Holy Spirit Retreat
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"HOLY SPIRIT RETREAT FOR CATHOLIC PARISHES"
DEFINITION: A Holy Spirit Catholic Parish Retreat is a spiritual development program that's designed to lead parishioners into a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus by encouraging them to yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide and direct their lives.
The program is a modified version of the Life in the Spirit Seminar and is intended to appeal to a wide cross section of the parish community. It focuses on the Holy Spirit and the important role He plays in our spiritual life. Through inspired teachings, daily prayer and scripture reading and the action of the Holy Spirit, parishioners are drawn closer to Jesus and experience "new life" in Christ,. The program is fully Catholic, rooted in Holy Scripture and supported by teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
FORMAT: The Retreat consists of a series of teachings spread over a period of 8 weeks. One session per week with each session lasting from 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The teachings, which are given by qualified and experienced speakers, (both lay and clergy), from within and/or from outside the parish, are designed to lead participants through the basic Gospel message and increase their awareness of the action of the Holy Spirit in their lives. In addition to the teachings, attendees are given the opportunity to actively participate in the process through small group discussions.
The Retreat is organized by a committee drawn from the leadership of the various lay ministries within the parish, under the guidance of a Coordinator, who also facilitates the weekly sessions. In other words, the Retreat is a parish event, organized and run by the parish for the benefit of all parishioners. Most of the work of organizing and running the Retreat is done by the Organizing Committee so as not to impact on the Pastor's time. However, the pastor retains overall control of the process and his full and active support is essential to the success of the Retreat.
BENEFITS: To the Individual:
BENEFITS: To the Parish:
COST: A Registration Fee ($10 - $25.00) per person is recommended to cover the cost of reading/study material, stipends for the speakers, refreshments etc. Such a fee is usually sufficient to cover all expenses, so the parish is not "out of pocket" except for providing a venue and the usual amenities - heating, lighting etc.
ORGANIZING A RETREAT IN YOUR PARISH: A Leader's Manual that fully describes how to organize and run a retreat in your parish is available by clicking on the following link. Kas and Alana, E-mail Address: email@example.com
The Holy Spirit Retreat a life changing experience through which parishioners continue to grow in faith and intimacy with Jesus, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Fr Liborio Amaral's appeal to all Pastor to hold Holy Spirit Retreats in their parishes . Please download letter and print here . To know more information on the St. Mary's Parish Roman Catholic Church Brampton, click here. Rev. Fr. Liborio Amaral's Celebration of Holy Daily Mass from St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada click here .
"HOLY SPIRIT" CATHOLIC PARISH RETREATS
"2004 - 2006"
"Planned for 2013"
Holy Spirit Manual - This manual provides detailed, step by step instructions on how to organize and run these retreats. Each manual comes with a package of pamphlets that may be re-produced to provide additional reading material for participants. Copies are available through Cana Religious Books & Gifts at firstname.lastname@example.org at C$25.00 per copy plus HST and shipping.
Daily Prayer Guide
Daily Prayer Guide - This booklet is a rich resource, used extensively throughout the Holy Spirit Retreat, as a daily prayer and meditation guide. It is designed in such a way as to encourage participants to set aside time daily to spend in prayer and thus receive the grace of the Holy Spirit in a fuller way. Copies may be ordered through - Reta Lienhardt at 519 - 743 - 2836 email email@example.com or through the CCSO Bread of Life Renewal Centre at 905 - 634 - 5433 email firstname.lastname@example.org