Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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October 2015
Retreat House Interior In this Issue:
Oct. 2-4, Retreat with Bishop Bruskewitz
Oct. 9-11, Retreat on the Mass with Fr. Thomlison
Oct. 23-25, Marian Retreat with Fr. Schultes
Oct. 30-Nov. 1, Divorced Retreat with Fr. Kilcawley
Schedule Change: Spring Men's Retreat with Bishop Conley
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For over 50 years Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House has provided a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly, Nebraska. The facility includes fifty single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. Retreats typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8:00 PM on Friday evening, and end with Mass and lunch on Sunday.

All retreatants are considered part of the Good Counsel Retreat House "family". Each month, a Mass is offered for all current and past retreatants, and for the success of our retreats. To become a member of our family, you simply need to come on retreat. We also ask your prayers and support so that we can continue our mission to enrich people's spiritual lives through meaningful retreat experiences. We hope you can join our spiritual family: decide to make a retreat with us this year and share in the many benefits. Please be sure to promote the Retreat House to others, and bring a friend.

Bruskewitz Oct. 2-4
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Bishop Emeritus Bruskewitz: Holy Vocations: In the Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra

It's not too late to register - there's plenty of room on this retreat, given by Bishop Emeritus Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, to learn about the newly canonized Saint Junipero Serra, and the lessons that can be learned in living holiness in one's own vocation.

Father Junipero Serra, the Founder of Spanish California, teaches us by his patience, perseverance, and humility, as well as his vision and courage, and he is the patron saint of vocations.

Ordained a priest for Milwaukee in 1960, Bishop Bruskewitz was Bishop of Lincoln for 20 years before retiring in 2012. This weekend retreat is open to men and women of all ages. Members of the Serra Club who promote vocations to the ordained priesthood and religious life will be especially interested to learn about their patron. Learn more about the Serra Club at www.serranebraska.org.

Please note: our website is always up-to-date, therefore you don't have to call to find out if a retreat is full, just check online at www.goodcounselretreat.com/retreat/schedule/.

Thomlison Oct. 9-11
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Retreat with Fr. Steve Thomlison, Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass

Want to get more out of each Holy Mass? Do we truly realize and understand what takes place at each Mass? Do we really understand who it is we are receiving, and how it is possible that this gift can be offered at every Mass? Do we take for granted the gift of Christ's body and blood which nourishes us in the offering of every Mass?

This weekend retreat October 9-11 with Fr. Steve Thomlison, entitled Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass, for men and women of all ages, will be an opportunity to examine how the Eucharist is a participation in the heavenly liturgy and worship of the Father, and how the Spirit helps us to join our prayers, sacrifices and offerings to the perfect offering of his Son, in that once-for-all sacrifice of the cross made present and renewed on our altars at each Mass.

Fr. Thomlison likens going on a retreat to a time of spring training or spiritual boot camp, a chance to trim away the fat and circumcise the heart so we are ready to run the race, to fight the spiritual battle of daily life strengthened and renewed.

Fr. Thomlison is pastor at St. Stephen, Exeter and St. Wenceslaus, Milligan, and he is Chaplain for both the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska State Patrol. See him on Facebook at facebook.com/fr.thomlison

Fr Schultes Oct. 23-25
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Retreat with Fr. Thomas Schultes, Walking with Mary (Legion of Mary)

As Catholics, we have a profound reverence for the Blessed Mother. We turn to her in prayer, in the Mass, in the Rosary, and in Marian devotions. We honor her with special feasts celebrating the significant events in her life. We place images of her in our churches and homes. Why is Mary so important to us? Because the better we know Mary, the better we will know her Son Jesus.

All men and women desiring to Walk with Mary are invited to join a weekend retreat with Fr. Thomas Schultes sponsored by the Legion of Mary. Ordained in 2012, Fr. Schultes is assistant pastor at St Patrick Church in McCook, St Ann in McCook, and Sacred Heart in Hayes Center. He is a teacher at St. Patrick School in McCook. He was also an assitant at St. Peter in Lincoln and taught at Pius X High School.

The retreat will examine how Mary's relationships with others in the bible can be a model for us and our spiritual life. Fr. Schultes encourages people to go on a retreat, because we want to model our life after Jesus, "If Jesus needed time to step away from the busy life and the crowd, so we also need time to step away from the noise and find time and silence to talk to the Father."

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic group that assists pastors in performing spiritual works in their parishes. Legion members visit shut-ins, new-comers, lapsed Catholics, and Catholics in health care institutions, colleges, and correctional centers; assist with RCIA and CCD; maintain literature racks in churches; and promote the rosary, Sacred Heart enthronement, Perpetual Adoration, and the Miraculous Medal. They seek union with Mary and imitate her humility and faithfulness in serving Christ. See www.legionofmary.ie

This Marian retreat is open to men and women of all ages, including those who are not members of the Legion of Mary. If you want to read more on the topic, see Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by Edward Sri.

Fr Kilcawley Oct. 30-Nov. 1
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Retreat for Divorced, Separated and Remarried with Fr. Kilcawley: Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ's Mercy

All divorced men and women are invited to a retreat October 30-November 1 with Fr. Sean Kilcawley. Millions of Catholics get civilly divorced, and it affects us all. If you or someone you know has suffered the breakdown of a marriage, you know how painful it can be. No matter how long it's been, the Church wants to help and heal. Perhaps you are single, have remarried outside the Church, or have received a Declaration of Nullity and married again. Whether you have been divorced for many years or recently separated from your spouse, this weekend is for you.

This retreat on the theme: Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ's Mercy, invites all who have experienced the betrayal, abandonment, or loss of a spouse through divorce to remember that they are not alone, and that they can experience healing through a personal encounter with Christ in His Church and Sacraments. Come to know His love and tender mercies as we begin the Year of Mercy.

Fr. Kilcawley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for three years in the U.S. Army before entering the seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln. Ordained in 2005, he served for four years as a High School teacher of religion and parochial vicar. In 2013, Fr Kilcawley completed an STL (summa cum laude) at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome. He currently serves as Diocesan Director of the Office of Family Life.

Open to men and women of all ages, particularly those who are divorced, separated, or remarried. Please invite (and come with) any Catholics you may know who are away from the Church.

Fr Coulter Bishop Conley

Schedule Change: Spring Men's Retreat (Man-2-Man) with Bishop Conley and Fr. Coulter

All men are invited to a weekend retreat with Bishop James Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter Feb. 12-14 on the topic Friendship: The School of Charity.

We are all called in Christ to Christian friendship, and especially among men, a Christian brotherhood is needed today to support each other in living the faith. God did not create us to be solitary beings, but rather we live in and our lives are formed by relationships. Today more than ever, men need good Christian friendships with other men. Find out how friendships in the Church, and also with the Saints, will lead us not only to greater charity and chastity, but ultimately to a deeper friendship with Jesus Christ.

A convert to the faith, Bishop James Conley was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wichita in 1985, consecrated an auxiliary bishop of Denver in 2008, and installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln Nov. 20, 2012. Ordained in 1999, Fr. Gary Coulter is director of Good Counsel Retreat House, works on the Diocesan Tribunal, was an assistant at St. Patrick and Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln and pastor in Ashland and Greenwood.

Note: due to scheduling conflicts, the retreat originally published Mar. 18-20 has been cancelled, and instead of a day of reflection, Bishop Conley will present half the talks on this weekend retreat Feb. 12-14 along with Fr. Coulter.

The retreat is open to both single and married men of all ages. (Wives: this retreat would be a great Valentine's Day gift to give your husband.) Register Now.

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