Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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November 2015
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November: Saints, Souls and Kings
Regnum Christi Retreats for Women and Men
Catechists Retreat Dec. 4-6 with Fr. Heaslip
Unbound Retreat Jan. 22-24 with Fr. Holoubek
In Thanksgiving to Our Benefactors
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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.

November: A Month of Saints, Souls and Our King

Retreat House: Mary

The month of November begins with the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1. Throughout the year, we celebrate various canonized saints, but on this day we celebrate the multitude of all Saints who have attained heaven. The Saints inspire us with tremendous hope, for they were baptized, marked with the sign of faith, faithful to Christ's teaching, and they have gone before us to the heavenly home. We call on their intercession and follow their example.

Next the Commemoration of All Souls is November 2, a day to remember and pray for the souls in purgatory. Purgatory is necessary so that souls can be cleansed and perfected before they enter into heaven, and this cleansing can be aided by the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful on Earth. It is especially commendable to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for the deceased.

November also brings to a close the liturgical season of Ordinary Time and is marked by Scripture readings at Mass on the last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell. It culminates with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. You are invited to join us for Sunday Mass at the Retreat House on Sunday, Nov. 22, 9:00 AM for a special Mass celebrating Christ the King (RSVP to attend a brunch afterwards: goodcounsel@cdolinc.net or 402-786-2705).

Regnum Christi Logo Nov. 6-8, Women
Nov. 19-22, Men Register Now

Two November Retreats with Regnum Christi, The Kingdom of Christ - Women and Men

Regnum Christi, the Kingdom of Christ, is an apostolic movement of men and women who love Jesus Christ, His Church and souls. Members commit to live out their baptismal call to holiness and to engage in apostolic action, to establish the Kingdom of Christ in every person and in society.

The goal of the Regnum Christi retreat is to bring God's love to the retreatants, inspiring them to fall in love with Jesus Christ especially through prayer and the sacramental life, helping them come to know better the truths of the Catholic Faith and inviting them to participate actively in the evangelization of culture and society. Be awakened to discover your mission in life and in the Church.

The retreat is based on the classic Spiritual Exercises developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Retreatants meditate on the principal truths of the Christian faith with a special emphasis on following and imitating Christ. Each person is invited to have a personal encounter with Christ as they discover him in the Gospels. The retreats will be presented by priests from the Legionaries of Christ.

Please note that these retreats start at 7:00pm, and the Men's retreat has the option to start a day early, with a dinner-social on Thursday evening Nov. 19, and a Friday day-conference before the retreat starts Friday night at 7:00pm. These retreats are open to all ages, including those who are not familiar with the Regnum Christi movement. You are also invited to join us for Sunday Mass celebrating Christ the King on Sunday, Nov. 22, 9:00 AM (RSVP to attend a brunch afterwards).

Please note: the women's retreat is currently full, but you can be added to the waiting list by contacting goodcounsel@cdolinc.net or 402-786-2705. Also 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/.

Heaslip Dec. 4-6
Men & Women
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Catechist's Retreat with Fr. Andrew Heaslip, Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God

Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a Holy Year the will open on December 8. He says, "How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!" (Misericordiae Vultus 3, Bull of Indiction)

In this retreat Fr. Andrew Heaslip especially invites catechists and teachers to experience the Lord's loving mercy, and thus learn to be Merciful like the Father, becoming instruments of mercy to others. The retreat will focus on the face of Christ as seen in the Shroud of Turin, the document Misericordiae Vultus of Pope Francis, and how to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Fr. Heaslip is the Diocesan Director of the Religious Education Office, Digital Media Coordinator, and Director of the TV Mass for the homebound. Ordained in 2009, his assignment have included Plattsmouth, Hastings and McCook. He is currently in residence at St. Mary, Lincoln. Fr. Heaslip recommends retreats, "to be able to have time for prayer with the Lord and better receive God's mercy in order to better show that mercy."

The retreat is organized for catechists, religion teachers, Catholic School and CCD teachers, however it is also open to all men and women, especially parents as they are the "first teachers" of their children.

Fr Holoubek Jan. 22-24
Men & Women
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Unbound Retreat for Men and Women with Fr. William Holoubek, Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds

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: this ministry was recently featured in 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.

Fr. William Holoubek was ordained a priest in 1997. He 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."

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. Please be advised, that if you are thinking about attending this retreat, you should register soon as it may fill up quickly.

In Thanksgiving to Our Benefactors


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we give a special Thank You to all of our Patrons, Benefactors, and Donors who make Our Lady of Good Council Retreat House possible by your continued prayers and contributions of time and treasurer. We would not be able to carry out our mission without your participation. We are very grateful that we have been able to complete the following recent projects:

  • This month we paid our loan in full with the Diocese. It started at more than $450,000 several years ago for roof replacement and heating and cooling upgrades. The Retreat House is now debt free!
  • New tile in the sanctuary, replacing the worn and burned carpet around the altar.
  • Energy efficient LED Lighting.
  • New commercial washer and drier.

Many thanks for helping make this possible. We are praying for your continued generosity, some short and long-range plans for the Retreat House include:

  • Replating Candlesticks and Cross for the main altar ($1,000)
  • Renovations to the Guest Rooms ($5,000 per room)
  • Audio/Visual upgrade for the Library ($16,500)
  • Repair the West Wing Showers ($125,000)
  • Renovations to the Kitchen and Dining Room ($130,000 each)
  • Seed money to start Our Lady of Good Counsel Endowment Fund ($10,000)

You may ask! Does Good Counsel Retreat House benefit from the Diocesan Joy of the Gospel campaign? The Retreat House is not a direct beneficiary of the campaign, however all of us in the Diocese will benefit from the increased vitality and evangelization which is at the core of that campaign. It also dovetails perfectly into the primary mission of the Retreat House: to build up the faith and spiritual life of all who come here.
Please prayerfully consider becoming part of our family and helping us evangelize the world with your spiritual and temporal support. Contact Al Zach our Development Director at al-zach@cdolinc.net or by phone at 402-786-2705 he would be most grateful to assist you in this.

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