Hodegetria2016-2017 Catholic Retreat Theme

Behold: A retreat with Our Lady – Mother, Intercessor & Disciple

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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?

A Passionist retreat is the gift of time and space to relax and refresh one’s spirit. A retreat provides opportunities for reflection, prayer, and renewal of heart in relationship with God. Retreats at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center are for a full weekend, beginning with dinner Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon following 11:15 mass.

What happens on a retreat?

The retreat team offers a balance of free, unscheduled time with scheduled presentations or conferences.

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?

Retreats are open to Catholics and non-Catholics. The prayer and worship styles are Catholic, because that’s who we are, but all are welcome!

Do I have to be silent the whole time?

Not the whole time. The bedroom areas and Chapel are designated “Quiet Zones,” and there may be times during the retreat when the retreat team calls the house to silence. Usually, retreatants spend time in conversation outdoors and during meals.

What is a 12 Step Retreat?

A spiritual program designed for those who are using the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to connect with their higher power. These retreats are presented by people involved with and dedicated to the tenets of the AA program.

Will it be like the retreats I attended as a youth?

The weekend retreats offered at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center are different than most youth retreats. There is less emphasis on group sharing and community building and more emphasis on fostering each individual’s relationship with God.

What kind of clothes should I pack?

Please dress comfortably but with a spirit of respect for the spiritual nature of our facility.

What time can I arrive for my retreat?

Retreatant rooms are available after 4:00 pm on the day Friday of your retreat.The weekend retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday and concludes following 11:15 am Mass on Sunday.
What is the weekend schedule?

Prayer for Passionist Retreatants

Jesus, you invited the apostles to come away with you to a deserted place and rest a while. Like your apostles, enable me to experience You on retreat — your suffering love and tender compassion. May I come to better know myself, to draw closer to you, and to thus be of better service to my brothers and sisters in the Church. Help me to listen attentively, to ponder prayerfully, to respond generously, and to benefit from the solitude and peace. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Sorrows, may I and my fellow retreatants leave our retreat as deeply committed Christians, better able to follow Your footsteps in all the opportunities and challenges of life. Amen.

Here is an abbreviated version of what our Catholic Retreat weekends look like:

Friday Evening
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
7:45 Mass
8:30 Breakfast
9:15 Retreat Session II
10:30 Reconciliation Service
12:30 Lunch
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
6:00 Dinner
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
9:00 Brunch
10:00 Sharing the Graces
11:15 Closing Eucharist, Noon Departure