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, September 15, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Is God Calling You To A New Beginning?

(1:00pm - 5:00pm)  Mass at 4:00pm
Led by Rev. George Collins, S.J. and Judy Schiavo, Spiritual Director

Are you wondering if God is calling you to a new beginning? … Are you open to this possibility or are you frightened to death? … Come to an afternoon of exploring and reflecting on your life.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – BioSpiritual Focusing Introduction

(1:00pm - 5:00pm)
Led by Sr. Helen Beairsto, r.c.

BioSpiritual Focusing is a way to pray using the inner wisdom of our body.  It is a process that refers to the inclusive awareness of our body in prayer. It is a spiritual process that helps us to become aware of our felt senses and teaches us how to allow them to be part of our prayer encounters with God. It teaches us the body felt awareness of grace movement within and can be helpful in our discernments. For many, this is the way of living the sentir of the body. BioSpiritual Focusing is a process that makes use of the Gendlin Focusing Process and creates a new non-therapeutic format where the Paschal Mystery in our everyday life is honored and guides us into more Life. This newer form of process was created by Rev. Peter Campbell and Rev. Edwin McMahon.

Come and spend the afternoon learning about this process and the ways it can enhance your spiritual life in daily events as well as praying with sacred Scripture. It is one that lends itself to singular practice or in companionship with others.

Friday, October 11, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Aging Contemplatively

(9:30am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by:  Judy Schiavo, Spiritual Director

An invitation to mid-lifers and older.  Aging is often about letting go: letting go of physical and psychic energy, loved ones, jobs…..Where is God in all of this? Come to this Day of Prayer where we will learn to:
• Welcome transitions in our lives
• Companion ourselves and others
• Seek forgiveness through healing
• Deepen our relationship with God
through listening, prayerful reflection and optional sharing. We will also have an opportunity for Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sunday Series, October 27 & November 3, 2019 – BIOSPIRITUAL FOCUSING – LEVEL 1

BioSpiritual Focusing Level One Learning  - Prerequisite to Level 2
2 Consecutive Sundays  - October 27 & November 3
(1:00pm - 5:00p.m.)

Led by:  Sr. Helen Beairsto, r.c.

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.

Friday, November 1, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – All Saints Day – Holy Day

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

Thursday, November 14, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER

(9:30am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by Rev. Steve Pugliese, S.J.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Holy Mary, Mother Mary, Model Mary (Immaculate Conception)

(10:00am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by:  Linda L. Baratte, Ph.D. 

Holy Mary, Mother Mary, Model Mary: An Advent Day of Prayer in Celebration of the Immaculate Conception
The Marian Feast Day celebration of the Immaculate Conception is a time for Mary's sons and daughters in the Church to draw closer to her, especially as we prepare to celebrate the birth of her son. In our Advent day of reflection and prayer, we will honor Mary as the first Christian, the first disciple, the mother of the Church. How can her witness as a model of faith, compassion, and courage be more clearly our own?

Linda L. Baratte, Ph.D. 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.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – DAY OF PRAYER – Advent

(9:30am - 3:00pm) Includes Breakfast and Lunch, Reconciliation and Mass
Led by Rev. George Collins, S.J.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER – Discernment

(9:30am - 5:00pm) Includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Mass
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 14, 2020 – DAY OF PRAYER – Pentecost

(9:00am - 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.

 

Evenings of Prayer

Wednesdays, September 11, 2019 – October 30, 2019 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

8 consecutive Wednesday evenings
(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  
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, September 16, 2019 – October 7, 2019 – 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 Wrestling with God: Finding Hope and Meaning in our Daily Struggles to be Human by Ronald Rolheiser.

“In Wrestling with God, Ronald Rolheiser offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us avow and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the beloved author examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning, that Rolheiser lays out a path for faith in a world struggling to find faith, but perhaps more important, he helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.” ~Goodreads

About the author

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005.

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 - September 16th - Chapters Preface - Wrestling with Our Erotic Energies (pgs 13 – 62)

Session 2 - September 23rd - Chapters Wrestling with Fear – Wrestling with the Gospel Mandate to Reach Out to the Poor (pgs 63– 97)

Session 3 - September 30th - Chapters - Wrestling with Faith and Doubt – Wrestling with God (pgs 99 – 155)

Session 4 - October 7th - Chapters - Wrestling for Faith within a Complex Culture – Some Guidelines for the Long Haul (pgs 157 – 196)

Wednesdays, March 4, 2020 – April 22, 2020 – SPIRITUAL EXERCISES 8 WEEK FORMAT

8 consecutive Wednesday evenings
(7:00pm - 8:30pm)  
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 13, 2020 – May 4, 2020 – 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 An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor.

“In An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor shares how she learned to encounter God far beyond the walls of the church. Taylor reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working, and prayer. Something as ordinary as hanging clothes on a clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to what we're doing and take time to notice the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store becomes a moment of true human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. As we incorporate these practices into our daily lives, we begin to discover altars everywhere we go, in nearly everything we do. Through Taylor's expert guidance and delicate, thought-provoking prose, we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.” ~Goodreads

About the author

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University.

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 13th - Chapters - Introduction - The Practice of Wearing Skin (pgs xiii – 51)

Session 2 - April 20th - Chapters - The Practice of Walking on the Earth – The Practice of Encountering Others (pgs 53– 105)

Session 3 - April 27th - Chapters - The Practice of Living with Purpose – The Practice of Carrying Water (pgs 107 – 153)

Session 4 - May 4th - Chapters - The Practice of Feeling Pain – The Practice of Pronouncing Blessings (pgs 157 – 209)