Parents participate in a one evening preparation session. The sacrament of baptism is celebrated either during Mass or on Sunday afternoon on various dates throughout the year.
If you enjoy speaking to small groups, and wish to help our young families grow in their faith to meet the challenges of raising children in the Catholic faith, please contact the Parish office for details.
The Bible Study Group meets each Wednesday to study and reflect upon the Readings for the upcoming Sunday.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, primate of Canada, called for a new evangelization to help our young people with issues of faith and the understanding of Jesus' teaching. Good catechetical programs and sacramental preparation are needed. Many of our children attend Catholic schools and receive some religious instruction but can we ever know too much about our religion? There is so much more that they could learn about the Catholic faith.
Holy Family Parish offers a catechism program for children in Grades 1 to 6; the group will meet weekly for one hour at the church. Through meaningful and interesting activities, the children will enrich their knowledge of Catholic beliefs, rituals, traditions and faith.
If you have a solid understanding of our Catholic Faith and enjoy teaching young people, please contact the Parish office.
We continue to foster a close working relationship with our Catholic schools, especially through celebrations at the church and in the schools with parish representatives (school opening, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, school closing, and special events such as high school graduations, Junior High farewells, D.A.R.E. programme, graduations, and school history days).
We continue to participate in the school division religion representatives' meetings throughout the year, host our Catholic schools at Catholic Education Sunday in November, and involve teachers in our sacrament preparation evenings. Many classes of children visit the church throughout the year in accord with the religion curriculum to participate in our weekday Mass, to tour the sanctuary, to learn about and pray the Stations of the Cross, and for class retreat days.
Our youth ministers have continued to regularly "hang out" at lunchtime in our junior and senior high schools, and to speak to classes on occasion. Their presence has welcomed many young people into the Teen Youth Ministry program.
All couples are required to take an approved pre-marriage course. There is an opportunity to take this course through the parish.
This is a broad course that offers an excellent opportunity to enrich your faith through helping others. If you may be interested in helping teach marriage preparation to our young couples, this is a once a year course. Please contact the Parish office.
The RCIA is a sacramental journey; a process leading to initiation into the Roman Catholic Church. It is also a communal process and involves a number of stages (Precatechumenate; Catechumenate; Enlightenment and Purification; Mystagogy) punctuated by liturgical rites (Rite of Acceptance, Rite of Election; Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation). The process is about developing (or deepening) a relationship over time with both God and the Catholic faith community. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Early Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normative way to prepare adults for baptism.