Un vent de jeunesse semble souffler sur le secteur de Montréal

Quel bonheur de participer à la fête patronale du 7 décembre dernier: un ressourcement vécu dans la simplicité et la fraternité avec une place particulière faite aux enfants des équipiers présents. C’était vraiment rafraîchissant et vivifiant de vivre cet après-midi avec toutes ces jeunes familles – outre deux couples de la région d’Ottawa et nous, les autres participants étaient tous des couples d’équipe jeunes, avec leurs enfants ( 18 ).

Notre ressourcement a débuté par une célébration eucharistique vécue avec les enfants. Ceux-ci nous ont aidés à vivre la partie de la parole grâce à une mise en scène et une réflexion-partage, animées par le Frère Gabriel Côté. Souvent, dans nos communautés paroissiales, les jeunes familles sont rarissimes… Cet après-midi-là, nous avons été témoins d’un vent de renouveau et de jeunesse dans notre église et notre mouvement, grâce à cette fête patronale. Nous avons été touché de vivre cette célébration où les enfants participaient par leur réflexion, connaissaient et chantaient les divers chants de la célébration, aidaient au service à l’autel et, moment culminant du ressourcement, à la fin de l’après-midi, lors de la prière de consécration à la Vierge Marie, chaque famille, en approchant de l’autel, recevait une bougie, et tous priaient en chantant. Ces jeunes familles rayonnaient de la joie du Christ dans leur vie. C’était sublime à vivre.

L’enseignement du Frère Gabriel et les échanges en équipes brassées nous ont permis de nous enrichir de l’expérience de foi des autres et de réaliser, malgré nos différences d’âge et de vécu, que nous sommes tous habités par le Christ, qui teinte nos choix, notre façon de vivre et de voir les autres, notre volonté d’agir pour rendre meilleur notre monde.

Comme, à plusieurs moments dans la vie de Marie, nous sommes repartis de cette fête patronale, en rendant grâce à Dieu pour ses merveilles et, en méditant et en gardant dans notre cœur ces événements. Merci à tous ceux qui ont mis la main à la pâte, pour faire de cette rencontre, ce moment précieux, vécu en Église.

Lucie et Martin (Montréal 39)

Teams of Our Lady Pulpit Talk Campaign

The TOOL Pulpit Talk Campaign is currently underway in the Toronto area and surrounding regions. We

are promoting the Movement through parish communities in order to provide information and presence

of TOOL couples who can answer your questions and gather contact information for potential

Information Sessions in the area.

UPCOMING PULPIT TALKS

March 16, 2019 – St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Toronto – Information Session at 5pm

March 24, 2019 – Pulpit Campaign at Holy Name Parish in Toronto

March 26, 2019 – Information Session at Blessed Trinity Parish in North York at 8pm

April 7, 2019 – Information Session at Holy Name Parish in Toronto at 11am

HOW IT WORKS

In order to invite a TOOL couple to your parish, please seek permission from your parish Pastor and

obtain a date that will work for the parish. A TOOL couple will present a 3-minute talk and short witness

about the Movement during the parish announcements after each mass. After each mass, they will

make themselves available either in the parish hall or foyer to pass out flyers, answer questions, provide

additional information and collect contact information from couples who are interested in attending an

Information Session. Depending on the area, babysitting can be arranged through TOOL couples or

youth from YTOL during the Information Session, which is usually 1 hour and arranged at a time that is

most convenient for couples from the parish/area.

INVITE A COUPLE TO COME AND SPEAK

In order to invite a couple to come speak about Teams of Our Lady in your parish, please contact

Toronto’s Information Couples

 

Pulpit Campaign

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Toronto Sector New Year’s Get-Together!

On Sunday January 11, seventeen families along with Fr. Peter Marr came together to bring in the New Year with a potluck and some much-needed socializing at St. Hedwig’s Parish in Oshawa.  The majority of the couples were from the east end of the Toronto Sector (Durham) with about 60 children in attendance!

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We are continually dedicating our efforts to the Canadian Regional Pastoral Plan set in place back in 2013.  The fruits of our work are coming forth, as our Sector has grown to 15 teams and 2 teams in pilot.  Praise the Lord!

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7 décembre 2014, fête patronale

Cette année, notre fête patronale aura lieu le 7 décembre 2014 de 13h00 à 17h00 à la Villa Saint Martin avec notre cher Fr. Gabriel Coté.

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Conférence “Parish Vitality – Doors wide open” du 13 au 15 novembre 2014

Nous étions invités par Pr. Gilles Surprenant, le chapelain pour les familles et couples de la communauté anglophone. Il est prêtre conseiller de la première équipe pilote en anglais qui travaille étroitement avec l’évêque Thomas Dowd.

Nous avons eu l’ occasion de présenter les END à la communauté anglophone, avec l’ appui et le matériel envoyés par les responsables des Etats Unis et de Toronto. Quelle solidarité internationale!

Nos cookies ont attiré beaucoup de monde!

Nous avons semé – l’ Esprit Saint fera le travail.

Teams of our Lady booth at Catholic event

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

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Toronto Sector Teams Retreat 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!

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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

May 24, 2014, Family retreat with the community of St. Jean, Val-Morin

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!

2014 Ontario Teams of our Lady Retreat

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.

Please contact the Toronto or London Sector Responsible couples to assist in the facilitation of this retreat or to register as a participant!

 

Christmas celebration 2013 Edmonton Sector

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.

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