• Thoughts on our Networking Evening

    One of the best parts about moving to Toronto from a small town was the sheer number different things I could do on any given day. There were so many things to choose from that it was overwhelming. Young adult ministry events were no different. I was invited to volunteer at Faith Connections within weeks of arriving, but as I got settled I began learning about other groups that were also doing young adult ministry. Faith Connections' Young Adult Ministry Networking Evening, hosted on June 4, was a refreshing reminder of just how much is going on.

  • Radical Gratitude

    There is one line from Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap on May 26 that keeps coming back to me: “I am enough, just as I am.” Mary Jo Leddy reminded us of this, saying that we need to remember this in the face of increasingly materialistic society, which tempts us to always desire more: a bigger car, a nicer house, a better paying job. She has noticed that so often this materialism leads us to equate both our happiness and self-worth with the things we have. Therefore, unless we have the latest and greatest, we cannot be happy and we aren’t worth anything. According to Mary Jo, when we practice radical gratitude, we can begin to accept that we are enough, just as we are right now, and that our self-worth is not tied to what we have.

  • Hike and Prayer at Doors Open Toronto

    As part of the 15th annual Doors Open Toronto, our Faith Connections’ Hike and Prayer on May 24, 2014 took us through downtown Toronto to various historically, culturally, and socially significant buildings. Our starting point was at St. Michael’s Cathedral where we got an opportunity to introduce ourselves to our fellow hiking companions before engaging in a group prayer. We asked God to help us be open to His presence in each moment and in each space.

  • My Boss Made Me Do It: Ethics in the Workplace

    On May 12, 2014, Paskwa Mutunga, an Innovation Manager at World Vision, spoke to young adults from the Peel Region at Theology on Tap West about ethics in the workplace. The event was hosted by Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and local parishes at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga.

  • Devoutly Religious and Critically Scientific…Can You be Both?

    “If God exists…then prove it.” For any young Catholic growing in the faith, this was a common statement that would often come up in debates among atheists or other Catholics seeking the truth. For some, it seemed that the explanation for life’s questions could be narrowed down to a scientific formula or understood through extensive analytical research. Is it possible to be both devoutly religious and critically scientific?
  • Celebrating Faith Connections Volunteers

    On May 4, 2014, over 80 people attended the Fontbonne Ministries Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at St. Paul's Basilica Parish Hall. In a beautiful parish hall decorated with colourful balloons and flowers, Faith Connections volunteers gathered with staff and Sisters. Together, they enjoyed a meal and celebrated the volunteers' contributions to different Fontbonne Ministries programs.

  • Sexuality and God’s Covenant of Love

    On March 10, 2014, young adults gathered at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga for Theology on Tap West. Professor Moira McQueen PhD, from the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, gave a talk entitled, “Sexuality and God’s Covenant of Love.” Using the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes n.49-52 on Marriage and Family, H.H. Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, and St. John Paul II’s “Catechesis on Marriage,” McQueen focused her presentation around three themes: Original Solitude, Original Innocence, and Original Unity, as found in St. John Paul II’s lectures on the “Theology of the Body.”

  • On being a busy person

    Audrey sent along this reflection on her experience of our Lenten Listening retreat:

    Calling myself a busy person would be an understatement. Between school, work, and other obligations, I often find myself pressed for time to eat, never mind an extended amount of time for something like a retreat. With Lent approaching though, I wanted to have an opportunity to increase my prayer life beyond it usual harried state, so, I signed up for the Lenten Listening Retreat being hosted by Faith Connections, Regis College, and the Toronto Area Vocation Directors Association.

  • Volunteer Opportunity

    Our friends at Jesuit Volunteers Canada are looking for volunteers — they write:

    Ever wonder what would happen if you dedicated your entire being to following Christ and making the world a better place?

  • Faith and Civic Engagement

    Toronto Councillor Joe Mihevc shared some perspectives on how faith in action helps to build neighbourhoods and cities at Theology on Tap on March 24.

    Mr. Mihevc began by expressing concern about the rise of secularism in Toronto starting in the 1980s. At this time, people tended to look inward, with a view to preserving themselves and their faith communities instead of looking outward and changing the world.