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, adapting to the current lockdown situation in our churches, we are moving the Lenten Day of Recollection to an online format and spreading it across three Saturdays: February 20, 27, and March 6. On each of these days there will be the usual livestreamed Mass at 10am, followed by a reflection from one of the Fathers. 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.

This year, the Lenten Days of Recollection theme is: “Temptations of Christ”

Saturday February 20 – The Spiritual Power of the Wilderness

For Children: Let’s Pray! A Lesson on Prayer

For Adolescents: Practicing Prayer with Jackie Francois

Saturday February 27 – The Spiritual Value of Temptations

For Children: Let’s Learn about Lent

For Adolescents: Living Sobriety in a Party Culture with Emily German

Saturday March 6 – Broken Promises: Dealing with Failure

Children: Mother Teresa: Seeing the Face of Jesus

Adolescents: Catholic Social Teaching: Building a Civilization of Love

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