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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
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
October 2 – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Newman Centre
89 St. George Street, Toronto
Newman’s Thoughts on Sensus Fidelium* 
The first lecture in the Newman Centre’s new “Faith and Reason Lecture Series” brings to life Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s vision to integrate faith and reason at the university. Speaker is His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. To register, click here or contact sonal.castelino@newmantoronto.com
* Latin for “sense of the faithful.” Refers to the appreciation of faith where the people of God consent to and understand the Church’s teachings on faith and morals. 
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 4 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Loretto College
70 St. Mary St., Toronto
Workshop on the Art of Discernment
Join us for a day to reflect on making choices in life.Presented by a team of men and women religious and a married couple. Suggested donation of $25 (breaks and lunch included). To register, email Sister Rosemary Fry at rfry@csj-to.ca by September 25.
Central Region
October 4 – 2 to 4:30 p.m. 
St. Brigid’s Church
300 Wolverleigh Blvd.
Kolbe Eucharistic Mini-Retreat
Join us for Eucharistic adoration, prayer and praise and worship. Fr. Daren Bryk, CC from St. Timothy’s Parish will give an inspiring talk on “Praying and Living in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” See www.kolbeapostolate.com or click here for poster with more information.
Central Region
October 4 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
St. Justin Martyr Parish
3898 Highway 7 E. Unionville
Blessing of Animals
In honour of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of Animals, join us in our parish parking lot for a special blessing. Bring your pet and meet our pastoral team. Prizes and treats will be given to our animal and human friends. This event is being sponsored by Global Pet Foods of Unionville. All are welcome! For more information, call Andrew Santos at 905-479-2463, ext. 51 or email youth@stjustin.com.
Northern Region
Italian Pilgrimage: October 5
English Pilgrimage: October 19
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst, ON
Pilgrimages at Teopoli
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, Holy Rosary and 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
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 5 - 3 to 5 p.m.
Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel
Salon 1 and 2
525 Bay Street, Toronto

50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism
Please join us as we celebrate and reflect on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio). Click here for poster with more information.

Central Region
October 6 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Basil’s Parish Hall
50 St. Joseph St., Toronto
Vocational Speed Dating
You don’t commit to much on a first date. It just starts with a fun evening. Join various religious orders as they answer questions and tell stories about their “yes” to consecrated and ordained life; a new approach to the traditional vocation fair.
For questions, contact the Social & Community Coordinator, Leanna Cappiello at lcappiello@stbasiltoronto.org or visit www.stbasiltoronto.org. For poster with more information, click here.
Central Region
October 7 – 7 p.m.
St. Rose of Lima Church
3216 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough
5th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse
Catholic Family Services of Toronto and St. Rose of Lima Church will host the 5th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse. This event hopes to raise awareness about violence against women. At 6:30 p.m., we will pray the Rosary in the church. Brief presentations will be made about our violence against women programs before Mass begins. After Mass, there will be a gathering with light refreshments in the church hall. We invite you to join us as we take action in the fight to end women abuse. Click here to view event poster.
Eastern Region
October 8 - 7 p.m.
University of Toronto
St. Michael's Campus
Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall
81 St. Mary St., Toronto

Are One's Religious Beliefs the Only Reason to be Anti-Euthanasia?
A Lecture Series organized by the Catholic Women's League of Canada Toronto Diocesan Council in Honour of the late Moira Ste. Marie. Guest Speaker Dr. Margaret Somerville is involved in the development of applied ethics, in particular the study of wider ethical and legal aspects of medicine and science, a prime example being euthanasia.
Tickets are $10. For more information or tickets, contact Mary Hawkley at 905-668-1644  or   mahawkley@sympatico.ca. To view poster, click here.

Central Region
October 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Hill Theatre for the Performing Arts
10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
La Voce Dell’Anima - Concert to Support the Teopoli Summer Experience
The United Society/Società Unita presents “La Voce Dell'Anima,” a fundraising event to enable children to take part in the annual Teopoli Summer Experience. An experience you do not want to miss! Tickets are $50. To purchase or for more information call
Central Region
October 10 to October 12
1458 Housey’s Rapids Rd., Gravenhurst
A.A. – Spiritual Twelve Step Retreat at Teopoli
Theme of the retreat is growth. A free will offering is expected according to your financial condition.
For reservations and further information, please contact Eraldo at 416-249-9788 or The United Society at 416-243-7319.
Northern Region
October 11
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Church
2100 Jane St., Toronto
Free Marian Retreat in Spanish
With Deacon Agustin Meneses and Fr. Gustavo Campos. Topics include The Virgin Mary in the Scriptures, The interior life of the Virgin Mary and
The mission of the Virgin Mary.
Please bring a lunch and water.
Western Region
October 14 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Sin & Redemption Pub   
136 McCaul Street, Toronto
An Evening on Sin and Redemption at
Sin & Redemption: “Hangin’ With Jesus the Politician”
Where will Jesus’ name appear on the October 27 ballot?  How would Jesus vote?  How might faith influence your choices? Join us for an evening of discussion, reflection, and an opportunity to raise your questions about faith and the Catholic Church in an open and inviting atmosphere. This event is for Young Adults age 18-35, with host, Fr. Santo Arrigo, CSsR., Pastor, St. Patrick’s Church. Bring a friend, an open mind and an open heart!  Pub grub snacks will be provided, beverages are at the guest’s expense. RSVP for this event is required due to limited space. Email us at ignite@stpatrickstoronto.ca. Keep up to date through our Facebook Group.
Central Region
October 14 – 7 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre 4th Floor
1155 Yonge St., Toronto
Who Are You? Reclaiming your Catholic Identity
Catholic Family Services of Toronto and New Beginnings invites you to an inspirational talk with Dr. Ken Fung, MD, FRCS entitled, “Who Are You? Reclaiming your authentic identity.” All are welcome to come and explore what affects our identity and how to reclaim our authentic self. For more information, please call 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or click here for poster.
Central Region
October 14 - 7:30 p.m.
St. Brigid’s Parish Hall
300 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto
Catholic School Board Trustees Pre-Election Forum
This is your opportunity to meet the four candidates, ask questions, and be more prepared to vote. Cardinal Collins has encouraged all of us to “learn as much as possible about the candidates while asking all Catholics to exercise their democratic right to vote.” “The Trustee shall, reflecting a ministry within the Church, affirm a strong sense of Christian Catholic Community.”
Central Region
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 17 – 7 p.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power Street, Toronto
Founder’s Day Concert
Join St. Michael’s Choir School for their annual Founder’s Day concert, For all the Saints. This free concert is the first of the season for the 275 choristers of the Choir School. Choir School recordings will be available for sale following the concert.
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 – 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 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 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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