Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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October 2016
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Concluding the Year of Mercy
Oct. 7-9 Year of Mercy Retreat
Oct. 21-23 Rosary Retreat with Fr. Haschke
Oct. 28-30 Spiritual Warfare Retreat with Fr. Thomlison
Nov. 18-20 Unbound Retreat with Fr. Holoubek
Purchase of New Vestments
Detour: Bridges Closed
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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 fruitfulness 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.

33 Days to Merciful Love

Preparation to Conclude the Year of Mercy

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

It's not too late to still make this Year of Mercy a moment of grace and conversion! We have a number of retreats this month and next to conclude the Year of Mercy, especially our Year of Mercy Retreat + Conference with Fr. Wade Menezes.

If you're looking for a great way to finish the Year of Mercy, highly recommended is Fr. Michael Gaitley's book 33 Days to Merciful Love. It is "A St. Therese-style Consecration to Divine Mercy" based on St. Therese of Lisieux's Offering to Merciful Love, a 33 day do-it-yourself retreat. And if you would like to make your Divine Mercy Consecration on November 20, the start of the 33 days is October 18.

Fr Menezes Oct. 7-9
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Year of Mercy Retreat + Conference with Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, Oct. 7-9, 2016

Attend a one-day Year of Mercy Conference (Sat. Oct. 8 at North American Martyrs, Lincoln) or three-day Retreat (Oct. 7-9 at Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly) with Fr. Wade Menezes. Includes Mass, Chaplet, Exposition, Confession, Speakers and more.

Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, KY. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, Fr. Wade has served as chaplain at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, AL and hosted several radio and television series for EWTN. Read more about Fr. Menezes at fathersofmercy.com.

The Year of Mercy Conference + Retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Lincoln Apostolate of Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, and Spirit Catholic Radio. Listen to the Catholic Radio interview with Fr. Menezes about the Retreat and Conference.

See www.lincolndiocese.org/mercy-conference for the full schedule, information, fees and registration. Please register by Tues. Oct. 4 if possible to help us have an accurate meal count.

Fr Haschke Oct. 21-23
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Weekend Retreat with Fr. Jonathan Haschke and the Legion of Mary, "Praying the Mysteries of the Rosary", Oct. 21-23, 2016

All who like to pray the Rosary, or desire to do so, are invited to join this weekend retreat October 21-23 with Fr. Jonathan Haschke on "Praying the Mysteries of the Rosary". Sponsored by the Legion of Mary, this retreat will be an opportunity to go through meditations on each of the mysteries of the rosary, using sources like the 2002 letter of St. John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae and the spiritual classic The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort.

Fr. Haschke says, "We pray the rosary, but sometimes we don't get a chance to get deeper into the meaning of the mysteries, and really make that our mediation." The focus of the retreat is thus to offer reflections and food for thought as people pray the rosary, so that, "for those of us who have the habit of praying the rosary, we don't want it to become just rote memorization."

Fr. Jonathan Haschke was an assistant for 6 years at three Lincoln parishes: St. Teresa, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Joseph - and a teacher at Pius X High School. He is now pastor at Sacred Heart and Assumption churches in Roseland, teaches at Saint Cecilia High School, and is Assistant Pro-Life Director for the Diocese.

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 rosary retreat is open to men and women of also ages, including those who are not members of the Legion of Mary.

Fr Thomlison Oct. 28-30
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Weekend Retreat with Fr. Thomlison, Angels & Demons: Spiritual Warfare & Discernment, Oct. 28-30, 2016

All men and women are invited to this weekend retreat October 28-30 with Fr. Steve Thomlison, entitled Angels & Demons: Spiritual Warfare & Discernment. The retreat will be an opportunity to examine the role of angels in our daily life, and the ways we guard against temptations from fallen angels. Learn to use principles of discernment to see how good angels will prompt us towards doing good, and how Satan tries to tempt and deceive us.

Dr. Peter Martin, apsychologist at Catholic Social Services, says about Fr. Thomlison's retreat: "His discussion of mercy and forgiveness lends powerful insights and has led to great food for thought on my relationship with God." He notes how Fr. Thomlison explains the spiritual battle in a powerful way: "Mercy is a limit beyond which evil cannot trespass."

Fr. Thomlison likens 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, or in this case, to fight the battle.

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 Holoubek Nov. 18-20
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Unbound Retreat for Men and Women with Fr. William Holoubek, Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds, Nov. 18-20, 2016

The Unbound Ministry is a lay apostolate that helps people find freedom from wounds, sins and other troubles that compromise joy in Christ. It involves recognizing and identifying the sources of our woundedness, in order to understand and discover how to embrace change that gives freedom. Read more from the LincolnDiocese.org website, or the Southern Nebraska Register.

Unbound focuses on providing a safe, practical model that helps people respond to the Gospel and apply the Lord's grace, love and truth to their lives. Based on the book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano, it employs five keys that enable people to experience a profound conversion experience. All men and women are invited to experience this deliverance on a weekend retreat November 18-20.

Unbound Ministry prayer teams will be available on the retreat, to pray with participants using the five keys. Retreatants are asked to read the first nine chapters of the Unbound book if you want to be prayed with.

Fr. William Holoubek, ordained a priest in 1997, is currently pastor of St Mary, Sutton and St. Helena, Grafton; he is Director of the Diocesan Mission Office and a teacher at Hastings Catholic Schools. He launched the Unbound ministry in the diocese after attending a 2014 Omaha conference featuring author Neal Lozano. He says, "the Unbound experience gave me the opportunity to experience freedom in Christ in a new way."


Purchase of New Vestments for the Retreat House

The Retreat House is ordering new vestments from Poland, to help us have a beautiful and worthy celebration of the liturgy. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of a vestment, you will be remembered in our prayers at daily Mass and whenever the vestment is worn. The cost is only $275 for each of the liturgical colors - Green, White, Red, and Violet ($1,100 for all four). Your donations and support are always appreciated.


Detour Map

Detour: Bridges Closed

Due to erosion and safety issues, the county has closed two bridges on both 112th Street and Alvo Road, just north of the Retreat House. Therefore the Retreat House has to be approached from the south. It is suggest to take Fletcher Ave to 112th St, as shown on the map. Please pray far favorable weather for the fall harvest and for our bridge construction. And be sure to tell others who might be coming to pray at the Retreat House about the detour.

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