December Greetings everyone! There definitely is a chill in the air! As the Christmas season is settling in, the Center has been busy with lots of activity. In November, St. Charles Borromeo Church held their Staff day retreat here beginning with Mass at 9am in the Chapel. Bridges to Contemplative Living group will take a break in December and will restart meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in January. This group is facilitated by Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.P.P.S. and Kathy Keary. Growing in Awareness of the Eastern Wisdom of Jesus program was a tremendous success it also was presented by Fr. Garry Richmeier, C.P.P.S. This program explored how Jesus used Eastern Spirituality and ideas to build the Reign of God.
Sedalia Woman’s Group from Scared Heart Parish had their 4th annual retreat here at the Center. Their group spends 24 hours with each other filled with relaxation, games, prayer and fellowship. It was a beautiful fall weekend facilitated by Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.P.P.S. The Prayer for Life group met here for a day of Prayer and Reflection as they wondered amidst the scared grounds at the Center. Their experience is usually in silence and solitude.
A Season of Resilience and Resistance was the topic for the Advent day of Reflection on December 2, facilitated by Fr. Joe Nassal, C.P.P.S. The day was filled with hope as people reflected on the spirituality of resistance and resiliency that reveals how to cultivate hope in difficult and trying times. St. James Altar Society held their annual Christmas dinner here at the Center.
We will be hosting four families from Family Promise of the Northland this upcoming week here in our guest house. This program is an interfaith network program that helps local homeless families regain their independence and provide them with shelter and outreach opportunities. Advocating and supporting this national program helps build communities and strengthen lives.
Please joins us for our celebration of the Winter Solstice on Thursday evening December 21st starting at 5:30pm. We will be led by Fr. Joe Nassal, C.P.P.S. as we gather to celebrate and pause during a busy season to reflect and renew our spirits. We will include a meditative walk to the Reconciliation Labyrinth and will conclude with a simple soup supper. Please register by December 19. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!