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Programs and Events in the Archdiocese

Faith Formation & Ministry Training 


Registration is Now Open for Online Faith Formation Courses!

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


CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@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, open to all members of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

PREREQUISITE: Approval of the pastor

The programme is free of charge;  booking fee may apply. If the programme is not completed, a $75 charge per incomplete registration will be billed to the parish. 

Online courses begin: 
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Group gatherings begin: Sunday, October 28, 2018

LOCATIONSt. Timothy's Elementary School
25 Rochelle Crescent, Toronto 
(Don Mills and Sheppard, easily accessible by car or public transit with a convenient stop at Don Mills station.)

Registration closes October 17, 2018

CONTACT: Connie Price at 416-934-3400 ext. 513 or cprice@archtoronto.org 



Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
St. Basil the Great College School
20 Starview Lane, North York
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!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Clergy, parish staff and volunteers currently involved in parish ministries and pastoral councils/committees
COST: $15/before August 31
REGISTRATION: phone or online registration here 
CONTACT: Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or formation@archtoronto.org



Training for Liturgy of the Word with Children

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Poland
625 Middlefield Road, Scarborough 
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 they 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.

TARGET AUDIENCE: New and Seasoned Leaders
REGISTRATION here 
CONTACT: Beverly O’Grady at 416-934-3400 ext. 508 or bogrady@archtoronto.org



Training for Readers (Lectors)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from  9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
St. Lawrence Martyr Parish 
2210 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
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.  

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Readers
POSTER here
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Music Ministers 

Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 2p.m.
St. Clement’s Parish
409 Markland Drive, Etobicoke
Parish music directors, choir directors, clergy, and all those who help plan liturgical music are invited to join us for a day of liturgical music formation. Topics that will be covered include:
-The Role and Importance of music in the liturgy.
-How clergy and musicians can work together.
-How to plan music for the liturgy.

 The day is free but please bring your own lunch.


TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Music Ministers
POSTER here
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
St. Lawrence Martyr Parish 
2210 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
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!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
POSTER here
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Bereavement Ministry 

Saturday, November 10 and 17, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chinese Martyrs Parish
2755 Denison Street, Markham
These sessions will prepare participants to minister to the bereaved in the 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 the workbook (optional): $40

TARGET AUDIENCE: New Bereavement or Seasoned Ministers
POSTER here
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org



Family at the Heart of Service: Family Event with Cardinal Collins

Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Poland
625 Middlefield Road, Scarborough 

TARGET AUDIENCE: families, parents, grandparents, children of all ages
COST: $0
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Racquel Sevilla at 416-934-3400 ext. 509 or rsevilla@archtoronto.org 



Family Ministry Network Meeting 

Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Racquel Sevilla at 416-934-3400 ext. 509 or rsevilla@archtoronto.org




Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 

Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Parish  
2100 Jane Street, North York
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!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org


RCIA Networking Opportunity: Preparing for Easter 

Thursday, January 14, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
The Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil and the culmination of one journey and the start of another for those looking to be initiated. Part of the role of those involved in RCIA formation is to help prepare the Elect for the reception of the Sacraments. Tonight is an opportunity to gather and hear a short presentation about one way to help prepare the Elect and will then provide an opportunity for discussion, sharing best practices in this area, and networking.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Clergy and RCIA catechists 
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 

Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Philip Neri Parish  
2100 Jane Street, North York
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!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Music Ministers
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Lay Pastoral Visitors

Saturday, February 2 and 9, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This training will be offered at the following two locations via video conferencing:
 
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
3 Combermere Drive, Toronto
                         & 
Nativity of Our Lord Parish
480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke

These sessions will prepare participants to provide pastoral visits and/or bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are confirmed in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals due to illness or infirmity. This training is also ideal as enrichment for those who already serve in the ministry to the sick. Please bring your own lunch. 
 
TARGET AUDIENCE: New and Seasoned Lay Pastoral Visitors
POSTER here
REGISTRATION here
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org



Marriage Sunday Milestone Anniversary Mass

Sunday, February 10, 2019
TIME: To be announced
LOCATION: To be announced

TARGET AUDIENCE: Married Couples celebrating their Milestone Anniversaries in 2019 (25, 40, 50, 60+ years) and General Public
CONTACT: Racquel Sevilla at 416-934-3400 ext. 509 or rsevilla@archtoronto.org 



Social Justice Workshop: Abortion

Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
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 this workshop!

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



RCIA Networking Opportunity: Keeping the Momentum after Pentecost

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
The hope is that every person that is initiated at the Easter Vigil will become a full, participating member of the Church. However, we know that is not the case, it seems inevitable at times that sometime after Pentecost the RCIA momentum slows down and the new Catholics struggle to find a place for themselves. Tonight we will look at ways the keep the momentum going after the Sacraments of Initiation and to help the newly initiated Catholics find a home in the parish. There will be a short presentation and then time for sharing and networking. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Clergy and RCIA catechists
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Training for Bereavement Ministry 

Saturday, March 23 and April 6, 2019, from 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
1100 Mary Street North, Oshawa
                          & 
Nativity of Our Lord Parish
480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
These sessions will prepare participants to minister to the bereaved in the 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 the workbook (optional): $40

TARGET AUDIENCE: New and Experienced Bereavement ministers
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org 



Social Justice Workshop: The Impact of Social Media

Monday, March 25, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
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 this workshop! 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Hospitality Workshop

Saturday, March 30, 2019
TIME: To be announced
LOCATION: To be announced 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Quentin Schesnuik at 416-934-3400 ext. 568 or quentins@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide 

Monday, April 29, 2019 from 7 p.m-9p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto 
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 this workshop! 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



RCIA Training

Saturday, May 4, 2019
TIME: To be announced
St. Lawrence Martyr Parish
2210 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough

TARGET AUDIENCE: New and Experienced Catechists and Clergy
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Annulment 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
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 this workshop! 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Workshop on Ministry with Maturing Adults 

Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
St. Bonaventure’s Parish 
1300 Leslie Street, Don Mills
This Ministry supports the faith development and spiritual growth of men and women in the second half of life. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Priests, lay pastoral associates, parish leaders, volunteers, and anyone interested in learning about this ministry is all invited!
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Catholic Schools & Social Justice  

Thursday, June 13, 2019, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto 
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 this workshop! 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Training for Readers (Lectors) 

Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Precious Blood Parish
1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
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.  

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Readers
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



RCIA Training

Saturday, June 22, 2019
TIME: To be announced
LOCATION: Our Lady Queen of Poland
625 Middlefield Rd, Scarborough

TARGET AUDIENCE: Head Catechist and Clergy
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Serving Seniors and Adults with Disabilities  

Monday, June 24, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Training for Music Ministers

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Precious Blood Parish
1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough

TARGET AUDIENCE: Current Music Ministers
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



RCIA Networking Opportunity: Ways to involve the parish in RCIA

Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto
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.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Clergy and RCIA Catechists
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or

rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Christian Faith and the Common Good  

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Serving the Poor  

Friday, September 27, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: Care for Creation and Stewardship of the Earth  

Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org



Social Justice Workshop: “Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord”  

Friday, October 18, 2019, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catholic Pastoral Centre
1155 Yonge Street, Toronto 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Parish Ministry Leaders
CONTACT: Porfirio Garcia at 416-934-3400 ext. 569 or pgarcia@archtoronto.org


Parish Ministry Conference
Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

LOCATION: To be announced
COST: To be announced
TARGET AUDIENCE: Clergy, parish staff and volunteers currently involved in parish ministries 
CONTACT: Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or formation@archtoronto.org

You can download our events calendar here

Last updated October 10, 2018