Screening Process

For a summary of the 10 Steps of Volunteer Screening, click here.

Most common screening documents:

Other screening documents:

Related Offices Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults
Related Themes Abuse Prevention Called to Protect Safe Environment Vulnerable Screening Volunteers Diocesan Guidelines Child Protection Code of Conduct

LFRC Committees

Diocesan Marriage Ministry Committee


The Calgary Diocesan Marriage Ministry Team is committed to collaborate on the shared vision of Christian marriage, exchange experiences and share resources.


Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Calgary Diocesan Marriage Enrichment Presenters
  • Catholic Engaged Encounter
  • Catholic Family Services Marriage Preparation
  • Couples for Christ
  • For Better and For Ever Lead Sponsor Couples
  • Marriage Encounter
  • Retrouvaille
  • Spousal Encounter Movement
  • Life & Family Resource Centre

Feel free to contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5504 if you are:
- involved in the ministry of marriage preparation or marriage enrichment
- want to join the diocesan team
- have questions about how you can get the ministry started in your parish
-  have questions on any aspects of the ministry of marriage preparation
- would like to attend a marriage enrichment workshop.

Life Education Committee

Strengthens and coordinates pro-life educational initiatives in the Diocese of Calgary.


The Diocesan Life Education Committee coordinates and supports initiatives that educate on the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.


The Diocesan Life Education Committee consists of representatives of various agencies and organizations involved in public education on the life issues. The Chairperson of the Diocesan Life Education Committee is the Director of the Life and Family Resource Centre. It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to approve membership on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.

Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Father Lucas Drapal, Chaplain
  • 40 Days for Life
  • Calgary Catholic Medical Association
  • Calgary Life chain
  • Calgary Pro Life
  • Couples for Christ
  • Diocesan Catholic Women's League
  • NFP Billings
  • NFP Serena
  • Pastoral Care workers
  • Life & Family Resource Centre


  • Maintain working relationships with local pro-life groups and agencies
  • Taking action to raise awareness of the issues that compromise respect for life and marriage in the Diocese of Calgary
  • Provide educational opportunities and time for sharing program information among committee members
  • Support local programs that counsel and assist women with problems related to pregnancy
  • Support Project Rachel as the Diocesan post abortion ministry
  • Encourage and support local programs that provide care for the dying
  • Promote prayer and formation for the protection of human life from conception until natural death


The Diocesan Life Education Committee will meet no less than three and no more than six times a year for the purpose of facilitating the committee objectives. Members are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings. A member who misses two consecutive meetings without excuse will be contacted to inquire about their ongoing participation.

Calgary Catholic Medical Association

For Catholic Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, Chiropractors, Chaplains, Pastoral Care Workers, etc.).

The committee meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. An annual general meeting for all members takes place in the spring.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Society is to promote and foster Health Care Professionals’ personal and professional growth in the Spirit of Christ and to bring that Spirit to all those under their care.


Presently this ministry enjoys representatives of:

  • Father Michael Storey, Chaplain
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Other related health professionals
  • Journalists
  • Life & Family Resource Centre


Societal goals include the provision of a forum for Catholic Health Care Professions within which they can examine the provision of care in our society. Through personal formation, they can bring the Spirit of Christ into the context of their practices and build a framework of care. This framework will incorporate the teaching of the Catholic Church into daily professional practice.

The CCMA is open to and inclusive of all Health Care Professionals including physicians, nurses, clinical counsellors, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, clergy especially hospital chaplains, as well as lay persons dedicated to hospital pastoral care.

The goals of the society are promoted through regular monthly meetings as well as special events, conferences which highlight bioethical and other formative topics.

The society encourages a liaison with other Catholic medical and healthcare organizations such as the Catholic Medical Association and participation in meetings and periodicals, as well as links with other similarly orientated organizations in Canada and the United States.

The CCMA functions within the Diocese of Calgary with the Bishop’s support through the Life and Family Resource Center.

The CCMA is represented on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.

Calendar of Events:

CCMA meetings are held once a month (except July and August) on a Saturday morning from 9:45-11:30 am at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Avenue SW. For more information contact 403-218-5504.

Upcoming CCMA Meetings and Events:

    • CCMA meetings are held once a month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Avenue SW. For more information contact 403-218-5504.
      Upcoming CCMA Meetings and Events:  The Calgary Catholic Medical Association invites all health care workers to attend a talk by Dr. David Sabapathy, BSc (Eng), MSc, MBA, MD, FRCPC on The Unexamined Life of Public Health on Tuesday May 1, 2018, 7pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. This talk will discuss the Christian Worldview as a Foundation for Public Health Practice. This is a free event. Contact or 403-218-5505 to register.

      The Unexamined Life of Public Health:  The Christian Worldview as a Foundation for Public Health Practice.  Dr. David Sabapathy, BSc (Eng), MSc, MBA,  MD, FRCPC.

      Personal faith and its incumbent worldview, shapes our career choices, trajectory and accomplishments.   Individually and as a collective, it has a significant impact on society.  The Unexamined Life of Public Health is a thoughtful and engaging examination by Dr. David Sabapathy, of how his faith as a Roman Catholic has provided not only a guiding foundation for his practice as a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, but also a means of making sense of it.

      This presentation is one product of a pilot collaboration of two passionate young professionals who perceived the need for a platform to discuss faith in public life as a means of fostering inclusive dialogue in a society that is increasingly diverse both from religious and secular perspectives.  Dr. Sabapathy and his friend and colleague who is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies at St. Dunstain’s University Institute for Christianity and Culture at the University of Prince Edward Island, have begun this 18 month project as a proof of concept, by each preparing an essay and public presentation on their own reflection on faith at work.  Video versions of their presentations and a web platform for discussion are to come next.

      Dr. Sabapathy was first trained as an electrical engineer, which he followed up a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Health Service Research before undertaking his medical education, including specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Clinical Fellowship in Applied Public Health Research.  A common thread through his career has been a focus on risk assessment, quality improvement and strategic management.  Dr. Sabapathy currently serves as the Deputy Chief Public Health Office in his home province of PEI.

Helpful Links:

For more information or to join, please contact the Life & Family Resource Centre by calling 403-218-5504.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
Related Themes Health Care Life Issues Committee and Commissions Marriage

Misericordia et Misera

Immediately following the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy See released on November 21, 2016, the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis entitled Mercy and Misery. In his letter, the Holy Father has established the World Day of the Poor which will be celebrated annually throughout the Church on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Reflecting the experience of the Jubilee for Socially Excluded People this past November 13, the World Day is to "help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Luke 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace," Pope Francis has written. In his Apostolic Letter he points out that "this Day will also represent a genuine form of new evanglization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy."

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
November 22, 2016

To download or read the full text, click here.

Related Offices Bishop's
Related Themes CCCB Poverty Catholic Teachings Pope Francis

Alberta-NWT Bishops Issue Guidelines for Pastoral Care of Those who are Divorced and Remarried, and Those Considering Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide

Edmonton, September 14, 2016 The Roman Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have issued some new guidance for priests, deacons, and pastoral workers in caring for individuals and families in difficult contemporary situations.

One document aims to answer the call of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, particularly to assist priests in their duty to accompany those Catholics who are divorced and remarried without having received a decree of nullity.

The other follows the legalization in Canada of assisted suicide and euthanasia (“Medical Assistance In Dying”), and focuses on spiritual and sacramental considerations in caring for individuals and families who may be considering death by these means.

“The ultimate aim of these guidelines is to help the faithful understand the beautiful teachings of the Church on sacramental marriage, the dignity of the human person, and the inviolable sanctity of human life,” said Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, who serves as president of the Alberta-NWT Bishops.

“We know that many Catholics, often due to the messages they receive through the secular culture, have come to some serious misunderstandings around life and family issues,” he said.

For example, a Catholic who is divorced and remarried without having a decree of nullity for their first marriage may be under the misapprehension that they may receive the Eucharist as long as they simply speak to a priest (there is more to it than that). Another example would be someone who sees assisted suicide or euthanasia as a gesture of mercy (rather than a grave sin), and asks for the Sacrament of the Sick on behalf of a loved one who plans to die this way.

“When our people face these very difficult life situations, we want our priests and our parishes to be well prepared offer them a listening ear, patient understanding, and good spiritual guidance – to be the kind of ‘oases of mercy’ the Holy Father talks about,” Archbishop Smith said.

Both are dated on the Feast of the Exaltation ofthe Cross and signed by the six bishops who serve a Catholic population of more than one million in five Catholic dioceses:

  • Most Rev. Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton
  • Most Rev. Gregory J. Bittman, Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton
  • Most Rev. Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary
  • Most Rev. Gerard Pettipas CSsR, Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan
  • Most Rev. Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul
  • Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

The guidelines can be viewed here:

Related Offices Bishop's
Related Themes Euthanasia Divorce and Separation Marriage Death and Dying

Position Descriptions

Resources on position descriptions for various ministries in the Church:

Altar Server Coordinator

Altar Server Assistant

Altar Server: Child/Youth

Babysitter Coordinator


Bereavement Team Member

Choir Director: for adult-only choir

Choir Member: for adult-only choir

Choir Director: for combined adult, child, and youth choir

Choir Member: for combined adult, child, and youth choir


Driver for the Vulnerable

Extraordinary Minister of Communion Coordinator

Extraordinary Minister of Communion

Lector Coordinator


Liturgical Hospitality Ministry Coordinator

Liturgical Hospitality Minister: greeters and ushers

Liturgy of the Word for Children Coordinator

Liturgy of the Word for Children Facilitator

Palliative Care Team Member

Pastoral Care Team Member

Parish Ecumenical Representative

Parish Finance Council Member

Parish Pastoral Council Member

Parish Volunteer Screening Coordinator

RCIA Coordinator

RCIA Sponsor

RCIA Facilitator

Sacrament Preparation Coordinator

Sacrament Preparation Team Member

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Youth Ministry Team Member

Related Offices Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults
Related Themes Abuse Prevention Safe Environment Vulnerable
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