Events

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RETREAT DAY: "POETRY AS PRAYER" - SPIRITUAL REFLECTIONS ON THE POEMS OF ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, RAINER MARIA RILKE AND MARY OLIVER

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wed 9:00am to 4pm. A retreat day to explore the gifts of poetry, ancient and modern, for deepening our spiritual life through transformation in prayer and in living life abundantly. During the day participants will be invited to write a personal prayer-poem. This day is facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell csj. Cost $40 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

8TH ANNUAL SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD OF PRIESTS CONFERENCE

Kanata, ON. Holy Redeemer Parish. The conference features Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC from Stockbridge, MA. The theme is “Our Triumph Through Mary.” Closing Mass at 5pm with Bishop Scott McCaig,CC, Military Ordinariate of Canada. Registration is required. Please visit: www.spiritualmotherhoodofpriests.ca and click on the link 2019 Conference Registration with payment at the address indicated. Please indicate regular or gluten free lunch. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-254-7220 OR 613-875-6279.

A PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: 5-DAY RETREAT

Guelph, ON. Loyola House – Ignatius Jesuit Centre. A good opportunity for a beginner or an experienced director to gain a heightened awareness of the fundamentals of an Ignatian Retreat. Cost: $495. Register online at www.loyolahouse.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 519-824-1250 ext 266.

RETREAT WEEKEND: ALL IS HOLY, ALL IS ONE

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Fri. 7pm to Sun 1pm. This retreat will be a meditation allowing participants to experience bodily their oneness with Creation, and the Creator. They will enter into experiences which bring alive their sense of the evolution of Creation and the holy interconnectedness of Creator and all within Creation. They will further experience the energies of Creation within themselves. Participants with physical challenges or limitations can enter into the experiences in their own creative ways. The hope is that participants will come to know in a more profound way that “all is holy, all is One. All is holy, wholly One.” (from Jan Novotka’s song Ground of All Being) Spiritual direction will be available during the quiet times. Cost $200. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

HEALING THE FUTURE: TRANSFORMING ANGER AND ANXIETY INTO GIFTS

Arnprior, ON. Galilee Centre. Fr. Matt Linn will lead in a process to address what keeps each of us from feeling really happy? Is it anxiety over health, an ongoing difficult relationship or the loss of our dream? Maybe it is a bigger problem of a world with increasing violence, global warming, and financial insecurity. This retreat will offer processes of healing to create a future giving new life rather than the future that is now taking our life and the life of our children and grandchildren. Web: www.galileecentre.com. Register at 613-623-4242 ext. 21 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RETREAT FOR MEN AND WOMEN WITH MARGARET SILF

Pickering, ON. Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre. “Through turmoil to transformation.” Could our troubled times hold the seeds of a renewed future? Facilitated by Margaret Silf. Based on the theme of her books, Hidden Wings and Born to Fly. Suggested offering: $240/person. Includes: accommodation, meals, program and spiritual direction. Contact: 905-839-2864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

INDIVIDUAL DIRECTED OR UNDIRECTED RETREATS

Guelph, ON. Loyola House – Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Come for a directed or undirected retreat where you can choose your own dates during any of the directed retreats or through the 40-Day Spiritual Exercises Experience. Acceptance is based on the availability of a spiritual director and/or room. Cost: $99/night directed; $86/night undirected. Register online at www.loyolahouse.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by calling 519-824-1250 ext 266.

PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wed 9am to Fri 4pm. Villa St Joseph offers a quiet and relaxing environment that supports prayer and a deepening awareness of God’s presence. The time and space is yours. You may choose to come for the entire time or for a shorter stay. The Sisters at the Villa are available for spiritual direction during these days. Cost $80 per day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

OVERNIGHT RETREAT: "COME TO ME ALL WHO ARE WEARY"

Kingston, ON. Facilitator: Deacon Bill Gervais. Treat yourself to a time of prayerful rest with the One who loves you and longs to spend time with you, inviting you to, “learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). This overnight retreat will offer several gospel reflections to help you better know Jesus, to learn from him, and through personal prayer, enter more deeply into the rest Jesus offers. Cost: $75. >Arrival 6-6:30pm; Session 7:00pm. Call to register at Providence Spirituality Centre: 613-542-8826 by Fri Sep 27. More info: www.spiritualitycentre.ca

INTERFAITH PRAYER FOR PEACE

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Thursday 7:30-8:30pm. Come join us for an hour of prayer, as we come together with the riches of our various faith traditions to pray for healing in our fractured world. This will be a time of prayer, music and silent meditation for Peace in our World and the Healing of our Earth. Cost Donation To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

RETREAT DAY: MEDITATIONS ON WORTHINESS

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Saturday 9am to 4pm. Through exercises and meditation with opportunities for sharing, this retreat will explore what it means for us to be God's creation. This retreat is facilitated by Dr. Bridget Campion. Cost $40 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

RETREAT DAY: LIKE TREES PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER (PSALM 1)

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wed 9am to 4pm. As we grow in an awareness of our interconnectedness with creation, and of the Presence of the Divine in all of creation, this retreat will focus on trees, in their way of being and living, embodying the Wisdom and Love of God. We will reflect on how they witness to us, and call us, to a greater capacity to love. Entering into the life of trees, aided by image, poetry, quotes from those who have a deep relationship with trees, we will draw inspiration for our lives. Mary-Ellen Francoeur sos. Cost $40 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

GUIDED RETREAT: "ALL IS PASSING"

Kingston, ON. Every thought, emotion, opinion, responsibility, job, relationship, and experience comes and goes. During this silent retreat we will attempt to become more fully conscious of the passing nature of everything. Perhaps by embracing the reality of “all is passing,” the question arises, what remains? Facilitators: Jan Novotka, assisted by Marie Larkin. Jan Novotka is an internationally known retreat facilitator and song writer who is sought out for her gift of creating a more contemplative approach for assemblies, congregational chapters, and other spiritual and/or earth-focused gatherings. Marie Larkin brings with her years of experience as an art teacher and spiritual director. Cost: $275. Call to register by Oct 17: 613-542-8826. More info: www.spiritualitycentre.ca

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD FORMATION COURSE, LEVEL 1 PART 2

Vancouver, ON. St. Patrick's School. A Christian formation experience for adults working with the 3-6 year old child in a parish or school setting. Based on Montessori education principles, acclaimed for its sound theology and attention to the developmental capacities of children. Offered by The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada. Go to www.cgsac.ca to download the registration brochure or to view other courses offered.

RETREAT DAY - EMBRACING MYSTERY: DISCERNING GOD'S SPIRIT IN MY LIFE

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wed 9am to 4pm. Having courage to enter into mystery allows us to deepen our spirituality, our relationship with God and with others. This retreat is an invitation to contemplative prayer, attentiveness in each day and to greater consciousness of God’s presence in all things. Reflecting on a discernment process that draws us closer to God we will explore helpful guidelines for clarifying God’s will in our life as it unfolds in divine surprise. Facilitated by Sr. Mary Rowell CSJ. Cost $40 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD FORMATION COURSE, LEVEL 1 PART 2

Vancouver, ON. St. Patrick's School. A Christian formation experience for adults working with the 3-6 year old child in a parish or school setting. Based on Montessori education principles, acclaimed for its sound theology and attention to the developmental capacities of children. Offered by The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada. Go to www.cgsac.ca to download the registration brochure or to view other courses offered.

INTERFAITH PRAYER FOR PEACE

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Thursday 7:30-8:30pm. Come join us for an hour of prayer, as we come together with the riches of our various faith traditions to pray for healing in our fractured world. This will be a time of prayer, music and silent meditation for Peace in our World and the Healing of our Earth. Cost Donation To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wed 9am to 4 pm. A gathering prayer invites you into silence and solitude. This unstructured day offers opportunity for personal prayer, relaxation and connection with God’s creation. Cost includes the use of a room for the day. Lunch and snacks. Cost $30 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

DIRECTED PRAYER WEEKEND

Guelph, ON. Loyola House. A directed prayer weekend is a time for you to come and see for yourself and to meet God in a new and personal way. You will have the opportunity of meeting several times with a spiritual director who will accompany you on your prayer journey. Cost: $260 (residential); $160 (commuting). Register at www.loyolahouse.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-824-1250 ext 266.

INCARNATING ADVENT PRAYER WEEKEND

Guelph, ON. Loyola House. Facilitated by Greg Kennedy, SJ. You will experience Advent as the re-enactment of a long, charming courtship, wherein God and creation patiently grow closer until both finally assent to the sacred union called the Incarnation, which continues to reverberate in the mundane stuff of our daily lives. Cost: $260 (live-in); $160 (commuting). Register at www.loyolahouse.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-824-1250 ext 266.

THE STARS OF ADVENT

Roches Point (Keswick), ON. Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre overlooking Lake Simcoe offers an opportunity to anticipate new life and hope to be revealed, with guided reflections in a quiet atmosphere. Facilitator: Jane McDonell, IBVM. Visit www.lorettomaryholme.ca, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 905-476-4013 for more details.

ADVENT SERIES: PATHWAYS TO GOD'S LOVE

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wednesday December 4th, 11th, 18th, 7:30 to 8:30pm. Advent calls us to turn from the darkness of our commercialized culture and find the pathway of peace, hope and the eternal truth of God’s love for each one of us. As people of faith, we are searching for eternal truths at this time of year. It is a pathway through the places of our church’s tradition and scripture leading us into stillness, waiting, and contemplation- and there we find God’s mystery of love incarnate, God-With-Us. Cost Donation. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

PERSONAL RETREAT DAYS

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Wednesday December 4, 9am to Friday December 6, 4pm. Villa St Joseph offers a quiet and relaxing environment that supports prayer and a deepening awareness of God’s presence. The time and space is yours. You may choose to come for the entire time or for a shorter stay. The Sisters at the Villa are available for spiritual direction during these days. Cost $80 per day. Add the Sabbath weekend, Dec 6-8th, for a longer retreat. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

ADVENT GUIDED RETREAT WEEKEND: "IMAGES OF ADVENT"

Kingston, ON. This weekend offers an opportunity to “come away” and focus on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus and all that the Incarnation means to us. The scriptures are filled with many images of Advent: waiting, patience, birthing, hope, courage, exile, belonging and the peaceable kin-dom. Director: Helen Russell, CSJ. We will explore these images and come to realize maybe its God who waits for us … with patience and longing. Cost: $165. Call to register by Nov 15: 613-542-8826. More info: www.spiritualitycentre.ca Those who prefer a directed retreat are also invited to register ($150).

ADVENT TAIZE WEEKEND RETREAT

Guelph, ON. Loyola House – Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Follow the Taizé monastic pattern of morning, noon, and evening prayer. The Taizé weekend provides input and the opportunity of group sharing. There are times of silence. Cost: $260 (live-in); $160 (commuting). Register at www.loyolahouse.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 519-824-1250 ext 266.

ADVENT SABBATH WEEKEND

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Friday December 6, 2019 - 7pm to Sunday December 9 1pmThis time of reflection and silence is set aside so that we may focus on the spiritual aspects of our preparation for the season of Christmas. Our God wishes to be born once more into our hearts and lives. For a longer retreat come for the Personal Retreat Days beginning Dec 4th 2019. Cost $160. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

ADVENT RETREAT DAY: GATHERING THE LIGHT

Cobourg ON, Villa St Joseph. Advent is a sacred time of waiting, anticipating and living into the Light of Christ’s love for all creation. It is a time of wonder and anticipation but also questions and ponderings of a great mystery. We will consider the themes of Advent candles: waiting, repentance, joy and love.as they call us to let go of darkness within and call us ever more deeply to receive Christ’s love for us today. Facilitated by Sr. Linda Gregg CSJ. Cost $40 includes lunch, refreshments and use of a room for the day. To register, call 905-372-2741, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or https://www.villastjoseph.ca/register-for-a-retreat

Rosary Confraternity

Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC. Fr. Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, OMI, rector of Canada's national Marian shrine of Our Lady of the Cape invites you to enrol in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary established in 1694. Please visit www.CatholicInCanada.com to enrol or phone Dennis & Angelina Girard at 888-501-1083. Enrolment is free.

Duc in Altum! Put out into the Deep!

Duc in Altum, a ministry of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, is a year`s journey for young adults with eight group encounters and a personalized one-on-one accompaniment. It offers a supportive group, prayerful environment, formative activities and presentations that focus on discerning any vocation in life. For more info and dates for four possible sites (Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and Montreal), please contact www.ducinaltum.ca or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..