Teams of Our Lady (TOOL) is an international Catholic movement to enrich marriage spirituality. Founded by French priest Fr. Henri Caffarel in 1938, the aim of the movement is to help couples live out a married spirituality and to discover the full richness of the sacrament of marriage.
There are nearly 14,000 teams in 90 countries. In Canada, there are 81 teams, a quarter of which are in western Canada. A TOOL team has been established in Fort McMurray since 2014.
Couples commit to gather as a team and journey together: we pray, share, support, and help one another grow in knowledge and love of the Lord, and bear witness to that love.
The couples, joined by a priest spiritual director, gather monthly to share a meal, have prayer time based on Scripture and prayer intentions, and then discussion a study topic or spiritual writing. TOOL also proposes a series of spiritual endeavours that couples live between each meeting – endeavours like personal and conjugal prayer, daily reading of Scripture, or a sit down with our spouse to have a heart to heart conversation. All of these help us welcome God into our lives every day.
An important part of TOOL is being involved in the parish community. While each family is involved in a variety of ministries, the TOOL team as a whole supports the marriage preparation weekend. As well, the team hosts a coffee social the first Sunday of the month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Paul’s.
Learn more about the wider Teams of Our Lady movement at teamsofourlady.ca