Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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November 2014
Retreat House Interior In this Issue:
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Retreat with Fr. Dunavan (All Saints)
Nov. 7-9, Men's Retreat with Regnum Christi, The Kingdom of Christ
Nov. 21-23 Retreat with Fr. Kilcawley (Catechists)
New retreat scheduled: May 1-3, 2015 with Msgr. Perkinton
Nov. 23: Opening of the Year for Consecrated Life

For over 50 years, Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers 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 Mass at 8:15 PM on Friday evening, and end with Mass on Sunday followed by lunch.
Take a tour, see the full retreat schedule, and register online: www.goodcounselretreat.com. You can also email goodcounsel@cdolinc.net or call 402-786-2705.

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The month of November begins with a Holy Day, the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1 (although it is is not an Obligatory Holy Day this year since it falls on a Saturday). Throughout the year, we celebrate various canonized saints, but on this day we celebrate the multitude of all who are in 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.

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 Consider joining our diocese on this feast with a special Mass on that Sunday, Nov. 23, 3:00 PM at the Cathedral for a celebration with Bishop Conley opening the Year for Consecrated Life.

Oct. 31-Nov.2 Men and Women's Retreat with Fr. Thomas Dunavan, Saints Yesterday and Today

Fr. Dunavan

Although All Saints Day is not an obligatory holy day this year, you can still celebrate All Saints by joining a retreat with Fr. Thomas Dunavan October 31-November 2 on the topic: Saints Yesterday and Today. Fr. Dunavan is pastor of St. Andrew Church in Tecumseh and St. Mary Church in St. Mary, and is an administrator and teacher at St Andrew School, Tecumseh. He is also associate director of Hispanic ministry in the Diocese of Lincoln, and a chaplain at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution.

Fr. Dunavan finds that every year there are newly canonized saints, given to us by the church, which are upheld as models for us. Since November 2014 also begins a special Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, Fr. Dunavan hopes to also integrate some saints who were consecrated religious, and see the connection of how their lives have meaning even for all members of the Church, pointing us toward the kingdom of heaven. He said, "The lives of the saints are like a buried treasure, we need to bring it to the surface, and allow their relevance to touch our lives. They're here to help us on our journey, to be inspired by them, and to assist us." He also notes the advantage this weekend will have of including both All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and will include time in the retreat schedule to visit the cemetery (of the Marian Sisters) and pray for All Souls on that day.

Register Online for this retreat open to men and women of all ages.

Nov. 7-9, Men's Retreat on The Kingdom of Christ

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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. The men will meditate on the principal truths of the Christian faith with a special emphasis on following and imitating Christ as his disciples. A number of meditations will invite the men to have a personal encounter with Christ as they discover him in the Gospels. The retreat will be presented by Father Michael Mitchell, L.C., ordained to the Legionaries of Christ in 2011, he works in Chicago as the vocation director for their community as well as chaplain for Mission Youth; he spends much of his time guiding young adult Missionaries in working with the poorest of the poor in Haiti and Mexico.

This retreat is open to all men, including those who are not familiar with the Regnum Christi movement. Register Online.

Nov. 21-23 Men and Women's Retreat with Father Sean Kilcawley "The Theological Virtues & Joy of the Gospel." (Catechists)

Fr. Kilcawley

"The theological virtues are simply the virtues of faith, hope, and charity (or love)," Father Kilcawley explained. "These virtues are foundational to the Christian life at all levels." The theme and topics for this retreat were inspired by three papal encyclicals that brought all three of these virtues into focus: Pope Benedict XVI’s "Deus Caritas Est (God is Love)," "Spe Salvi Facti Sumus (In Hope We Were Saved)," and "Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith)," the last of which was completed by Pope Francis.

Father Kilcawley said he hopes that attendees will gain two advantages from this retreat. "The first is that they might encounter Jesus Christ in a more profound way themselves," he said. "The second is that they will gain insight into how to hand on to their students what they have received from the Lord."

Ordained in 2005, Fr. Kilcawley did advanced studies at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, and is currently director of the Office of Family Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln.

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

New retreat scheduled: May 1-3, 2015 with Msgr. John Perkinton: Spiritual Foundations of Discipleship

Msgr. Perkinton

There is a change in the originally published schedule of retreats: in place of Deacon James Keating, Msgr. John Perkinton will give a retreat for men and women May 1-3, 2015, entitled "Spiritual Foundations of Discipleship".

Msgr. Perkinton describes the retreat as "Discipleship 101", a guide to the basic principles of prayer, the foundations behind the spiritual life of every Saint. This retreat will not only be for those who want to develop a life of prayer, but also for those looking to go deeper as disciples seeking union with Christ. Coming a month after Easter, this retreat would be an excellent opportunity for those who join the Church, or anyone who wants to renew their baptismal commitment by having a better relationship with the Lord.

Ordained in 1985, Msgr. Perkinton is an accomplished spiritual director, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, Chaplain of the Marian Sisters, Director of Villa Marie School, and Chairman of the Diocesan Building Commission.

This weekend retreat is open to men and women of all ages. Register Online.

Sun. Nov. 23, Mass for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and the "Year for Consecrated Life"

Year Consecrated Life

Each liturgical year there are two feast days we are asked to pray for those in Consecrated Life: February 2, the Presentation of the Lord, which is a day we pray for all religious; and November 21, The Presentation of the Virgin Mary, a day we pray "for those who pray" - all cloistered religious.

Pope Francis has called for 2015 (Nov. 2014-Feb. 2016) to be a special Year for Consecrated Life, a year to celebrate all who are called to the vocation of Consecrated Religious Life, Societies of Apostolic Life, and Secular Institutes. The Press Announcement says there are three objectives of the Year: to make a grateful remembrance of the recent past, to embrace the future with hope, and to live the present with passion.

In the Diocese of Lincoln, all are invited to a special Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 23, 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln. This Mass with Bishop Conley (which fulfills one's Sunday obligation) will be a special opportunity to celebrate the gift of consecrated religious life to the Church, as we kick off the Year for Consecrated Life. There will also be a reception following the Mass as an opportunity to "meet the members: of the many different religious orders who work in our Diocese.

More information about Year for Consecrated Life activities will be in the Nov. 14 Southern Nebraska Register, or on the website: lincolndiocese.org/ycl.

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