Days of Recollection

Twice a year, on the first Saturday of Advent and the first Saturday of Lent, the Oratory offers a Day of Recollection at Holy Family Church. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a sung Mass and ending at 3:00 p.m. with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, each Day offers morning and afternoon conferences, running concurrently, aimed at adults, teenagers, and primary school children. Each Day has its own theme, the Rosary and Litany of Our Lady are prayed in common (replaced by the Stations of the Cross in Lent), there are ample opportunities for confession, and a chance to meet other Catholics during lunch. Baby-sitting for children under seven years old is provided, as is lunch. There is no cost for the day, but people who intend to stay for lunch are asked to make a donation to cover the cost of food.

This year, we will have Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church on December 4, 11 and 18, with a homily during Mass and a spiritual talk after Mass. We are restricted in numbers, so live attendance will be by registration on the SignUpGenius site that we use for booking Mass attendance; but the Mass and subsequent talk will also be live-streamed, and links will be provided below. There will also be links to materials for children and youth on You can register on for free by indicating that you belong to Holy Family Parish in Toronto.

Saturday December 4 – The motive for Christ’s coming (Divine Compassion)

Saturday December 11 – The preparation for Christ’s coming (John the Baptist)

Saturday December 18 – Christ’s coming (The Incarnation)

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