

download Poster

Related Offices Health Care
Related Themes Bereavement Care Discipleship Pastoral Care Palliative Care Health Care Courses and Workshops Adult Formation

Together Enabling Adults in Ministry: T.E.A.M

This 3 year program is designed for lay persons and religious who are called to engage in collaborative ministries, to qualify them to serve in a credible, competent and effective manner in whatever ministerial role they are called to serve.

Graduates currently are involved in a variety of parish ministries: RCIA, Catechetics, Pastoral Care, Youth Ministry, Parish Leadership, Street Ministry and various agencies dealing with the marginalized. Some have moved on to the priesthood, the diaconate and religious life.

To date over 500 have graduated from the program and many continue to serve actively either at a parish level or in other related areas.

To learn more about the T.E.A.M. program please visit the FCJ Christian Life Centre page at

For more information and to obtain a registration form, please contact:

Denise DeNeve
T.E.A.M. Coordinator
FCJ Christian Life Centre
219 - 19 Ave. SW Calgary, AB T2S 0C8

Related Offices Religious Education
Related Themes Catechist Formation Religious Education Courses and Workshops Catholic Teachings Adult Formation

Pastoral Care Program Outline

Program Outline

The order of the sessions may change.


  • Theological Reflections
  • Overview of Pastoral Care
  • This Sacred People - Video


  • Prayer & Spirituality
  • Ministry to the Elderly 


  • Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick
  • \""Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick \""


  • Death & Dying - Loss and Grief
  • \""Facing My own Suffering and Loss\""
  • Advanced Directives


  • Confidentiality & Screening
  • Catholic Health Ethics Guide
  • Mother Theresa- Example of Pastoral and Palliative Care


  • Caring with Compassion 


  • Elder Abuse
Related Offices Health Care
Related Themes Pastoral Care Health Care Courses and Workshops


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
Items 1 - 5 of 13  123Next

Article Filters

Associated Office:
Associated Program:
Associated Theme:

Looking for a Parish or Mass and Reconciliation Times?

Search the Parish Finder