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Family Festivals

Family Festivals LogoTo celebrate the gift of family and grow in faith through prayer, formation, service and community, these family-friendly days typically include inspirational talks from Cardinal Collins and families, prayer, praise and worship, Saturday morning Mass, and hands-on activities.

These events are hosted by the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Formation for Discipleship and have included collaboration with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, BLD Toronto, Couples for Christ, Faith Connections, Focolare and Teams of Our Lady.

The Office of Formation for Discipleship and the lay movements look forward to planning the next family festival, Family at the Heart of Formation in 2020.  Stay tuned!


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