- October 21, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Presented by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.
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We will explore the symbolism of the heart in world religious traditions, and then trace the historical thread of Christian devotion into modern times. We focus on the new cosmology and how our religious practices can align with it. This means finding a mystical and evolutionary sense of devotion. Heart spirituality includes the practice of loving-kindness not only toward others but toward ourselves. Finally, we will ponder the great grace: There is in the universe a Divine Heart that seeks us.
Comment by Richard Rohr: “If it is true that true spiritual transformation requires images, then David Richo is offering us a profound gift. Scripture, good psychology, mysticism, and even politics come together in this excellent portrayal of a timeless and healing image.”
Moderated by Fr. Thomas Ervin & Janet Gardner.
These are afternoons of facilitated conversation for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people and their families and friends. It is a safe space for people to share their stories and journey while being able to listen and learn from others.
Presented by Brother Mickey McGrath
Join artist and author Mickey McGrath for a weekend of contemplative creativity as we explore three mysteries of our faith: Christ’s BIRTH, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION. Using his own art and stories, Bro. Mickey will lead us from the garden of the Annuciation, to the cave of the Nativity, the tomb of Christ’s Death and Resurrection, and end with the Cosmic Pentecost-where things are only just beginning! In addition to looking at art and architecture, we will create our own personal circles of faith.
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Presented by Fr. Padraig Green
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Nothing is the same after a death of a loved one or the death of a marriage. We want to cry out in pain. Where love once filled us, an empty space achingly now reminds us of our loss. The reopening of the grieving heart is not easy.
Grief changes us. We are no longer the person we were, nor ware we the person we will be. What used to be important no longer matters to us. We walk on new ground.
Grief transforms our lives. Grief wakes us up to life. We find that what was true about our lives is no longer true. Everything is different; we see with new eyes. New questions about life – your life, begin to surface.
Grief has a stubborn habit of not going away just because we deny it exists. In fact the more pain is denied, the deeper it tends to go inside our bodies and souls, and the harder it is identify and deal with it and ultimately go beyond it. If we don’t embrace our grief, then we may get stuck in life and shut down from the inside out. No one can do our grief work for us.
Give yourself (OR A LOVED ONE) the gift of a retreat weekend away to be comforted, given the strength to integrate the memories of your loved one who has died and your marriage which has died as well as face the sadness, anger, guilt, resentment ETC which are faces of grief. Your healing will begin. This retreat offers you the opportunity to “Come apart and rest awhile, to slow down and get in touch with what is deep and painful within you. This retreat will help you to pick up the pieces of your lives and go into the future with hope. You will be in the presence of God and people who understand, in a beautiful, safe and compassionate environment as you share memories through prayer and sacraments, journaling, reflection, music and ritual.
Presented by Tom Gorham, M.A., CADCII, Sabrina Bolus, MATS & Jane Weinapple, L.A.C.
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During the holiday season we can become overwhelmed with stress and forget why we celebrate these special days. Sometimes we can dread them altogether because of past traumatic experiences. At this retreat we will explore the challenges that get in the way of our joyful celebration and find ways to get into the true spirit for which the holidays were designed. We will engage in large and small group discussions and other healing exercises.
Presented by Claire La Scola, Donna Lack and June Pangelinan.
“This day away is a time to discover the peace of Christ through the practice of Christian Meditation (CM). Christian Meditation is form of pure prayer as practiced by the Desert Mothers and Fathers of early times. Take this opportunity to come away from the daily stress of life and deepen your Lenten experience with our “Teacher Within”.”
Presented Jan Stegner
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In this series meet five unique women in the lineage of Jesus: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, the Blessed Mother of Christ. Who are these women, and what is their relationship to Jesus? We will also explore our own family tree and heritage.
Tuesday, November 27: Jesus’ Ancestry/My Own Family Tree/Matthew 1:1-3
We will explore Jesus’ ancestry, particularly the role of women in his lineage. We will look at both Old Testament and New Testament women and their roles within Jesus’ ministry. We will also explore our own family trees, and examine the roles our own ancestors have had in our current lives.
Presented by Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM and Fr. Charles Talley, OFM
In these difficult times, people often have trouble finding reasons for hope. In this silent retreat, we will come together to (re)discover the Source of Hope in Jesus. The Advent season, in particular, offers us the gift of hope. This season of longing helps to name our deepest longings. This season of joy helps us to reclaim and renew the joy in our lives– so that the spiritual gifts we receive at Christmas are at the same time the gifts that we bear.
During our weekend, we will explore through Scripture, the writings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, as we as in song and silence the hope that Advent brings and yields in our lives.