Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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December 2016
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Advent, A Season of Joy
Dec. 2-4 Catechist Retreat with Msgr. Thorburn
Dec. 9-11 Spiritual Exercises for Men
Dec. 16-18 Advent Retreat with Bishop Conley
Our Gift to You: FREE Retreat Recordings
Giving Tuesday: November 29, 2016
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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.

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Advent, A Season of Joy

Advent is a time of longing, waiting for the eternal God who becomes present in the world as love incarnate. Precisely for this reason, Advent is a time of conversion, but also a time of joy: an interior joy that no suffering can erase, the joy over the fact that God became a child. This joy, invisibly present in us, encourages us to continue our journey with confidence.

Pope Francis teaches: "Advent is a time of rejoicing because it revives the happiest event in history: the birth of the Son of God by the Virgin Mary. Knowing that God is not far away but close, not indifferent but compassionate, not alien but a merciful Father who follows us lovingly with respect for our freedom, all this is the reason for a deep joy that the alternating daily events cannot scratch." (December 18, 2015)

Msgr Thorburn Dec. 2-4
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Weekend Retreat with Msgr. Thorburn for Catechists, Does Jesus Really Care? - Dec. 2-4, 2016

Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln and Chaplain of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Agnew, will be leading the Catechist Retreat by asking the rhetorical question, "Does Jesus Really Care?" (Hint: the answer is "Yes!") Read more about Msgr. Thorburn and the retreat theme from the Southern Nebraska Register.

The annual Catechists 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. Here are some testimonials from past retreatants:

  • I always feel a need to refocus on the spiritual aspect of religious education for my class and set aside the distractions of everyday life. The retreats have always come through with the redirection that I need. - Walt, St Mary Ashland
  • I always come home refreshed and with a new love of teaching. Praying for the students and letting the Holy Spirit lead is strengthened by a retreat. - Cassie, Cathedral Lincoln
  • The silent retreat is so welcome while in the middle of the year with the "noise" of a classroom. The grounds are so welcoming. I so looked forward to the retreat every year. I'm retired now, but I still see the value in "resting" with the Lord. - Shirley, Church of the Holy Spirit Plattsmouth
  • The retreat was the perfect opportunity to take some time in silence and reflect on my relationship with Jesus. - Rose, St Teresa Lincoln
  • This retreat helped me to clear my mind of all the clutter that gets in the way of hearing the Lord guide me to His Will. Retreats, to me, are a treasure of intimacy with the Lord that help me to refocus and fill up with the graces needed to live out my vocation. - Casie, St Michael Lincoln

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Men's Spiritual Exercises with Regnum Christi, The Kingdom of Christ

Regnum Christi, the Kingdom of Christ, is an apostolic movement of the lay faithful 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 this retreat starts Friday at 7:00pm. There is also a Thursday evening social, and/or a day long Friday conference to learn more about Regnum Christi, even if one can't attend the retreat. The retreat is open to men of all ages, including those who are not familiar with the Regnum Christi movement.

Bishop Conley Dec. 16-18
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Advent Weekend Retreat with Bishop James Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter, Dec. 16-18, 2016

Join Bishop James Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, and Fr. Gary Coulter, Director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, for an Advent Retreat open to men and women of all ages Dec. 16-18. Read more from the Southern Nebraska Register.

Father Coulter points out, "We prepare for the Eucharist through the sacrament of reconciliation, through some penance that breaks down the barrier of sin between us and God. So we should resolve to spend time and energy in our preparation for Jesus' birth. Advent is the season for preparing our hearts for the coming of the Word Made Flesh."

Bishop Conley agrees, "We live in such a busy world. The demands on our time are relentless and we can get caught in the rhythm of the world - unless we are still and carve out some time for the Lord. We need to disconnect from the grid, unplug from the workday world, and spend some time with the Lord preparing for his coming."

As both a great book for advent reading, and as the source he will use for the retreat, Bishop Conley recommends Jesus of Nazareth: the Infancy Narratives by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Retreatants will be invited to read and meditate on the Gospel narratives of Jesus' birth from Matthew and Luke, as well as the characters in the story, such as John the Baptist, Joseph, Mary, the shepherds and wise men. Fr. Coulter will give three talks and Bishop Conley will give four talks, plus time for Confessions, Mass, Adoration and silent meditation.

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Our Gift to You: FREE Recordings of Past Retreats

Now available FREE as our gift to you! Did you make an Advent resolution to work on Spiritual Life? For spiritual renewal this Advent, or any time, listen to a recording of any one of our past retreats.
Some of the recent retreats, juat a few of the many now all available for FREE, include:

  • Fr. Christopher Kubat on Divine Mercy
  • Msgr. Joseph Nemec on St. Therese and her 'Little Way'
  • Fr. Mark Cyza, "Now is the Time of Mercy"
View all the Retreat Recording which are now available for FREE download.

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The Retreat House is closed December 24-January 1, but you can still make a Year End donation by mail or online as long as it is received by December 31st.

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