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Workshops & Seminars

Opportunities for education, training and faith formation 

January & February 2017

Returning to Spirit workshops bring Canadians together in a spirit of mutuality, respect, trust and equality, to create reconciliation, possibilities and responsibility for moving forward together. Are you interested in letting go of the past and moving into the future? Then join us  in Returning to Spirit.

Part I of Returning to Spirit is a 4-day intensive workshop that non-aboriginal and aboriginal participants take separately.
( Part II is a 5-day intensive that brings both groups together for healing, reconciliation and moving forward together.)
The focus of these workshops is on moving people forward through the principles of personal empowerment to go beyond healing, and to provide conditions for transformation in personal, family, community, and organizational life.

Part I: Non-Aboriginal Workshop
Friday-Monday, January 20-23
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

            Part I: Aboriginal Workshop
Friday-Monday, February 3-6 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Venue: Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave, St. Albert, AB 
Live-in Cost with meals: $500   Commuter Cost: $350 with lunches only

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Contact Star of the North at 780-459-5511 or visit

On Good Soil:
A Workshop for Pastoral Assistants

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Pastoral and Administration Offices, 8421 - 101 Avenue, Edmonton

The Office of Catechesis invites all Pastoral Assistants in the Archdiocese to this free day of reflection and discussion. We will talk about best practices for catechetical training, sacramental preparation, and faith formation in our parishes. Come join the conversation! Lunch and snacks included. 

To register, please contact Suzanne Brohier at 780-469-1010 ext. 2131 or email sbrohier(at), by January 5.

Together in Ministry
Information Workshop for Members of Parish Pastoral Councils

Saturday January 21, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Pastoral and Administration Offices, 8421 - 101 Avenue, Edmonton

The Together in Ministry (TIM) workshop is designed to:

  1. Review and renew our commitment to our shared mission
  2. Present and Explain the Structure & Leadership of the local Church and the role of PPCs in the Archdiocese 
  3. Relate the archdiocesan priorities and  volunteer management program to the mission of the universal Church
  4. Provide an opportunity for PPC members to become familiar with the Together in Ministry Manual as a resource of information for development of gifts and talents in service of the parish communities

This will be  a great opportunity to network, share experiences and learn from members of Parish Pastoral Councils from different parishes.   

If you wish to attend, please contact Barbara Cartwright by phone 780-469-1010 ext. 2129 or by email to  bcartwright(at) to register.