Catholic Events and Faith Formation Opportunities

Below are a selection of catholic events and faith formation opportunities happening within the LDCSB. For more details on each event, click the website link. 
 
Note: This page will be updated frequently.

January

Christ the King University Parish, London

The Veritas Series for Faith and Culture endeavours to foster learning and dialogue by gathering scholars, artists, and activists who support and challenge us in living lives of faith and justice. The coming year's lecture series will be dedicated to the concept of renewal in our country, in our churches, and in our hearts.
 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7 pm
Joanne & Peter Kenny Theatre (in Darryl J. King Student Life Centre)

In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and amidst polarizations, both within Christian traditions and between us, how is Jesus' prayer in John 17, that they may be one being lived today? The current climate of polarization drives wedges within and between Christian communities. Are there signs of hope? From experience of parish and diocesan leadership and ecumenical dialogue. Bishop Nicholls will explore the signs of hope for unity.
 
Free admission. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible.
Catholic Students Week takes place from January 26 to February 1, 2020. To raise awareness and celebrate the many gifts and rich heritage of the Catholic Church, the Annual King’s Catholic Corner will take place in the Student Life Centre on Wednesday January 29, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM. A number of Catholic organizations will be present. Come and see what opportunities are available to take advantage of now and in the future.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Vitali Lounge of Wemple Building
 
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, interactive and participatory history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators. The
KAIROS Blanket Exercise (KBE) covers more than 500 years in a 90-minute experiential workshop that aims to foster understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
 
During the KBE, participants walk on blankets representing the land and learn about the role of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcome as they literally ‘walk’ through situations that include pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. The Exercise concludes with a debriefing, conducted as a ‘talking circle’, during which participants discuss the learning experience, process their feelings, ask questions, share insights and deepen their understanding.
 
There is no cost, but registration is required. To register, please contact Lisa at caeiro@kings.uwo.ca

Holy Angels' Parish, St. Thomas

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 7-9 pm
The purpose of the Adult Catechism Class is to educate people in the teaching of the Catholic Church. The next class will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd from 7 – 9 p.m. in Holy Angels’ Church Hall. Topic is: The Holy Spirit. All are welcome.

St. Michael's Parish, London

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:30 am to 2 pm
St. Michael's Parish is hosting a day of formation and nourishment of spirit with Mrs. Catherine Ecker, author, catechist, storyteller and so much more from the Archdiocese of Toronto. Catherine will present on 'Celebrating Sunday' Lex Orandi - Lex Credendi. How we pray is what we believe.
 
We gather each Sunday at the call of the Holy Spirit to lift our hearts and praise to God. All who are serving in ministry are encouraged to attend as well as anyone who would like to experience this day to deepen your understanding of the gifts each Sunday holds for all of us. All are welcome!
 
Join us for a time of payer, formation and fellowship. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Debbie Walsh - dwalsh@dol.ca

February

All Saints Parish, Strathroy

Monday, February 17, 2020, from 8 am to 3 pm
 
Many people think evangelization is impossible. Well, guess again! We will make evangelization possible for you to do! We invite you to join Father Jon Bielawski (Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of Plymouth), and Michele Thompson (Field Worker), both from the U.K. along with Michael Dopp (RELIT Ministries) of Ottawa, for some hands on training in evangelization!
 
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Register online at the All Saints Parish website
For more information, contact Julie at jdegouw@dol.ca

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8 am to 10 pm
St. André Bessette Catholic Secondary School

For those in high school and beyond, parents welcome.

“I thirst” reflects the convergence of two thirsts – our thirst for Jesus, quenched only by our knowing Him; and His thirst for each of us at every single moment.

The 2020 Pure Life Summit theme “I Thirst” draws from “YOU: Life, Love, and Theology of the Body” – the program from our Monthly Pure Life Gatherings. The summit seeks to offer participants an understanding of their value as a whole person: their bodies, their sexuality, and their individual call to love. In addition, the summit seeks to encourage youth to share this truth with their friends and family at home, school, and in their parishes.
 
  • Cost: $50 per person
  • Speakers: John Bishop (from FOCUS) and Katelyn Miller (from Renewal Ministries) with Fr. Thom Blondin (Parish Administrator of All Saints Strathroy, Sacred Heart Delaware, St. Charles Glencoe)
 
Click here to register.

Holy Trinity Parish, Woodstock

February 9, 10 and 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm
 
An evening of...
 
  • Uplifting talks
  • Worship
  • Adoration
  • Prayer Ministry
  • Refreshments
 
Everyone is welcome!

St. George Parish, London

Sunday, February 2, 2020, from 6-11 pm
 
Watch the game on a large 9 foot by 16 foot high definition screen!
 
  • Doors open at 6
  • Kids colouring contest until the end of the first quarter
  • Door prizes
  • Free babysitting
  • Chili, hot dogs, nachos, chips, popcorn, cookies, pop, juice, and more!
 
No need to buy tickets in advance. Free offerings will be accepted.
Thursday February 13, 2020 after mass from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
St. George Parish invites everyone to come and spend time in quiet prayer, reflection and music. Come and pray before the Lord, our Master, Teacher and Saviour.

St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica

Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am
Peter's Cathedral Parish Centre
 
  • Tickets: $30 each
  • 5:30 pm cocktails
  • 7:00 pm roast beef
  • Enjoy a complimentary Hollywood cocktail & Chicken Dinner
  • No tickets will be available at the door. Advance purchase only. 
 
Tickets will be on sale in the narthex at all masses on these weekends January 18-19, 25-26 
and also available at the Parish Office. 
Limited seating available! Bring your family and friends and reserve your table of 8!

Sacred Heart Parish, Parkhill

Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Caradoc Community Centre, Mount Brydges
 
Winter Parish Party, planned for the Family of Parishes of All Saints, Sacred Heart-Delaware, Sacred Heart–Parkhill and St Charles Garnier. Something for everyone, no matter what your age!
 
Music starts at 6:30 pm. Buffet Meal at 7:30pm. Advance tickets available after Masses and at Sacred Heart Office, Parkhill. Adults $15, Age 6 to 15, $5, under 5 are free.
 
Entertainment by "Mid Life Crisis" and "Goldhawk". Juice, soft drinks, tea, coffee provided. Cash bar. For more information contact Joseph Minten at keysermintens@hotmail.com or phone 519-247-3367 or Julie at jdegouw@dol.ca or phone the office at 519-294-6844.

March

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 1pm-7pm
Tickets available now, contact Mike Whelan at mike@legacypartners.ca
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Featuring Anne Marie Posella, RP, CPC and mental wellness coordinator at FFI

July

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

July 19-24, July 26-31, Aug 16-21
John Paul II Cultural Centre, Port Burwell
Registration open now!
Visit famfi.ca for full details
July 12-17
John Paul II Cultural Centre, Port Burwell
Registration open now!
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August

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

August 23-28
John Paul II Cultural Centre, Port Burwell
Registration open now!
Visit famfi.ca for full details

September

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

September 18-20
John Paul II Cultural Centre, Port Burwell
Visit famfi.ca for full details

All Year Round

All Saints Parish, Strathroy

The Mini Saints program is now running on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for children in grades 1 to 3. This program is free of charge and will run continuously until Tuesday May 17th 2020. For information about this program, please call, text or email Sandy Van Haaren @ 519-319-4146 svanhaaren@rogers.com
 
The Tween Scene program runs Tuesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:15pm for children in grades 4 to 8 and will run continuously until May 17, 2020. For more information contact the parish office 245-0644 or email allsaints@dol.ca.

Family Foundations Institute (FFI), London

February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4
 
Visit famfi.ca for full details
 
London, Stratford, Sarnia, Mississauga, Toronto, Markham, Brockville, Tillsonburg, Peterborough, Calgary, and Kitchener
 
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March 27, April 24, May 22 from 6:45pm - 10:00pm

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St. George Parish, London

Once a month from 6:30-8:30 pm, St. George hosts a free movie night for family and friends to enjoy a family movie night at the parish.
 
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy St. George's January Family Movie Night - The Lion King! Watch as a young lion prince flees his kingdom after the death of his father, only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Invite your family and friends on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the parish hall with a big high definition screen, free popcorn, cookies and snacks!
 
Here are the following dates for 2020:
Friday, January 24: The Lion King
Friday, February 21: Toy Story 4
Friday, March 28: TBA
Friday, April 24: Peter Rabbit
Once a month, the parish hosts a gathering that connects faith, society, economy and community. Each night has a guest speaker who seeks to engage those who attend to learn and act in their own lives and that of the community.
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, from 7-9 pm
Byron Legion Hall
 
In January, we welcome Jamie Skimming from the City of London who will speak on "London Has Declared a Climate Emergency - How Can We Help?"
 
FREE. Open to everyone 18+. Beverages are available with free snacks!
 
Upcoming dates and topics for 2020:
January 21: Climate Emergency
February 18: Handling Grief
March 24: Who's Your Neighbour
April 21: Science and Research
May 20: Understanding Racism

St. John the Divine Parish, London

St. John the Divine Parish will be offering an 8-week course here at the parish for young people aged 13-18. It will be on Friday nights from 6:30 - 8:15 pm, starting on January 10th.
 
Space is limited. For more information, please contact Bridget Corneil at bcorneil@dol.ca

By participating in the Youth Leadership program, young people will learn speaking and
leadership skills that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. They will learn to:
  • Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when asked to speak before an audience
  • Organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
  • Listen carefully to others’ ideas
  • Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and leadership skills
  • Participate in - and even lead - group discussions and meetings
  • Increase their self-confidence and, best of all, they will have fun while they
    learn with their friends.
This Youth Leadership course is a program of Toastmasters International which is a
nonprofit organization that helps people develop communication and leadership skills.
More than four million people around the world have benefitted from Toastmasters clubs
since 1924.