• S.E.R.V.E. 2010

    S.E.R.V.E.  (Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience) is an opportunity for 5 young men and women (age 18-30) to deepen their Christian Faith through fostering a sense of mission, service, prayer and spirituality in Christian Community rooted in the Spirituality of St. Alphonsus Liguori and in the Redemptorist Charism.  Through common prayer, community living, spiritual formation, opportunities for service in social agencies in Toronto, Eucharist, discussion and social activitties, participants will discover Christ in themselves and learn how to bring Christ to others.

  • Merry Christmas!

    Luke 2:18-19

    Faith Connections would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  • Advent

    AdventJourneytoBethlehem.jpgAdvent marks the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. It is a season of hope, preparation, expectation, and celebration — not just for Jesus’ anniversary of birth but also as a reminder of our redemption and of his promised second coming. To prepare your heart for Advent, you can find Scripture readings and links to Advent resources on our Advent Prayer Tool page.
  • Be Still

    Rev. Michael Machacek

    "Be still and know that I am God — silence — Be still and know — siilleenncce — Be still — siiillleeennnccceee—" One could have heard a pin drop as Fr. Michael lead us in a silent meditation at November 16th’s Theology on Tap. I couldn’t believe I was sitting in a pub surrounded by people in motionless meditation. Silence and stillness is truly a gift even when found in the most unexpected of places! (Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, Faith Connections Assistant Director)

    Here are some of the resource suggestions Fr. Michael Machacek (Pastor of the Newman Centre) shared with us:

  • Learning to Make Time for Silence

    At Theology on Tap on November 16, Fr. Michael Machacek spoke on “Into the Silence, In a Busy World,” sharing his insights and practical techniques for achieving silence in the chaos of life.

    It was suggested that a culture/lifestyle of ‘busyness’ is glorified and engrosses our present day lives. Fr. Michael reflected that often people feel powerless in their busyness, but upon reflection may realize that a choice is made to keep busy in our lives. Members of the audience raised hands in agreement that their lives can be extremely busy.
  • Pushing the edges in building a City of God

    In our Theology on Tap discussion on architecture, “Building a City of God: Constructing a Theology of the Everyday”, Michael Nicholas-Schmidt, M.Arch., brought to life the inanimate structures we see as buildings, park benches, and narthexes.

    The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines narthex as “a lobby inside the main entrance to a church building” but Nicholas-Schmidt redefined it as “spaces where people can come towards a church.”
  • Taking Risks to Live Life and Spread Light in the World

    In the final Theology on Tap session of the season, “Risking God – Living the Sacramental Life”, Gregory Beath provided the audience with his thoughts on risk taking in order to deepen our faith. He explained ‘God takes risks in God’s love for us. And we are in turn invited to take risks for God.’
  • A "Christocentric" prayer

    The Rosary

    We're continuing to add to the spiritual tools and resources here on the Faith Connections web site, and today we have posted an introduction to the Rosary; which is fitting, since October 7 is also the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary in Catholic tradition.

  • "Get moving, you peacemakers..."

    Ninette D'Souza and Fr. Bob Holmes

    On September 21, those gathered at Theology on Tap listened to Ninette D’Souza and Fr. Bob Holmes as they shared stories of individual Palestinian Christians they have met in order to tell “The Story of the Christians of Bethlehem Today”.

    Ninette explained that she had been on a Basilian Peace and Justice pilgrimage with Fr. Bob to the Holy Land in 2008. The Palestinians there told her that the best thing she could do upon returning home was to “tell the true story” of the Palestinians.

  • Racism. Stop It! Video Competition

    The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition is a contest which provides the opportunity for young adults between the ages of 18 and 20, to submit short videos (45 to 60 seconds) on their thoughts about eliminating racism. This initiative reaches thousands of youth and educators from across the country every year and includes the participation of many significant partners such as, the National Film Board of Canada, Panasonic Canada Inc., MuchMusic and VRAK.TV.

    Ten winning videos will be chosen to be broadcast on partners' networks, reaching a majority of Canadians.