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

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

Rite of Election & Call to Lenten Renewal

This rite closes the period of the catechumenate proper of those individuals seeking Baptism at Easter and initiates the final, more intense preparation for the sacraments of initiation both for the catechumens (subsequently called the "elect") and for baptized adults seeking full communion with the Catholic Church (known as "candidates").


There will be no gathering at St. Monica's School. Please arrive DIRECTLY to St. Mary's Cathedral.

Arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to the celebration. Doors open one hour before the liturgy.


Parishes have been assigned to Saturday or Sunday.

Seating is assigned. See the head usher upon arrival and be seated by an usher.

You may fill in the registration form electronically or by hand and send by e-mail, fax, or mail.

The registration form is due no later than February 28, 2017.

Click here to download the complete registration and information package including your assigned celebration date.

Register online here for Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 7:30 pm - St. Mary's Cathedral

Register online here for Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 3:30 pm - St. Mary's Cathedral

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes RCIA Liturgy Liturgical Celebration Baptism Parish Life

Dismissal to Rite of Election & Call to lenten Renewal

Dismissal to Rite of Election & Call to lenten Renewal and Signing the Book of the Elect

This dismissal takes place ideally at a Sunday Mass (or at another convenient time) after the homily or at the end of Mass.


My dear friends,

You are about to set out on the road that leads to the glory of Easter.
Christ will be your way, your truth, and your life.

In his name and in the name of this Parish Community of _________________
we send you forth to the Mother Church of our diocese, St. Mary's Cathedral.

I now invite you forward, catechumens, to sign your name in the Book of the Elect.
(Have someone call out the names of the catechumens. Only catechumens sign the book).

I now send you for the Lord has chosen you
to join other catechumens who are seeking baptism at Easter
to be received by our Bishop Henry, and numbered among the elect.

And you candidates, who are seeking full communion in the church,
or preparing to complete your initiation;
we send you forth from this community to celebrate with the Bishop
the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal.

In this rite, you will be invited, along with the entire community of the faithful,
to use this holy season of lent to prepare
in a most intense, serious and spiritual way,
for the renewal of your baptismal promises at Easter,
and to become full members of the Catholic Church.

You have been chosen by God and have entered with us into his way of lent.
May Christ teach you the value of prayer and fasting in meeting temptation,
especially during this time of lenten retreat.

Be assured of our loving support and prayers for you.

Go in peace. Soon you will gather with us to be nourished at the Eucharistic table.

You may include this intention in The Prayers of the Faithful:

That all catechumens and candidates may experience the universality and love of our Catholic faith as they meet with our Bishop for the Rite of Election and the Rite of Calling Candidates to lenten Renewal in the Catholic Church.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy
Related Themes RCIA Catechist Formation Liturgy Prayers Liturgical Celebration Parish Life Initiation

World Jubilee for Catechists

On Saturday, September 24 the Diocesan Office of Religious Education gathered approximately 100 catechists at Holy Spirit Parish to celebrate the World Jubilee for Catechists. Following the special Mass, we listened to a marvelous presentation by Dan Lacroix on Fr. Albert Lacombe, whose centenary we are celebrating in Alberta this year. Fr. Lacombe was a zeal-filled catechist who brought the message of the Gospel to native people of our land. His “Catechetical Ladder” was one of the original catechetical tools used to help the native people of Alberta visualize God’s saving plan for humanity.

After our historical journey into our past (which will be shared in more detail in upcoming editions of THE CARILLON, starting in December) we were treated to a profoundly faith enriching presentation by renowned motivational Catholic speaker Michael Chiasson, and Erin, a young woman joyfully testifying to her own faith renewal. Michael and Erin’s faith witnesses re-enkindled the fire that motivates us to go out and spread the Good News to all we meet!

Many of the participants will be registering for our Diocesan Catechetical Certificate Program. The program has been running since its launch in the Holy Year 2000. The program consists of three levels that are presented from September until June each year. Hundreds have graduated from the program feeling more confident and empowered to share their faith with others by various means of catechesis: in RCIA; sacramental preparation; as Catholic school teachers; and in youth ministry and adult faith formation groups. If you are interested in learning more about your Catholic faith check out our Diocesan website: under Religious Education to register for the next session.

Related Offices Carillon Religious Education
Related Themes RCIA Religious Education Cathechist

RCIA Catechist Workshop


For registration for the Lethbridge Workshop (St. Martha's), please click here for the March 25 session and HERE for the April 29 session. You NEED to register for both sessions.

RCIA Catechist Training

A series of four workshops to train catechists as they journey with candidates through the stages of inquiry, catechumenate, purification and enlightenment, and mystagogy. The workshops are not sequential. It is not necessary to attend all four in the series, but each will cover a different period of the RCIA process.

All parishes are strongly encouraged to send representation even if you currently do not have an active RCIA process. All the baptized have the responbility of evangelization and the process of welcoming those who wish to become Catholic is not as daunting as it seems.

The series will run next in Lethbridge.

Lethbridge: St. Martha Parish (355 Columbia Blvd.) Saturdays. Note: please bring a bag lunch if you are staying for both sessions on one day.

  • March 25, 2017 (10am-12pm): Pre-Catechumenate (Inquiry) Period
  • March 25, 2017 (1pm-3pm): Catechumenate Period
  • April 29, 2017 (10am-12pm): Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • April 29, 2017 (1pm-3pm): Period of Mystagogy

The workshops are free of charge, but advanced registration is required. Links for registration above. With questions, please contact, or 403-218-5511/24.

Related Offices Office of Liturgy Religious Education
Related Themes RCIA Liturgy
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