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Programs and Workshops in the Archdiocese

Feel free to peruse this list below to discover formation opportunities within the Archdiocese of Toronto. Click on the month for a quicker look!

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JANUARY 2019

Registration is Now Open for Online Faith Formation Courses!

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.

These online courses are open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

START DATE: Sunday, March 10, 2018
REGISTRATION OPENS: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org

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 APRIL 2019

Registration is Now Open for Online Faith Formation Courses!

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.

These online courses are open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

START DATE: Sunday, March 10, 2018
REGISTRATION OPENS: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org

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MAY 2019

RCIA Formation Day for RCIA Coordinators, Catechists, and Clergy

Growing in Faith: Prayer and Catechesis

Join Rev. Séamus Hogan, D.Hist.Eccl (St. Augustine's Seminary) and Connie Price, Ph.D. (Office of Formation For Discipleship) for a day to discuss the importance of prayer, how to journey with people who feel they don't know how to pray, and how to impart the essentials of the Catholic faith in an RCIA setting. 

This event is open to RCIA Catechists and Clergy.

WHERE: Saturday, May 4, 2019
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: St. Lawrence Martyr Parish, 2210 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
COST: $30 (includes lunch)
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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Networking and Formation Opportunity for Ministers of Care Coordinators and Team Leaders 

All Ministers of Care Coordinators and Team Leaders are invited to attend our first Ministers of Care: Growing in Ministry Meetings.  This gathering will provide a great opportunity for Ministers of Care Coordinators and Team Leaders who are involved in the: Ministry to the Sick & Elderly in homes, nursing homes or hospitals; Bereavement Ministry; and other caring ministries to connect with leaders from various parishes for prayer, support, sharing and networking. This meeting will also include a presentation by Beverly O’Grady on “Empathetic Listening in Ministry”. We hope you can join us at one of the following meetings: 

WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 2019
TIME: 9:30 am - 11:30 am.       
WHERE: St. Francis Xavier Parish, 5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga

CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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JUNE 2019

Workshop on Ministry with Maturing Adults

Stewarding the Fruits of Your Ageing: Cultivating, Harvesting, and Feeding the Church with Your Gifts

This Ministry supports the faith development and spiritual growth of men and women in the second half of life.

This workshop is open to Priests, Lay Pastoral Associates, Parish Leaders, Volunteers, and anyone interested in learning about this ministry.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Bonaventure's Parish, 1300 Leslie Street, Don Mills
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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Training for Readers (Lectors)

Do you read at Mass? Do you want to learn more about the importance of the proclamation of the Word of God at Mass? Do you ever wonder the right way to say Adonijah? Do you want to grow more deeply in your understanding of the importance of Scripture? Do you want a chance to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Reader, please join us as we look to provide some practical and theological formation and training for your ministry.

Training is open to Current Readers.

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Precious Blood Parish, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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RCIA Formation Day for RCIA Coordinators and Clergy

The Struggle is Real: A discussion on Common RCIA Challenges

Join Rev. Ivan Camilleri (Chancellor of Spiritual Affairs) and Rev. Michael McGourty S.L.D (St. Augustine's Seminary and Pastor, St. Peter's Parish, Toronto) for a day to discuss some common RCIA challenges: how pastors, RCIA directors, and catechists can work best together, the reception of Protestant and Orthodox Christians into the Catholic Church, and the role and importance of sponsors and godparents.

This event is open to RCIA Catechists and Clergy.

WHERE: Saturday, June 22, 2019
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Our Lady Queen of Poland, 625 Middlefield Rd, Scarborough
COST: $30 (includes lunch)
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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Family at the Heart of Prayer

Cardinal Thomas Collins is pleased to invite families from across the diocese to our second annual Archdiocesan gathering of families! Our family-friendly day will include inspirational talks from Cardinal Collins and families, prayer, praise and worship, Saturday morning Mass, and hands-on activities. Grandparents, parents, and children of all ages are welcome. Please visit: www.archtoronto.org/family for more information.

WHERE: Saturday, June 22, 2019
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 4260 Cawthra Road, Mississauga
COST: $35 per family (any size) and includes lunch and snacks

CONTACT: Patrick Douglas at 416-934-3400 ext. 509 or pdouglas@archtoronto.org

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, May 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Wednesday, June 16, 2019



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 JULY 2019

Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Do you serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in your parish? Do you want to grow in your understanding of the Eucharist? Do you ever wonder what is so extraordinary about being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? Do you ever wonder what the Archdiocesan policies are for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion? Do you want to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion please come join us for this day of formation and training!

Training is open to current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Peter's Parish, 840 Bathurst Street, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


RCIA Networking Opportunity: Ways to involve the parish in RCIA

It seems that every RCIA wish list includes something like "more people to help". While not everyone in the parish is called to be a catechist, sponsor or godparent, there are many different moments and opportunities to involve the whole parish in the RCIA process. Tonight We will look at different ways to involve those people who might not otherwise be involved in RCIA. There will be a short presentation and then time for sharing and networking.

This event is open to Clergy, RCIA Directors and Head Catechists.

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 2019
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Catholic Pastoral Centre, 1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
RSVP TO: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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SEPTEMBER 2019

Training for Readers (Lectors)

Do you read at Mass? Do you want to learn more about the importance of the proclamation of the Word of God at Mass? Do you ever wonder the right way to say Adonijah? Do you want to grow more deeply in your understanding of the importance of Scripture? Do you want a chance to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Reader, please join us as we look to provide some practical and theological formation and training for your ministry.

Training is open to current Readers (Lectors).

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Peter's Parish, 840 Bathurst Street, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


Archdiocesan Online Catechist Formation Program

An experience of faith formation that informs the ministry of catechists. Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton. The programme is free of charge, however, a booking fee may apply. If the programme is not completed, a $75 charge per incomplete registration will be billed to the parish.

This program is open to new or all Catechists.

PREREQUISITE: Approval of the pastor
ONLINE COURSE BEGINS: Sunday, October 27, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Monday, September 11, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Monday, October 21, 2019
TO REGISTER CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org


Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Do you serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in your parish? Do you want to grow in your understanding of the Eucharist? Do you ever wonder what is so extraordinary about being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? Do you ever wonder what the Archdiocesan policies are for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion? Do you want to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion please come join us for this day of formation and training!

Training is open to current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Luke's Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


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 OCTOBER 2019

Training for Liturgy of the Word with Children

Liturgy of the Word with Children shares the Gospel with children in a way that engages their hearts and minds.  Under the guidance of an adult leader, the children hear the Gospel in words they can understand.  The children have time to discuss what the Gospel means in their lives while continuing their participation in the Mass. During this workshop participants will:

- discern the role of the adult leader

- develop skills as a Proclaimer of the Gospel

- facilitate the Gospel reflection with children

- set up the worship space to reflect the liturgical year

- review volunteer screening requirements


Training is open for new and seasoned Leaders.


WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: Precious Blood Parish, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough 
CONTACT: Beverly O'Grady at 416-934-3400 ext. 508 or bogrady@archtoronto.org

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2ND Annual Parish Ministry Conference

The 2019 Parish Ministry Conference is aimed at inspiring and equipping pastoral teams to better serve the parish community. Come and revitalize your gifts in service and witness to Christ in the world! The conference features ongoing formation, personal reflection, faith sharing, fellowship, networking and the celebration of the Eucharist. The ministry workshops will be offered by engaging and inspiring speakers. The Mass celebrant will be His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins.

This event is open to Clergy, Parish Staff, and Volunteers currently involved in parish ministries.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019
TIME: 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: To be announced
COST: To be announced
CONTACT: Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400, ext. 523 or formation@archtoronto.org


Training for Liturgy of the Word with Children

Liturgy of the Word with Children shares the Gospel with children in a way that engages their hearts and minds.  Under the guidance of an adult leader, the children hear the Gospel in words they can understand.  The children have time to discuss what the Gospel means in their lives while continuing their participation in the Mass. During this workshop, participants will:

- discern the role of the adult leader
- develop skills as a Proclaimer of the Gospel
- facilitate the Gospel reflection with children
- set up the worship space to reflect the liturgical year
- review volunteer screening requirements


Training is open for new and seasoned Leaders.

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019

TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: St. Mary's Parish, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie
CONTACT: Beverly O'Grady at 416-934-3400 ext. 508 or bogrady@archtoronto.org

REGISTRATION FORM (complete and send to formation@archtoronto.org)


Archdiocesan Online Catechist Formation Program

An experience of faith formation that informs the ministry of catechists. Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton. The programme is free of charge, however, a booking fee may apply. If the programme is not completed, a $75 charge per incomplete registration will be billed to the parish.

This program is open to new or all Catechists.

PREREQUISITE: Approval of the pastor
ONLINE COURSE BEGINS: Sunday, October 27, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Monday, September 11, 2019
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Monday, October 21, 2019
TO REGISTER CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org


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 NOVEMBER 2019

Training for Liturgy of the Word with Children

Liturgy of the Word with Children shares the Gospel with children in a way that engages their hearts and minds.  Under the guidance of an adult leader, the children hear the Gospel in words they can understand.  The children have time to discuss what the Gospel means in their lives while continuing their participation in the Mass. During this workshop, participants will:

- discern the role of the adult leader

- develop skills as a Proclaimer of the Gospel

- facilitate the Gospel reflection with children

- set up the worship space to reflect the liturgical year

- review volunteer screening requirements


Training is open for new and seasoned Leaders.

WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE: St. Patrick's Parish, 921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga
CONTACT: Beverly O'Grady at 416-934-3400 ext. 508 or bogrady@archtoronto.org

REGISTRATION FORM (complete and send to formation@archtoronto.org) 


Training for Readers (Lectors)

Do you read at Mass? Do you want to learn more about the importance of the proclamation of the Word of God at Mass? Do you ever wonder the right way to say Adonijah? Do you want to grow more deeply in your understanding of the importance of Scripture? Do you want a chance to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Reader, please join us as we look to provide some practical and theological formation and training for your ministry.

Training is open to current Readers (Lectors).

WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Bernard de Clairvaux Parish, 1789 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Do you serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion in your parish? Do you want to grow in your understanding of the Eucharist? Do you ever wonder what is so extraordinary about being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? Do you ever wonder what the Archdiocesan policies are for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion? Do you want to meet and network with others involved in ministry? If you are a current Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion please come join us for this day of formation and training!

Training is open to current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

WHEN: Saturday, November 16, 2019
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Rose of Lima Parish, 3216 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


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