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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
January 23 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Toronto School of Theology, Boardroom 1
47 Queen’s Park Cres. E., Toronto
The Church: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow The Dominican Institute of Toronto, USMC Faculty of Theology, and the TST Advanced Degree Student Association are pleased to present a one-day symposium exploring ecclesiology and ecumenism during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Students from a variety of TST colleges will be presenting papers that reflect the symposium theme. The day will begin and end with keynote presentations by Prof. Gerard Mannion (Georgetown University) and Prof. Michael Vertin (St. Michael’s College) respectively. The symposium will culminate with a wine and cheese reception.
All are welcome to attend and join in the conversation. Please consult this poster and refer any additional questions to dominican.toronto@gmail.com.
Central Region
January 23 – 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Toronto School of Theology, Boardroom 1
47 Queen’s Park Cres. E., Toronto
Public Lecture: “The Ecumenical Vocation of Christians Today: Reflections on Margaret O’Gara’s No Turning Back: The Future of Ecumenism”
Margaret O’Gara (1947-2012) belonged to the St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology for 36 years. Her specialty was ecumenical theology, the personally engaged study of divisions between the Christian churches for the sake of overcoming them. No Turning Back is a collection of her essays brought to editorial completion by her husband Michael Vertin, a longtime professor at St. Michael’s. Dr. Vertin’s lecture is open to all. Inquiries: dominican.toronto@gmail.com. To view event poster, click here.
Central Region
January 24 – 11 a.m.
The Oratory / Holy Family Church
1372 King St. W., Toronto
Life or Death: The Battle to Stop Euthanasia
– Talk by Charles Lewis

Free admission. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 416-532-2879, email mail@oratory-toronto.org or visit www.oratory-toronto.org. For poster, click here.
Central Region
January 25 - 3 p.m.
Trinity Anglican Church
79 Victoria Street, Aurora, ON

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service
All are welcome to attend this Ecumenical Prayer Service. The Right Reverend Peter DeC. Fenty, Area Bishop of York-Simcoe, Bishop Suffragan of Toronto will preside. Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Northern Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Toronto will be the homilist. This year’s theme is “Jesus said to her, ‘give me drink’.” 
For further information contact northern.region@archtoronto.org

Northern Region
January 25 – 4 p.m.
Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
1585 Yonge Street
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015
Ecumenical Prayer Service

Come and join us in an ecumenical prayer service with
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Michael Pryse, Slovak Catholic Bishop John Pazak, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Harris Athanasiadis and other city-wide religious leaders.
Homilist: The Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson (Professor of Homiletics, Emmanuel College and ordained Minister of the United Church of Canada).
Parking is available. Refreshments to follow in church hall. For further information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs at 416-934-3400,
ext. 344 or ext. 527 or email vkwok@archtoronto.org. For poster with more information, click here.
Central Region
January 25 - 6 p.m.
Montecassino Hotel
3710 Chesswood Dr., North York
First Annual Celebration Dinner for the Daughters of St. Paul
Please share our joy and gratitude to God! The First Annual Celebration Dinner for the Daughters of St. Paul will be celebrated on the occasion of our 100th anniversary of foundation. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins will be in attendance. The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious evangelizing with media. For over 50 years we have operated the Pauline Books & Media Centre in Toronto, from where we serve all of Canada. For more information or RSVP by January 18 call 416-781-9131, ext. 214 or email toronto@paulinemedia.com. To view event poster, click here.
Western Region
January 25 – 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s Parish
100 Brainbridge Ave., Woodbridge
February 15 – 3 p.m.
St. Lawrence Martyr Parish
2210 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough, ON
Presentation on the Sacred Shroud of Turin Presentation of the Sacred Shroud of Turin given in Italian by the sindonological researcher Mr. Walter Pezzo, from Turin, Italy. The presentation will take place in a meditative reflection on the Passion of Jesus Christ. Beginning from the Gospel narratives and reviewing the historical and scientific discoveries of the last few years, Mr. Pezzo will lead us to a deeper understanding of the spiritual value of the Holy Shroud. The whole presentation will be approximately one hour, followed by the opportunity to ask Mr. Pezzo questions.
For more details contact 416-243-7319 or info@teopoli.com.
Multiple Regions

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
January 26 — 7 to 9 p.m.
Duke of York Pub
39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto
Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap: Ask the Bishop
Faith Connections invites young adults (19-39) to join us for an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Our special guest, Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick, will answer any questions you have about our faith. Munchies provided. Cash bar. Come and bring a friend! For more information call John-Paul Markides at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
January 30 — 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Parish
5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga
Young Adult Eucharistic Adoration and Fellowship
All young adults are invited to an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and fellowship.
Start the year off right. Spend an hour with Jesus in prayer, worship and reflection, followed by a social to celebrate the New Year and meet more young adults from the Western Region of the archdiocese.
Confessions will be offered throughout the evening. Hot chocolate social to follow in the upper hall.
For more information, contact the Office of Catholic Youth at 416-599-7676, youth@ocytoronto.org or visit www.ocytoronto.org.
Western Region
January 31 – 10 a.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power St., Toronto
Solemn Mass for the Feast of Don Bosco
His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Presider and Homilist. Light luncheon to follow in church hall. Return buses available from St. Benedict and St. Pascal Baylon Parishes. For more information or to reserve your spot on the bus by January 20, contact Mariel Cabrera at 416-743-3830, ext. 6, email salesianym.toronto@gmail.com or visit www.salesianym.ca.
Central Region
January 31 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1458 Houseys Rapids Rd. Gravenhurst, ON

Winter Olympic Day at Teopoli
We are inviting children & youth ages 6-17 to join our Winter Olympic Day at the Teopoli Catholic Spiritual Centre in Muskoka!
We will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the HWY 7 & 400 Carpool Lot and return to the carpool by 6 p.m. Day includes fun, organized and safe outdoor activities plus a Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Claudio Piccinini! Don't let them miss out on this once a year snow adventure!
For more details or to register your child contact 416-243-7319 or youth@teopoli.com by Monday, January 26, 2015!  All are welcome! Click here for poster.

Northern Region
January 31 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mustard Seed
791 Queen St. E.
Spiritual Spa: Midwinter Refresher
Join us for reflection, creativity and music to renew our spirits and put spring into our steps. Call 416-465-6069 to register by January 26.
Mustard Seed is a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
January 31
Dinner: 6 to 7 p.m.
 Talk: 7 to 8 p.m.
Saint Peter’s Church
659 Markham St., Toronto
The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton as a Spiritual Guide for Our Time
Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of world-renowned monk and spiritual writer, Thomas Merton. Award-winning author, broadcaster and Merton scholar Dr. Michael W. Higgins offers an engaging exploration of the contemporary relevance of Merton’s life and witness that will inspire and enrich your own life. You won’t want to miss this dinner and talk which is free and open to the public!
RSVP at rsvp@novalis.ca or 416-363-3303, ext. 252.
Central Region

January 31 at 6:30 p.m. to
February 1 at 2:30 p.m.
St. Augustine's Seminary
2661 Kingston Rd. Scarborough

Come and See Weekend
The Office of Vocations is hosting a Come & See Weekend retreat for men, 18 years and older. This weekend offers a way for men discerning a possible call to priesthood to meet seminarians, hear a number of vocation testimonies and to receive first-hand experience of seminary life. For more information, please call us at 416-968-0997 or email vocations@archtoronto.org.  
All Regions
February 1 - 3 p.m.
St. Paul’s Basilica
83 Power Street, Toronto
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life Celebration
On Monday, February 2, 2015, the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. 
In the Archdiocese of Toronto we are blessed to have living and serving among us more than 1,000 religious men and women of over 100 different religious congregations.  This World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
On Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Basilica, there will be a special Mass presided by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, in celebration of the vocation and witness of these special men and women religious who are such an important part of the life and ministry of the Church in our archdiocese. All are welcome to attend.
Central Region
February 2 – 7 p.m.
Regis College
100 Wellesley St. W., Toronto
Celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life
The Jesuits in English Canada invite you to join them in Taize Prayer. For details please call 416-962-4500, ext. 236. All are welcome. Click here for poster.
Central Region
February 5 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department
2685 Kingston Rd., Scarborough
Modern Milestones in Catholic-Jewish Relations
Exploring some significant advances in Catholic-Jewish relations since the Vatican II Council. World Interfaith Harmony Week event with interactive presentation.
For further information, call 416-261-7135, ext. 244 or 296. This educational series is free and open to all.
Eastern Region

February 6 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Basil’s Parish Hall
50 St. Joseph St., at University of St. Michael’s College

Wine & Board Games
Back by popular demand! Join us in the parish hall for some healthy competition and good company. Snacks provided. Couples and singles welcome. Bring your favourite board game, bring your own wine andbring your game face.
For more info, contact Social & Community Coordinator, Leanna Cappiello at lcappiello@stbasiltoronto.org.
Central Region
February 7 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
St. Augustine’s Seminary
2661 Kingston Rd., Scarborough

St. Augustine’s Seminary Lay Formation Workshop:
Lay Leadership in the Public Square
Panelists: Dr. Patricia Murphy, Michael Paulter, Alicia Ambrosio, David Dayler, Dr. Linda Dayler, Fr. Edwin Gonsalves, Dr. James Fleming.
Cost is $40 and includes lunch. To register, please call 416-261-7207, ext. 235 or email ioftsas@rogers.com.

Eastern Region
February 7 – 11 a.m.
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. W., Toronto
Skate and Prayer: Simple Joys
Want to meet like-minded young adults who hope to meet God through spiritual and physical activity? Faith Connections invites young adults (18-39) to join us for ice skating. Children welcome. Skate rentals: $10 (ID required for deposit). For more information call John-Paul Markides at 416-467-2645 or visit www.faithconnections.ca — a ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto.
Central Region
February 7 – 7 p.m.
Don Montgomery Arena
2467 Eglinton Ave. E., Scarborough
The St. Augustine’s Hockey Face-off Fundraiser Come for fun and excitement as St. Augustine’s Seminarians plays the Peterborough Catholic Youth. There will be a collection to support the Sisters of Life. A time for socializing will follow after the game at the arena. Eastern Region
February 9 — 7 to 9 p.m.
Boston Pizza
50 Courtneypark Dr. East, Mississauga
Theology On Tap West – Forgiveness: Why bother?
The Office of Catholic Youth, Faith Connections and your local parishes invite young adults (19-39) to an evening of thought-provoking theological discussion in a relaxed setting, with special guest: Fr. Michael Pace, SDB. Fr. Michael will speak about the importance of forgiveness. Does forgiving mean forgetting? Can I forgive and stay angry? How do I know I’m forgiven?
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

Monday, February 9 – 7 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge St. Toronto
(4th Floor)

Awakening to the Spirit in Times of Suffering - What to do with my experience?
Inspirational Talk hosted by Catholic Family Services of Toronto - New Beginnings.  Speaker: Maureen McDonnell, D.Min.  For more information, please contact 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or email mbenincasa@cfstoronto.com.
Central Region
February 14 – 2 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Brigid’s Church
300 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto
Kolbe Eucharistic Mini-Retreat
Eucharistic Adoration, prayer, praise and worship. Fr. Bobby V. Cena will give a talk on “The Nine Invitations of Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel, Part Two.” See www.kolbeapostolate.com for more information.
Central Region

Tuesday, February 17 – 7 p.m.
St. Ignatius of Loyola Church
2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga.

Hurting and Grieving?  Have You Tried God's Way?
Twilight Talk hosted by Catholic Family Services of Toronto - New Beginnings and St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish.  Onsite registration at 6:30 p.m.  Speaker:  Fr. Fred Scinto, CR.  For more information, please contact 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or email mbenincasa@cfstoronto.com.

Western Region
February 18 (Ash Wednesday
6:30 p.m.
Regis College
100 Wellesley St., Toronto
Lenten Listening: A Busy Person’s Retreat
Faith Connections, Regis College and the Toronto Area Vocation Directors Association invite young adults (18-39) from the Archdiocese of Toronto to experience the gift of spiritual accompaniment this Lent! The retreat will begin and end with a group gathering. In the six weeks between, you will be invited to spend 15 minutes a day in prayer and meet with a spiritual companion in your area three times for one hour. Cost: $25. Register by February 9. Call John-Paul Markides at 416-467-2645 or email faithconnections@csj-to.ca.
Central Region
February 21 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Church
11873 The Gore Rd., Brampton
Praying Our Goodbyes
Catholic Family Services of Toronto - New Beginnings invites you to a Lenten Retreat Day: “Praying Our Goodbyes” led by Deacon Curtis and Joanne Boone, coordinators of the New Beginnings Ministry at St. Padre Pio Church in Woodbridge. New Beginnings is a ministry dedicated to helping people who have suffered the loss of a loved one through death, separation or divorce. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Catholic Family Services of Toronto at 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or email newbeginnings.stpadrepiochurch@gmail.com.
Western Region
February 24
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Jane Frances Catholic School
2745 Jane St., Toronto

February 26
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Maria Goretti Catholic School
21 Kenmark Blvd., Toronto
Calling All Parents Of Kindergarten Students!
The TCDSB invites all parents of kindergarten-age children to attend a free, two-part interactive parent fair. The fair will provide parents with advice and resources to help their children improve listening and understanding skills, speaking and literacy skills. To register, call
416-222-8282, ext. 2261 or visit www.tcdsb.org/parentfair. Free child minding and refreshments.
Central Region
February 27 -7 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St. W., Toronto.
Chesterton Debate Series: Religion’s Role in Political Life
God’s Politics? Professor Iain Benson, Catholic legal scholar and writer, and Leslie Rosenblood, policy advisor to the Canadian Secular Alliance, will debate “Religion’s Role in Political Life.” Lorna Dueck, TV host of “Context with Lorna Dueck”, will moderate the debate. The event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto and the Office of Catholic Youth. Online registration opens Friday, January 23, 2015 at www.chestertondebate.com.For more information about the Chesterton Debate Series please visit the website.
Central Region

February 28 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
St. Clare's Church
1118 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto.

Lenten Retreat - The Embracing Christ of the San Damiano Cross
Hosted by Catholic Family Services of Toronto - New Beginnings and St. Clare’s Parish.  Led by Br. Ignatius Feaver, OFM (cap).  Light lunch will be provided.  Pre-registration required.  Please contact 416-921-1163, ext. 2235 or email mbenincasa@cfstoronto.com.

Central Region
March 7, 2015 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St. W.
Lift Jesus Higher Rally
The theme “The Happiness Factor” will fill you with certainty of the abiding love and joy that God has for His people. Keynote speaker, Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Catholic Radio, will be joined by the Renewal Ministries team of Ralph Martin, Sr. Ann Shields and Peter Herbeck.
In addition to compelling talks and uplifting music, there will be prayer ministry, inspiring personal testimonies, confession, a Divine Mercy celebration and a Eucharistic procession. Closing Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Cardinal Collins.
A Youth Rally (13-18 year-olds) will be held simultaneously in the theatre next door to the Adult Rally.
Tickets are $10 for the Youth Rally and $20 for the Adult Rally.
For general information, call 416-251-4255, email LJHR@rogers.com or visit www.lift-jesus-higher-rally.org.
Central Region
March 25
St. Anne’s Parish
115 Vodden St. E., Brampton
Mass for Life, sponsored by Knights of Columbus District 103
6:30 p.m. – Rosary
7 p.m. – Mass with special blessing for unborn babies, the disabled and the elderly.
Presider: Bishop John Boissonneau.
8 p.m. – short film, Crescendo featuring Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mother.
Reception and baby shower for Birthright to follow after the Mass.
For more information, call 905 453-1303.
Western Region
April 30 – May 14 Poland - Journey into God’s Mercy with
Fr. James Lowe, CC
Conducted by Companions of the Cross. Sponsored by the John Paul II Centre for Divine Mercy.
Price: $2975 single and $2,875 per person/couples, includes total airfare, accommodation, meals, transportation. Extra: insurance and personal expenses.  For more information, please contact ottawapoland2015@yahoo.com.
This pilgrimage is a prayerful retreat with daily Mass and convent-style lodging. We will visit shrines and churches of Poland related to Divine Mercy and our Polish Saint Companions:
·         Niepokalanow
·         Warsaw
·         Czestochowa, Jasna Góra - Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna)
·         Krakow/Lagiewniki - Divine Mercy Centre
·         Auschwitz
·         Vilnius, Lithuania
All Regions
June 20 – June 23, 2015 Pilgrimage to Quebec Shrines
Join us as we celebrate 30 years of counting our blessings as we journey to Quebec on pilgrimage to St. Joseph’s Oratory, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, the Shrine of our Blessed Mother and St. Anne de Beaupre. Our chaplain is Fr. Daren Bryk ,CC. Optional trip to see the beauty of the Il’e of Orleans and taste a traditional French cuisine lunch at a sugar shack with music and entertainment. Limited space.
For more information, call Mary at 416-497-7059 or visit www.blessedtrinity.ca. For poster with more information, click here.
All Regions




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