Who can attend this conference?
Clergy, parish staff and volunteers currently involved or interested in parish ministries, pastoral councils or committees, and associated partners such as religious orders, agencies, educational institutions, and lay movements are invited to attend this conference. Ministry areas include catechesis, sacramental preparation, liturgical formation, social justice, ministry with children, maturing adults and families, ministry to the sick and homebound, bereavement, stewardship, parish vitality, and evangelization.
Will Mass be celebrated at the event? Yes. Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. by Cardinal Thomas Collins.
I am a priest. Can I concelebrate the Mass? Priests are welcome to concelebrate and are requested to bring their own alb and green stole. Priests who wish to concelebrate are also asked to indicate so when registering and notify Rebecca Spellacy via email at
Will low gluten communion hosts be available at the Mass? Yes, low gluten hosts are available provided you notify Rebecca Spellacy by October 4, 2019 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make the necessary arrangements.
How many workshops can I attend?
When you register, you will be asked to choose one (1) track which has a morning and afternoon workshop. The new structure of our conference will give each participant a well-rounded and full experience of formation, group discussion, and networking within the ministry they serve.
What if I want to attend more than 1 track? Each participant can only register for one (1) track. If other tracks are of interest to you or your parish, we encourage you to invite your colleagues involved in parish ministry to take advantage of the Parish Group Rate. They will be able to attend the other workshops and after the conference, your group can exchange with each other all that you have learned. This package offers the opportunity to reap the benefit of everything this conference has to offer, including post-conference support.
Where is the conference being held?
The conference is being held at Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 2L3.
Is the event accessible via TTC? Yes. The event is accessible via TTC. Please visit the
TTC Trip Planner for details on how to get there.
Is parking available at the venue? Free parking is available at the venue. You will be asked to provide your license plate number to one of our volunteers. Please do not pay for a parking ticket at the parking meters. Parking is not unlimited so please consider carpooling to ensure.
Is the event accessible for wheelchair users? Yes. All the event spaces are accessible. There are accessible washrooms as well.
Who is hosting this event? This event is being hosted by the Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Can I bring my baby? You are welcome to bring your baby with you. However, please note that there will be no child care services provided. Please ensure that you have what you need to care for your baby throughout the day.
How much does it cost to attend the conference? Register as a Parish Group (7 people) at a discounted rate of $175. Register an Individual at a rate of $60 $30 per personDeadline for registrations is Monday, September 30, 2019. Note: We are able to ensure an affordable cost for our attendees because of the 80% subsidy from the Archdiocese of Toronto, and other generous donors and sponsors who recognize the vital importance of vibrant parish ministry life. It is their way of thanking you for sharing your gifts!
What is included in the registration fee? The registration fee includes entry to the conference, access to one (1) track of your choice, exhibitor displays, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch.
How do I register for the conference?You can register online HERE. We accept credit card or cheque. If you're paying by cheque, please ensure that we receive your cheque before September 30, 2019.
What information do I need to register? We will need your name, phone number, personal email address, parish name and city, and your role at the parish. This also applies to everyone in your group if you are registering as a Parish Group (7 people). Download this REGISTRATION TOOL (Excel or PDF fillable) to help collect your team's information for the Parish Group Package. Please do not submit this form as registration. This is for your use only.If you have any dietary restrictions or require special accommodations, please let us know.A photographer and videographer will be taking photographs and footage of attendees at the conference. Every registrant is able to opt out of being photographed or recorded. Please ensure that you know the option of everyone you are registering. If you are not able to obtain this information, please note that the person can change their choice by emailing Enza Rattenni at email@example.com directly by October 4, 2019. Unless notified by email, the info provided upon registration will be considered as the choice made.
Why do you need my personal information? If there are any unforeseen changes to the conference, we will need to know how to best communicate this to you in a timely manner. Please be assured that your information will not be shared and will be kept in the strictest confidence. If you have any questions, you can get further information from the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Privacy Officer through the following website: https://www.archtoronto.org/privacy.
Can I register a group for my parish? Yes. We encourage you to take advantage of our new Parish Group Rate. Parishes can register up to 7 people (one person per track) for a discounted price of $175. Please ensure you have the personal information of everyone in the group at the time of registration. (See question #4 above)
Can I pay by cheque or money order? Yes, however to ensure that registration details are received in a timely manner, we encourage you to register online. If you wish to register by cheque, please ensure that your cheque is received by Monday, September 30, 2019.We ask that you do not mail
cash or money order as we cannot be responsible for any lost mail.
Can I register and pay on the day of the event? Unfortunately, no. Due to the planning needs of the Conference we kindly ask that everyone register and pay by Monday, September 30, 2019.
I can no longer attend the event. Can I get a refund?Refunds are available for those who registered online as Individuals. Transfers are not available. Please send a formal request for a refund to Enza Rattenni by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, September 30, 2019. Please include your name, parish, and transaction reference number.Refunds are not available for the Parish Group Package, however, you can transfer one registrant for another. To make a transfer, please send a formal request to Enza Rattenni by email at email@example.com by Monday, September 30, 2019. Please include your name, parish, transaction reference number, and the full names of the persons involved in the transfer. Please note that the person who is taking over the ticket must attend the track that was originally chosen.Due to venue requirements, refunds and transfers will not be accepted after Monday, September 30, 2019.
I still have more questions. Is there a number I could call? Please call the Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400, ext. 523 if you have any additional questions.