Parish Groups

Faith Development

The gift of faith is given to us through the grace of our baptism. This is God's gift to us; its a gift that we need to keep nurturing as we mature.  St. Peter rightly encourages us to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have... (1 Pt 3:15).

As we get older and life's questions become more complex, we cannot simply draw on the faith answers we learned in our youth. Very often, our life situations have "out grown" the faith answers we have readily available. The risk, then, is that we reject our faith as "irrelevant". In reality, our faith is always relevant; it is an inexhaustible resource, but our knowledge of it may not be sufficient. Indeed, the more we nurture our faith, the better it will guide us and sustain us, and ironically, the less complicated our life situations become as we see them in a different light.

Faith Development is an invitation to deepen our knowledge of the Catholic faith. St. Benedict Parish offers many opportunities for Faith Development. Which one suits you best?

Select a Faith Development Group

ADMA (Devotees of Mary Help of Christians)

ADMA is the acronym for Associazione di Maria Ausiliatrice, which translates to Mary Help of Christians Association. Don Bosco founded ADMA in 1869 as a means of connecting good Christians to the spirituality and the mission of the Salesian Congregation. It encourages worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Mary Help of Christians. It offers a way of sanctification and apostolate to lay people. Before joining ADMA, candidates undergo a year of preparation and are admitted officially into the Association when they make their solemn promise to be faithful members. ADMA was established at St. Benedict’s in 2000. We meet on Tuesdays closest to the 24th of each month, except during the summer. Our meetings consist of the praying of the rosary, spiritual formation and Scripture reading with faith sharing. We also have mini-retreats twice a year. ADMA’s excellent bulletins of formation and information can be read on its Turin website in all major languages. Contacts: Coordinator: Margaret Pupulin

Youth Ministry-Based Confirmation Process

Every year in September, the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto invites youth in Grade 7 to consider making their Confirmation. Here at St. Benedict, we are proud to offer a parish yout ministry-based Confirmation preparation process. Our youth ministry-based Confirmation process was developed according to the guidelines provided by our Archdiocese. It engages parents and children in various gatherings including a family interview, catechetical sessions, a commitment ceremony, a faith-sharing breakfast, and a retreat. The youth ministry-based Confirmation process is for a youth in Grade 7 who:

  • is baptized in the Catholic Church or other Christian Church
  • regularly receives to the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
  • participates at Mass weekly at St. Benedict Church on Saturday evenings or Sundays
  • has an active experience of prayer in the family and
  • receives religious education at a Catholic school
Confirmation is celebrated in the Easter season as close as possible to the feast of Pentecost. Registration forms are available at the parent meeting each September. Contact: Antoniette Pace Resources

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium)

In a space known as "Our Atrium", children gather in small groups to be in a place of simplicity and order, prayer, work and community. Using beautiful objects and wooden materials, the children come in contact with the liturgy of the church, scripture and sacred history. The richest teachings are presented to the youngest children and a solid foundation is set. Over the years, as they grow in faith, the children are helped to know God and to enter into the mystery of Jesus Christ. Come and see if you’d like this opportunity for your children! Level I (ages 3-6), Level II (ages 6-9), Level III (grades 4-8). Contact: Rosella Lucchitti Contact for the Archdiocese of Toronto:
Anna Boyagoda
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Archdiocese of Toronto
416-934-3400 ext. 511 Resources

Come to the Table

Every year in September, the church invites children in Grade 2 to prepare for their First Holy Communion. Here at St. Benedict, we are proud to offer a Parish-Based Communion process called Come to the Table. This process was developed according to the guidelines provided by our Toronto Archdiocese. It offers a series of catechetical sessions of the children and engages parents and children in various gatherings including a family interview, a church tour, and a Rite of Illumination. Come to the Table is for a child in Grade 2 who:

  • is baptized in the Catholic Church or other Christian Church
  • participates at Mass weekly at St. Benedict Church on Saturday evenings or Sundays, prays at home regularly in the family,
  • receives religious education at a Catholic school and
  • will prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before celebrating First Holy Communion
First Reconciliation is celebrated during Lent. First Communion is celebrated during the Easter season. Registration forms are available at the parent meeting in September. Contact: Antoniette Pace 416-743-3830 X4 Resources Communion Booklet - St. Benedict Church 1st Communion Letter to Parents

Faith & Family

Faith & Family is a process of faith formation and immediate preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation. The program serves children and youth, ages 6-18 who:

  • attend mass with their family at St. Benedict Church,
  • are baptized or not yet baptized with at least one Catholic parent,
  • attend public school or private school,
  • require ongoing faith formation and preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
Faith & Family sessions are scheduled for 20 weeks from October – May. Gatherings are held on Monday evenings in the parish hall: 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm. Registration takes place August and early September. A supplies fee provides the required books and materials. Contact: Antoniette Pace 416-743-3830 X4. Family and Faith Registration Form

Lighthouse Catholic Media


Magnificat is a ministry to Catholic women; women already active in the church or returning to the practice of the faith. Its purpose is to nurture and foster in women openness to the Holy Spirit through a deeper commitment of their lives to Jesus as Lord. As a Mother Chapter in the Toronto Archdiocese, Magnificat is based at St. Benedict. Corona Call to Prayer Rosary Blanket of Prayer Schedule & Explanation Magnificat Toronto Chapter Link to Central Service Team Website: Magnificat Internet Prayer Ministry (MIPM) Our Magnificat, Toronto, Mary, Cause of our Joy, Chapter is a participant in our Magnificat Region INTERNET PRAYER MINISTRY. This apostolic undertaking invites us to offer ourselves for prayer petitioning our God on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need. It is our hope that many will receive healing, hope, strength, consolation and blessings through the prayers of the women of Magnificat. To Request Prayer
To offer a prayer of intercession or thanks, send a brief email to: Your request will be sent to all participating Magnificat chapters for prayer. Kindly keep your prayer request brief. A sample prayer appears here: From Jane Doe – Toronto, Canada: Healing for John Jones who was admitted to the hospital for surgery.

To Offer Prayer
To offer prayer, simply include the Magnificat internet prayer intentions in your regular personal prayers. To receive the published MIPM intentions, send a simple message to indicating your interest. For example: I would like to include the prayer intentions of MIPM in my regular personal prayers. Kindly email me the published prayer requests.

  • Upcoming Magnificat Events
  • Rosary Blanket of Prayer
  • Service Team Members
  • History: Mary, Cause of our Joy Chapter, Toronto
Contact: Antoniette Pace


The RCIA is for any nonbaptized adult (18+) seeking life in the Church through preparation for and celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist. An adult who has been baptized in another Christian Church and seeks full communion with the Catholic Church also undergoes a time of preparation. The sessions provide suitable catechesis, time for reflection, discernment and fellowship. Their Christian background and experience is respected throughout the process. They do not celebrate the rites with the unbaptized. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults provides appropriate rites for the baptized seeking full communion. People wishing more information may contact the parish to arrange to meet with the pastor and parish representative who will assist them on their journey of faith. Contact: Antoniette Pace

Salesian Co-operators

A lay movement of men and women who live the Salesian spirituality in their particular state in life.

The vision of Saint John Bosco to extend his ministry, to the young and poor, to the far corners of the earth could not be realized without the help of lay men and women. It is this foresight that inspired into being, in 1876, the Association of Salesian Co-operators.

Salesian Co-operators are thus the essential lay component of the Salesian family and live the charism of Saint John Bosco in their own secular reality. Inspired by Don Bosco’s apostolic project to contribute to the “salvation of the young”, they work both explicitly and implicitly for the good of the Church and society, in a manner adapted to their own circumstances and personal possibilities.

The Salesian Co-operators of St. Benedict’s welcome any lay Catholic, 18 years of age or older, who desires to discern a vocation to the Salesian family as a Co-operator. We welcome you to contact us for more information on this journey to personal holiness in the spirit of Saint John Bosco.

Contact: Joe Conroy -

Salesian Family Commission

The Salesian Family is made up of various groups that derive their origins and spiritual identity from the life, works and charism of St. John Bosco.

In Toronto, the Salesian Family includes the Salesian priests and brothers (SDB), the Salesian sisters (FMA, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice or, in English, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians), Salesian Cooperators, Devotees of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA), Don Bosco Volunteers (DBV), Salesian Lay Missioners (VIDES), Salesian Past Pupils.

The goal of the Salesian Family Commission is to strenghten the network of people who belong to the Salesian Family, to encourage them to deepen their faith and to grow in their service to society in the spirit of St. John Bosco.

Contact: TBA