This booth is helping grow awareness of Tool and offering a welcoming invitation for new members to the movement. This is a photo of the booth with wonderful volunteers at the Catholic Chapter House event, “The future of Catholicism” in Toronto on November 8th 2014
During the weekend of October 3-5, 2014 the Toronto Sector held its third Sector Retreat at the Michaelite Fathers Retreat Centre in London, ON with the theme “Turn Up the Heat – Overcoming Lukewarmness in Our Endeavours.” In past years, participants enjoyed the summer sun; this year, we welcomed the calm of autumn as we contemplated prayer and spiritual renewal based on the conferences of Fr. Wojciech Kuźma, our retreat director and Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton. 21 couples were in attendance, along with an energetic group of 29 children who were taken care of amazing young people from Youth Teams of Our Lady and older children from TOOL couples. It was truly a blessing to have the Canadian Regional Couple, Louise and Yvon Boucher, join us during this retreat as they encouraged the Movement’s growth and sustained our appreciation of the global TOOL community, united in prayer and perseverance. We continuously pray for all retreat participants and the many fruits to come from this retreat!
A Post Retreat Reflection: Take it to Prayer with Honesty and Perseverance
Fr. Kuźma’s message was so accessible and his challenge is attainable. When I woke up Monday morning to have some quiet prayer time, I prayed differently in than in the past based on the guidance of Fr. Kuźma. As he said, keep it simple, honest and from the heart. Persevere. Get to the point where we see ourselves as God sees us.
Fr. Kuźma was so convincing when he said we need to be honest with God – tell Him exactly how we feel and where we are. When we experience the dark times, he told us to pray through it. In fact, he said keep doing what you’re doing. It made it simple. We often wonder what we need to do when we struggle. The answer is simple – persevere in prayer and God will take us through the darkness to the next level. What also made an impression was his reminder that we need to be thankful at all times. See the goodness of God and be thankful at all times.
In one story, he spoke about a time when he gave a retreat and the first talk did not go so well. He felt anxious and nervous. He then said he ‘took it to prayer’. When he took it to prayer, he realized that what he was looking for was affirmation for his talk. That means that God was not his focus. Had God been his focus, he would have felt confident and not been nervous seeking the recognition of man. We had a situation where one of our sons struggled with something last week. I encouraged him to look into his heart and see what may have caused him to react in such a way. I then asked him to take the situation ‘to prayer’. What a wonderful thing – Take it to Prayer. By that time, we are removed from the emotion of the time and can reflect calmly. There is a lot of humility in that.
Stephen Hughes, Durham I
N’ayant pas pu organiser, comme prévu, un ressourcement ce printemps pour le 7 avril, nous vous proposons une nouvelle démarche. Sur les pas du Pape François qui nous invite à l’évangélisation et au témoignage, nous vous proposons une journée pour faire découvrir les équipes Notre Dame à de nouveaux couples. Samedi le 24 mai, nous aurons la chance de vivre une équipe Notre Dame et de la faire découvrir lors d’une journée familiale avec les frères de Saint Jean.
La journée se déroulera dans le cadre enchanteur de l’académie Laurentienne à Val Morin dans les Laurentides. Les enfants seront pris en charge par des moniteurs qualifiés et vivront aussi un temps de ressourcement. Le matin les adultes seront invités à vivre une équipe Notre Dame classique. Nous ferons des petites équipes pour la journée. Comme équipiers nous seront témoins de ce que nous vivons dans le mouvement.
Notez ce rendez‐vous dans vos agendas : Samedi le 24 mai 2014!
The Toronto and London sectors are organizing their annual Retreat. The 2014 TOOL Retreat has been set for October 3-5, 2014 at the Michaelite Fathers Retreat Centre in London, ON.
We would like to keep the Retreat Endeavour thriving, as it is an accessible way of team members to fulfill their retreat endeavour every year.
Dec 8. The celebration of the Christmas Eucharist for the Team Of Our Lady – Edmonton Sector – took place at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Church at 4 pm, on attendance of the 8 teams and their families as well as the couples on Piloting stage and some new couples interested in the movement. The mass was celebrated by our Spiritual Counselor Father Augusto Garcia having the participation of several TOOL members as readers, directors, choir, acolytes, offering carriers, Eucharist ministers and others.
Couples from various Ontario Teams turned out with their families to enjoy the second annual South Western Ontario TOOL Family Retreat. Child care and youth activities were provided by TOOL Couples and YTOOl Youth so that couples could focus on attending workshops and talks. Delicious meals were prepared by volunteer TOL couples. Mass and adoration was celebrated by all. The retreat ended with the Magnificant and a few beautiful testimonies from couples who wished to share about the many benefits that Teams has brought forth into their lives and marriages.
A special thanks to the couples that prepared the meals this weekend. We were truly blessed!
Our London TOOL Christmas celebration was one that won’t soon be forgotten by all whom attended. Following mass, families enjoyed an afternoon of delicious potluck food, organized games with prizes, Christmas crafts and free family portraits. A surprise visit from Saint Nicolas was a highlight for the children whom each received a special gift with open opens and big smiles.
A wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by Teams of Our Lady members and their families in London as the local St. Peter’s Seminary. The gathering started with a beautiful bilingual mass in Spanish and English celebrated by Father. Families were treated to desserts and an uplifting and informative PowerPoint and video presentation by pre-sector couple Victor and Maria, as well as fellow Team members whom had recently returned from the Brazil 2012 International Gathering of Teams of Our Lady.
The enthusiasm and personal testimonies shared by those whom had attended was very contagious and was thoroughly enjoyed by all whom attended!
- Fr. Henri Caffarel