Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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January 2015
Retreat House Interior In this Issue:
LDCCW Winter Symposium
Discover Engaged Encounter
Plan Ahead: February Events
Retreat Recordings Available
Notes on Upcoming Retreats

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 on Friday evening at 8:00 PM with a Rosary followed by Mass, 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 Season of Christmas

Mother and Child

Good Counsel Retreat House wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As we look back on 2014, we are filled with gratitude for so many opportunities to grow our ministry and serve hundreds of retreatants.

Don't forget, in the Church's calendar, the Christmas Season continues until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 11th this year). So don't take down the decorations just yet, keep those Christmas carols playing, we've got more days to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Fulfill a New Year's Resolution now! Did you resolve to pray more in the New Year? Are you seeking to have a better relationship with God or looking for peace of heart? Do your resolutions include going on a retreat in 2015? Reserve your space now for one of our Spring Retreats - and get a jump start on your spiritual goals for the coming year!

January 16-17, LDCCW Winter Symposium "Thy Will be Done"

Bishop Conley

The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) has a full two-day schedule of events for all women in our Diocese at their Symposium on the theme: "Thy Will be Done".

The Symposium starts Friday evening January 16 (7:00-10:00 PM) includes a Living Rosary and Chaplet, Surprise Local Speaker, Activity for St. Gianna Home, and a Wine & Cheese Social.

Saturday January 17 (8:00 AM-3:00 PM) includes speakers from the LDCCW, Marian Sisters, Spirit Catholic Radio, Nebraska Catholic Conference, and a Panel of Priests’ Mothers. Plus Fr. Christopher Kubat of Catholic Social Services, Mass with Bishop James Conley, and vocation stories by LDCCW moderators Fr. Thomas Lux & Fr. Thomas McGuire.

Women of all ages are invited to come for as much of the two days as you can make: $110 for Friday & Saturday, includes overnight stay in private room and hot breakfast; $55 for no overnight, includes lunch; $10 for Friday only.

Download, print and send in the Registration form or Register Online.

Engaged Encounter of the Diocese of Lincoln

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Did you know that part of the mission of Good Counsel Retreat House is to host 13-14 Engaged Encounter Weekends each year?

Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience, open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful married life together. Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat with other engaged couples, with plenty of time alone together for couples to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together.

How can you support the Engaged Encounter Community of the Diocese of Lincoln?

  1. By your Prayers - Prayer is the necessary foundation for God to touch the hearts and lives of the couples preparing for marriage, please pray for the couples attending the weekends at Good Counsel Retreat House.
  2. Spread the Word - While an EE weekend is required for couples doing marriage preparation in the Diocese of Lincoln, we welcome couples from other dioceses (and other faiths!) who desire a deeper relationship and want to learn more about true Christian marriage.
  3. Financial Support - Considering purchasing the cost of a weekend as a wedding present for an engaged couple you know. Or make a donation to Lincoln Engaged Encounter so that couples who are unable to pay are not turned away. Engaged Encounter is entirely self-supporting and receives no money from the Diocese of Lincoln.
  4. Get Involved - Do you have a desire to help impact future marriages? Perhaps God is calling you to be part of the Engaged Encounter community - about thirty married couples in the Diocese participate in this movement, either presenting on weekends or in other supportive roles. Contact Fr. Sean Kilcawley.

Read more about Lincoln Engaged Encounter, see the Full Schedule, and many Marriage Resources

Plan Ahead for February: Upcoming Event and Retreats

Fr Cyza Fr Thomlison

February 13-15 weekend retreat with Fr. Steven Thomlison, pastor of St Stephen Church, Exeter and St. Wenceslaus Church, Milligan on "Angels & Demons: Spiritual Warfare & Discernment"

February 27-March 1 weekend retreat with Fr. Mark Cyza, pastor at St. Benedict parish in Nebraska City and Principal at Lourdes School, a Lenten retreat entitled "Friends of the Cross".

February 20-22, the lay movement Regnum Christi (the Kingdom of Christ) will host a Renewal Convention for members and others who want to learn more about the charism of this apostolic movement, which seeks to establish the Kingdom of Christ through evangelization.

See the Schedule of Retreats and Register Online.

CDs/MP3s Retreat Recordings Available

You can purchase CDs or download MP3 of your favorite retreat masters. Recent recordings include:

  • Fr. James Meysenburg: Is There Room in Your Inn? - an Advent retreat to open your heart and your life to Jesus Christ.
  • Fr. Sean Kilcawley: The Theological Virtues & Joy of the Gospel - encounter Jesus Christ in a more profound way and gain insight into how to hand on to others what you have received from the Lord.
  • Bishop James Conley: Catholic Discipleship and Family Life - learning to put Jesus first within our family, to follow His teachings, and to bear fruit in spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Fr. Jeremy Hazuka: Mary and the Laity’s Call to Holiness - find the most excellent means to find holiness: to piously meditate on the Blessed Virgin Mary and contemplate her son, Jesus Christ.

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

Notes on Upcoming Retreats

As you may have seen on our website, the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 retreat with Fr. William Holoubek, "Unbound-Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds" is now full. You can call (402-786-2705) or email (goodcounsel@cdolinc.net) the Retreat House to get on the waiting list in case of cancellations. Also, due to the popularity of this retreat, we hope to schedule another "Unbound" retreat, perhaps either in May or in the Fall. Let us know if you want to be contacted with information about upcoming "Unbound" retreats, or of course, just watch for an announcement in this monthly Retreat House newsletter.

Please note that our website www.goodcounselretreat.com will always be updated, so you can always check online to see if there is still room to sign up for a retreat. (Note that the retreats with Fr. Thomlison and Fr. Cyza are filling fast, so please don't wait to register if you know you want to attend.)

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