Retreat Description
Help your parishioners or retreatants discern God's will in their lives. Most Catholics feel at a loss as to how to listen to God's voice, how to interpret what He is saying to them, how to make the right choice when confronted with life's decisions. This weekend retreat or three-evening parish mission, based on St. Ignatius of Loyola's teachings and prayer styles, offers invaluable tools for one's ongoing discernment throughout life. In addition to the talks offered, beautiful rituals help people enter into transformative prayer, making the mission or retreat a memorable and potentially life-changing experience. And if your parish or retreat center wishes, talks can include mention on of our present economy in order to help people navigate through and better understand America's current hardships. The mission or retreat is engaging, inspiring, healing, humorous, practical, and applicable. It is interactive--forming community and fostering teenage and/or adult faith formation.

Three-evening Parish Mission Format (For the retreat format see below)

Fr. Jim Sullivan or Fr. James DiLuzio will preach at the Masses and Ms. Christine Watkins will invite parishioners to the mission.

Sunday Evening (Main church, chapel, or parish hall)
Note: all rituals are accompanied by beautiful music, which the missionaries will provide.

7-9pm: The American Book of Exodus (into the desert from a land of plenty); the call to trust and to holiness; placing Jesus Christ "front and center"; ways God speaks to us; ways to pray: guided Ignatian meditation. Talks are followed by a candlelight ritual of parishioners coming forward to pray and touch a long cloth "flowing" from Jesus' heart, representing His mercy and the graces available to us for the asking.

Monday Evening:
7-9pm: St. Ignatius' story of conversion; key principles of spiritual discernment; the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in discernment. Talks are followed by an inspiring ritual of people coming forward in candlelight to kneel or stand before the Blessed Sacrament and recommit or commit one's life to Christ in trusting surrender. Chant and songs and meditations from the words of Jesus accompany the ritual, to aid in the discernment process.

Tuesday Evening:
7-9pm: God and the proper relationship to material possessions; coping with hard economic times; the gifts of the Holy Spirit; healing from the past in order to be open to God in the present. Talks are followed by parishioners coming forward to walk through the "narrow gate" and receive prayers for guidance in his/her spiritual discernment and decision-making.

Retreat Format:
Friday evening (location: Main church, chapel, or parish hall)
7-9pm: The American Book of Exodus (into the desert from a land of plenty); the call to trust and to holiness; placing Jesus Christ "front and center"; ways God speaks to us; ways to pray: guided Ignatian meditation.

Saturday (location: Main church, chapel or parish hall)
10am-12pm: St. Ignatius's story of conversion; personal testimony; key principles of spiritual discernment; writing your own spiritual timeline. Ritual of coming forward to prayerfully touch a cloth draped from a crucifix, representing the mercy and graces "flowing" from Jesus' heart.

12pm-1pm: lunch break

1-2pm: The importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in discernment; writing down your questions for God; the call to give and serve; your gifts and passions.

2-2:30pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with chant and songs and meditations from the words of Jesus to aid in the discernment process. Riotual of coming forward to kneel or stand and surrender one's life to Jesus.

2:30-2:45pm: Break

2:45-4:00pm: God and the proper relationship to material possessions; coping with hard economic times - your options and resources; how to cope psychologically and spiritually.

4:00-4:30pm (Main church or chapel) Walking rosary or stations of the cross, depending upon liturgical season. Petitioning God for your needs.

4:30-6:00pm: (Main church or chapel) Mass; preaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit; healing from the past in order to allow God into the present. Ritual of walking through the "narrow gate" to receive prayer for spiritual discernment and decision-making.

 
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