One of the most nerve-wracking things for many people is walking into a room of strangers and striking up a conversation with someone. The feeling can be a combination of nausea and getting punched in the stomach; an uncomfortable, hollow feeling that threatens to send you running out the door. Throw in assigned pairs and a four minute time-frame, and some people are ready to cower in the corner.
This is the prayer the Faith Connections team prayed together at our first meeting of 2014. We invite you to join us in prayer: to reflect on being a “pilgrim people,” “awake” and ready to encounter Christ as we journey through 2014!
When the Faith Connections team gathered this afternoon to plan our upcoming programs, we reflected and prayed about the words of Pope Francis and Mary, the mother of God.
“You must not resign yourselves to the monotony of everyday life, but rather cultivate broad-ranging plans, go beyond the ordinary; do not allow yourselves to be robbed of your youthful enthusiasm! It would also be a mistake to allow yourselves to be imprisoned by the weak and uniform thought, that which conforms, or indeed by a globalization understood as uniformity.” — Pope Francis, Nov 30, 2013
Michelle Henry, partner at the Toronto corporate law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, spoke to a packed house at Theology on Tap on November 25, 2013.
Michelle’s talk — "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" — focused on how to balance the needs of our economic world and career with our spiritual needs.
"Discernment of God's will is never a simple and easy task. Prayer is key and vital." These were the words of Bishop Vincent Nguyen to over 100 young adults gathered for the launch of Theology on Tap East held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Scarborough.
The Faith Connections Hike and Prayer on November 9, 2013 looked at the desolation and the consolation that we can find in the environment: desolation in the contamination of nature and consolation in the beauty. The hike took us through a cemetery and then onto the Beltline Trail to the Evergreen Brick Works. What struck me throughout the hike was how we can find moments of consolation among the desolation.
On Monday November 25th we had 85 people join us at Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap. Michelle Henry, corporate lawyer, spoke about "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World" and her talk generated rich discussion.
On November 11th, 110 young adults gathered at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga for the launch of “Theology on Tap West.” The evening was hosted by Faith Connections, the Office of Catholic Youth, and young adult volunteers from regional parishes.
In his talk, “In Today’s World, Why Should I Share My Faith?,” Bishop John A. Boissonneau posited questions centered around three themes: religious faith, contemporary culture, and evangelization.
After the November 25 Theology on Tap session on "Living Your Faith in the Corporate World", Adam Padzik will be holding a 30-minute focus group for those interested in providing feedback and opinions on the formation of a brand new networking group: The Young Canadian Catholic Professionals.
On October 28, Paul Robson, Jesuit theology student at Regis College, spoke to an audience of young adults at Theology on Tap about being a missionary working with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. His work as an English teacher in the refugee camp was an important part of the Jesuit formation process. Through his exposure to a different culture and the opportunity to be a leader, Paul grew in his ability to give more of himself.
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