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To lead students to make a commitment to faith that does justice, in this retreat they will come to understand morality  and appreciate more deeply that a living faith leads directly to a loving action which leads to the transformation of the world.

The Retreat

The Day Includes:

  • Great contemporary Christian rock music

  • Inspirational speakers

  • An opportunity to mingle and interact with those with special needs which allows for a unique experience of true love and friendship that demonstrates how we can live as one in the spirit of Christ.


Students who attend our “You are the Light of World” retreats will experience all three aspects of living out our faith.

  • Communication
    St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. is committed to communicating with clients with disabilities in different or alternative ways that take into consideration their disability. Staff will be trained on how to interact and communicate with clients with disabilities in a manner that is respectful of a client’s dignity and independence. Alternative methods of communication will be provided as requested. Staff will be trained to communicate with clients over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly and slowly.
  • Use of Assistive Devices
    Assistive Devices, guide animals and/or support persons may be used by clients to assist in accessing services at St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. Bernadette’s F.R.C. may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a Support Person where it is necessary to protect the health or safety of the person with a disability or the health or safety of others on the premises. All service animals must have proof of inoculations/vaccinations required under the Day Nurseries Act. Staff and volunteers will be properly trained in how to interact with clients with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal a support person or an assistive device. The use of such items must be in compliance with the regulations outlined in the Day Nurseries Act and the Toronto Operating Criteria or other regional requirements.
  • Notice of Temporary Disruptions
    St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. will notify clients if there is a planned or unexpected disruption of a facility or service persons with a disability use to access our services. The notice will be posted at the entrance of the applicable premises and as well as being provided verbally, electronically or in person as applicable. The notice will include the following information: That a facility or service is unavailable. The anticipated duration of the disruption. The reason for the disruption. Alternative facilities or services, if available.
  • Feedback Procedure
    AODA requires Organizations to implement a feedback method that allows clients to provide feedback on perceived barriers, including how to ask for assistance. Bernadette’s F.R.C. accepts feedback in a variety of ways including in person, by telephone, in writing or electronically. Our feedback protocol requires St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. to respond to all client inquiries within 10 business days.
  • Training and Records
    St. Bernadette’s F.R.C. will provide training and ongoing training as required under the Act, to all persons to whom this Policy applies as well as to those persons charged with developing this Policy and related procedures and practices. Content of Training Training will include: A review of the purpose of the Act and requirements of the Standard. A review of the Policy. How to interact and communicate with persons with various types of disabilities. How to interact with persons with a disability who use an Assistive Device or require the assistance of a Service Animal or Support Person. How to use equipment or devices made available on our premises to assist persons with a disability to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services. What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing our premises and/or services. Timing of Training Training will be provided to all persons to whom this Policy applies as soon as practicable after he or she is assigned the applicable duties. Documenting Training Records of the training provided, including the training protocol, the dates on which the training is provided and the number of individuals to whom the training is provided shall be maintained in accordance the requirements of the Act.

**Times may vary depending on school’s time of arrival and departure.

Special Needs Retreat:

In addition, we also offer Retreats for Gr. 9-12 students who are intellectually and/or physically challenged..


Our Youth Ministry has been the host of “You Are The Light of the World” Youth Rallies for audiences as large as five thousand and at school assemblies. We are the host of Spiritual Retreats for students from grades J.K. to twelve since our participation at World Youth Day 2002. Our St. Jude’s United Catholic Worship band was chosen as the music ministry to represent Canada in World Youth Day 2005 in Germany and 2011 in Madrid.

“You Are The Light of the World” spiritual retreats are taking place at St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts Day Program. St. Jude’s is part of St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre, a non-profit charity and a member agency of Share Life. Our Spiritual Retreats have been successfully taking place at St. Jude’s since 2003 and have been located on the beautiful monasterial grounds of the Basilian Marian Shrine of Gratitude.

“You Are The Light of the World” spiritual retreats offer participating students a day filled with the Holy Spirit through prayer and inspirational talks, giving all an opportunity to enhance and deepen their relationship with Jesus through the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Retreats are offered to elementary schools for the Sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation and High School students from grade 9 to 12.

Each student will enjoy a fun filled day collaborating with the special individuals we serve in various activities such as: arts and crafts, drama, and dance. Students will make rosary bracelets and for an additional $5 dollars each student can bring their handmade bracelet home. All students receive a rosary and prayer cards.

The day ends with a worship celebration with St. Jude’s United Catholic Worship Band featuring contemporary Christian Rock Music.

Retreat students will have an opportunity to venerate first class relics of many saints. Some are: the True Cross of Jesus, St Anne, St. Maria Goretti, St Anthony, St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Thomas Aquinas, St John Bosco, and many more.

St. Jude’s Academy of the Arts

To reserve a retreat for your school or church group, please contact:

Angie Carboni

     (416) 654-9810

Located at: St. Bernard de Clairvaux Hall, 1795 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6L 1E3

St. Bernadette’s Family Resource Centre provides inclusive programs which allows intellectually and/or physically challenged individuals and their care givers to actively participate with their “able” peers in the community. All proceeds go to assist St. Bernadette's Family Resource Centre, a ShareLife member agency.

Our Charitable Registration number is 13586 6721 RR0001

Our Motto is WE CAN LIVE AS ONE.

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