Mother Boniface Spirituality Center - Upcoming Retreats

FEBRUARY 2016


YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
HOLY HOUR, SOCIAL HOUR

Every First Wednesday of the Month (February 3rd) 
Holy Hour: 7 - 8p.m. (Social Hour to be held immediately after)

Join us for our monthly Holy Hour at the Sacred Heart Chapel located at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center followed by a Social at a nearby location. For more information, please contact us at (267) 350-1835 or csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
ANNUAL MSBT STAR TREK CONVENTION

Saturday, February 6th
6-10 p.m.

The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity (Trinitarian Sisters) would like to invite you to their Annual Star Trek Convention. Help them continue their 20+ year tradition of watching Star Trek while enjoying some snacks and company. You do not have to be a "Trekkie" to enjoy this epic night with the MSBT Sisters! Come early, come late... come whenever you want! Bring snacks to share if you like and wear a costume if you DARE! For more information, please contact us at (256) 350-1835 or csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

February 11, 18, 25, and March 3, 10 
7:30 - 9 p.m.

As we journey through this Lenten season, let us unify ourselves with Christ through a special Bible Study focusing on the final moments of Christ’s earthly life. Each night has its own theme. Come even if you can’t attend all five  sessions. Bring your Bible with you!

  • February 11th: The Passion Narratives in the four Gospels: Are they all the same? How do they reflect the theological interest of each evangelist? (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) 
  • February 18th: Jesus as a “martyr” and a “priest:” Liberation theology raises questions about Jesus’ passion and death: Why was Jesus killed? How did he interpret his own death? (selected passages from the Letters of St. Paul and the Gospel of John)
  • February 25th: How did Jesus’ sacrificial death fulfill the expectations of Israel? (Psalms 22 and 69; the “Suffering Servant Songs” of Isaiah)
  • March 3rd: Jesus’ Agony in the garden of Gethsemane and the mystery of human suffering (the Letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel accounts)
  • March 10th: The Passion of Christ according to St. John (chapters 13-19): themes that nourish our devotion to Our Lord

PresenterSr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., has taught graduate courses in Christology for 25 years and has just recently completed two terms on the International Theological Commission. She is consultant to the Pontifical Council for promoting the New Evangelization.

Fee: Free Will Offering

For more information or to register, please contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
I-HOP CHURCH SUNDAY

Sunday, February 14th
4:30-5:30 p.m. (Mass)

Let us explore the beautiful churches around us every second Sunday of the month, and have some brunch afterwards. Our next "I-Hop" Church event will be held at St. Bernard's Church at 4:30 p.m.. We will then have dinner at the Dining Car. For more information, contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
SOUP AND PSALMS

Tuesday, February 16th
7:30- 9:30 p.m.

Join us for some fellowship, soup, and prayer. We will begin with some soup and fellowship in the MBSC dining room followed by Vespers (Psalms) in the Sacred Heart Chapel.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
YA MONTHLY MEETING

Wednesday, February 17th
7:30- 9:30 p.m.

If you are looking for a way to fellowship with other Catholic Young Adults in the Northeast Philadelphia area while coming up with new ideas for future events, consider coming to our monthly YA meeting. For more information, please contact us at (267) 350-1835.

 

EVENT SERIES
SATURDAY BIBLE STUDY IN LENT

Saturdays: February 20th - March 19th 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m

Each night has its own theme. Come even if you can’t attend all five  sessions. Bring your Bible with you!

  • February 20th: The Passion Narratives in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: Are they all the same? How do they reflect the theological interest of each evangelist?
  • February 27th: Jesus as a “martyr” and a “priest:” Liberation theology raises questions about Jesus’ passion and death: Why was Jesus killed? How did he interpret his own death? (selected passages from the Letters of St. Paul and the Gospel of John
  • March 5th: How did Jesus’ sacrificial death fulfill the expectations of Israel? (Psalms 22 and 69; the “Suffering Servant Songs”)
  • March 12th: Jesus’ Agony in the garden of Gethsemane and the mystery of human suffering (the Letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel accounts)
  • March 19th: The Passion of Christ according to St. John (chapters 13-19): themes that nourish our devotion to Our Lord: foot-washing, resting on his Heart, remainng with him, standing beneath the Cross with Mary and John

PresenterSr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., has taught graduate courses in Christology for 25 years and has just recently completed two terms on the International Theological Commission. She is consultant to the Pontifical Council for promoting the New Evangelization.

Fee: Free Will Offering
Please register by a phone call to 267-350-1830 at least 3 days prior to program.

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WOMEN'S WEEKEND RETREAT:
WHEN JESUS SPEAKS...

February 19-21
Begins 7:00 p.m. Friday, concludes following Noon dinner on Sunday

Jesus speaks with His disciples often in Scripture. Do we, in the 21st century recognize that He is speaking those same word, those same questions, to us? Jesus wants to be in an intimate friendship with us--we just need to learn how to listen. On this retreat, we will look at seven questions Jesus asks and explore how to move from those questions to a personal response.

Retreat PresenterAnne Trufant, wife, mother, recording artist, dynamic speaker, and faith-filled retreat presenter.

Fee: $165 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)
        *$155 for those whose registration with deposit is received by Tuesday, February 9th.

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YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
YA MONTHLY MASS AND POTLUCK DINNER

Sunday, February 21st
6 p.m. Mass with Dinner Immediately After

Join us for our Monthly Young Adult Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel located at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center immediately followed by a potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish to share! For more information, please contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
DOWNTON ABBEY WITH MSBT SISTERS

Sunday, February 21st
8-10 p.m.

You are cordially invited to join the MSBT sisters for some tea, scones, and other treats as we watch the series finale of Downton Abbey starting at 9 p.m. For more information, contact us at (267) 350-1835 or csoares@msbt.org.

 

EVENING EVENT:
SCRIPTURAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS THROUGH THE EYES OF WOMEN

Tuesday, February 23rd from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
-OR-
Wednesday, February 24th from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Using an audio-visual presentation, and imagination, participants will engage in active reflection on the Stations of the Cross. Participants will have a chance to consider the thoughts of women who were present at the Crucifixion. Our time together will include meditation, prayer, and small group discussion.

Presenter: Valorie Daskilewicz, M.A., is a wife, mother, and retired elementary lay teacher with over twenty years of experience. She earned her Master's Degree in Theology/Religious Studies from LaSalle University and currently teaches courses for the Catechetical Institute and conducts retreats.

Fee: Free Will Offering

Please register by Thursday, February 19th for either date.

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YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
ROSARY AND FELLOWSHIP

Wednesday, February 24th
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

During this Lenten season, let us unify ourselves to our Blessed Mother through the Sorrowful Mysteries and visualize the final moments of Christ's earthly life through her loving eyes. Social to follow at a nearby location. For more information, contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Friday, February 26th
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Join us as we go on a meditative journey through the Stations of the Cross to experience the Passion of Christ. We will be meeting at Sacred Heart Chapel. For more information, contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
LIFE HOUR, SOCIAL HOUR

Saturday, February 27th
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us as we promote the life and dignity of the unborn at Comly and the Boulevard. All are welcome to come and simply be a presence...We will be there from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. We will then have a fellowship brunch at Tiffany Diner. If you would like to carpool with us, meet us at 10:45 a.m. at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center! For more information, contact us at (267) 350-1835 or at csoares@msbt.org.

 

 

MARCH 2016


YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
HOLY HOUR, SOCIAL HOUR

Every First Wednesday of the Month (March 2nd) 
Holy Hour: 7 - 8p.m. (Social Hour to be held immediately after)

Join us for our monthly Holy Hour at the Sacred Heart Chapel located at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center followed by a Social at a nearby location. For more information, please contact us at (267) 350-1835 or csoares@msbt.org.

 

WEEKEND RETREAT:
JOURNEY OF A CELTIC HEART

March 4-6
Begins Friday 7 p.m., concludes Sunday following Noon Dinner

Carmel Boyle returns once again to lead us through prayer, song, reflection, and movement to encounter the spirituality of the Celts who were ever conscious of the immanence of God. This will be a symbolic pilgrimage to visit the sacred places of your own journey in the company of the Trinity, Angels, and Saints Patrick and Brigid.

Retreat PresenterCarmel Boyle, M. Min., comes to us from County Meath, Ireland, where she is co-founder of An Croi Retreat Center and an accomplished singer, song writer, and recording artist.

Fee: $175 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)
      *$165 for those whose registration with deposit is received by Thursday, February 25th.

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YOUNG ADULT EVENT:
LENTEN ARTS AND CRAFTS NIGHT

Tuesday, March 8th
7 - 9 p.m.

Would you like to take some time off for yourself during this Lenten season and dabble into some arts and crafts with other Young Adults while enjoying refreshments? Come and join us for an “Arts and Crafts” night and allow your creative side to take over! 

Fee: $10 (for the material and refreshments).

Please register by Thursday, March 3rd.

 

 

APRIL 2016


EASTER SEASON BIBLE STUDY
DINING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Thursdays: April 14, 21, & 28 and May 5
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Easter Season by studying Luke’s Gospel, and in particular stories of Jesus’ meals with his friends, before and after the Resurrection.  Come, join us, and bring your Bible with you!

Presenter: Sr. Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., S.T.L.,  PhD. has been a seminary professor of theology for over 25 years and consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Fee: Free Will Offering
Please register by a phone call to 267-350-1830 at least 3 days prior to program.

 

OVERNIGHT RETREAT:
UNLOCK THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE

April 15-16
Begins Friday at 7 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 5 p.m.

Come join us for this Friday evening/all day Saturday program on “unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.”  Sarah Christmyer will facilitate this brand-new video program (an updated version of “A Quick Journey through the Bible”) to help you get the “big picture” of the Bible story (the major people, places and events in Scripture) and find your place in God’s wonderful plan as you begin to apply the wisdom of Scripture in your own life.  Everyone will receive a full color bible Timeline chart and a workbook with detailed talk outlines and useful exercises, maps and charts to help you get started reading the Bible on your own.

Presenter: Sarah Christmyer is Editor of the Great Adventure Bible Study.  A Bible study teacher since 1999, Sarah also speaks at Catholic conferences and retreats.  She helped launch Catholic Scripture Study (CSS) for Catholic Exchange and is co-author of two Bible studies on Genesis.

Fee: $105 (includes a $25 non-refundable deposit)

Please register by Friday, April 8th.

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FAMILY EVENT:
ALLELUIA! LET THE EASTER CELEBRATION CONTINUE!

Sunday, April 17th
12 - 4 p.m.

For Catholics, Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a whole season that stretches to the feast of Pentecost! Join us as we continue celebrating the feast of our Risen Lord while having a family luncheon! There will be activities and games for the entire family to enjoy as well as a very special "Easter Egg Hunt" for the kids!

Fee: $25 per family (meal and activities included)

Please register by Thursday, April 7th.

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ONE-DAY RETREAT
PRAYING THROUGH CREATIVITY

Saturday, April 23rd
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This day of Prayer is dedicated to exploring praying through the use of creativity. It will include quiet and reflective ways to express our relationship with God through imaginative expression in a variety of ways. We will discover how to use our senses to discover new insights into our relationship with God through such mediums as color, drawing, writing, nature. This is for folks who want to deepen their prayer life through a more playful experience of finding God alive in their lives. Come and See!!

Presenter: Sr. Susanne Thibault, M.S.B.T., a native of Philadelphia, has ministered in parishes throughout the United States in the field of Catechesis and Faith Development, retreat ministry and Lay Leadership Development.

Fee:    $35 (includes a $15 non-refundable depost). Lunch included in cost.

Please register by Saturday, April 16th.

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MAY 2016


FIVE-DAY SILENT RETREAT:
DEEPENING CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT

May 1st- 5th
Begins Sunday with Supper at 5:30 p.m; Concludes Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Intensive Retreats provide an opportunity to more deeply immerse yourself in the spiritual practice of Centering Prayer, as taught by Contemplative Outreach Ltd. The silent retreat features up to three hours of Centering Prayer each day, two videos from Fr. Thomas Keating’s “The Spiritual Journey” as well as evening Mass.  There are also silent meals, spiritual reading and soul friending provided by the retreat leaders. Before attending this retreat, one should have an established daily practice of Centering Prayer for at least six months.

Retreat Leaders:
-Fr. Carl Arico is a founding member and the vice president of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.  He has presented workshops and retreats on Centering Prayer for both priests and laypeople in the United States as well as internationally. 
-Roseanne Havird has been a Contemplative Outreach presenter for 15 years. She has given workshops on Centering Prayer as well as on Lectio Divina in the northeast as well as in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Fee:  $320 (includes a $40 non-refundable deposit)  

Please register by Thursday, April 21st.

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AUGUST 2016


WEEK-LONG RETREAT:
SURROUNDED BY GRACE

August 16-22
Begins Tuesday with Supper at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Monday following Mass and Brunch

This week-long silent retreat will speak to the Grace of Silence, the Life of Graced Faith, Obstacles to Grace, the Grace of the Incarnation and Eucharist, the Grace of Suffering and the Grace of Mercy.  We will use videos and music as well as offer time for individual spiritual direction.

Retreat Leaders: Fr. Gary Banks, S.T. and Br. Richard McCann, S.T. Father Gary and Brother Richard are Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.  Each has been have been in retreat ministry for many years and are experienced spiritual directors.
 

Fee: $430 (includes a $50 non-refundable deposit)
Please register at least 2 weeks prior to retreat.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2016


ONE-DAY RETREAT:
THE FORGIVENESS PRAYER

Saturday, September 17th
Begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. following Celebration of Eucharist.

When the disciples ask Jesus how to pray, he teaches them the Lord’s Prayer.  In this prayer, Jesus teaches us that forgiveness is one of the essential conditions out of which all of our prayer must proceed if it is to be acceptable to God.   Often, forgiveness is difficult because we have been hurt so deeply and we need God’s help to learn to forgive.  The Forgiveness Prayer provides us a method to open to God’s healing presence and action in the process of forgiveness.   Centering Prayer experience suggested.

The day concludes with an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the celebration of the Eucharist.

Presenter: Therese M. Saulnier, has been teaching Centering Prayer and other contemplative prayer practices for over 20 years.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology, with a concentration in spirituality from Fordham University.

Fee: $50 (includes a $10 non-refundable deposit)
Please register by Wednesday, September 7th.