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Family at the Heart of FormationFamily at the Heart of Formation

Virtual Archdiocesan Family Festival

When: Saturday, November 28, 10 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Where: Online Zoom sessions and offline activities.

Cost: Free.  Capacity is limited.


“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.” (2 Timothy 3:14)

We invite you to celebrate your faith and form your Catholic family culture at home!  Please click here to view an invitation letter by Cardinal Collins.

Our family day will begin with a Zoom meeting of households from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  This session will include, prayer, praise and worship, games, scripture, teaching, and a question and answer session with Cardinal Collins. 

There will be free time during the afternoon, off screen, where participants will be invited to complete some family activity challenges.  A private Facebook group will be made available for registered families to stay connected during the event.

The day will close with a parent session with a talk and small group discussions on Zoom from 8 to 9:15 p.m. with lay evangelist, Patrick Sullivan, creator of Me and My House Catholic Parenting Program. 

Parents and children of all ages from the Archdiocese of Toronto are invited to join us on Saturday, November 28.  One ticket per household.  

Please note that most of the activities for children are designed for those up to age 12, though all ages are welcome to participate. All children who will be connected on Zoom are required to be accompanied by at least one parent, grandparent, guardian, or caregiver.  We encourage all family members in a household to participate in the morning session together.

Registration is open and will continue until November 23, 2020 or when we have reached the maximum number of registrations. Please register early as capacity is limited.

This event is being hosted by the Office of Formation for Discipleship at Archdiocese of Toronto in partnership with BLD Toronto, Couples for Christ, Focolare and Teams of Our Lady.

Links to our promotional material are as follows:

If you have further questions, please call Annalisa Parente at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or email

Featured speakers:

Cardinal Thomas Collins
Cardinal Thomas Collins
Archbishop of Toronto

Patrick Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan

Creator of Me and My House
Catholic Parenting Program

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it.”
2 Timothy 3:14

Previous Events

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Family at the Heart of Prayer

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

Held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Mississauga

We were so blessed to be joined by families comprising of parents, grandparents and children from across the Archdiocese and in the lay movements for our Family at the Heart of Prayer festival. Cardinal Collins led us in a Lectio Divina, inspiring us to practice meditating on the scriptures at home as a family. Whether at Mass, during the prayer activities, at lunch, or visiting our exhibitors, families benefited from meeting each other and sharing their faith. It is such an encouragement for families to see the many different ways prayer can be lived out in family life.

The major take-away from this event is that participants are thirsting for more family events like these, whether organized by the Archdiocese, individual parishes, or in the lay movements.

Video of Cardinal Collins' talk on prayer and Lectio Divina

Video: Talk on Prayer and Lectio Divina by Cardinal Collins

Video of Q&A session with Cardinal Collins

Video: Question & Answer with Cardinal Collins

Video of highlights from Family at the Heart of Prayer

Video: Highlights from Family at the Heart of Prayer

Family at the Heart of Prayer photo album

Photo Album: Photo highlights on Facebook

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Family at the Heart of Service

“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of Poland in Scarborough

Families from across the archdiocese came out to our Family at the Heart of Service festival to listen to inspirational talks from Cardinal Collins and families, to prayer together, to enjoy praise and worship and participate in hands-on service activities. Our service activities encouraged families to grow in stewardship of time and talent by making rosaries for hospital patients, gifts for other families, care packs for the homeless, and Christmas cards for those helped by St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Video highlights from last November’s Family at the Heart of Service

Video: Highlights from Family at the Heart of Service

Video of Cardinal Collins’ reflection at Family at the Heart of Service

Video: Cardinal Collins’ reflection at Family at the Heart of Service