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February 2016

Posted February 01, 2016 in Lay Leadership

A Word from the Director

An opportunity to serve Christ’s mission awaits us as we begin another Lenten journey. In this month’s “Something to Ponder,” Thomas Keating invites us to practice the “asceticism of just being good to everybody.” Bearing Christ’s goodness, we will be serving God’s people through these Lenten programs:

Praying with St. Ignatius, Parish Retreat. On January 13th , 12 retreat team members gathered to prepare for the Lenten retreats to be held this coming winter/spring at St. Christopher Parish, Rocky River and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Lodi Worship Site.

Meeting for 8 consecutive weeks, the retreat at St. Christopher began on January 27th. The retreat at Our Lady Help of Christians will begin on February 17th .

Nurturing the Call. The new 5-part pilot program for retreat leaders of the Praying with St. Ignatius and the Encountering Christ retreats at Jesuit Retreat House and St. Ignatius High School begins on February 11th. Organized by Martha Campbell and Janet Lehane, the program will be offered by a team of skilled leaders including, Jeannie and Patrick Cleary-Burns, Liz Nau, Margaret Balewski, Joan Carney and Debbie Dacone.

Food for the Journey. 21 participants gathered on January 16th to begin this new 4-part series, “Accidental Theologians … A Continuing Exploration.” Based on An Interrupted Life: The Diaries and Letters of Etty Hillesum, the sessions explore the “theology of hope” found in the writings of this victim of the Jewish holocaust.

The Pilgrim Way of Ignatius Loyola. This four-part introduction to the Spiritual Exercises will be offered at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Parma during the Lenten season beginning on February 9th. Program leaders include: Martha Campbell, Robin Craig, Rich Jerdonek, Amy McKenna and Sue Palmer.

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