Speaker: Msgr. Gregory Smith (Pastor – Christ the Redeemer Parish, Vancouver)
“Why do I have to go to Mass on Sunday?” Did you ever ask the question? Did a friend or co-worker ask you? We’ve all heard someone add “Why not just pray on a hike or meditate on the beach?” But Jesus invites us to meet Him in the Eucharist each and every Sunday. How can we move beyond “obligation” to “encounter” and share with others that Sunday Mass is not just a duty but a joy and a gift?
Ok; you’re committed to Sunday Mass. Great! Now What? Often our Christian life is contained to our Sunday experience. God desires so much more for us! In this workshop we’ll explore how we can live out of our Christian identity the other 6 days of the week, and continue to grow in our relationship with God.
Speaker: Pavel Reid (Senior Director for Ministries and Outreach, Archdiocese of Vancouver)
Why can’t the Catholic church get with the times? Do they expect me to have 10 kids? The Catholic teaching on the use of contraception can sometimes seem confusing and difficult to make sense of; and even harder to put into practice. In this workshop we will look at some of the background behind this teaching, drawing from the wisdom of both saints and scientists.
You’re at a restaurant and you pull out your phone to check your messages. Five minutes later you look up and realize all 5 of your friends are doing the same thing. In a world of smartphones, Instagram, and Netflix, we’ve never been able to be so connected. However, for many of us this abundance of screen time can actually cause us to be more and more disconnected from others and from God. This workshop will explore some of the dangers of digital ‘addiction’ and how our devices can have a healthier place in our lives.
Jesus said “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” Why is it so hard to forgive others and how do we go about honestly forgiving those who have done us wrong? In this workshop we will look at the impact that unforgiveness has on us and those we refuse to forgive and steps on how to attain true forgiveness in our relationships.
The Holy Spirit the the sometimes forgotten third person of the Trinity, and even if we are aware of the Holy Spirit, we may not be familiar with the role He plays in our Christian walk. In this workshop, we will learn more about the person of the Holy Spirit and how he helps us in particular with prayer and living out our faith.
Speaker: Darrell Hall
Did you know that 15% of everything that Christ said related to money and possessions? Why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? Because there is a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle money, for “Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” The act of giving is an Act of Worship and a vivid reminder that it’s all about God, not about us, since God’s money has a higher purpose than my affluence. When we give, we are recognizing God as owner, myself as a servant, and other people as intended beneficiaries of what God has entrusted to me. Giving, like forgiveness, is not an option for the Christian. What are we called to do, to give? Come and find out.
Speaker: Lorne Stang (Dalhousie Campus Team Leader)
How often do we think about faith and fitness as both part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle? In a world that is obsessed with body image, it can be a slippery slope between exercising because you don’t like the way you look rather than because you love the body God has given you. In this workshop we will look at how God wants us to take care of the gifts he has given us, including our physical bodies, and how living a balanced life is essential to our spiritual growth and maintaining a healthy attitude towards body image.
Living your Apostolate
Speaker: Christy Dupuis (Parish Evangelization Co-ordinator, Speaker)
Becoming actively involved in your parish can seem scary and overwhelming. Even if you have the desire to serve and help in the different ministries, how do you know where you best fit in the community? This workshop will help you understand the ways in which you can get involved in current ministries and how you can also start something new and be missionary in your church community.
Speaker: Stephanie Gray (International Speaker and Author, Love Unleashes Life)
As Catholics we believe that all life, every life, is sacred from conception until natural death, yet our society now views assisted suicide and euthanasia as acceptable even compassionate. Why does the Church take the stance it does, and how can we explain it in a compelling way? Learn about the value and dignity of life and how to dialogue with others about this delicate issue.
Speaker: Andrew Nobauer (CCO Missionary )
Whether through retreats, mission trips, evangelization schools, conferences, or simply working in ministry we have the privilege to have so many options to carry out God’s will. The only catch; they cost money. We either have to fundraise it or pay for it! Money can stop us from doing God’s will, but that shouldn’t be the case. Fundraising when done properly is a joy, a privilege, the path to reliance on God and to sainthood. This workshop will provide tools and tips to help overcome the daunting prospect of fundraising.
Speaker: Dan Moric (Superintendent Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese)
Are you a teacher or on the way to becoming one? Teaching is both a privilege and a responsibility, but how are we called to live out our faith as a teacher, whether in a Catholic or a public school? This workshop will equip you to maintain professionalism in this important career, doing so from a Christ-centered perspective.
Speaker: Brett Powell
Leadership ability is the lid that determines your effectiveness. This workshop will focus on three key areas for growing as a leader. First, you will come to understand God’s plan for growing leaders. Two, you will discover the most critical attributes for great leadership in any environment (at school, in your parish, in your family). Thirdly, you will receive practical teaching for growing as a leader and even begin writing your very own growth plan. “The Church needs genuine witnesses for the new evangelization: men and women whose lives have been transformed by meeting with Jesus, men and women who are capable of communicating this experience to others.” (Pope Benedict XVI- World Youth Day, Cologne 2005).
Explaining and defending the Catholic faith when questions or objections arise, is a key component to effective evangelization. In this workshop we’ll look at answers to some of the most common and controversial aspects of the Catholic faith, and talk about how you can communicate these answers clearly to anyone who asks.
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta lived by the words “You did it to me”, viewing every action done to others as a direct interaction with Jesus Christ himself. In this workshop we will look at the example of Mother Teresa, her story and how as Christians, we have an obligation to do works of mercy, and how we should strive to see Christ in everyone who we serve.
Speaker: Alana Heit (CCO Missionary)
Have you ever found yourself in a position where someone has asked you about your faith, but were just unable to give an answer? Saint Pope John Paul II encouraged us; “Do not be afraid!” Often when we want to share our faith with our family and friends but can become intimidated or afraid because we simply don’t know what to say, or where to start. In this workshop we will look at the core message of the Christian faith, the “Kerygma”, and how we can share our faith in a clear and simple way.