Faith is at the core of all that we do. In addition to dedicated Religion classes, faith is encouraged to permeate and be a part of every aspect of the school. We prepare our students to be caring, thoughtful and active citizens of the local and global community.
Our EICS Religious Education Consultant, coordinates the Division's religious education and health and life skills programs. Alene works closely with religious leaders, students, staff, and families to ensure EICS is providing quality, Catholic education.
Alberta Government – My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource, Religious Education in Separate Schools
Paul Corrigan, Faith and Wellness Divisional Principal
Mission... At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, "the only son of the Father... full of grace and truth," who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us for ever".
We must therefore say that, in catechesis, it is Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, who was taught -- everything else is taught with reference to him -- and it is Christ alone, who teaches... (Apostolic Exhortation Catechesis Tradendae, p. 8-10)
What is our Religious Education Program about?
Each of us working in Catholic schools is called to be Christ's spokesperson, enabling Him to be present through us! The role of the Religious Education Consultant is to support all the stakeholders in our school division to fulfill this mission. In Catholic schools we work together with the family and parish to help young people mature into disciples of Christ.
For someone who is new to the Catholic school system, an understandable question is what makes the schools Catholic? There is much that distinguishes Catholic schools, which students and their families can readily observe. The Religion Handbook below will provide you with answers.
- Religion classes
- Prayer services (liturgies of the word and mass) at key points in the school year
- Liturgical Calendar
- Religious symbols, posters, icons, and art work etc.
- School names, that tie into our faith, tradition and understanding.
- Prayer at key times and events - over the intercom or in the classroom.
- One-day or overnight retreats that supplement what is taught in religion classes.
- Faith-related professional development days, which may be district wide or school-based.
- Chaplains and chapels - we have teaching, lay chaplains and we have a chapel in two of our high schools.
- A full-time Religious Education Consultant
- A well-funded faith formation program for all staff to take courses, focused mostly Catholic theology, scripture, and morality.
If your child is in grade 6 or older they are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The registration evening was held on September 24, 2018. If you were unable to attend that meeting please stop by the Parish Office and fill out a registration form. Please bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate and $20 to cover the program fee. Our first session begins on October 15th. We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, contact OLPH Church at (780) 467-5470
A second session will begin on March 4, 2019 with Parent Registration for that session taking place on January 28, 2019 at 7:00pm
First Reconciliation/First Communion Parent Registration Night - Monday Sept 17, 2018 (call the Parish office if you still wish to register)
First Reconciliation Retreats
Saturday Oct 27 2018 2:30-6 Finish with Mass
Saturday Nov 4 2018 10:30-2 Finish with Mass
First Reconciliation Celebration
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 10:00am (EPK, JV, ST. L) and 11:30am (HS, MAD,
HR) (HOME SCHOOLED AND PUBLIC SCHOOL MAY ATTEND EITHER CELEBRATION)
First Communion Retreats
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 2:30-6:00 Finish with Mass
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 12:30-3:45 Begin with Mass
First Communion Rehearsals
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 9:30-10:30
Saturday, May 11th, 2019 9:30-10:30
Saturday, May 25th, 2019 9:30-10:30
Saturday, June 8th, 2019 9:30-10:30
Saturday, June 15th, 2019 9:30-10:30
First Communion Celebrations
Sunday, May 5th, 2019 10:30am Mass
Saturday, May 11th, 5:00pm Mass
Sunday, May 26th, 12:30pm Mass
Sunday, June 9th, 8:30am Mass
Saturday, June 15th, 5:00pm Mass
Religious Celebrations will be held for the following:
- School Opening- St. Theresa Feast Day
- Rememberance Day
- Lent and Ash Wednesday
- Month of Mary
- Grade 8 Farewell