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Archdiocesan Events

We work to raise awareness to the wonderful work taking place across the Archdiocese of Toronto. In this section you will find information about Archdiocesan and local community events that bring together our family of faith to educate, inform, reflect and inspire.

Publication of community events are not seen as an official endorsement by the Archdiocese of Toronto. We invite you to speak with local event contacts prior to attending to answer your questions in advance.

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Date and Location Event Details Region
August 30 – 2 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Brigid’s Parish
300 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto
Kolbe Eucharistic Mini Retreat
Join us for Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, and praise and worship. Please note that this retreat replaces the first Saturday retreat in September.
Fr. Carlos Sierra Tobon, IMC will give a talk, titled “God’s Gifts: Ordinary and Extraordinary Ways to Live Them.” Please visit www.kolbeapostolate.com for more information, or click here for the poster.
Central Region
September 6 to 13
St. Augustine's Seminary
2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
FertilityCare Toronto Practitioner Education Program
Wondering about becoming a FertilityCare Practitioner?
Become part of a new, authentic approach to women’s health care and family planning.
Natural. Effective. Affordable. For over 30 years, Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY have helped women and couples better understand and care for their reproductive health. Join our team of allied healthcare professionals!
For pre-application information:  www.fertilitycare.ca or call Margaret – 416-465-2868.
Eastern Region
September 6
Martyrs' Shrine
16163 Highway 12 West, Midland
30th Anniversary of St. John Paul II's Visit to Martyrs' Shrine and the Archdiocese of Toronto
Join us for an all-day celebration honouring St. John Paul II and the 30th Anniversary of his visit to Martyrs’ Shrine and the Archdiocese of Toronto. The day will include photographic and video displays and memorabilia of that historic event, other St. John Paul II commemorative items, plus a 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Papal Altar, celebrated by Bishop John Boissonneau. For more information – contact the Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland: 705-526-3788 or info@martyrs-shrine.com.
Northern Region
September 6 – 1 to 3 p.m.
Parliament HillOttawa, ON

Ottawa Rally for Persecuted Iraqi Christians/Religious Minorities
In a statement released August 7, Cardinal Thomas Collins condemned the violent persecution of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and called for increased action by the Canadian government. Echoing this message, a rally will be held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to demonstrate solidarity with the persecuted and encourage the government to do more to support them. Confirmed speakers include Father Niaz Toma, an Iraqi Chaldean Catholic priest, and Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa.
For more information, visit http://iraqchristians.com/ or contact Keith Bell at 613-897-0316 or anne.keith.bell@gmail.com.

Outside Diocese
English Pilgrimages: September 6 and September 21
Italian Pilgrimage: September 7
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst, ON
Pilgrimages at Teopoli (Birth of Mary)
Since 1977, when a large wooden Cross was erected next to the waterfall, Teopoli became a center for monthly pilgrimages. Join us for the Holy Mass, the Stations of the Cross and the Holy Rosary, with Eucharistic Benediction. This is a day of prayer. All who come must participate in all the religious functions of the day.
For information please contact Società Unita at
416-243-7319 or info@teopoli.com.
Northern Region
September 7 - 3 p.m.
St. Paul's Basilica
83 Power St., Toronto
Prayers for Peace Interfaith Service
Cardinal Thomas Collins invites you to join him and believers of other religions as we pray for peace. An interfaith prayer service will take place on September 7. We will pray for areas of conflict around the world and, in a special way, for the Middle East.
Central Region
City Council, Ward 20
September 7 – 1 p.m.       
Toronto Mayor
September 21 – 1 p.m.   
TCDSB (all wards)
September 29 – 6 p.m.      Neumann Hall
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
131 McCaul St., Toronto
Meet the Candidates for Election
St. Patrick’s Social Justice Commission, Pax Christi and Catholic Voice invite you to three special sessions with candidates for election in October. Come ready to hear the candidates describe how they intend to promote peace, justice and humanity if elected.
For more information, visit www.stpatrickstoronto.caor www.catholicvoice.ca.
Central Region
September 9 – 7 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre, 4th Floor 1155 Yonge St., Toronto
Ancient Wisdom for Persons Suffering Loss (Plus Some Modern Common Sense)
Catholic Family Services and New Beginnings invites you to an inspirational talk with Fr. Fred Scinto, CR. Fr. Fred brings with him many years of experience working with widowed, separated and divorced persons. All are welcome to hear this presentation aimed at helping us live better, happier, fuller and more developed lives. For more information, please call 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or click here for poster.
Central Region

September 12 to 13
St. Pius X Parish
9 Waverly St., Brantford

Journeying in Community to the Fullness of Christ: Preparing to Celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
A primary work of the Church is to prepare others for initiation into life in Christ, who leads us to shared life with our Triune God.  The ministry of preparing for initiation is as integral to our Christian identity as our weekly participation in Sunday Eucharist. The work of preparing others for Baptism, Confirmation and / or Eucharist belongs to all the baptized. The full brochure is available at http://olcinitiation.blogspot.ca. Click on "Upcoming Workshops." For questions email: olcrcia@gmail.com.
Outside Diocese

September 16 to December 9
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Merciful Redeemer Parish
2775 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga

The Book of Isaiah - Catholic Bible Study
All are welcome to attend a Catholic Bible study presented by Deacon Brian Du Quesnay, entitled “A Prophet for Our Times!” Registration is required. Please call Rosie Uy at 289-997-6778 or send an email to ruy2930@gmail.com with the subject line “Bible Study Fall 2014.”
Western Region
September 17 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (8 weeks)
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. W.
“The Once and Future Jesus: The Mystery of the Christ” Regis College Windows on Theology Continuous Learning Series
Explore the identity and significance of Jesus Christ from New Testament times to the present day with Professor Jeremy Wilkins. Topics will include the presentation of Jesus in the New Testament, the development of Christian teaching about Jesus and his redemptive work and his contemporary significance in the context of religious pluralism. Cost $175 for eight sessions. For more information and online registration, please visit RegisCollege.ca/Windows_On_Theology or call
416-922-5474, ext. 221. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Central Region
Upcoming weekends:
September 19 to 21
Retrouvaille Toronto: Help for Troubled Marriages 
A live-in weekend followed by six post sessions to help couples experiencing troubles in their marriage relationships. For further information, call 416-281-6007 or go to www.torontoretrouvaille.com.
Western Region
September 20 – 2 to 7 p.m.
Stella Maris Residence
114 Madison Ave., Toronto
Joyfully Rebuilding Faith “Come and See” Reflection Retreat – Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood
A half-day retreat for young adult women as a preparation for the Year of Consecrated life. Topic is joyfully rebuilding faith using St. Francis’s call. Day includes input/sharing, time for personal prayer, Eucharist and supper. For more information, contact coordinator at 416-920-6958 or stellamariscps1954@gmail.com.
Central Region
September 20
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst, ON
Marathon of Peace
Experienced relay marathoners will run 20 km each for a combined distance of 160 km, raising funds for Teopoli’s Summer Experience. The general public (walkers) are invited to travel the last 20 km of the run. As this is also a fund-raising initiative, participants are required to donate a minimum of $100. Bus transportation is available to and from Teopoli. Please contact Vince Mariani at 416-798-2969 or Susie Clemente at
416-275-0127. Visit http://marathonofpeace.com/ for more details.
Northern Region
September 21 - 12 p.m.
Martyrs' Shrine
16163 Highway 12 West, Midland
30th Rosary Sunday
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of St. John Paul II’s visit to Huronia, the 30th Rosary Sunday will include an outdoor Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament with the Living Rosary and Benediction at the Papal Altar. The celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. For more information, please click here to view the poster.
Northern Region
September 21 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
15 Laxton Ave., Toronto
7th Annual Mix and Mingle
Faith Connections and the Religious communities of Toronto invite young adults (18-39, student, working professional, single, married, young parent) to Sunday Mass followed by our house party and barbecue! It's a chance to meet with men and women religious and explore how their spiritualities can nourish your faith journey. RSVP required by Sept. 12, call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
Begins the week of September 21
St. Joseph’s Church
127 Liberty St. S., Bowmanville
Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School
3176 St. Clair Ave. E., Scarborough
St. Timothy School Library
25 Rochelle Cr., North York
St. Mary's Secondary School
1918 Whites Rd. N., Pickering
Christopher Leadership Course in Effective Speaking
Find your voice and learn to speak with confidence! This 11-week structured programme can help you realize your full potential by developing your skills in public speaking, communication and leadership in an encouraging and supportive environment. For more information or to register online, visit www.CLCtorontoeast.com or call 1-800-418-8925 or 416-410-7776.
Multiple Regions
September 21 – 12 p.m.
Martyrs’ Shrine
16163 Highway 12 W., Midland
30th Rosary Sunday
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II’s visit to Huronia, the 30th Rosary Sunday will include an outdoor Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa and a procession of the Blessed Sacrament with the Living Rosary and Benediction at the Papal Altar. The celebrant and homilist will be His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. For more information, click here.
Northern Region
September 22 -7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto
Theology on Tap: Pornography
Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting, with special guests: Dr. Moira McQueen, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, and Denis Costello, Catholic Family Services of Toronto. Munchies provided, cash bar, come and bring a friend! For more information call Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
Tuesday mornings
September 23 to November 11
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesday evenings
September 24 to November 12
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Scarboro Missions Centre
2685 Kingston Rd.
The Parables of Jesus
Scarboro Missions welcomes all to attend the 2014 Scripture Series by Fr. Dave Warren, SFM. Explore the mysteries of the Kingdom through the parables of Jesus. This educational series is free and open to all. To register please call 416-261-7135. Click here for poster with more information.
Eastern Region
School Mass
September 26 – 1 p.m.
St. Anselm’s Parish
1 MacNaughton Rd., Toronto
Open house
September 27 – 12 to 3 p.m.
St. Anselm’s Catholic School
182 Bessborough Dr., East York
St. Anselm’s School 75th Anniversary
Open house will include a BBQ, live music and school artefacts on display. For more information, click here.
Central Region
September 27
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St. Justin Martyr Parish
3898 Highway 7 East
Markham, ON

The Faith Explained Conference
Jesus: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Featuring talks by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Dr. Craig Evans and Cale Clarke. Click here for poster with more information or visit thefaithexplained.com

Northern Region
September 27 and 28
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON
Regenerate[d] 2014 Catholic Conference Branches Catholic Ministries is hosting a dynamic Catholic conference, entitled “Regenerate(d) 2014,”featuring engaging talks from renowned Catholic speakers including Jeff Cavins, Michael Coren, Matthew Leonard, Father Mitch Pacwa and Ken Yasinski. You can view the promo video here.  Early bird tickets can be purchased online at www.go2branches.com.
Free admission for clergy, religious and seminarians. For more information, please call Branches at 905-685-7000 or email info@go2branches.com.
Click here to view poster.
Outside Diocese

September 27 - 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
1918 Whites Rd. North, Pickering
October 4 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School
243 Cundles Rd. East, Barrie
October 25 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Basil the Great Secondary CHS
20 Starview Lane, North York

Archdiocese of Toronto Faith Formation Days

Do you help the parish prepare children and youth for First Reconciliation, Holy Communion and/or Confirmation? Join experienced religious educators in a morning of prayer, reflection and discussion at one of the Faith Formation Days offered by the Archdiocese of Toronto and co-sponsored by Novalis Publishing. Discover great ways for facilitating programmes and sharing our faith with children, youth and their families! Find out more about this great opportunity that is free and open to all catechists and volunteers!
Mark your calendars now and reserve your place today! Call the Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400 x523 or email: formation@archtoronto.org.

Multiple Regions

September 28 – 11:30 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
72 Mansfield Ave., Toronto
Inaugural Mass for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations
On this date, the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of their present church edifice. A reception will follow the Mass in the parish hall. Former parishioners are welcome to attend and celebrate with us as we mark another milestone in our history. The Mass will be celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick. 
For more information, call 416-536-8195 or visit www.stfrancis.ca.
Central Region
October 3
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville
90 Bloor St. E.
Affirming and Ethic of Care: What Patients Teach Us
Fall conference presented by the Centre for Clinical Ethics.The mission of the Centre for Clinical Ethics is to enable members of the healthcare community to identify and resolve ethical issues which arise in the clinical setting. For full list of speakers and topics, click here or visit www.ccethics.com.
Central Region
October 4 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. W.
Regis College Fall Open House
All those who are interested in faith formation through theological education are invited to the Regis College Fall Open House. A series of mini-lectures presented by faculty will probe the breadth of the Catholic theological tradition, the depth of Ignatian spirituality and the value of each in creating hope in our troubled world. There will be information about academic programs, a campus tour, lunch and opportunities to have informal conversation with program directors, other faculty and current students. For more information and free online registration, visit www.RegisCollege.ca/OpenHouse or call 416-922-5474, ext. 221. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Central Region
October 5: The Church’s Mission
November 2:  Proclaiming the Gospel
December 7:  The Social Dimension of Evangelization 
Sessions will follow the Sunday 12:10 p.m. Mass
Neumann Hall
St. Patrick’s Church
131 McCaul St., Toronto 
“Joy of the Gospel” Reflection Series
Join us for three Sundays to journey through the teaching and spirituality of Pope Francis through the document, Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel.”  Through presentation, reflection and discussion, we will understand more fully the invitation to deeper discipleship with Jesus through this ground-breaking text and joyful text by our remarkable new Pope. To register, contact the parish office at
416-598-3269 or secretary@stpatrickstoronto.ca.
Central Region
October 27
Hampton Inn and Suites - St. Johns Airport
411 Stavanger Drive St John Newfoundland

In Joy and Sorrow: Catholic Weddings and Funerals as Moments of Evangelization
A Conference/Workshop sponsored by the National Liturgy Office to explore the proclamation of the Gospel through various elements of Catholic weddings and funerals. While celebrating the relationship between God and those already immersed in the life of faith, these liturgies are more frequently celebrated and attended by people unfamiliar with Catholic Christianity. They become opportunities for the new evangelization. For more information, click here to view the poster or go to http://nlo.cccb.ca/index.php/announcements

Outside Diocese




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