Days/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.
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Days of Prayer
(9:00am – 3:00pm) *please note 9am start time -- Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
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.
(9:30am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
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.
(9:30am – 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by Judy Schiavo and Sr. Virginia Quinn, IHM
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
We are living in a time when social media and technology have allowed us to communicate more frequently and with ease. However, have we learned more about ourselves? Engaged our neighbor in meaningful conversation? Spent quality time with God? We invite you to come “waste” a day in prayerful reflection about our relationship to ourselves, to others and to our God.
Evenings of Prayer
(7:00pm - 8:30pm)
Led by Karen Florance
Join us as we read and faith share Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr--the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation--offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on the wisdom from time-honored myths, heroic poems, great thinkers, and religious texts, the author explores the two halves of life to show that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Rohr takes the reader on a journey to understand how the heartbreaks and disappointments of life are stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store. 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 – April 9th - The Invitation to a Further Journey – The Hero and Heroine’s Journey (pgs vii – 24)
Session 2 - April 16th - The First Half of Life – Stumbling over the Stumbling Stone (pgs. 25 – 72)
Session 3 – April 23rd - Necessary Suffering – A Second Simplicity (pgs. 73 – 115)
Session 4 – April 30th - A Bright Sadness – Coda (pgs. 117 – 167)
(7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Led by Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.
Please join us as we begin Bible Study here at Loyola! This is our gift to you.
We start on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00pm in the evening in the second floor conference room and will continue every other week on Thursday evening.
The first Bible book we will study is the Gospel according to 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.
Open to both Men and Women