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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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OCTOBER 2019

Made for Greatness: Becoming Holy Disciples of Christ

For single men aged 18+ who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus, grow in holiness, and discover where the Lord might be leading. As men walk this path of discipleship together, they'll explore the ways they are each uniquely called to build the Kingdom: through holy marriage, religious life, or priesthood.

Made for Greatness discipleship groups take place in parishes throughout the archdiocese. Check https://www.madeforgreatness.ca/ for specific locations and meeting times.

CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

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Archdiocesan Catechist Formation Program

Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 Catechist Formation Program. The program runs from October 27, 2019 to June 20, 2020. New courses and seminars have been added to allow for more specialization. See the new brochure at for all of the details or contact Connie Price at cprice@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 513.

This program is open to all Catechists, both new and experienced.

PREREQUISITE: Approval of the pastor, $250 refundable deposit*
PROGRAM BEGINS: Sunday, October 27, 2019
PROGRAM ENDS:  Saturday, June 20, 2020
REGISTRATION CLOSES: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

*The deposit will be refunded within one month of completion of the full program (by July 27, 2020)




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JANUARY 2020

Formation for 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, January 18, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. Patrick's Parish, 131 McCaul Street, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org


 

An Evening at the Seminary

Have you ever thought about becoming a priest? Spending an evening at the seminary offers discerners a glimpse into the place where priestly formation begins. The evening includes Holy Mass in the beautiful seminary chapel, dinner, a talk by Fr. Chris Lemieux, Director of the Office of Vocations, and a tour of the seminary.

This event is open to men in grade 12 and above; however, those aged 15-17 may attend if accompanied by a pastor-approved or chaplain-approved male chaperone. Registration is required.

WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2020
TIME: 4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Augustine's Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

 
 

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FEBRUARY 2020

Formation 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, February 8, 2020
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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Celebration of Marriage Sunday

As part of Marriage Sunday 2020 celebrations, Cardinal Thomas Collins will preside at a special Mass to honour couples celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2020. If you (or a couple you know) are celebrating a 25th, 40th, 50th or 60+ wedding anniversary in 2020, you are invited to join in this special celebration.

 

The Mass will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 9 at St. Isaac Jogues Parish (1148 Finch Ave., Pickering). A reception will follow Mass.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend and required to register, but only milestone celebrant couples will have reserved seating. Non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis to all other married couples, family members, friends and others attending the Mass. For more information please visit: www.archtoronto.org/marriage.

WHEN: Sunday, February 9, 2020
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
WHERE: St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Pickering 
CONTACT: Ella Okonkwo at 416-934-3400 ext. 523 or eokonkwo@archotoronto.org

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Ministers of Care: Growing in Ministry Gathering

You and your team members are invited to attend our next Growing in Ministry Gathering.  This gathering will include a presentation by my colleague, Beverly O'Grady, on "Self Care for Ministers of Care" – how do we keep ourselves from absorbing the sadness and pain of those we visit?  We need strategies for letting go of the pain, by taking time to listen inside ourselves. These skills take time to develop and together we will practice a few techniques to help you keep yourself grounded in the face of pain and suffering. 

This gathering is also a great opportunity for Ministers of Care Coordinators, team leaders and members who are involved in: Ministry to The Sick & Elderly in homes, nursing homes or hospitals; Bereavement Ministry; and other caring ministries to connect with other leaders and members from various parishes for prayer, support, sharing and networking. We hope you and your team can join us.

This is open to current Ministry Leaders and Coordinators.

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020
TIME:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
WHERE: Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke.

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

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MARCH 2020

 

Young Disciples Retreat

For both male and female youth aged 12-17, especially those engaged in parish service. This retreat features talks on the Eucharist, holiness, and vocation. Also included in the day are recreation, Mass, and lunch.

 

This event is open to both male and female youth aged 12-17.

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020 
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

              


Come & See Weekend

This weekend live-in experience at St. Augustine's Seminary offers men discerning diocesan priesthood a closer look at seminary life with meals, prayer, the Sacraments, socializing, and recreation. The weekend also includes presentations by seminary professors, the Director of the Office of Vocations, and His Eminence Cardinal Collins.  

This event is open to men in grade 12 and above; those aged 17 may attend if parental consent is given. Registration is required.

WHEN: Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Augustine's Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@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 (Lectors).

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2020
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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Ministry with Maturing Adults Network

You are invited to our next Ministry with Maturing Adults (50+) Network Meeting. All leaders involved in the Ministry with Maturing Adults or Seniors Ministries including parish staff, volunteer leaders, advisory committee members and potential leaders interested in this ministry are all welcome.

 

This Network Meeting will provide a great opportunity for the Ministry with Maturing Adults leaders and potential leaders to connect with leaders from various parishes for prayer, support, sharing and networking. This meeting will include presentations and sharing of best practices. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us.

This is open to current Ministry Leaders and Coordinators.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
TIME:  10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: St. Luke's Parish, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill

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

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Formation 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, March 21, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: St. David's Parish, 2601 Major MacKenzie Dr. West, Maple
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

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Training for Lay Pastoral Visitors

These sessions will prepare participants to provide pastoral visits and/or bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are confined in their homes, nursing homes and hospitals due to illness or infirmity. Participants are required to attend both Saturdays and please bring your own lunch. 

Open to New and Seasoned Lay Pastoral Visitors

WHEN: Saturday, March 28 & April 4, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Jerome's Parish, 8530 Chinguacousy Rd, Brampton
CONTACT: Sally Amaral at 416-934-3400 ext. 518 or samaral@archtoronto.org

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 APRIL 2020

An Evening at the Seminary

Have you ever thought about becoming a priest? Spending an evening at the seminary offers discerners a glimpse into the place where priestly formation begins. The evening includes Holy Mass in the beautiful seminary chapel, dinner, a talk by Fr. Chris Lemieux, Director of the Office of Vocations, and a tour of the seminary.

This event is open to men in grade 12 and above; however, those aged 15-17 may attend if accompanied by a pastor-approved or chaplain-approved male chaperone. Registration is required.

WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2020
TIME: 4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Augustine's Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Scarborough
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org

 

RCIA Formation Day

For RCIA directors, head catechists and clergy

Come join other RCIA directors and head catechists for a time of sharing and networking on important topics in RCIA. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2020
TIME: 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 222 Ridley Blvd, Toronto
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org

 
 

Road to Emmaus Hiking Retreat

The Office of Vocations invites all single men aged 18+ on a full-day discernment hiking retreat that includes prayer, reflection witness talks, Mass, and snacks.

 

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Office of Vocations at 416-968-0997 or vocations@archtoronto.org


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MAY 2020

Training for Bereavement Ministry

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 and please bring your own lunch. 

Open to New and Seasoned Bereavement Ministers

WHEN: Tuesdays, May 5 & May 12, 2020
TIME:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm.
WHERE: St. Martin of Tours Parish, 1290 McBride Avenue, Mississauga

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

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Family at the Heart of Formation

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2020
TIME: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHERE: To be announced 
CONTACT: Patrick Douglas at 416-934-3400 ext. 505 or pdouglas@archtoronto.org

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JUNE 2020

RCIA Formation Day

For RCIA directors, head catechists and clergy

Come join other RCIA directors and head catechists for a time of sharing and networking on important topics in RCIA. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2020
TIME: 9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 782 Brown's Line, Etobicoke
CONTACT: Rebecca Spellacy at 416-934-3400 ext. 525 or rspellacy@archtoronto.org



Ministry with Maturing Adults Workshop

Open to Maturing Adults

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2020
TIME:  9:30 am to 3:30 pm.
WHERE: St. Mary's Parish, 66 Main St. South, Brampton

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

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Last updated November 25, 2019