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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 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:
www.catholiccurriculumcorp.org
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
October 31 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Regis College, St. Joseph’s Chapel
100 Wellesley St. W.
Lonergan Research Institute Annual Lecture – “What is ‘Religious Experience?’”
Fr. Louis Roy, OP, Professor of Theology at Dominican University College in Ottawa, will deliver the 2014 Lonergan Lecture. Born in Québec, Fr. Roy is a member of the Dominican Order and holds a doctorate from Cambridge University. He taught at the Institute of Pastoral Studies in Montréal for seven years and at Boston College for 20 years, before assuming his current position in 2006. He is interested in the affective, intellectual and mystical aspects of religious experience. Free event. For more information, visit www.lonerganresearch.org or call
416-922-5474, ext. 221. Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.
Central 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

Shalomfest
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 1 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sisters of St. Joseph Toronto
101 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto
Training for Friendly Visitors
The In Good Company ministry of Fontbonne Ministries, Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto, offers a training program for people who visit homebound or isolated individuals. It deals with issues such as listening skills, boundaries, mental health, grief and loss, and dealing with the elderly.
For more information or to register, please call
416-465-6069 or email infoingoodcompany@csj-to.ca. Pre-registration is required. $30 per person covers materials, refreshments and a light lunch.
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 4 – Doors open at 7 p.m., talk at 7:30 p.m.
Tyndale University, Room 1008
25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto
Latest Research from Canada, USA and Europe on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The deVeber Institute presents a free Annual Public Lecture with guest key-note speaker Alex Schadenberg. Alex is the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and an internationally recognized expert on euthanasia.
Spaces are limited. RSVP by phone to 416-256-0555 or email bioethics@deveber.org. For more information, visit www.deveber.org or see poster.
Northern 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 5 – 7:30 p.m.
All Saint’s Parish
1415 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke
Memorial Mass for Deceased Members of Societa Unita/United Society
Join us for Mass to pray for the souls of deceased members of Society Unita (United Society).
Western Region
November 7-9
Four Points Sheraton
2501 Argentia Rd., Mississauga
Celebrate Your Marriage with a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
Married couples: You deserve a weekend to cherish being together; to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers this opportunity. Consider giving each other or another couple that you know the gift of a weekend away from daily pressures, time to be with each other and with God on a Marriage Encounter Weekend. See www.wwme.org
For further information or registration please contact Cora & Mike Bryce at 905-896-2958 or 
cora-mikebryce@sympatico.ca. 
Western 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 8 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Catholic Education Centre
80 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto
Toronto Catholic District School Board Education and Community Resources Fair 2014
Helping parents of children with special needs link with resources within the TCDSB and the community.
For more information, contact the Toronto Catholic District School Board at 416-222-8282, ext. 5314 or visit www.tcdsb.org. For poster with more information, click here.
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 9 – 2 to 5 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School
5555 Creditview Rd., Mississauga
Coward or CORAGEOUS Christian? Strengthening Core Values in the Face of Shifting Realities. A Christian Perspective
Three community members will engage you in their personal journeys from perspectives of family and social values, business and education. A distinguished panel of individuals with expertise in theology, bioethics, New Testament and education will be a sounding board for any issues that are raised. Finally, you will hear from Canadian hockey icon Paul Henderson, who recently battled a deadly form of cancer and learn how he strengthened his intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Most importantly, the audience is invited to participate in the discourse and be an integral part of the proceedings.
Tickets are $15/person (including snack). Please email us at toronto.cgcg@gmail.com. For poster, click here.
Western Region
November 9 – 7 p.m.
St. James’ Cathedral
65 Church St., Toronto
Pilgrims Together
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio. A liturgical celebration followed by guest speakers and a time of fellowship, featuring Dr. Michael Attridge, St. Michael’s College, Toronto; Dr. Alan Hayes, Wycliffe College, Toronto; and Dr. Harry McSorley, Professor Emeritus, St. Michael’s College, Toronto. Organized by The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada and The Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue of Canada. Click here to view poster.
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 10 – 7 to 9 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
3055 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Pope Francis and a New Way of Being Church
A public lecture co-sponsored by the Dominican Institute of Toronto and Our Lady of Sorrows. Dr. Gerard Mannion is the Joseph and Winifred Amaturo Chair in Catholic Studies, Georgetown University and 2014 Aquinas Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College.
For more information contact dominican.toronto@gmail.com. For poster with more information, click here.
Central 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
www.oratory-toronto.org.
Central Region
November 14 – 7:30 p.m.
Newman Centre Catholic Chaplaincy
89 St. George St., Toronto
Catholic Singles Socials
Catholic Singles Socials is moving to the Newman Centre on the campus of the University of Toronto.  We are stoked about our new digs and about teaming up with the awesome people at Newman. 
Come party with Catholics like you who are looking for that special someone. Don’t worry, speed dating is not our thing. Just a bunch of Catholic people hanging out. Space is limited so register ASAP online at www.catholicsinglessocials.com.
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
Mississauga
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 - 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 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
416-243-7319.
Western Region
December 4 to 7
Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre
Mississauga
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 — 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

 

 

 

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