Blessed Sacrament Parish Retreat
Friday, March 24 – Sunday, March 26, 2017
in the Church
Theme – “Beloved Journey”
Meditations using Scripture, symbols, visual media, art, and shared reflection.
Fr Joe Miller, SVD – Divine Word Missionary & Director of Diocesan Missions Office
Esther Delao (Mother, retired nurse) – Certified Spiritual Director at Mt St. Mary’s & BA (Cal State Fullerton)
Friday, Mar 24 (7:00 PM) “The Gift of the Cross”
Saturday, Mar 25 (10:00 AM– 3:00 PM) “Mary, the Cause of our Joy” & “Gifts of the Spirit” (COMPLEMENTARY LIGHT LUNCH 12:00 – 1:00 PM)
Homily at all Weekend Masses: “Restored Sight to the Blind Man”
–Opportunity for Spiritual Direction after Presentations–
December 20, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Advent
In proclaiming the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis proclaimed his desire that this Holy Year be “steeped in mercy,” as we disciples “go out to every man and woman,” bringing the “balm of mercy” to “believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!” (Misericordiae Vultus, 5). In her visitation of Elizabeth, Mary beautifully presents just such an image. Despite the perils of her pregnancy, not to mention her preoccupations as a young unwed mother, Mary instantly, unselfishly, “goes out” of herself, hastening far and over dangerous terrain, to “bring the balm of God’s tender mercy” in assistance rendered to her older relative. Since baptism and the Eucharist have made us, in a way, bearers of the living Christ within as Mary was, such selfless “going out” of ourselves to be of loving service to others in mercy should especially mark our Christmas season this Jubilee Year.