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

February 7/8 2015 – St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Pickering, ON

February 21/22 2015 – St. Gertrude’s Parish in Oshawa, ON

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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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.

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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!

 

Spring Team Family Retreat 2013

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.

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A special thanks to the couples that prepared the meals this weekend. We were truly blessed!