What is a Chaplain, anyway?
Lay Pastoral Chaplains serve their communities, supporting food and clothing drives or volunteering with charitable organizations. They work on their spiritual life, within or outside of a denominational congregation. They officiate at weddings.
The Lay Pastoral Chaplaincy Program is offered through the Community Catholic Church of Canada, an inclusive, progressive church in the Anglican/Catholic tradition. We uphold the rights of all and offer wedding services for all people legally able to marry in Ontario, including same-sex couples.
Our Chaplains go through an intensive training course (Online or onsite) with follow up sessions to ensure they understand the commitments they make to do charitable works, to develop their spiritual selves, and to offer couples meaningful and memorable ceremonies. They become members of the Lay Pastoral Chaplains team. Because the CCC extends communion to all Christian churches and baptized Christians, our chaplains maintain their own church affiliations, if any.
Chaplains typically do
such things as:
The Ideal Candidate for Lay Pastoral Chaplain
Selected candidates are in agreement with the values of the Community Catholic Church, whose mission is to promote Divine Love, compassion and care. They are out in the world living their faith. They support the food bank, care for elderly, family and neighbours, they volunteer for community events. They may be involved in a church group or they may find God in the beauty of Nature. What sets them apart is the belief that we are all brothers and sisters together, united by a call to love one another and to care for the planet. Most particularly, they support the dignity, rights and beliefs of every person. As wedding officiants, they will perform ceremonies for all couples legally able to wed in the Province of Ontario.
Fill out this request form and we'll send you the application form via email. The application can be returned by snail mail or scanned and sent via e-mail.
Chaplains complete monthly reports (spiritual activities, charitable endeavors, wedding celebrations). With these will come the opportunity to discuss with one of the chaplaincy team any questions or challenges arising from ministry. Also, as this is a ministry under the auspices of the CCCC, Chaplains tithe 10% of wedding income to the church.
Training sessions will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Directions will be provided upon registration.
ONLINE March 5, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
ONLINE April 3 and 4, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Next Onsite session: May TBA
The cost of the program is $750, half of which may be paid as a deposit upon acceptance, with the other half paid on the day of the training session.
Deposit payments can be in the form of electronic transfers, cheques, credit cards over the phone or online. Note: a processing fee is charged to cover bank and credit card costs.
Fees must be paid in full and all other paperwork received before the official paperwork is filed.
Other payment arrangements can be made by contacting Archbishop Deb at 905-468-9502
Note that the fee is a one-time all-inclusive cost. No fees are charged for participation in graduation, renewing license/annual fees, course materials, handouts, or monthly online chats. Chaplains are not required to do a particular number of weddings each month or year, and the training instructors are available for consultation.
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Continued professional development following training is available. Contact Archbishop Deb for details.