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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
November 20 – 7 to 9 p.m. Mustard Seed
791 Queen St. E., Toronto
Spiritual Spa: Entering the Season of Peace
Join us for an evening of prayer, reflection, creativity and music to welcome the darkness of this winter season and enter your own inner space of stillness and renewal. Call 416-465-6069 to register.
Mustard Seed is a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
November 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes
520 Sherbourne St., Toronto
Clergy Session with Christopher West
Couples for Christ Gift of Life Ministry will have a clergy session with Christopher West titled “Proclaiming Theology of the Body to the Clergy.” This is open to all priests/deacons/seminarians for free. Lunch will be served and a workbook will be provided.
To confirm attendance to this session, kindly email cfcgolgta@gmail.com or call 905-565-1119.
Central Region

November 21 – 7 to 8 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
520 Sherbourne St., Toronto

Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life
The Toronto Area Vocation Directors Association invites you to join them in Taize Prayer. A reception will follow. Click here for more information.
Central Region
November 21 – 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Regis College, St. Joseph’s Chapel
100 Wellesley St. W.
Regis College 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture – “The God of History and the God of Mystery: Laying the Foundations for Building Community”
Dr. Frank G. Kirkpatrick, Ellsworth Morton Tracy Lecturer in Religion and Professor of Religion at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, will develop the thesis that the mystery of God can best be preserved in a view of God as an active agent in history whose acts lay the foundation for the building of community. The mystery of God is best understood as the mystery ingredient in some way in all free and intentional persons, not the mystery of sheer incomprehensibility or the transcendence of all human understanding. For more information and free online registration, please visit www.RegisCollege.ca/Chancellor or call 416-922-5474, ext. 221. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Central Region
November 21 to 23
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
Women’s Fall Retreat
This retreat will be preached by Father Peter Nowak, OMI and Mrs. Anne Hales. Accommodations are single private rooms with two-piece bathroom, wonderful cuisine prepared by our own chef and a beautiful “country in the city” setting.  To register or for further information please call Anne at 905-278-5229.
Western 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 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Scarboro Mission Centre
2685 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

Development and Peace Pre-Advent Retreat: The Joys and Struggles of Discipleship
What does it mean to be a disciple? Can our hearts beat in communion with Christ allowing us, as did the early disciples, to continue the work of the Master Teacher? Struggles and discouragement are often part of good growth in discipleship. Can we find joy but also know the difficulties with walking in the Lord’s footsteps?  With prayer, music, poetry and film, Jim Dunn, OCT, BA, MRE, will guide us in meditation about these questions and assist us to develop a more gentle sense of our own discipleship.
For more information/registration, contact Elizabeth Stocking at 416-459-3474 or elizabeth@willowind.ca.

Eastern Region

November 22 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Parish 1710 Scugog St., Port Perry

The Vocation and Role of Women in the Thought and Writings of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Conference by Fr. Marco Testa.  Hosted by the Immaculate Conception CWL. Open to all. Mass at 9:00 a.m. Coffee, tea & muffins at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Conference starts at 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the parish hall. Lunch will be served after the conference. Tickets are $15 each.  For info or to register, please call Regina at 905-985-9496 or the parish office at 905-985-7071 from 9-12 noon and 1-4 p.m.  

Eastern Region

November 22 - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cardinal Flahiff Chapel
95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

Annual Mass, General Meeting and Dinner
You and your family are cordially invited to the St. Joseph Moscati Toronto Catholic Doctors’ Guild Annual Mass, General Meeting and Dinner. The event schedule is as follows: 
4:00 pm – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction
5:00 pm – Mass presided by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins
Reception, AGM and Dinner at the University of St. Michael’s College, Charbonnel Lounge, 
6:00 pm – Reception, AGM and Dinner.
You can get your tickets for the event by visiting our event registration page. Spaces are limited. If you have questions, contact tcdg@stjosephmoscati-tcdg.org.

Central Region

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
November 26 -3 to 5 p.m.
(remarks at 3:20 p.m.)
Regis College Solarium
100 Wellesley St. W.

Book Launch
You are invited to come to a celebration of the book launch of The Eclipse and Recovery of Beauty: A Lonergan Approach by John D. Dadosky. Robert Doran described the book as “Dadosky is creative in his discovery of the implications of Lonergan’s thinking for a renewed emphasis on the transcendental ‘beauty.’” For more information, please see the poster here.

Central Region
November 27 – 7 to 9 p.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power St., Toronto, ON
The Source with the Sisters of Life
Join the Sisters of Life for an evening of prayer and fellowship. We’ll have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 7 to 8 p.m. in the main chapel, 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 The Sisters of Life at
416-463-2722, toronto@sistersoflife.org. For poster with more information, click here.
Central Region
November 27 – 7:30 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Parish Hall
1710 Scugog St., Port Perry
The Hidden Treasure: A Spiritual Approach to Holy Mass & The Sacred Liturgy 
Rev. Fr. Neil J. Roy, STL, PhD, will speak and will also celebrate Holy Mass (Low Mass in the Tridentine Rite) at 6:30 p.m.  Fr. Roy is a noted scholar of the Sacred Liturgy. All are invited to take advantage of this presentation.
Eastern Region
November 28 to November 30
Pedro Arrupe House/Jesuit Novitiate
5611 Avenue Gatineau, Montreal
Come and See Weekend at the Jesuit Novitiate
Come join us to explore the possibility of a Jesuit vocation by spending a weekend experiencing novitiate life. For more information please call the assistant for vocations, Fr. William Mbugua, SJ at 647-637-3298 or email vocation@jesuits.ca. Please see poster for more information.
Outside Diocese
November 29 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Norbert's Church
100 Regent Road, Toronto

Contemplative Advent Practices for Those Who Are Experiencing Loss
Catholic Family Services of Toronto - New Beginnings and St. Norbert's Church invite you to a Saturday Advent Retreat with Christine Rybka-Miki, M.Div. and Maureen McDonnell, D.Min. This Advent, rediscover the wealth that our faith tradition and Ignatian contemplative prayer has to offer us as we wait in abiding hope. All are welcome! Light lunch will be provided. Pre-registration necessary. Please call 416-921-1163, ext. 2235.

Central Region
November 29 – 7 to 8:15 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Church
903 Gifford Street, Whitby
A Musical Evening of Christmas Joy
Featuring the Junior Choir, St. Michael’s Choir School and St. John the Evangelist Choir. Proceeds will be in support of St. John the Evangelist Renovation Fund. Post-concert reception of Christmas treats and cider will take place in the parish centre.
Tickets: Suggested donation (prior to concert night). Adult $15, child (12 and under) $5.
For more information, contact the parish office at
905-668-3676 or email irismcnultycwl@hotmail.com.
Eastern Region
November 30 – 3 p.m.
Rizzo Banquet Hall
1941 Albion Rd., Etobicoke
Teopoli Family Celebration Dinner
Società Unita/United Society hosts its annual Family Celebration Dinner. All are invited to join. Adults $50 and children up to age 12, $30. For reservations call
Western Region
December 2 – 7 p.m.
St. Clare’s Church
1118 St. Clair Ave. W. Toronto
Advent Mass of Comfort and Light
As Christmas Season approaches, let us gather to remember the loss of loved ones and offer prayers for those who are grieving during this Advent of our Lord, who is our strength, comfort and light.  Refreshments to follow in the parish hall.  For more information, please email mbenincasa@cfstoronto.com or call 416-921-1163, ext. 2235.
Central Region
December 4 to 7
Martyrs’ Shrine
Midland, ON
Considering the Jesuits? Join us for a Discernment Retreat at Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland
If you are considering a vocation to ministry in the Church, or considering the Jesuit way of life, please join us at Martyrs’ Shrine where we will pray with the story of the Jesuit Martyrs – St. Jean de Brebeuf and his companions. The discernment weekend is an ideal way to deepen your spiritual life and hear God’s direction for your life. For more information please call the assistant for vocations, Fr. William Mbugua, SJ, at 647-637-3298 or email vocation@jesuits.ca. Please see poster for more information.
Northern Region
December 4 to 7
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
Men’s Acts Retreat
This retreat is based on the Acts of the Apostles and is focused on adoration, community, theology and service.  Comments from men attending the spring ACTS retreat: “Most powerful retreat experience I ever had.” and “Every aspect of this retreat blew me away and I have been on many retreats.” To register or for more information please call Willy at 647-281-5990.
Western Region
December 6 – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst, ON
Youth Advent Retreat
We invite all children ages 6-17 to take part in our advent retreat at Teopoli Catholic Spiritual Centre in Muskoka: a day of activity, prayer, reflection and preparation of the coming of our Lord, along with some outdoor fun as well.
We will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Hwy 7 and Hwy 400 carpool lot and return to the carpool by 6 p.m.
For more details click here or give us a call. To register your child, contact Youth Ministry at
416-243-7319 or youth@teopoli.com. All are welcome. Please register by Friday, November 28. 
All Regions
December 6
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Seminary
2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
Lay Spiritual Formation Program
Advent Retreat: “Preparing the Way of the Lord.” Presented by Dr. Josephine Lombardi. Cost is $40 (includes lunch). For more information, call
416-261-7207, ext. 235 or email ioftsas@rogers.com. To view poster, click here.
Eastern Region
December 6 — 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Mary Ward Centre
70 St. Mary St., Toronto
The Call to Love: An Advent Retreat for
Young Adults (18-39)

Faith Connections and The Ministry for Social Justice, Peace, and Care of Earth invite you to a retreat – talks, activities such as a conflict resolution workshop, prayer and social. We will explore: knowing myself loved by God, loving others and loving the world. Lunch and refreshments provided. Cost: $30. Registration required by November 28 — email faithconnections@csj-to.ca, call 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
December 6 – 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
St. Gabriel’s Parish
670 Sheppard Ave. E.
Advent Retreat Day - God Is With Us: Bringing Hope to Those Living in Darkness
Please join us for a reflection on our Christian commitment with Fr. Rick Frechette, CP. Father Rick is a Passionist serving the people of Haiti as both a priest and a medical doctor. Fr. Rick will talk about our Christian commitment to share the Good News, especially with those who are living in the darkness of poverty, injustice, and slavery in its many forms.
Cost is $5 per person. A simple lunch will be provided. To register, please call the parish at 416-221-8866, or email fatimalee@bellnet.ca.
Central Region
December 6 – 5 p.m.
St. James Church
728 Annette St., Toronto
Latin Mass Revisited
Rediscover the beauty of the solemn Latin Mass in this modern Eucharistic celebration. We will be celebrating the Mass using the original Latin text of the Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal (note: this is not the Tridentine form of the Mass).
Side-by-side Latin and English Missals will be provided for those attending. A truly uplifting experience that is both ancient and new, bridging past and present. For more information, contact St. James Church at st.james@sympatico.ca or call 416-767-6451.
Central Region
A Toronto Christmas Tradition
December 6 – 7:30 p.m.
December 7 – 3:00 p.m.
Massey Hall
178 Victoria St., Toronto
St. Michael’s Choir School at Massey Hall
Tickets are now available for the Choir School’s annual Christmas concert. Buy online at www.masseyhall.com, or call 416-872-4255.
For more information, visit www.christmasconcert.ca.
Central Region
December 7 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Teopoli Catholic Spiritual Centre 1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst, ON A Day of Recollection in Honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Join us for a retelling of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparitions, a candlelit procession to the Holy Cross and Shrine of Jesus the Listener, and a reflection inspired by the Servant of God, Sr. Carmelina of the Cross.
For information or to organize a bus, contact The United Society at 416-243-7319 or visit http://teopoli.com.
Northern Region
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
December 7 - 7 to 8:15 p.m.
St. Michael's Cathedral
65 Bond St., Toronto
Lectio Divina with Cardinal Collins
The Lectio Divina reflections given by Cardinal Thomas Collins are meant to work as a series of reflections. This ten-part series delves into the Gospel of Mark, chapters 7 to 11.
December 7, 2014: Transfiguration (Mark 8:34 - 9:13) 
Central Region
December 8 – 7 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
72 Mansfield Avenue, Toronto
Solemn Latin Mass -
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
There will be a Solemn Latin Mass according to the older use of the Roman Rite as part of the Parish's 100th Anniversary celebrations. This Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Steven Szakaczki, Chaplain for the Usus Antiquior/Extraordinary Form.
For more information, call 416-536-8195 or visit http://www.stfrancis.ca/.
Central Region
December 9 - 7 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre 4th Floor
1155 Yonge St., Toronto

How to Build Self-Esteem
Catholic Family Services of Toronto and New Beginnings invite you to an Inspirational Talk with Meyrick and Betty D'Sylva. Meyrick and Betty are trained in the Silva Method for Personal Growth. New Beginnings reaches out to persons who have experienced a loss through the death of a loved one or from separation and divorce. All are welcome. For more information, please call 416-921-1163 ext., 2235 and for our other events, please click here.

Central Region
December 9 to 11
St. Paul the Apostle Church
190 King St. S., Alliston, ON
Do Not Be Afraid. Open Wide the Doors to Christ
First class relics of St. John Paul II brought by the Sisters of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Come for Mass, Adoration, Benediction and procession of relics. See poster for times and full details or call
705-435-6325, ext. 44.
Northern Region
December 10 – 8 p.m.
Holy Family Church
1372 King Street West, Toronto

Evening at the Oratory (Music, Talk, Compline)
J.S. Bach, Cantata No. 36
Schwingt Freudig Euch Empor with baroque orchestra.
Andrea Ludwig, Soprano
Richard Whittall, Alto
Jamie Tuttle, Tenor
Sean Nix, Bass
Sung Compline.
Prelude & Fugue in D Major, J.S. Bach
For more information, call 416-532-2879, email   mail@oratory-toronto.org or visit

Central Region
December 12 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
St. Barnabas Parish
10 Washburn Way, Scarborough
Advent Eucharistic Adoration and Fellowship All young adults are invited to an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Fellowship.
In the busiest time of year, come and spend an hour with Jesus in prayer, worship and reflection followed by a social to celebrate the season and meet more young adults from the Eastern Region of the archdiocese.
Confessions will be offered throughout the evening; social to follow in St. Barnabas Parish Hall. Bring a canned food item or toy to support the local St. Vincent de Paul Society Christmas baskets. 
For more information, contact the Office of Catholic Youth at 416-599-7676, youth@ocytoronto.org or visit www.ocytoronto.org.
Eastern Region
December 16 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Gabriel’s Parish Church
670 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
This special celebration of Christmas follows the tradition established by King’s College, Cambridge. Sacred stories and classic songs performed by 175 vocal students of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts.
Central Region
December 18 — 7 to 10 p.m.
St. Basil’s Parish
50 St. Joseph St., Toronto
Solemn Eucharistic Adoration with His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins and the Office of Catholic Youth invite all to join the young adults of the Archdiocese of Toronto to participate in solemn Eucharistic Adoration at St. Basil’s Parish.
A professional choir will offer chant for a portion of adoration and Cardinal Collins will provide a brief reflection. The sacrament of reconciliation will also be made available for the duration.
A social for the young adults of the archdiocese will follow at St. Basil’s Parish Hall from 8:30 to 10 p.m.
For more information, contact the Office of Catholic Youth at 416-599-7676, youth@ocytoronto.org or visit www.ocytoronto.org.
Central Region
January 13, 2015 – 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Seminary
2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
Clergy Formation Program
“Helping Families Through End-Of-Life Issues: What Priests Need to Know,” Presented by Fr. Kevin Belgrave. Cost is $40 and includes dinner. For more information, call 416-261-7207, ext. 235 or email ioftsas@rogers.com. To view poster, click here.
Eastern Region

Beginning on Monday, January 26
Seven Consecutive Monday Evenings 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Holy Family Parish Hall
1372 King Street West, Toronto

Oratory Marriage Preparation Course Registration takes place at the first session. Cost is $150 per couple. For more information contact the Oratory at 416-532-2879 or mail@oratory-toronto.org. Central Region




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