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

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

Have you been tickled by grace to find out more about Ignatian prayer or perhaps drawn to engage in it but pull back because it seems to daunting… or something else? Come to this afternoon. It is a brief time of experiential learning through praying and engaging in this God centered format. No surprises, there will be input, a first engagement using a guided imagery format, time for sharing, a second period for prayer followed by invitational sharing and questions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER

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

Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J.

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

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!  

Wednesdays, March 13, 2019 – May 1, 2019 – 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.

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.