​​CLASSICS ON CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
10 Tuesdays            6:30 – 8:30 PM


     September 11     December 4     April 2
     October 9           January 8         May 7
     November 6        February 5      June 4
                                  March 5

Grow in the practice of contemplative prayer by coming to these monthly sessions.  The evenings include two 20-minute contemplative prayer periods.  We will also view a 20-minute segment of Fr. Thomas Keating’s DVD series, “Opening to the Presence of God” and engage in good spiritual reading on contemplative prayer between sessions.  This year we will continue to use The Heart of Centering Prayer, by Cynthia Bourgeault until January for our reading between sessions.  We will read The Impact of God, by Iain Matthew, OCD, from February until June. Donation: $175, includes books.


DISCERNMENT COURSE
9 Wednesdays            5:00 – 6:30 PM


     September 12       December 5       March 20
     October 10           January 16          April 3
     November 7         February 13        May 1

How can we know what is of God, and what isn’t?  How can we actually live in the peace and joy of God’s Spirit, and not be overwhelmed with the darkness of our times, or our own darkness within?  St. Ignatius teaches us well in his Rules for the Discernment of Spirits. Truly, they are life changing!   This course is a wonderfully comprehensive treatment of Ignatian Discernment. We will further our experience of discernment with the practice Examen, to enhance our awareness of God’s presence and action in our lives and grow in attentiveness to our daily response in the midst of our busy lives.  Donation: $200, includes 2 books.


VESPER TIME
Thursday, September 13          6:30 – 8: 30 PM

This is for the 65+ who are in or approaching the last third of life.  Sometimes God saves the best until last!  We will consider the many blessings and the many challenges of this graced time in life.  We will pray over God’s call to us now to live well, to be an example to others, and to participate in this aging process with graciousness and hope.  Come join with others who are “in the same boat,” so together we can move forward with clarity and purpose.  Donation: $30, includes Vesper Time, a book perfect for the occasion!


SPIRITUAL READING GROUP
9 Fridays            6:30 – 8:30 PM


     September 14     December 14      March 1
     October 19          January 4            April 5
     November 16      February 1           May 10

Good spiritual reading is a must for spiritual growth. Companions on the journey help with the practice of this spiritual exercise.  This will be fun as well as fruitful.  Can you devote one Friday night a month to this pursuit?  As usual, we will feast on a variety of spiritual gems.  Donation: $225, includes all books.
   In God’s Holy Light....................................Joan Chittister, OSB
   Sacred Fire..................................................Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
   Radical Spirit...............................................Joan Chittister, OSB
   Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World....Joanna Weaver
   Can You Drink This Cup?...........................Henri Nouwen


CHRIST’S PRESENCE IN ALL
THE COSMIC CHRIST
9 Mondays            7:00 – 8:30 PM


     September 17     December 10     March 4
     October 15          January 14        April 1
     November 12      February 4        May 6

Enjoy discovering Christ who is at the center of our lives and who permeates all creation throughout the universe.  Ilia Delio, OSF, draws on mystics, saints and theologians to show how the love of God is at the heart of everything in the cosmos.  Led by: Jill Snyder.  Donation: $150, includes book.

FROM ANGER TO COMPASSION
THE LOVING-KINDNESS PRAYER

Tuesday, September 18          6:30 – 8:30 PM

Sometimes stress and our overly committed lives cause a state of being on edge, agitated, dissatisfied and scattered despite our best efforts to keep everything in balance. Often the one we need the most compassion for is ourselves. The Loving Kindness Prayer is a means of both receiving and giving compassion.  God’s compassion becomes part of us and heals the hurt and anger we carry in our hearts. We will do some centering prayer too, and walk the labyrinth, time and weather permitting.  Donation:  $25, includes book.


SUNSET RETREAT
AN EVENING OF PRAYER WITH TEILHARD

Wednesday, September 19          6:30 – 8:00 PM

Spend an evening connecting with God through the wonder of nature, the Word of God and the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  God’s love and creative energy resonates through all things.  Let this time be an uplifting moment to be quietly aware of and enjoy God’s Presence. Led by Jill Snyder.  Donation: Love Offering


FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

Friday, September 21          6:00 – 8:30 PM

You may have viewed this film years ago or have seen the Broadway production.  It is a wonderful story about true discipleship and the courage needed to follow our Lord closely and imitate his courage.  St. Thomas More speaks to our hearts as we travel through our challenging times….and life.  The evening begins with pizza at
​6:00 PM, movie at 6:30 PM.  Donation: $20.


SEVEN WOMEN MYSTICS
8 Tuesdays            6:30 – 8:00 PM

Are you in need of some inspiration, and consolation?  Might you be up for a study of seven women mystics?  There is a mystic inside each of us, that place where we desire God above and in all, where we desperately need God, and depend on God. Perhaps some good spiritual reading on these mystics might quench your thirst for God and heal your soul of the anxiety and turmoil of our times.  Since this is an evening program, it is available for our mystics-in-the-making who work during the day and need some mystical moments as a treat for their souls.  It’s worth the time and effort.  Donation: $150, includes book.

     October 2         Clare of Assisi
     October 30       Mechthild of Magdeburg
     November 27   Julian of Norwich
     January 29       Catherine of Siena
     February 26     Catherine of Genoa
     March 26          Teresa of Avila
     April 30             Thérèse of Lisieux
     May 21              Summary


THE GOD-GIVEN POWER OF WHOLE FOOD
2 Tuesdays          6:30 – 8:00 PM
   October 16           November 13

With all the talk about diet plans, fad foods, superfoods, GMOs, and gluten that we hear about, it’s no wonder we’re confused about what to eat!  Come learn about the best food to eat – real food that heals and nourishes us…simple, fresh, delicious, nutrient-packed foods that are easy to cook, food that comes from nature, not a factory.  Everything else is fake food that depletes energy and health.  Find out how to eat real, whole food made by God, treating your body and mind with the care that God intended.  Please come to both sessions if you can, as one builds on the other.  Presenter: Colleen McNally, Certified Integrative Health Coach.  Donation: $10 each session.


DAWN – DAY – DUSK – DARK
MERTON’S BOOK OF HOURS

Wednesday, November 14            6:30 – 8:00 PM

You will receive Merton’s A Book of Hours which gathers some of the most beautiful and insightful passages in his writings arranged as prayers to be offered at dawn, midday, dusk and night hours of each day.  They are simple and elegant as is Merton at his best!  Our souls long to live in union with God.  This little book gives us a way that is brief and quite manageable for the ordinary, busy person at work in the world.  It will be a good opening for your Advent Season.  Donation: $25, includes book.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION


Please register for all programs by calling 609-877-0509. Be sure to include your full name and PHONE NUMBER and the title of the program on our voice mail. Registering by phone is preferred!


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