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

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 March 12, 2019 – LENTEN DAY OF PRAYER – The Man Born Blind

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

Led by:  Linda Baratte

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.

The Man Born Blind -- Transforming Our Hindsight, Insight and Foresight:  The powerful account in John's Gospel of Jesus healing the man blind from birth is read on the fourth Sunday of Lent every third year -- or in any year when a Catholic parish has the privilege of preparing candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation. This richly layered story serves as a meditation on the meaning of baptism, and on God's healing power to transform our sacred understanding of who we are and who we are called to be. In our day of prayer and reflection, we will break open the story exploring how, through the lens of Lenten faith, we too might 'see with new eyes.' How can the experience of the man born blind become our own story, seeing the legacies of our past, the blessings of our present, and the bright hope of our future with gratitude and new energy for discipleship?

Sunday, March 24, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Discernment

(2:00pm - 7:00pm)  Includes Dinner 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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Radical Companionship With Jesus

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

Led by:  Rev. George Collins, S.J.

During this Day of Prayer we will explore the journey from religious sight-seeing to radical companionship with Jesus. This is an invitation and gift available to all of us! Are you poor, broken, and humble enough to receive the gift and answer the call of Christ and welcome him into your home? 

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Can We Heal Our Ailing Church?

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

Led by:  Judy Schiavo

Can we heal our ailing Church and our torn Nation?…. maybe not as individuals.  But we can transform our own world, our little orbit within our Church and our Nation.  You are invited to reflect on what the Scripture teaches us about healing wounds and how we can help our Church and our Nation in practical ways.

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.

Won’t you please join our Bible Study here at Loyola!  This is our gift to you.

The study takes place every other Thursday evening at 7:00pm and is held in the second floor conference room. It will continue until July 25, 2019 at which time it will break for the summer and resume the following September.

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

Thursdays, March 7, 2019 through April 4, 2019 – BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING LEVEL 2 SERIES

(7:00pm – 9:00pm) 5 consecutive Thursday evenings

Led by Sr. Helen Beairsto, r.c.

Biospiritual Focusing (BSF) 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.

BSF Level 2 is a follow up to Level 1 in that it deepens the learning from Level 1 while teaching how to companion another in focusing whether they know the process directly or not. It is a process that can assist in spiritual direction and forms of pastoral counseling. This also helps in being prepared to companion another in partnering for ongoing growth in self and community.

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.