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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

September 16 - 7 p.m.
St. Michael's College School Centre for the Arts
1515 Bathurst St., Toronto

OCY Concerts: A Night of Worship with Audrey Assad
Join us for the inaugural OCY Concert featuring renowned singer/songwriter Audrey Assad, Bellarive and Toronto’s Joe Zambon. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.ocyconcerts.com.
Central Region

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 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pauline Books & Media
3022 Dufferin St., Toronto
Theology of the Body & Women
Why is John Paul II’s life-changing teaching, “The Theology of the Body” good for women in particular? Men welcome! The mystery will be revealed: “what do women want?” Material will be appropriate for mature 13 year olds & up. BYOB - bring your own bible. Cost is $10 at the door. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Bring your own lunch or dine out. Click here for poster with more information.
Western 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
City Council, Ward 20
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
English Pilgrimage: September 21
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
Sundays starting September 21
2 to 4 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Church
2100 Jane St., Toronto
Christian Life Program
Handmaids of the Lord and Couples for Christ prayer groups invite all women to join the next Christian Life Program, every Sunday for 13 weeks. Discover the basic truths of living the authentic, Spirit-filled Christian life. For more information, please call the parish office 416-241-3101.
Western 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 – 3 p.m. to September 28 – 3 p.m.
Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate 640 Hillview Road, Cambridge, ON
24-Hour Vocation Retreat
A 24-hour sneak peek into the religious life for young women ages 16-35. Hosted by Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate. For more information, email Sr. Teresa Joseph at srteresajoseph@solisisters.ca.
Outside Diocese
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 DaysDo 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
September 28 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Basil’s Parish
50 St. Joseph St., Toronto
Choir and Orchestra Concert
St. Michael’s Schola Cantorum, directed by Dr. Michael O’Connor; orchestra led by violin soloist Christopher Verrette, with Hallie Fishel, soprano and Bud Roach, tenor. Music will include Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate, a Telemann violin concerto, Clerambault’s Factum est silentium and other baroque music. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information, contact jpfarahat@stbasilstoronto.org.
Central Region
September 30 – 5 to 8 p.m.
2nd floor boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre
80 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto
TCDSB Conference for Newcomers to Canada
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is hosting a conference for newcomers to Canada to share information about available programs and services and tips for navigating the Catholic education system. It is also designed for school staff and members of the Catholic School Advisory Councils to discuss how to effectively engage our newcomer students and families in our schools and communities. Light refreshments will be offered. Limited parking is underground and there is public transportation nearby.
Register online here or call 416-222-8282, ext. 1888. Please RSVP by September 23, 2014.
Central 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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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 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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