Rich liturgical celebrations are possible through the prayerful preparation and dedication of many volunteers. From the decor of the worship space, to the members of the choirs, there are hundreds of details that require the work of many hands. If you are interested in learning more about what goes into liturgy, please contact the Parish Office so we can direct you to the right coordinator, (204) 832-1993.
Individuals responsible for the various liturgical ministries, together with any interested people, meet several times a year to assist the parish priest in planning and preparing for the various liturgical celebrations and seasons throughout the church year. Emphasis is put on harmoniously bringing all concerned persons together, as one symphonic group, whose primary goal is to enable the congregation to offer fitting worship to God.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life. our Lady of Perpetual Help has organized a program for adults, and makes special provision for older children.
RCIA systematically takes an individual through the major teachings and practices of the Church. It is a journey based on the principle that the process of conversion proceeds gradually, in stages. Progress from one stage to the next is marked by a liturgical celebration in the midst of the parish community. The experience and needs of those in each category described above differ, and so the length of time may vary for each person.
Candidates can be from various walks of life:
- Unbaptized: persons who have never been baptized and who need a process to help them grow in awareness to God’s call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered catechumens.
- Baptized in Another Christian Church: Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. They are considered candidates. For baptized Christians interested in possibly joining the Catholic Church, the process will vary depending upon the depth on one’s religious and spiritual readiness.
- Baptized but uncatechized Catholic Adults: persons who were baptized as infants and not given any religious instruction in the Catholic faith. These adults will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and Eucharist. They are also considered candidates.
If this is something that interests you, contact the Parish Office at (204) 832-1993 or request a meeting with the pastor to learn what is involved.
Sacraments of Initiation
Sacraments of Vocation
The sacrament of Holy Orders is celebrated for men who are called to either the Permanent Deaconate or Priesthood.
Permanent Diaconate – The word Diaconate derives from the Greek word diákonos (διάκονος) which means servant. After a four-year formation program, the individual is ordained a permanent deacon by the Archbishop and becomes clergy for the Archdiocese. The primary role of a Deacon is to be a man of charity especially in serving the poor.
Priest – The priest is a presbyter/elder. A priest may live in a monastery/monastic community or belong to a diocese or religious community. Priests are teachers, preachers, celebrants of sacraments, counsellors and shepherds.
If you are interested in knowing more about vocations to the priesthood, reach out to Monsignor Comeault at (204) 781-0720, or
Rev. Peter Nemcek
Director of Vocations
Tel: (204) 339-3264