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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.

Click on the headers to sort events by date, title or region.

Date and Location Event Details Region
1) Central – October 11 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Parish, Markham
2) Northern – October 18 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Parish, Barrie 
3) Eastern – October 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
St. John the Evangelist Parish, Whitby
4) Central – October 25 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
D&P Office, Toronto
5) Western – November 1 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
St. Dominic’s Parish, Mississauga
Announcing D&P’s So Much Love Campaign Workshops!
As part of the Caritas campaign against global hunger launched by Pope Francis, you are invited to join Development and Peace for a Saturday morning workshop to learn about our parish-based ‘Sow Much Love’ initiative. Small-family farms are vital in the fight against global hunger but they are losing access to the seeds they need for planting. Come learn what you can do to help build a global food system that makes sense for the poor and for our planet. Five regional workshops to choose from (see left for details).
Contact Luke Stocking: 416-922-1592, ext. 225 or lstocking@devp.org for more information.
All Regions
Tuesdays – 7 to 9 p.m.
October 14 to December 2
Holy Cross Parish
291 Cosburn Ave., Toronto
Saturdays – 9:50 a.m. to 12 p.m.
October 18 to December 13
Blessed Trinity Parish
3220 Bayview Ave., Toronto
Know Your Faith Series Course “Prayer from the Heart”
Let God transform your life as you deepen your relationship with Christ through prayer, scripture and study, learning Ignatian meditation and contemplation. Learn simple steps for prayer and recognize God acting in your daily life, practise the daily examen and watch inspiring DVDs.
Registration is $15. For more information see www.kolbeapostolate.com. Or click here for poster with more information.  
Central Region
October 20 to 24
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst
Ora et Labora
Many centuries ago, there was a man who believed in the power of prayer and of sacrifice. He combined the two and gave birth to monasticism in the West. We now know him as St. Benedict of Nursia. Experience a gathering that combines the prayer benefits of a retreat and the work and camaraderie of a mission. This can be enjoyed as individuals or a family. Express your love for the Eucharist and experience Ora et Labora.
To volunteer or for more information call Romeo Meleca at 416-243-7319 or email info@teopoli.com.
Northern Region

October 21 – 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Radio Maria Canada: Voting Responsibly for Catholic Trustees
The Municipal Elections will take place on October 27, 2014. Radio Maria will hold an information program on the topic of “Voting Responsibly for Catholic Trustees.”
Radio Maria wants to help its listeners make an informed and Catholic decision when they vote. We will have a number of trustee candidates in the studio along with a live audience. Join us that evening to find out more about the issues and hear from some of the candidates themselves.
The broadcast will be aired live on Radio Maria (Toronto). Listen at http://www.hmwn.net/, and http://www.radiomariacanada.org, as well as on the Radio Maria modified radios.
All Regions
October 23 – 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power St, Toronto
The Source
Join us for an evening of prayer and fellowship. From 7 to 8 p.m. in the main chapel, we’ll have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditative music provided by the Sisters. Confessions will be available. From 8 to 9 p.m. we’ll have refreshments and fellowship in the hall downstairs. We hope to see you there!
For more information, contact Sr. Cecilia Rose, SV at 416-463-2722 or toronto@sistersoflife.org. To view poster with more information, click here.
Central Region
October 23 — 7 to 9 p.m.
The Bear Pub
1294 Kingston Road, Pickering
Theology On Tap East: Why Vote? How to be a Discerning Voter
The Office of Catholic Youth, Faith Connections and your local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a relaxed setting, with special guest: Bishop William McGrattan. Bishop McGrattan will speak about the importance of civic engagement, particularly voting and how our faith influences our decisions.
Munchies provided. Cash bar. Come and bring a friend! RSVP appreciated.
For more information, contact us at 416-599-7676, youth@ocytoronto.org or visit www.ocytoronto.org or www.faithconnections.ca.
Theology on Tap East is on Twitter.  Use #ToTEast to join the conversation.
Eastern Region

October 23 to 25
International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Airport
655 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario

When Faith Meets Pedagogy 2014
Proclaiming Joy on the Journey, presented by the Catholic Curriculum Corporation. A conference for Catholic teachers and Catholic community partners. Eucharistic Celebration with Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines. Keynote speaker John Allen Jr., CNN Senior Vatican Analyst and Associate Editor at Boston Globe.
For further information contact:
Conference registration fee: $290. Click here for poster with more information.

Western Region
October 24 - 8 p.m.
St. Michael's College School Centre for the Arts
1515 Bathurst Street

Tony Melendez Concert
Tony Melendez will be playing a concert in Toronto. If you haven't heard of or seen Tony in performance, this is a must see! Tickets are $30-35 and available for purchase at www.TonyMelendezToronto.com.
The concert is in support of Mexican Migrant workers who come to the Holland Marsh area. Click here for more information.

Central Region
October 24 to 26
St. John’s Hall
2185 Stavebank Rd., Mississauga

“Healing, Restoration and Hope for the Family.” A Three-day Retreat
Experience the power of the word of God and the Holy Spirit. Renew your life in the Holy Spirit and live the fullness of Catholic faith. Daily Mass, Adoration, Rosary, and healing prayer service. Separate youth retreat “RESTORE” on Saturday.
For more information and registration, contact Gethsemane Ministries at 647-560-4556, gethsemaneministries@yahoo.ca or visit www.prayergroup.ca. To view poster, click here or view the promo video.

Western Region
October 25 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holy Name of Mary College School
2241 Mississauga Road, Mississauga
HNMCS Open House
Holy Name of Mary College School is a private Catholic school for girls in Grades 5-12.  We offer a university preparatory programme tailored to how girls learn best.  Please visit us during our Open House for an introduction to our program and for a tour of our school. You will have the opportunity to speak to current students, faculty members, school administrators and parents. During our Open House, we ensure you get a true sense of student life at HNMCS to assist you and your family in making an informed decision about joining our school community.
For more information, call 905-891-1890, email admissions@hnmcs.ca or visit
http://www.holynameofmarycollegeschool.com/. Please click here for poster.
Western Region
October 25 – 3 to 6 p.m. – Family Fall Fun Fair
November 14 – Bee @ Hawthorn (applicant visit day)
December 6 – 2 p.m. – Christmas Concert
Hawthorn School for Girls
101 Scarsdale Rd., Toronto
Open Houses at Hawthorn School for Girls
Hawthorn School is the only accredited, independent, Catholic girls’ school in Toronto. Hawthorn exists because each girl is unique and deserving of the personal attention necessary to achieve her full potential. We educate girls for success in 21st century life through challenging academics and by fostering moral and spiritual growth, social responsibility and leadership skills. A variety of extra-curricular activities, service projects, athletics and the arts are all part of our vibrant community. At the heart of our philosophy is a Catholic education focusing on the moral development of each girl. Contact Alice Star at admissions@hawthornschool.com to RSVP or for a private tour. Click here to view flyer.
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
October 29 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department
2685 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
Holocaust Education Week: “Kindertransport”
Scarboro Missions, in collaboration with the Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre invite you to an evening program which includes the screening of a short BBC documentary “Kindertransport.” Following the screening, Michael Newman will be available for Q&A. Mr. Newman is the Chief Executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees.
Event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Sr. Lucy Thorson, NDS at lthorson@scarboromissions.ca or 416-261-7135, ext. 244. Click here for poster with more information.
Eastern Region
November 1
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Julius Banquet Centre 
2201 Finch Ave. W. # 32 North York
Magnificat Breakfast
Join us for our 35th Magnificat breakfast for women.  Treat your mother, sister, colleague, friend or yourself to an inspirational morning that includes a hot breakfast, songs of praise and worship led by our spirit-filled music ministry, a personal testimony of the transforming love of Christ in the life of an invited speaker. Priests are available for women wishing to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Dr. Sandra Sagrati. Tickets are $20. To purchase, contact Inez at 416-745-4268. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Western Region

November 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s College School
Centre for the Arts
1515 Bathurst St., Toronto

Shalom festivals offer an opportunity for participants to reconnect with our Lord through celebration of Mass. Bishop Vincent Nguyen will be celebrating the mass with Msgr. Thomas Kalarathil from Toronto and Fr. Roy Palatty, from the US. There will also be spirit-filled praise and worship from two Toronto worship bands: All4Him and Mir (peace). Talks by Jim Murphy and Ken Yasinski. Eucharistic Adoration will culminate the festival. Tickets are at $20 per person, which includes lunch. Click here for poster with more information.
Central Region
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
November 5 – 7:30 to 9 p.m.
St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish
670 Sheppard Avenue E., Toronto
Holocaust Education Week:  Short Documentary Film “Angel of Mercy”
Join us for a screening of the short documentary film Angel of Mercy by George Csicsery. The film tells the story of Sister Margaret Slachta, a courageous woman who defied the Nazis and the communists in her fight for social justice. Her faith and vision led to heroic acts of courage during the Hungarian Holocaust of 1944-45.  Mr. Csicsery will hold a Q & A session after the screening of the film. St. Gabriel’s is co-sponsoring this event with the Embassy of Hungary in Canada and the Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto.
Free admission. Call St. Gabriel’s at 416-221-8866 for further information.
Central Region
November 8 – 2 to 4:30 p.m. 
St. Brigid’s Church
300 Wolverleigh Blvd.
Kolbe Eucharistic Mini-Retreat
Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, praise and worship. Talk from Fr.  Charles Anang from St. Augustine's Seminary entitled “Treatise on the Love of God” [St. Frances de Sales]. See www.kolbeapostolate.com for more information or click here for flyer.
Central Region
November 9 – 1:45 p.m.
St. Thomas More / Sacré-Coeur Catholic Church
381 Sherbourne at Carlton St., Toronto
Pontifical Solemn Mass (Ordinariate Rite) Mass Setting: “Communion Service in A Minor” by Harold Darke. Motet: “O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” by Herbert Howells. Principal Celebrant and Preacher will be The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary, Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Reception to follow. Parking entrance off Sherbourne between church and rectory.
For more information, contact Fr. John Hodgins at thomasmorechurch@rogers.com or 647-200-8981 or visit www.thomasmorechurch.ca.
Central Region
November 10 — 7 to 9 p.m.
Boston Pizza
50 Courtneypark Dr. East, Mississauga
Theology on Tap West –
Homosexuality and the Catholic Church
The Office of Catholic Youth, Faith Connections and local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a relaxed setting, with special guest Sr. Helena Burns, FSP. Sr. Helena will speak about The Third Way, a documentary focusing on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding homosexuality. Munchies provided. Cash bar. Come and bring a friend! RSVP appreciated.
For more information, contact us at 416-599-7676, youth@ocytoronto.org or visit www.ocytoronto.org or www.faithconnections.ca.
Theology on Tap West is on Twitter!  Use #ToTWest to join the conversation.
Western Region
November 12 – 8 p.m.
Holy Family Church
1372 King Street West, Toronto
Evening at the Oratory (Music, Talk, Compline) Officium Defunctorum: Motets & Responsories
Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria, Morales & Gregorian Chant
Richard Whittall, Countertenor
Paul Ziade, Tenor
Jamie Tuttle, Tenor
Sean Nix, Bass
With the Oratory Chant Schola
For more information, call 416-532-2879, email   mail@oratory-toronto.org, or visit
Central Region
November 22 - 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canada Christian College
50 Gervais Dr., Toronto

"Let Me Love You" with Special Guest, Christopher West
Presented by couples for Christ Gift of Life Ministry.
Session 1: Desire
Session 2: Design
Session 3: Destiny
Session 4: Special Topics
Tickets are $25/person + $12 workbook.
Mass at 8:30 a.m. will be celebrated by Fr. Ben Ebcas. For more information and tickets, call 905-565-1119 or email cfcgolgta@gmail.com. To view poster, click here.

All regions

November 22 - 2 p.m.
St. Cecilia's Church
163 Annette St., Toronto

100th Anniversary of St. Cecilia Catholic School
Cardinal Collins will celebrate a Special Mass for the Feast of St. Cecilia. We will have a reception in the basement afterwards featuring a birthday cake for the school and an interactive art piece to create a banner for the interior of our school. For more information, visit http://www.saintcecilia100.ca/.

Central Region




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