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Workshops on the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Would you like to know how to build a just society and live a life of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society? Would you like to know how to network, study and learn what it means to ‘do justice’? Would you like to know how to re-vision, re-imagine, re-create new alternatives in helping the poor? Would you like to have social justice resources and tools you can apply in your parish? Come to these workshops!

  • April 27, 2018 - Call to Family, Community and Participation
    Denis Costello, Executive Director, Catholic Family Services of Toronto

  • May 25, 2018 - Rights and Responsibilities
    Deacon Robert Kinghorn, Street Ministry

  • June 22, 2018 - Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
    Canadian Jesuit International

  • July 27, 2018 - Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
    Deacon Rudy Ovcjak, Director, Office for Refugees, Archdiocese of Toronto (ORAT)

  • August 31, 2018 - Solidarity
    Fr. Anthony P. Lohale O.P., Director, Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs, Archdiocese of Toronto

  • September 28, 2018 - Care for God’s Creation
    Karen Van Loon, Coordinator for the Cultivating Care for Our Common Home Program at Faith and the Common Good

All workshops will be held at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, Room 4A (1155 Yonge Street, Toronto).

Contact Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400, ext. 569 or for more information.


Online Catechist Formation Program

An experience of faith formation that informs the ministry of catechists

Prerequisite: Approval of the pastor and commitment of the registrant to participate in the entire program

The programme is free of charge; a book fee may apply.

If the programme is not completed, a $75 charge per incomplete registration will be billed to the parish.

The programme consists of:

Online courses:

  1. April 8 - May 12, 2018
    Starting Anew from Christ: On Being a Catechist (5 weeks)

  2. May 27 - June 30, 2018
    Survey of Catholic Doctrine (5 weeks)

  3. September 2-22, 2018 (plus project)
    Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Toronto (3 weeks)

Group gatherings (2 hours each):
at St. Timothy's Elementary School
25 Rochelle Crescent
Toronto ON M2J 1Y3
(Don Mills and Sheppard, easily accessible by car or public transit with convenient stop at Don Mills station.)

  1. Sunday, April 8, 2018, 3-5 p.m.
    Six Tasks Inventory - Spirituality of the Catechist

  2. Sunday, June 3, 2018, 3-5 p.m.
    Where Do I Find the Answers? - Navigating Print & Internet Resources

  3. Sunday, September 9, 2018, 3-5 p.m.
    The Liturgical Year - Identifying Catechetical Styles

End-of-Program Session with Mass and Blessing of Catechists:
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
at St. Augustine's Seminaryd
2661 Kingston Road
Scarborough ON M1M 1M3

Registration closes April 4, 2018

For more information, contact Connie Price at or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

Online Faith Formation Study Opportunity

Offered in Partnership with the University of Dayton, open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Registration is now open for the Online Catechist Formation Programme, run by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. The programme begins on April 8. Prerequisites are the pastor’s approval and the registrant’s commitment to participate in both online courses and group gatherings.

Download list of courses and seminars offered

For more information, contact Connie Price at or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

Day of Prayer, Reflection and Fellowship for parish staff and volunteers

If you are involved in a ministry in your parish please join us on:

  • May 5, 2018, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Road, Scarborough
    Well Done Good and Faithful Servant
    Led by Dr. Christian McConnell, Director of the Institute for Ongoing Formation and Assistant Professor at St. Peter’s Seminary in the Diocese of London

The cost for the day is $20.00 and will include lunch. RSVP deadline is April 30.

For more information please contact Rebecca at or 416-934-3400, ext. 525.

Download poster and registration form

Bereavement Ministry Training (also known as the Ministry of Consolation)

These sessions will prepare participants to minister to the bereaved in a parish setting. Participants will engage in an interactive, two-day faith-based educational and spiritual learning opportunity. Participants are required to attend both Saturdays. Please bring your own lunch. Cost of workbook (optional): $40

Saturdays, May 12 and 26, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Patrick's Parish
921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga ON L4Y 2J6

Download poster and registration form

For more information please contact Sally at or 416-934-3400, ext. 518.

Formation and Training Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers

Registration is now open for a Formation and Training Day for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers on Saturday, May 12 at St. Clement’s Parish, 409 Markland Drive, Etobicoke.

Formation and Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to all current and prospective Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the day will consist of a discussion of the theology of the Eucharist, discussion on the liturgical considerations needed for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, and there will also be time for other practical needs and concerns to be addressed.

Formation and Training for Readers will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all current and prospective readers, the day will be spent discussing the theological and liturgical importance of the proclamation Scripture as well as discussing practical tips and tools to aide in the formation of Readers in the parish.

For more information please see the poster or contact Rebecca Spellacy at or 416-934-3400, ext. 525.

Liturgy of the Word with Children Training

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


During this workshop you will:

- discern the role of the adult leader

- develop your skills as a Proclaimer of the Gospel

- discover ways to facilitate the Gospel reflection with children

- discuss ways to set up the worship space to reflect the liturgical year

- review volunteer screening requirements


Saturday, May 12

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
St. Patrick's Church
215 Pine Street, Stayner, ON L0M 1S0


You may register by giving your name, mailing address, contact information (email address or phone number) and parish name to Ella at 416-934-3400 x523 or

Ministry with Maturing Adults Workshop

Grasping the Vision: A Ministry for the 21st Century

Saturday June 9th,  2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

St. Mary's Church
65  Amelia Street, Barrie, ON L4M 1M7

Workshop will include panel presentations, question and answer period, testimonials, program displays, resource materials and handouts.

Priests, Lay Pastoral Associates, Parish leaders, volunteers, and anyone interested in learning more about this ministry are all invited.

The cost for the day is $20.00 which includes lunch.  (Please make cheque payable to St. Mary's Church, Barrie).

Download Poster, Brochure and Registration Form.  Please register by June 4, 2018.

For more information, please contact Mary Perry White at (705) 728-2985 ext. 104 or or Sally Amaral at 416 934-3400 ext. 518 or

This workshop is co-sponsored by St. Mary's Parish, Barrie and Office of Formation for Discipleship