• Why does a loving God not end suffering?

    On Wednesday February 26th I was intrigued by Father Chris’ discussion tackling the challenging question “How does a just and loving God allow suffering?” at Theology on Tap East. I was touched by so many examples that Father Chris gave explaining that suffering is a part of life. It is not only our own suffering but the suffering of those around us. We are a part of a greater human experience and while we feel that suffering is our own and feeling the need of isolation, it’s actually the opposite. I know sometimes we want to be left alone but as Father Chris mentioned, it’s best to be done in communion with others. On one hand I agree that it’s important to look for community with our friends and family but more importantly in the Eucharist with Christ Himself.

  • Reflecting on the life of Jeanne Fontbonne

    At our Faith Connections team meeting this week, we reflected on the life of a young adult named Jeanne Fontbonne, who became a foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

    We invite you to share in our prayer and reflection.

  • Christianity and world religions: complimentary or contradictory?

    On January 13, 2014, 85 young adults from the Peel Region gathered at West 50 Pourhouse and Grille in Mississauga for Theology on Tap West. Fr. Damian McPherson explored the question “Christianity and World Religions: Complimentary or Contradictory?”

  • Our ultimate friend

    Faith Connections invited The Most Reverend Gerard Paul Bergie, Bishop of St. Catherines, to usher in a new year of Theology on Tap on Monday, January 27. Through a combination of anecdotes, jokes, and a brief lesson on salvation history, Bishop Bergie discussed the concept of friendship.

  • Self-confidence and self-respect

    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.

  • Join us in prayer be begin our 2014 “walk” …

    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!

  • Advent: Wake up! Begin again!

    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

  • Advocating for the Truth

    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.

  • Inviting God on your journey

    "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.

  • Finding consolation in desolation

    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.