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Bereavement Ministry Training

These sessions are designed for the development and training of parish volunteers so they may provide a ministry to the bereaved in a parish setting.  Participants will engage in an interactive, faith-based educational and spiritual opportunity.  Please bring your own lunch on Saturday.  Cost of workbook (optional):  $40.00.     ​

  • Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25, 2017
    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     Saviour of the World Chinese Parish
     30 Bristol Road West, Mississauga, ON  L5R 3K3

Registration deadline:  February 6, 2017.

Organized by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. Download registration form.​

 

The Role of the Lay Movements in the Church

This formation workshop examines the role of lay movements in the Church in light of the Second Vatican Council.  The burgeoning of associations of the laity, a typical feature of the contemporary Church, is by no means unprecedented in the Church’s history.  Giving renewed vigour to the Church’s acknowledgement of the dignity and responsibility of all Christians by virtue of their baptism, Vatican II not only gave a powerful impetus to the role of lay associations, but also to the emergence of new charisms and new forms of associations going by the name of ‘ecclesial movements’ and ‘new communities’.  

  • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
     Catholic Pastoral Centre
     1155 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON  M4T 1W2

Organized by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. Download registration form.​


 

Lay Pastoral Visitors Training​

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.  This training is also ideal as enrichment for those who already serve in the ministry to the sick.  Please bring your own lunch.    

Organized by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. Download registrati​on form.​

 

Saturdays, March 11, 18, April 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Martin of Tours Parish
1290 McBride Avenue, Mississauga, ON  L5C 1M8

Registration deadline:  March 6, 2017.

 

Thursdays, April 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Parish
903 Giffard Street, Whitby, ON  L1N 2S3

Registration deadline:  April 14, 2017.

Introduction to the Old Testament  -  in Spanish

This formation examines the Old Testament as an expression of the religious experience of Israel. It studies the journey of Abraham from Ur of Chaldea in Babylon to Promised Land (Gen. 12), a land that God repeatedly promised (Gen. 12:7, 13:15, 15:18, 17:8).   

  • Thursdays, February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 2017
    7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
     St. Anthony’s Parish
     1041 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON  M6H 1M4

Organized by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. Download registration form.​

 

Introduction to the New Testament  -  in Spanish

This course explores 3 areas: 1) the history of the period in which the NT was written and who wrote them; 2) the political, social and culture in which the first followers of Jesus lived; 3) the life of the first Christian communities and why they were called Christian (Acts 11:19-26). 

  • Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017
    7:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
     St. Anthony’s Parish
     1041 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON  M6H 1M4

Organized by the Office of Formation for Discipleship. Download registration form.​