Event Details

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2021 10:00 am
Fr. Tom Bonacci, Presenter

Advent Day of Reflection
(Image by Magdalena Walulik)

Cancellation policy
Overnight or Multi-day/weekend retreats: $50 fee. Day Retreat: $20. Fees may be applied to future retreats. The fees may be waived in event of extenuating circumstances. Contact Kateri at 925-837-9141 x315.

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About the Event


Our day of retreat and reflection is inspired by Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  On this day when we gather to celebrate and observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we pause for prayer, study, reflection, and Liturgy to ponder the splendor of the Woman who gave birth to Jesus.  We will explore the primary Scriptures concerning Mary in the New Testament.  We will also explore the implications of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council concerning Mary.  Since the Council’s profound insights, Mary has been declared to be “The First of Christians” and “The Mother of the Church.”  She is for us the example of what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus.

The Schedule

9:30 am                         Arrival and Registration
10:00 – 11:00 am        Liturgy of the Feast Day
11:15 – 12 Noon           First Reflection – The Splendor of the Doctrine
12 Noon                        Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm     Second Reflection – The First of Christians
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm     Time for Quiet Reflection and Prayer
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm     Third Reflection – The Mother of the Church
3:00 pm – 3: 15 pm    Time for Quiet Reflection and Prayer
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm     Open Discussion and Final Reflection

Call or text Kateri at 925-785-9850 if you want to add your name to the waiting list. Thank you.

About the Presenter(s)

Fr. Tom Bonacci

Fr. Tom is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Peace Project. He offers friendly and hospitable programs to help participants cope with inherited sterotypes, innocent misunderstandings, embarrassing questions or general knowledge of the many faith traditions of humankind. Tom was ordained in 1972 for the Passionist Religious Order of the Roman Catholic Church, and is recognized for his scriptural scholarship.

“A man of vision, Tom’s programs are less about learning of differences and similarities in religions, and more about understanding, respecting and connecting to all humankind.” — George D’Angelo, Ph.D., Founder, UN International Day of Peace Vigil.