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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!

  • 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.

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

RCIA Formation Days

The Office of Formation for Discipleship will be holding a three-day formation day for RCIA directors and head catechists on June 23, July 7, and August 11 (please note the change of date for the June day) at Precious Blood Parish, 1737 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough from 9a.m. until 4p.m.

Over the three days we will go through the RCIA ritual and discuss the various liturgical and catechetical needs that arise. There will also be time spent discussing various Canon Law questions and questions around the importance of discernment in the RCIA process.

The cost is $20.00 per day (for a total of $60.00 for all three) or $45.00 is you register for all three days by June 13. Lunch will be included on all three days.

Please go to the RCIA Formation Day event here and for the registration form here thank you.

If you have any questions please contact Rebecca at or 416.934.3400 x525

Save the Date!

June 14 & Sept 20: Network Meeting for Family Ministry

Sept 22 & 29 (Tentative): Training for Lay Pastoral Visitors to the Sick

Oct 20: Conference for Parish Staff and Volunteers

Nov 3: Training for Ministers of Music

Nov 3: Training for Ministers of Hospitality 

Nov 3 & 10 (Tentative): Training for Bereavment Ministry 

Nov 10: Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Nov 10: Training for Readers/Lectors

Nov 17: Faith & Family Festival