Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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July 2015
Retreat House Interior In this Issue:
Ordinary Time
Schedule of Retreats Online
Bishop Bruskewitz on St. Junipero Serra
Divorced Retreat with Fr. Kilcawley
Fr. Jacques Philippe on Spiritual Poverty
Retreat Recordings Available
The Saints on the Necessity of Prayer

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.

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Ordinary Time

Each year, the Church's liturgical calendar begins with Advent and Christmas, a brief Ordinary Time, and then the great seasons of Lent and Easter. These are followed by the feasts of the Most Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi, the celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ. After all of this it can seem kind of let down to have a long season of Ordinary Time, almost half the year!

That feeling is partly because we associate the word ordinary to mean boring, common or nondescript. But we must not forget that God calls us to sanctify the ordinary, to find holiness and live our faith in our ordinary lives. One becomes a saint not because of doing extraordinary miracles, but by faithfully fulfilling out the duties of daily work and family life. The Second Vatican Council reaffirmed that ordinary and holiness are not opposites. Indeed it said everyone, including ordinary lay men and women are called to holiness; thus professional work can be a means to holiness and marriage is a way to become a saint. We need to seek personal sanctity in the midst of the world. Sanctity should be normal and ordinary, because we all had a duty to become saints.

Fr Heaslip Fr Schultes Fr Courtney

Highlights: Schedule of Retreats is Published Online

Good Counsel Retreat House is pleased to announce that Registration for 2015-2016 Retreats is now open.

See the full schedule of retreats, and register online, at our website: www.goodcounselretreat.com; email goodcounsel@cdolinc.net or call 402-786-2705.

Be sure to note some of our fall retreats:

  • Aug. 14-16 - Women's Retreat with Fr. Scott Courtney: "Jesus Christ is the Face of Mercy" - get out your bibles and encounter the Word of God (only 10 rooms left - register soon!)
  • Sept. 4-6 - Retreat with Fr. Jerel Scholl: "Human Disorders: Fear and Anxiety" - go deeper in removing fear and anxiety from our lives, gaining control over disordered decisions.
  • Sept. 24-27 - 4-Day Retreat with Opus Sanctorum Angelorum: "Work of the Holy Angels" - grow in a more conscious collaboration with the holy angels in daily life for personal sanctification.
  • Oct. 9-11 - Retreat with Fr. Steve Thomlison: "Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass" - join in offering the Holy Sacrifice with greater knowledge and devotion; recommended for liturgical ministers.
  • Oct. 23-25 - Retreat with the Legion of Mary and Fr. Thomas Schultes: "Walking with Mary" - insight about the Blessed Mother's faith and devotion can apply to our daily lives.
  • Dec. 4-6 - Retreat for Teachers and Catechists with Fr. Andrew Heaslip: "Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God" - understand what it means to be forgiven and forgiving, and pass that on to others.

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

Since Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra during his visit to the United States in September, Bishop Emeritus Bruskewitz will give a retreat on the life of this newest saint, and the lessons that can be learned in living holiness in one's own vocation.

Father Junipero Serra (1713-1784) was a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco. He was named the Founder of Spanish California, and a statue of Friar Serra is one of two statues representing the state in the U.S. Capitol. His example of patience, perseverance, and humility, as well as his vision and courage, are reasons why he was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988. Serra's feast day is celebrated on July 1 and he is the patron 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.

Fr Kilcawley Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Men & Women
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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 failure of a marriage 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.

Fr Philippe Dec. 11-13
Men & Women
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Fr. Jacques Philippe: Spiritual Poverty: Living the Beatitudes

Internationally known author and retreat master Fr. Jacques Philippe will give a weekend retreat for men and women Dec. 11-13, 2015 on the theme: Spiritual Poverty: Living the Beatitudes

Fr. Philippe entered the Community of the Beatitudes in France in 1976. Through his work as a spiritual director and preaching retreats, he consolidated his principal themes into books on spirituality - which have now sold over 500,000 copies in 18 languages. Visit his website "a guide for the spiritual life" at www.frjacquesphilippe.com.

Some of his best-selling and well-loved books include "Time for God", "Interior Freedom", "Searching for and Maintaining Peace" and recently "Thirsting for Prayer" and "The Way of Trust and Love - A Retreat Guided by St. Therese of Lisieux". These and more of his books are available at Amazon or your favorite Catholic bookstore.

One retreatant (who is already registered!) says: "I think Fr. Philippe has saved my life. All of my children, who live across the country, are reading and enjoying his books, and would drive several hours to hear him speak. He gives such encouragement which we need today." Open to men and women of all ages.

CDs/MP3s Retreat Recordings Available

Although there are no lay retreats in July, that doesn't mean you can't still make one at home. Recent recordings include:

  • Fr. Andrew Apostoli: Carrying Your Cross along with Christ - explore the the meaning and mystery of suffering as encounter with the Cross fo Christ.
  • Fr. Christopher Kubat: Divine Mercy - prepare in advance for the coming Year of Mercy by being immersed in the bountiful ocean of God's mercy.
  • Fr. Troy Schweiger: A Man after God's own Heart - find the meaning, dignity and purpose of men as written in our very souls by God, calling us to love, protect, and lead.

Click here to order online: MP3 Downloads, MP3 CDs or Audio CDs

St Alphonsus

The Necessity of Prayer: What the Saints Tell Us by St. Alphonsus Ligouri

We, in a word, are merely beggars, who have nothing but what God bestows on us as alms: But I am a beggar and poor (Ps. 39, 18 ). The Lord, says St. Augustine, desires and wills to pour forth his graces upon us, but will not give them except to him who prays: 'God wishes to give, but only gives to him who asks.' This is declared in the words, Seek, and it shall be given to you. Whence it follows, says St. Teresa, that he who seeks not, does not receive. As moisture is necessary for the life of plants, to prevent them from drying up, so, says St. Chrysostom, is prayer necessary for our salvation. Or, as he says in another place, prayer vivifies the soul, as the soul vivifies the body: 'As the body without the soul cannot live, so the soul without prayer is dead and emits an offensive odor.' He uses these words, because the man who omits to recommend himself to God, at once begins to be defiled with sins. Prayer is also called the food of the soul, because the body cannot be supported without food; nor can the soul, says St. Augustine, be kept alive without prayer: 'As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers.' All these comparisons used by the holy Fathers are intended by them to teach the absolute necessity of prayer for the salvation of everyone. ("The Great Means of Salvation and of Perfection" by St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

Considering the necessity of prayer: See the full schedule of retreats at www.goodcounselretreat.com.

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