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Programs for Children & Youth

Programs for Children

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Cancelled until further notice)

"Helping Children Fall In Love With God". For children ages 3 to 12 years of age. The Catechesis recognizes that a child already has a relationship with God, and that through the use of concrete aids or materials" that accompany presentations, children are drawn closer to God.
 
This program runs in our parish from October to May. We offer both a Level 1 program (3-6 years) and Level 2 (6-9 years) on both Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons.
 
For more information about this program or to register, please contact May Chow Leong, our CGS Coordinator, at the Parish Office or via e-mail at: goodshepherdcgs@gmail.com.

Totus Tuus (Summer Vacation Bible School) (Cancelled until further notice)

Just because summer is here and the weather gets warm doesn’t mean the Church closes for the summer! In fact, we open wide the doors and get ready to delve deep into our faith.

This year, St. Justin's will be switching gears, by developing a new summer camp program for our children here at the parish.

Totus Tuus is a multi-tiered program for Catholic youth in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The program offers a one-week summer camp to St. Justin's who may be looking for children's programming during the summer.

Children who are in Grades 1 through 6 will experience camp daily - Monday to Friday - from 8:45am - 2:30pm. 

The program helps children learn more about the Catholic faith in a caring and fun-filled environment. This day camp is facilitated by our highly trained, college-age Totus Tuus Missionaries, with support from our pastoral team at the parish.

** For more information on registering your child for Totus Tuus, contact the Parish Office.

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children)

This is a program for children over the age of seven who are not baptized and/or have not received First Communion and/or First Confession. For more information, please contact program Co-ordinator-Rachel Martinez via the Parish Office.

You could also download the Application Form for Rite of Christian Initiation of Children Here.

Sunday Children's Liturgy (Cancelled until further notice)

Bring your children on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. where they will be assisted and guided by the best of the Faith formation ministers who would give 30 minutes of spiritual liturgical nurturing to your little ones. Children will be assisted in completing small activities and are taught about the gospel for the day. The Children's Liturgy runs parellel to the Mass.

Programs For Youth

We have many volunteering options for the Youth. Apart from that, these programs give our young parishioners the opportunity to maintain a healthy communication among their friends and the community at large.

EDGE (Grade 5 to 8) (Virtual until further notice)

Welcome to EDGE, St. Justin Martyr Parish's elementary school Youth Ministry program for Grades 5-8.

In many respects, middle school youth are on the edge because so much is going on in their lives - physically, mentally, socially and most of all, spiritually. It can be a very stressful and difficult time for them and you - their parents.

In addition to bi-weekly catechetical nights, there are fun social outings (snowtubing, bowling, Laser tag, etc.) throughout the year. On top of that, we plan at least one weekend retreat a year, as well as a week-long summer camp at Camp White Pine in Haliburton to help students recognize and grow in their relationship with God and His Church.

If you are interesting in learning more about our EDGE Program, contact the Parish Office or e-mail edge@stjustin.ca

LifeTeen (Grade 9 to 12) (Virtual until further notice)

LifeTeen is a movement within the Roman Catholic Church that leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus and His Church.

 Just like the Liturgy, the structure of our Life Nights are: “Gather, Proclaim, Break and Send”. We Gather as a community to get to know one another, build friendships and open our hearts to the Lord. We Proclaim the  Good News of the Gospel through reading of Scripture, talks, dramas, videos and skits. We Break and go deeper into the material by small group discussions, activities, reflections and prayers. We then Send and challenge our teens to go back into their families and communities and apply the message of the Gospel that they have learned into their lives.

There are three types of LIFE Nights: Catechesis (learning about our Catholic faith), Issue (hear about important life issues from a Catholic perspective) and Social (where we build friendships and community involvement with each other).

** For more information about LifeTeen, contact Hilton Chiu (Co-ordinator) at Parish Office or phone (905)-479-2463.

Steubenville Toronto (Cancelled until further notice)

Our parish continues to allow young people from within our community to experience the renowned “Steubenville Conferences”.

The Church, as a whole and here at St. Justin’s, recognizes that staying true to your faith in high school is tough. We’ve all been there at some point in our life! Steubenville Conferences seek to equip today’s teenagers with what they need to stand firm in their faith. Simply put, because we cannot do it alone. 

Steubenville brings together some of the best Catholic speakers and musicians in North America and provides opportunities for our teens to encounter Christ in the Eucharist. All you have to do is say yes and show up.

As a family of faith here at St. Justin’s, please pray for our students as they seek to discern God’s will in their life and to ultimately be a better Catholic-Christian.