Behold: A retreat with Our Lady – Mother, Intercessor & Disciple
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this icon (by Berlinghiero of Lucca, ca 1230) says it all. It is known as Hodegetria, literally “She who shows the Way”. It represents the Mother of God holding the Child Jesus at her side while pointing to Him as the source of salvation for humankind.
Our retreat theme for the coming season is “Behold! A Retreat with Our Lady: Mother, Intercessor and Disciple” The inspirational Scripture text for the theme is the Wedding Feast of Cana as found in the Gospel of John. The Mother of Jesus was present at the wedding, she intercedes on behalf of the hosts for they have no more wine and she instructs the servants – all who would follow him – to “Do as he tells you.” She shows the way.
This year we will continue to pray the Liturgy of the Hours which is the prayer of the universal church and has been used for centuries. To gain a further understanding of this tradition of prayer, you are invited to read: The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey
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FAQ – Preparing for Retreat
Some common questions about the retreat experience:
What is a retreat anyway?
What happens on a retreat?
What if I have to cancel? Will I get a refund?
Refunds (less the deposit) are given only if you call and cancel by 12noon on the Wednesday before your retreat. No refunds are made for “no shows”.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your retreat reservation. We often have a waiting list and this will help us to accommodate others who may wish to attend the retreat. If you have already paid your deposit and are able to attend another retreat during the current season, we can reserve a space for you on that retreat.
What if I don’t want to go to one of the conferences?
That’s ok. All we ask is that you arrive for the retreat on time and stay for the entire retreat weekend.
Who are the Passionists?
The Passionists are a religious group of Catholic priests and brothers and lay partners who have a special devotion to the love God shows humanity through the suffering, death, and resurrection (collectively known as the Passion) of Jesus Christ. Please take time to explore the entire Passionist website to learn more about us!
Do I have to be Catholic?
Do I have to be silent the whole time?
What is a 12 Step Retreat?
Will it be like the retreats I attended as a youth?
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Prayer for Passionist Retreatants
Here is an abbreviated version of what our Catholic Retreat weekends look like:
6:00 Buffet Supper
6:40 Newcomers Tour
7:15 Welcome followed by Retreat Session I
8:30 Night Prayer
Optional Popcorn Social after Night Prayer
7:05 Wake Up Time
9:15 Retreat Session II
10:30 Reconciliation Service
1:15 Group Photo
1:30 Personal/Quiet Time (Optional Rosary and Stations of the Cross)
3:00 Retreat Session III
5:30 Evening Prayer in Chapel
6:45 Parish Team Leader’s Meeting
7:15 Praying with St. Paul of the Cross
8:15 Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7:05 Wake Up Time
7:40 Morning Prayer
8:00 Retreat Session IV
10:00 Sharing the Graces
11:15 Closing Eucharist, Noon Departure