We know that Jesus valued regular opportunities to take time apart, in the midst of a busy and peripatetic public ministry. Retreats and quiet days are part of our community life--and offer support to our personal prayer practice. Coming together in a group, and learning from skilled resource people, help us explore, re-launch, or deepen that vital, regular practice of personal prayer that has nourished centuries of Christians in all parts of our tradition.
We would like to give you the opportunity that Jesus so valued. On Saturday, October 13th the Spiritual Direction Group is sponsoring a Diocesan Quiet Day called REFLECTIONS OF LOVE. The day is planned both as an introduction for new pray-ers and as a refreshment for experienced ones.
AGENDA: Themes for the day are (1) Opening the Door to the Quiet (2) Healing of the Heart, and (3) Meditations on Divine Love. Lunch and coffee will be provided; freewill offering; we will conclude by celebrating the Eucharist, led by Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson. Please register at email@example.com
(deadline: October 1).
We will gather in Fulford Hall at 9:30, each of the short talks will present material or questions to explore during the subsequent silence, supported by each other in prayer. (Parking is available on Saturdays underneath Cathedral Place (entry from Union just south of De Maisonneuve) at the cost of $8 for the whole day.)
WHAT WILL HAPPEN: The day will take place in silence, with recorded music during the mealtime. There will be space to move around; the Cathedral will be available, including its small Chapel containing the Reserved Sacrament; a book table will be provided, and so will art materials and a meditation space. The day will conclude with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, led by Bishop Mary Irwin-Gibson. This will wrap up by 3:30.
LEADERS: Our Diocesan Spiritual Direction Group was established over twenty years ago, and includes nearly a dozen trained and experienced Directors who have provided individual spiritual direction and led parish and other retreat groups in and beyond our Diocese.
During prayer time, we can seek perspective on urgencies that might seem overwhelming, insight into situations that seem confusing when seen up close, and assurance of God's loving presence under all circumstances. All are welcome.Please join us.