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
- 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
Catechetical Certificate Program 2017-2018
Topic Order is subject to change
- Scriptural Foundations (Hebrew Scriptures): Sept. 30
- Scriptural Foundations (New Testament) : Oct. 14
- Liturgy: Oct. 28
- General Directory for Catechesis: Nov. 11
- How to be and Effective Catechist: Nov. 25
- Prayer and Spirituality: Dec. 2
The Rite of Election 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"). All parishes are invited to take part at the Rite of Election:
- Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM at St. Mary's Cathedral or
- Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM at St. Mary's Cathedral.
Note that parishes have been assigned to either Saturday/Sunday celebration.
- Download the 2018 Rite of Election Information Package
Contains: invitation, directives, parish assignment list and info for Coordinators and catechumens.
- Online Registration
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.
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: www.calgarydiocese.ca under Religious Education to register for the next session.
The Diocesan Forum on Initiation provides resources and formation on issues related to Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults including initiation for unbaptised adults and children of catechetical age, initiation for those baptised in other denominations, and completion of initiation for baptised Catholic adults.
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.