FaithLines 17 June 2020
In this issue:
·          $100k Matching Grant Progress
·          Parish W alk–a–thon
·          Report from The Dam youth centre
·          Video sermons available

Remember, this year’s campaign is a very special effort as a generous donor has offered a $100,000 matching challenge grant for all new and increased donations.  That means for every dollar raised over last year’s amount, FaithWorks received an extra dollar. Parishes are encouraged to make a special effort this year. Host a special event, set a goal, promote the campaign widely – do something a little different to make a huge difference.
To date, our Easter Appeal has raised over $82,000 in new or increased donations.
THANK YOU to all who have been so generous. However, we will only receive the Matching Challenge Grant of $100,000 if we raise the full $100,000 ourselves.

We still have a ways to go. So please help us reach our goal by making your donation today at our web site It's easy to do!


From the Church of the Ascension in Port Perry

" Father Phil flatfoots for Faith
Over the summer I am committing to walking 1000 kms. Our appeal to you is that as you are able you sponsor my walk and all moneys raised will go towards our parish response to the FaithWorks appeal. I want to make this project as interesting and engaging as possible so I will maintain a “Follow Fr. Phil” blog throughout the summer. ."

Great idea and God give you strength Fr. Phil.

For details and to sponsor Fr. Phil, link to:

If you have an event that you wish to share, please let me know!



What does programming look like?
  Drop-ins have moved to an online platform. A youth helped set up The Dam on Discord, a chat room with voice and video options. There is a great partnership of youth and adults moderating the online space. Scheduled games, activities and live shows are providing safe online interactions for youth. The online world goes 24/7. The program teams are learning how to set boundaries or they could be connecting with youth day and night.
  Staff are also using the social media platforms to intentionally reach out to different youth and see how they are doing. Online video conferencing tools such as Zoom can be used for small group discussions.
  For youth in need of face to face supports, all social distancing practices are being followed with appropriate screening procedures in an abundance of caution.
So how are youth experiencing social distancing?
  A youth was in crisis this week, yet opted for a video chat rather than risking coming out face to face. Other youth have to look after younger siblings so that a parent can work. And then there is straight boredom. We are especially concerned for those youth who live in difficult homes, the youth who live on their own, and those for whom the shelter system is home.
  We can get food to those who need it, and we even have a few packages of toilet paper. Yet the effects of social isolation grow week after week. It will take all of us working together to respond and care for one another as we live, work and play within the guidelines set out by the Health Department in the midst of this unprecedented season.

To see more, click on the following link:


 Virtual and Video Sermons available
We are only gathering virtually. The Director of Stewardship, Peter Misiaszek, and I would normally be visiting parishes in person to speak of FaithWorks. Why not virtually!!! If you would like one of us to speak to your parish during your online Sunday worship please contact FaithWork Speakers Bureau at

If you would like the pre-recorded video of my sermon promoting FaithWorks (11 minutes) or the 20th Anniversary of FaithWorks video
(2 minutes) for your Sunday morning services, please email me so that I can make them available to you.
Peter Mentis
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

135 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
416-363-6021 ext. 242
1-800-668-8932 ext.242