The silent, private retreat will begin with supper on Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern Time and conclude on Easter Sunday after breakfast. One can join our retreat center community for any or all of these days. Mass will be celebrated here on Tuesday; we will join St. Joseph Parish for Wednesday and Triduum liturgies (Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday).
We offer a weekend focused on Mary and how her experiences relate to our own. The weekend will consist of presentations on Mary and our 100 years on this holy ground and the pilgrimage activities. On Saturday afternoon at 2 pm, we will have the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick and Benediction, followed by the pilgrimage to the Grotto. If you are coming for the weekend, please register and send a deposit as usual. If you are coming for the pilgrimage Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., please call to let us know who is coming. There is no fee for the pilgrimage or Anointing.
Some people do not know much about the Holy Spirit. For most Christians, however, Jesus Christ is the Person of the Trinity to whom they find it easiest to relate. We need to attune ourselves to recognize the quiet whispers of the Spirit, as much as the “violent winds” of Pentecost. In this one day retreat we will explore how we can recognize the workings of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Sister Margaret will use poetry, art and Scriptural references on the Spirit to help deepen our personal relationship with the Person who is called the “bond of love” between the Father and the Son.
Jesus came to teach and heal; the disciples were called to do the same. We will make a careful, meditative consideration of chapters 4:23 – 9:35 in Matthew. This course is designed to know how to read the Gospel according to Matthew. We will use the best principles of narrative criticism. This weekend is for beginners or the best of bible readers.
A one day workshop is offered on the major system of bioethics that stands in opposition to the secular-utilitarian way of approaching end of life issues and questions. American culture has shifted in the way it manages the process of dying. These changes affect the choices that patients and families face regarding end of life issues.
“Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside us” (Oliver Wendell Holmes). Each of us comes into the world with a unique song, a special way of making a better world by giving and receiving love and life as only we can do. This session will focus on finding our unique purpose or mission that is to make us and our world fully alive.