Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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February 2017
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St. Valentine, Pray for Us
Mon. Feb. 20, Fr. Jacques Philippe talk
Feb 24-26 Men's Retreat with Fr. Kilcawley
Mar. 1 Women's Ash Wednesday Reflection
Mar. 20-24 FOCUS Discipleship Retreat
Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes
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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.

St Valentine

St. Valentine, Pray for Us

Everyone knows that Valentine's Day, February 14 is widely recognized as a day for love and romance. But did you also know that it's named after a saint?

St. Valentine of Rome was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Emperor Claudius. The story tells that St. Valentine was imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Both acts were considered serious crimes. A relationship between the saint and emperor began to grow, until Valentine attempted to convince Claudius of Christianity. Claudius became enraged and sentenced Valentine to death. St. Valentine refused to renounce his Christian faith and was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, 269.

St. Valentine is the Patron Saint of affianced or engaged couples, bee keepers, epilepsy, fainting, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses and his feast day is February 14.

Read a feature story from the Southern Nebraska Register about how the Engaged Encounter Community plays a vital role helping engaged couples each month at Good Counsel Retreat House.

Fr Philippe Mon. Feb. 20
Newman Center

Fr. Jacques Philippe talk on Personal Prayer, 8:00pm Mon. Feb. 20 at the Newman Center

Internationally known author and retreat master Fr. Jacques Philippe will give a reflection at St Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln, 8:00pm on Monday, February 20 on the topic of "Personal prayer and a deep relationship with God". The spiritual conference is free and open to the public.

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 sold over one million copies in 24 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 most recently "Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust" and "Fire and Light: Learning to Receive the Gift of God". All his books will be available for sale at the event.

Describing how we can learn to give ourselves completely to God in prayer, Fr Philippe says, "We should strike a balance in the spiritual life, and this is not always easy. On one hand, we must accept our misery and not wait to be holy in order to begin praying. On the other hand, however, we must aspire to perfection... the deep and constant desire to be holy" (Time for God, p. 44).

Anne McNeely of St Teresa parish in Lincoln highly recommends Fr. Philippe to everyone, "I think Fr. Philippe has saved my life, his writings have meant more to me than I can express. I have children all across the country who have read and been greatly helped by his books, they would drive several hours to hear him speak. He gives such encouragement which we need today, teaching us about trusting Our Lord far more deeply than ever before."

The Monday, February 20, 8:00pm talk for men and women of all ages will include Eucharistic Adoration throughout the evening at the Newman Center, and a brief reception with Fr. Philippe. A free will offering for the Community of the Beatitudes is requested.

Fr Buhman Feb. 24-26
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Man-to-Man Men's Retreat with Fr. Sean Kilcaley on Prayer and Battle, Feb. 24-26

"Since this is our identity - being beloved sons of God the Father - is it surprising that the devil is waging a fierce battle on masculinity and fatherhood in our day?" How true these words from Bishop Thomas Olmstead's Apostolic Exhortation "Into the Breach." There is a battle raging around us, wounding the dignity of men and women, wounding our children and families. This battle is is primarily spiritual and often hidden, but the battle is real.

All men are invited to join the retreat February 24-26 on the topic of "Prayer and Battle", Fr. Kilcawley will address ways Catholic men can enter into spiritual battle with confidence and hope, knowing that God constantly overcomes evil with good.

Fr. Kilcawley said he hopes the men attending 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 retreat will provide space for men to step out of the world in order to spend time with our Lord Jesus Christ who came to reveal the face of the Father's love for each of us."

"The second is that they will gain insight into how to hand on to others what they have received," Fr. Kilcawley continued. "We will spend time learning from Christ the true meaning of masculine love, spiritual leadership, and fatherhood. Come receive the tools and insights needed to live your vocations as men, and resist the attacks that the evil one is waging."

While open to men of all ages, husbands and fathers are particularly invited as they have a serious responsibility of being leaders, protectors, and providers for their families in a world that is so confused about and often directly opposed to the gospel message of love, communion and family.

It is also called a Man-to-Man Retreat, because men often find assistance and strength through spiritual fellowship with other men, as so many have experienced through programs like That Man Is You and St. Joseph Covenant Keepers. One program active in Lincoln, Regnum Christi, is also helping sponsor the the Man-to-Man retreat, as many men in their weekly Regnum Christi "Encounter with Christ" have found it to be a formation experience helping them to be better men, husbands, and fathers.

Fr. Sean Kilcawley in a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, human love, and recovery from pornography addiction. Ordained in 2005, Fr. Kilcawley was an assistant in Lincoln at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs, while teaching Theology of the Body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009. He did advanced studies at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, and currently serves as director of the Diocese of Lincoln Office of Family Life, and as theological advisor for Integrity Restored, www.integrityrestored.com.

Fr Kubat Wed. Mar. 1

Apr. 21-23
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LDCCW Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection with Fr. Christopher Kubat

The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) sponsors each year an Ash Wednesday Day of Reflection: at the Wavery Retreat House and St. Michael Church, Hastings.

Registration is 9:00-9:30 AM, the Day starts with Divine Mercy Chaplet at 9:45 AM, concludes with 2:00 PM Mass and Ashes, and includes Conferences, Stations, Confessions, and Adoration. Drinks are provided; bring your own Sack Lunch. Advance registration is not required, cost is $10 at the door.

The speaker at Waverly this year will be Father Christopher Kubat, addressing the topic: The Meaning of Suffering.

Update: Fr. Kubat will now also be leading the April 21-23 Divine Mercy Weekend retreat for men and women (Msgr. Roh had previously been scheduled.)

A priest for 18 years, Father Christopher Kubat is Director of Catholic Social Services and known for his Seedlings column in the Southern Nebraska Register. Fr. Kubat says there is only one reason to go on a retreat, "to grow in holiness, to grow closer to God; and a growth in our love of neighbor will logically follow." He is an avid promoter of Good Counsel Retreat House and says, "Once someone has found the jewel the Retreat Center is, they will make it their mission to encourage their family and friends to attend." If you have had a good experience at the Retreat House, you have a mission to spread that word, don't place the lamp under a bushel basket.

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FOCUS Missionary Discipleship Retreat, Mon-Wed, Mar. 20-22

FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students will be hosting a Missionary Discipleship Retreat from Monday evening until Wednesday afternoon, Mar. 20-22 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.

"FOCUS has offered other retreats based on receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and enhancing one's identity as children of the Father," said Jim Jansen, FOCUS Team Director at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "so it was a natural fit to also have one on the Second Person of the Trinity: developing an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as His disciple. The theme of 'missionary discipleship' will emphasize the call both to 'follow' and 'fish' with the Lord."

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students is a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith. Began in 1998, this evangelization of college campuses has exploded across the country, with over 550 missionaries now serving on 125 college campuses. FOCUS missionaries are typically recent college graduates who devote two or more years of their post-collegiate lives to reach out to peers on campus.

The Missionary Discipleship retreat is open to men and women of all ages, not just those who participate in FOCUS or are FOCUS alumni. There is special pricing for college students (who are on Spring Break) - as always a suggested donation.

Make a Fatima Pilgrimage for the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions

Fatima Join a 10-Day Pilgrimage to Lourdes & Fatima: France, Spain & Portugal with Fr. Gary Coulter (Director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly) and Fr. Ronald Homes (Pastor of St Anthony, Bruno and Sts Peter & Paul, Abie) who will lead the 10 day pilgrimage to France, Spain & Portugal - July 5-14, 2017 - Departing Omaha, NE.

Important Dates:

  • Sun. Feb. 12, 8:00pm - Pilgrimage Info Night at Gianna's Java and Gelato, 2241 O St, Lincoln (all are also welcome to Fr. Coulter's Coffee House talk at 7pm before the Info Night on "A Rosary Pilgrimage of the Holy Land".)
  • Mon. Feb. 13, 7:00pm - Pilgrimage Info Night at Aquinas High School, David City
  • Fri. Mar. 3 - Registration Deadline
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