Lent 2023

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Lenten Events and Resources

Check out events happening in your area and resources to inspire and lead you closer to Christ.

    • The Power of the Cross
      Lenten Retreat for Youth and Young Adults
      March 18-21 (evenings)
      St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish
      Speakers: Fr. Ken Anderson and Fr. Dennis Savanger

    • Extreme Way of the Cross - 40km overnight Stations of the Cross
      Friday, March 31
      Mass at 7:00pm at St. Casimir's in Toronto. We start walking right after Mass
      Arrive at St. Eugene de Mazenod (Brampton) the following morning.
      This is meant to be a contemplative 40km, walked in silence.
      The "Extreme Way of the Cross"/"Extremalna Droga Krzyzowa" mobile app has the route and reflections in English and Polish
      Dress warm, wear comfortable shoes, bring a sandwich/snacks for the road. Have a family member or friend on call just in case you need to be picked up earlier.

    • Spiritus West: The Eucharist & You
      Wed, Mar 15, 2023
      Merciful Redeemer Parish, Mississauga
      6:30pm Social, 7:00pm Mass followed by a talk by Fr. Seamus Hogan

    • Spiritus East: The Vocation of Man & Woman
      Wed, Mar 8, 2023
      St. Theresa's Parish, Scarborough
      7:00pm - 9:00pm

    • Spiritus York: Going Beyond Yourself
      "Thinking with the Holy Spirit"
      Wed, Mar 22, 2023, 7:00pm
      St. David's Parish, Vaughan
      Guest Speaker: Kenneth Faria

    • "Come & See" Weekend Discernment Retreat
      For single men ages 18+
      St. Augustine Seminary, Toronto
      March 17-19
      Holy Mass, communal prayer, discernment stories, testimonials from seminarians, seminary tour, fellowship
      Special address by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins
      Food and accomodations provided
      Cost: suggested donation of $100
      Visit Vocations Toronto for more info.

    • Dynamic Women of Faith
      Saturday, March 25, 9:00am - 4:00pm (Registration 8:00am)
      The Old Mill, Toronto
      Cost: $80 earlybird price (limited seating)
      Keynote Speaker: Sr. Deirdre Byrne - Surgeon, Soldier, Sister, Servant
      See Dynamic Women of Faith for more details and to register.

    • The Source: Holy Hour with Music by the Sisters of Life
      Thursday, March 23, 7:00pm
      St. Peter's Church, Toronto

    • Spiritual Direction & Discernment Retreat (Young adults, age 19-39)
      Saturday, April 22, 9:00am - 3:00pm
      St. Peter's Church, Toronto
      Recommended donation: $10
      Fellowship, Talks by Sr. Rosemary and Fr. Matthew McCarthy, Holy Mass, Individual Prayer, Testimonials, Adoration, Confessions
      See the Google form for more details and to register.

    • Lift Jesus Higher Rally
      Saturday, March 4, 9:00am to 5:30pm
      Metro Toronto Convention Centre
      Tickets: $25
      Lots of great Catholic speakers like Ralph Martin, Chris Stefanick, Rachel Herbeck
      See website for more details and to register.

    • Queen of Apostles Retreat Centre
      "Wrestling with God and Love", March 3-5, led by Fr. Ron Rolheiser
      QoA Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 18, 9:00am to 5:00pm
      Contact the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre for more info and to register.

    • Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph
      "Directed Prayer Weekend", March 17-19
      Includes the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. See website for more info.

    • Merciful Redeemer Lenten Missions
      March 27, 28, 30 at 7pm (Confessions on March 29)
      Missions led by Fr. Francis Ching, a member of the Companions of the Cross

    • Hallow App
      Great Catholic prayer and meditation app. There's a free version as well as a paid version. Both have great resources.
    • Best Lent Ever
      Sign up for inspiring daily emails each day of Lent from Dynamic Catholic
    • Living Lent Daily
      Daily 3 minute retreats throughout Lent, from Loyola Press
    • Epic Pew
      "What to Give Up for Lent Based on your Temperament"
    • The BIBLE
      Just pick up a Bible and read. Let God do the rest.
      Or let Lent be when you start the 365 day journey of reading the Bible with Fr. Mike Schmitz. The "Bible in a Year" is available for free wherever you listen to podcasts, as well as on the Hallow app.
      If you've already done BIY, check out the "Catechism in a Year" podcasts.

    • St. Eugene de Mazenod, Brampton: Tuesday, April 4th - 7pm
      * Confession in our Parish is also available at 6pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as half an hour before every Mass.
    • St. Jerome, Brampton: Tuesday, March 31st - 10am to 3pm
    • St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga: Monday, April 3rd - 7pm to 9pm
    • Check out the Archdiocese of Toronto website for days and times of Lenten Confession in other parishes in our diocese

    • St. Eugene de Mazenod, Brampton - Every Thursday at 6:15pm in English, and every Friday at 6:15pm in Polish
    • St. Jerome, Brampton - Every Friday after 7pm Mass
    • St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga - Every Friday after 7pm Mass
    • Most churches have Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings - check their websites or bulletins for info!
    • Pray the Stations privately from home or a chapel through apps like Hallow or YouTube, or other Catholic websites/apps, or even a good ol' physical book with reflections on each station!

    • Support your local food bank or homeless shelter
    • Support ShareLife, a wonderful Catholic charity helping those in need in our communities.
    • Support those who have been affected by wars or natural disasters, through organizations like Knights of Colombus.
    • Support those living in the most poverty-stricken areas of the world through Oblate World Missions.
    • Support your parish (you can donate online to any parish in the Toronto Archdiocese through their website.