News and Events

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Upcoming Monthly Events and Activities


Online Come and See – Servants of the Cross

Ready to uncover your vocation and mission? Join us for a three-day virtual experience on Zoom as we embark on a journey to discern God’s voice in our lives.


Marriage for Mary

Marriages for Mary offers retreats tailored for couples preparing to embrace the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. Our weekend-long courses, held at the Marriages for Mary retreat house in Metcalfe, Ontario, provide a serene and intimate setting for couples to engage in marriage preparation. Facilitated as retreats with opportunities for private discussions, our sessions fulfill the Archdiocese’s requirement for marriage preparation. Upon completion, couples receive a certificate recognized nationally and internationally, necessary for Catholic Church weddings. With a flexible capacity of one to six couples per retreat, we also offer accommodations for up to two couples, particularly for those traveling from afar. While there’s no fixed fee, we suggest a donation of $300, supporting our status as a registered charity reliant on the generosity of our donors and the couples we assist.


Academia Stella Maris International Dinner Gala

Experience a mesmerizing evening of cultural fusion at the Academia Stella Maris International Gala Fundraiser. Indulge in a sumptuous four-course meal, accompanied by live music from a talented pianist. Enjoy captivating performances by Mexican folkloric ballet dancers, the enchanting ASM junior choir and senior scholar, and a celebrity singer impersonator guaranteed to dazzle.


Catholic Engaged Encounter

The CEE program is designed to foster deeper intimacy among engaged couples. This weekend retreat offers a chance for partners to explore how their cultural backgrounds influence their relationships. Through private discussions, couples delve into their strengths, weaknesses, desires, ambitions, and attitudes on various topics such as money, sex, children, and more. The format includes presentations by a CEE team followed by individual written responses and private discussions. This program allows couples to uncover the profound significance of the Sacrament of Marriage and emphasizes the role of God in their relationship, welcoming couples of all faiths while presenting from a Catholic perspective