Image #17 Days-Evenings of PrayerDays/Evenings of Prayer are an opportunity to get a taste of the Loyola retreat experience. Days of Prayer are Ignatian mini-retreats in semi-silence from 9:30am to 3:00pm (unless otherwise noted) and include a light breakfast and lunch, Reconciliation and Mass. Evenings are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and include input for prayer, private prayer and sharing of the graces for the evening.





Days of Prayer

Monday, October 22, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Praying Through Your Grief

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Led by:  Susan Engel, LCSW, Grief Counselor and Judy Schiavo, Spiritual Director

Grief is a universal response to loss. Whether you have recently lost a job, a good friend has moved away, or you are mourning the death of a spouse, a parent, or a child, you are forever changed, and you are navigating uncharted waters. While your grief cannot be “fixed,” come away for a few hours to learn what has been shown in the literature of grief and loss to be effective tools for beginning to heal and why this “wound” can be an opportunity for spiritual growth, as well as, finding God in your experience of loss. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Mathew 5:4)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – All Saints Day – Holy Day of Obligation

(9:00am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass  *please take note this Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am

Led by:  Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

PAUSE from your busy lives November 1, ALL SAINTS DAY, a Holy Day of Obligation - pray with us on how God enters into our deepest places of inner dwelling, transforming us. The day will include Mass.

Autumnal temperatures have finally arrived and the leaves have begun to fall from the trees in earnest. Each autumn can be a source of enrichment for us. The season can invite us to pause for a while in our busy lives and to face the deeper issues of the future. We can learn how to live with insecurity, develop deeper trust in the unknowns of eternal life, and believe more fully in the promises of our faith, which are easy to speak, but sometimes very difficult to truly accept.

During this Day of Prayer, we will pray over how God enters into our autumn seasons, into our deepest places of inner dwelling, into the heart of our transformation where we are given glimpses of the truth - and all this because of the faithful love of God!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – Hope Is The Winter Name For God

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Led by:  Linda Baratte, Ph.D.  

Linda Baratte is a popular presenter at retreat centers and parishes in Northern New Jersey. An RCIA 'graduate,' she has a special commitment to adult faith formation and women's spirituality. Linda served as Director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown. She has a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Fordham University.

"Don't get your hopes up," goes the common phrase. Indeed, so much in the world around us threatens to encroach on our capacity to hope. But a Christian stance for hope will have none of that! Come for an Advent day of reflection and renewal as we reclaim with joy the virtue of hope. We will do some background work on the theology of hope, name hallmarks of hope, celebrate models of hope, and pray with Jesus, our sacrament of hope between the cross and the empty tomb.

Monday, December 10, 2018 – DAY OF PRAYER – What’s On Your Christmas List This Year? (*new date, moved from Dec. 12)

(9:30am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Do you remember making your Christmas list as child? Do you remember going to visit Santa and telling him all that you wanted “to get” for Christmas and all that you were hoping to see wrapped up under the tree on Christmas morning? Come away to contemplate the gifts we long for this Christmas, the priceless gift God desires to share with us, and the extraordinary gift we are invited to give away this Christmas season. Come and explore what is revealed in God’s coming amongst us and what that greatest gift of all time means for how we see ourselves, others and our world.

Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:30am – 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – An Experience of Ignatian Prayer

(2:00pm – 5:00pm) Includes Reconciliation and Mass  *please take note that this Day of Prayer begins at 2:00pm

Led by:  Helen Beairsto, RC

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Pathway Of A Spiritual Journey Through The Lens Of The Wizard Of Oz

(9:00am – 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass  *please take note that this Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am

Led by:  Anna Graziano, Spiritual Director

Though Dorothy was happy on her Kansas farm she was a bit restless often wondering what was over the rainbow: were there, perhaps blue birds? For us we would say is there something more? Is this all there is to life? Am I called to be something more?

Dorothy’s yearning for something more, her summons through a tornado, meeting with friends then thrown into a scary forest with “lions and tigers and bears, Oh my!” is- part and parcel of the human condition.” The unease of existence, the yearning for More. (Fr. Bill Bausch)
Most of us are familiar with how St Augustine said it, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.”

Enter the world of Dorothy, Glinda the Tin Man, Elmira Gulch who snatches Toto from Dorothy’s arms threatening her self-esteem, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Flying Monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West that block her way. Auntie Em & Uncle Henry and of course the Wizard of Oz .

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Ash Wednesday

(9:00am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation, Mass and the distribution of ashes  *please take note this Day of Prayer starts at 9:00am

Led by:  Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

Lent is traditionally a special time of the church year in which we are encouraged to do an in-depth evaluation of where we are going with our lives, especially in terms of our Christian discipleship. Time is set aside for contemplation of our mortality and for repentance of our sins, but also for an assessment of our potential as spiritual beings, made in the image and likeness of God. We examine where we are falling behind in our spiritual growth and make fresh resolves to carry on in our Christian calling with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. The mood is somber, yet full of promise. It is a journey from ashes to Easter.

There is no better time than the present to consider that journey, and how we are making it. NOW is the acceptable time to challenge our apathy, evaluate our present life-style, and reorganize our priorities. During these weeks of Lent we will experience God’s abounding kindness and healing mercy through the challenges of Lent 2019 as we clarify our vision of what we are about as followers of the Lord Jesus in our time and place. It is up to us to take advantage of the moment and accept these Lenten graces in humble confidence of the transformation the Lord is eager to work in us. Let us dedicate this Lent to our personal growth. The Word of the Lord is ready to show us the way!

Please join us in prayer as we enter the Lenten Season. We are signed with ashes on our foreheads but in the form of a cross. Though God’s love may seem like a raging storm, this is the only love that saves. Ashes to Easter...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:30am – 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Discernment

(2:00pm - 7:00pm)  Includes Dinner, Reconciliation and Mass  *please take note this Day of Prayer starts at 2:00pm 

Led by:  Marie Santana

To “discern” means to try to figure out what God wants us to do. How do we know? How do we find out? It’s not easy. Fortunately, St. Ignatius of Loyola offers time-tested guidelines for the discernment of spirits to help us discover what God is calling us to do in the big and small decisions of our lives – including vocational discernment. These are extremely practical and helpful both for personal discernment, as well as in helping others to discern what God is calling them to do, in day to day decision making.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Mary and Elizabeth

(9:30am – 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass

Led by:  Judy Schiavo

What do Mary and Elizabeth have to tell us in our Church and in the times today?

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Ascension of Jesus (Holy Day)

(9:00am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass *please take note this Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am

Led by Rev. Tom Marciniak, S.J.

We all know that the Lenten Season is 40 days long. We celebrate Easter Sunday and politely forget that the Easter Season is 50 days long. During the weeks of Easter we enter more deeply into the new life of the Risen Jesus. We also remember that we seem to "lose" him as he ascends to heaven and returns to the Father. During our Day of Prayer on Ascension Thursday we will pray about Jesus' "leaving us" not to abandon us but to be our hope and we will prepare our hearts for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday.

Monday, June 10, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Pentecost

(9:00am - 3:00pm)  Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass *please take note this Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am

Led by Anna Graziano

Pentecost is among the four major holidays in the Christian year. On Christmas, there is much pomp and circumstance; on Good Friday there are special traditional services; Easter is the Great Halleluiah! On Pentecost, we greet the descent of the Holy Spirit with a kind of silence rather than the joyful shouts so deserved.

Everything is different because now the Holy Spirit has come upon us through Jesus, who died and rose from the dead and is now living at the right hand of God and sends forth his Spirit upon us. The more we reflect on that, we are drawn into the joy of the message of Jesus.

Evenings of Prayer

Mondays, October 15, 2018 – November 5, 2018 – FALL BOOK CLUB SERIES

4 Week Series on Monday Evenings

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)

Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action by John Dear.

A spiritual handbook for readers who seek to make peace in their lives and in the world. The journey to peace, as Dear describes it, is composed of an Inner Journey (involving solitude, silence, prayer, and mindfulness), and a Public Journey (involving direct political action), which, undertaken together, make possible reconciliation and transformation on a global level. "If we try, and keep trying, and stay faithful to the journey unto our last breath, we will find great joy and a peace not of this world, knowing that we serve not only the human family but the God of peace." 

Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer.  Please purchase the book on your own prior to the first evening.  We recommend purchasing the book through Amazon Smile which donates a portion of the purchase price back to Loyola.  

Session 1 – October 15th - Introduction – Imaging God (pgs. 1– 55)

Session 2 - October 22nd - Intimate Prayer – Public Peacemaking (pgs. 56 – 99)

Session 3 – October 29th - Speaking Truth – Disarming the World (pgs. 100– 162)

Session 4 – November 5th - And Justice for All – Hope upon Hope (pgs. 163 – 224)

Wednesdays, September 12, 2018 – October 31, 2018 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  8 consecutive Wednesday evenings

Led by Marie Santana

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola are a program of meditations, prayers, considerations, and contemplative practices that help Christian faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people. They are a way for everyone to seek and find God in their workplaces, homes, families, and community.

The Spiritual Exercises (SE) were written by St Ignatius of Loyola during the 1530’s. He was very clear to state that the SE could be adapted to whatever situation, allowing “more” people to experience them. In particular, this version has been adapted to offer the SE to those with full-time jobs, busy families, and/or others who cannot afford the length of time of the 19th Annotation Retreat in Daily Life (30 weeks, meeting once a week with a spiritual director) or the 30 Day Away Retreat.

The SE 8-Week Format (meets once a week for 1.5 hours): This version contains all the topics that are part of the Original (all 4 IGNATIAN WEEKS) without compromising its integrity. The consolidation and new structure is achieved by the selection of each topic without the “repetition” that is part of the Original Version. It includes scripture as well as commentary by various Jesuit sources, giving it a fresh, updated view and richer in its diversity of thought.

Thursdays, October 4, 2018 – November 8, 2018 – BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING SERIES – LEVEL 1

5 Week Series on Thursday Evenings - Level One Learning 

(7:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) 

Led by:  Sr. Helen Beairsto, RC

Biospiritual Focusing is a process that refers to the inclusive awareness of our body in our spiritual life and prayer. It is a spiritual process that helps us become aware of our felt senses within our bodies and teaches us how to be with them so that God’s grace can help us make peace within ourselves, with our world around us and in our prayer encounters with our God. It teaches us the body felt awareness of discernment. For many, this is a way of living through the sentir of the body. Biospiritual Focusing is a process that took the Gendlin Focusing and created a non-therapeutic format where the Paschal Mystery in our everyday life is honored so as to renew us into more Life. This was created by Rev. Peter Campbell and Rev. Edwin MaMahon.

Come and spend your time learning about this process and the ways it can enhance your spiritual life in daily events and in praying with sacred scripture.

Thursdays (Bi-weekly) September 6, 2018 through July 25, 2019 – BIBLE STUDY SERIES

Bi-Weekly on Thursday Evenings

(7:00pm - 8:00pm)

Led by Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Join us as we continue our bi-weekly Bible Study here at Loyola!  There is no cost.  This is our gift to you but please register so we know how many people to expect each time.

We start up again on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00pm in the evening in the second floor conference room and will continue every other week on Thursday evening.

We are currently studying the Gospel of Mark; probably the first Gospel account chronologically, it is repeated almost word for word in Matthew and Luke and seems to have its own sources that the other Gospel accounts do not share.

Please join Fr. Steve as we delve into the shortest of the four Gospel accounts that is long on surprises.

ALL ARE WELCOME – ANYTIME during the study, even if you missed some weeks!  

Mondays, April 22, 2019 – May 13, 2019 – SPRING BOOK CLUB SERIES

4 Week Series on Monday Evenings

(7:00pm – 8:30pm)

Led by Karen Florance

Join us as we read and faith share Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle.

Father Gregory Boyle’s sparkling parables about kinship and the sacredness of life are drawn from twenty years working with gangs in LA.

How do you fight despair and learn to meet the world with a loving heart? How do you overcome shame? Stay faithful in spite of failure? No matter where people live or what their circumstances may be, everyone needs boundless, restorative love. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart amply demonstrates the impact unconditional love can have on your life.

Our evenings will include chapter review, faith sharing on reflection questions, as well as time for private prayer. Please purchase the book on your own prior to the first evening. We recommend purchasing the book through Amazon Smile which donates a portion of the purchase price back to Loyola.