Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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July 2016
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Independence Day Blessing
Schedule of Retreats Online
Group Retreats are Open to All
Silent Ignatian Retreat
Unbound: Freedom from Spiritual Wounds
Retreat Recordings Available
The Saints on Prayer
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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.

Blessed Independence Day

"May this country and each of you be renewed in gratitude for the many blessings and freedoms that you enjoy.
And may you defend these rights, especially your religious freedom, for it has been given to you by God himself.
May he bless you all."

- Pope Francis, World Meeting of Families, September 2015

Fr Morin Fr Courtney Bishop Conley

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. 11-14 - 3-Day or 4-Day Ignatian Retreat with Fr. Gary Coulter - a directed silent retreat following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
  • Aug. 26-28 - Women's Retreat with Fr. Scott Courtney: "Jesus is The Way, Truth & Life in St. John" - get out your bibles and encounter the Word of God
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 - Retreat with Fr. Michael Morin: "To Pray as Jesus Taught" - like the disciples, each of us come to Jesus and ask, "Lord, teach us to pray."
  • Oct. 7-9 - Year of Mercy Retreat + Conference with Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM - continuing the spirit of the Great Jubilee Year of Mercy.
  • Oct. 28-30 - Retreat with Fr. Steve Thomlison: "Angels & Demons: Spiritual Warfare & Discernment" - use principles of discernment to examine the role of angels, and the ways we guard against temptations from fallen angels.
  • Nov. 18-20 - "Unbound: Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds" with Fr. William Holoubek - identify the sources of our woundedness, in order to understand and discover how to embrace change that gives freedom.
  • Dec. 16-18 - An Advent Retreat with Bishop James Conley and Fr. Gary Coulter - prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ Child.

Register Online.

Retreats for Groups: Are They Open to You? "Yes!"

Fr. Haschke Msgr. Thorburn

Several of our retreats, although sponsored by or designated for special groups, are still open to all men and women. The general public is always welcome if they are interested in a particular retreat topic:

  • Sept. 8-11, 4-Day Retreat on "The Work of the Holy Angels" - sponsored by Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, for all who want to learn about the holy angels and their ministry in our lives for personal sanctification.
  • Oct. 21-23, Legion of Mary Retreat with Fr. Jonathan Haschke, "Praying through the Mysteries of the Rosary" - Legion of Mary members, and anyone with a devotion to Mary, will be interested in this retreat offering insight into the Rosary and meditation on its mysteries.
  • Nov. 4-6, Regnum Christi Women; Dec. 8-11, Regnum Christi Men with Fr. Joshua West, LC - these retreats are not limited to just Regnum Christi members: all are invited to these Spiritual Exercises, to grow in a Christ-centered spirituality and learn to build "The Kingdom of Christ" in the world.
  • Dec. 2-4, Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, "Does Jesus Really Care?" - this retreat for teachers and catechists, will also be of interest to all who want to cast their worries and cares upon the Lord, and know his comfort and strength.

Register Online.

Fr Coulter Aug. 11-14
Men & Women
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3-Day or 4-Day Silent Directed Ignatian Retreat from Men and Women with Fr. Gary Coulter

Ignatian Retreats, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, are also known as silent retreats. Our typical weekend retreats are a 'preached' retreat with a series of talks given by the retreat master. But an Ignatian Retreat is a 'directed' retreat in which the retreatant meets privately with the retreat director once per day, who then gives the retreatant direction and scripture passages for the coming day.

The heart of the Ignatian Retreat involves spending four or five prayer periods each day in meditation on scripture. Thus the real director of an Ignatian Retreat is the Holy Spirit. The retreat is marked by a complete silence, as there are no common prayers or devotions outside of Mass, and no social time as even the meals are taken in silence to continue the reflection and prayerful atmosphere. Retreatants journal about each of their prayer times and the movements that occurred there, so that when they meet with the director, they can be given guidance and appropriate scripture passages for their meditation.

Ordained a priest for 17 years, Fr. Gary Coulter is the director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House and Co-Vicar for Religious for the Diocese. He was a parochial vicar at St. Patrick and Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln, and pastor at Ashland and Greenwood. If you miss this retreat, there will also be a 5-Day or 4-Day Ignatian Retreat Mar. 20-24, 2017 with FOCUS Campus Ministry chaplains and missionaries.

Open to men and women of all ages, retreatants should bring a bible, journal, and spiritual reading, you also might like to read Meditation and Contemplation by Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV.

Fr Holoubek Nov. 18-20
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 our 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 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.

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:

  • Msgr. Joseph Nemec: St. Therese and her 'Little Way' - connect more completely with the spirituality of St. Therese and her Little Way, as precious children confident in God's mercy.
  • Fr. Mark Cyza: Now is the Time of Mercy - this Year of Mercy retreat with St. Faustina highlights how every human heart is in need of God's mercy, is in need of Christ.
  • Fr. Jacques Philippe: Spiritual Poverty - internationally known retreat master gives a retreat on the Beatitudes.
  • Bishop Emeritus Bruskewitz: Holy Vocations: In the Footsteps of St. Junipero Serra - learn about the newly canonized Saint and lessons in living holiness in one's vocation.

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

St Therese St Faustina

What the Saints Tell Us about Prayer

"A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer."
- St. Faustina

"Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus."
- St. Therese of Lisieux

Join us in prayer: See the full schedule of retreats at www.goodcounselretreat.com.

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