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Most of the programs that we offer include a time of presentation, quiet personal reflection, faith sharing, and prayer.

Some programs also include dinner and/or supper. This will be indicated in the program description

A *$25 or **$35 deposit must accompany your request in order to secure your registration. Unless advised otherwise, you may pay the balance when you arrive.

We honour the priority of our waiting lists. If you must cancel please call early.

Refunds, excluding deposits, are provided only when cancellation notice is received two weeks prior to the date of the event.

See Registration menu or contact us at info@psck.org.

2014 and 2015 SCHEDULE FOR SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS & OVERNIGHT / WEEKEND RETREATS

December 2014

Advent Supper & Evening of Reflection:
“Advent Calls and Promises”

Thu Dec 4, 5-9 PM
Register by Thu Nov 20 $25
Denise Bérubé, CND

“The Advent season teaches us to wait for what is beyond the obvious. It trains us to see what is behind the apparent. It makes us look for God in all those places we have, until now, ignored.” (Joan Chittister) Come! Spend time in a quiet atmosphere in order to hear God’s Advent calls and promises in the silence of your own heart and the in-between of conversation.

Advent Guided Retreat Weekend:
“Advent Birth Pangs: Staying Awake to the Heart Cry of the World”

Fri Dec 5, 7 PM – Sun Dec 7, 1 PM
Register by Fri Nov 21 ** $165
Denise Berube, CND

“The seed of God is in us…We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” (Meister Eckhart). Advent is a time for open hearts and minds. It invites us to let go of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world and slows us down to notice the new life coming into being within us and in our world.

We will reflect together on the many ways we respond to the call to “give birth to God in our time”.

Those who prefer a directed retreat are also invited to register. PSC Team

Seniors Advent Reflection & Dinner
Advent, Season of Hope, Promise and Transformation

Tue Dec 9, 9:45 AM – 1 PM
Register by Tue Nov 25 $25
Senior or not – if you’d like to come you’re welcome!
Lucy Bethel, SP

Come, let’s pause long enough to discover and become our truest selves, allowing transformation through God revealed to the world in Jesus of Nazareth.

Come, slow down, listen to the Spirit and take time to allow the scriptures and reflections to take root in our deepest selves.

Reflect, renew, listen, discover and become.

January 2015

Who Said That? Winter Reading Series
“Sacred Fire: A Vision of a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity”, by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Thu Jan 22, Feb 5 & 19 1:30-3:30 PM
Register by Mon Jan 12 $30/series
(Bring your own book)
A few books are available $20
Sr. Lucy Bethel, SP

In this highly anticipated follow-up to the contemporary classic, The Holy Longing, Father Ron Rolheiser continues his search for an accessible and penetrating Christian spirituality. “Sacred Fire is a superb book—one to give to a seeker looking to find God, to a friend struggling with a relationship with God, to a devout believer looking to deepen his or her faith—or best of all, to yourself, as a way of coming to know the God who desires evermore to know you.” –JAMES MARTIN, S.J. AUTHOR OF JESUS: A PILGRIMAGE

March 2015

Lenten Day of Reflection:
“Embracing the Cross of Christ”

Tues Mar 10, 9 AM – 3 PM
Register by Tues Feb 24 $25
Bill Gervais

This day of reflection will use the fourteen Stations of the Cross as a template to explore how each of these episodes of the suffering of Jesus might apply to the sufferings in our present world and our life situation. For each station there will be time for prayerful reflection, meditation and discussion on related issues, especially the second beatitude which promises: Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

Bill Gervais is a diocesan deacon serving as a Pastoral Minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Amherstview. He has advanced degrees in pastoral ministry and spirituality. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care Services at Hotel Dieu Hospital and more recently has been involved in retreat work, spiritual direction, diaconal formation, and authors a monthly religion column in the Kingston Whig Standard.

Lenten Guided Retreat :
“The Look and Feel of Lent”

Fri Mar 13, 7 PM – Sun Mar 15, 1 PM
Register by Fri Feb 27 * $ 165
Fr. Trevor Scott, SJ
Every year at the coming of the Lenten Season our lives take on a special look and feel. Particularly in Canada, we find ourselves waiting for the brightness and warmth of spring after long, dark, cold winters. In the knowledge of the coming of spring we become filled with new hopes and new joys as we begin to see and feel the coming of new life. Lent, in companionship with the coming of spring, reveals signs of this new life that is soon to arrive… culminating in the resurrected life of Jesus Christ at Easter. To help us grow in this hopeful spirit of new life into which Lent invites us, this weekend retreat will be one of imaginative meditation upon the creative and spiritual images of new life that are all around us at this special time of year, as revealed in art and in the Lenten scriptural readings.

Trevor Scott is a recently ordained Jesuit priest. Residing in Halifax, N.S., Trevor works with the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality creating and conducting Ignatian retreats and spirituality workshops for the Maritime region of Canada. Trevor is a graduate of Regis College in Toronto, ON, with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) and Master of Theology (ThM) degrees, as well as a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.).

Lent Directed Retreat Weekend
Fri Mar 13, 7 PM – Sun Mar 15, 1 PM
Register by Fri Feb 27 * $ 150
PSC Team

May 2015

Spring Seniors Christian Spirituality Series:
“I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10)

Thu May 7 + May 21 9:45 AM – 1 PM
(includes lunch) $20/session
Register 2 weeks in advance for meal count.
Senior or not – if you’d like to come you’re welcome!
Denise Bérubé, CND

How do we embrace growing into God as we age? How do we live into a “healthy old age rather than simply length of years?” (Joan Chittister, OB)

Come together with others to reflect on the opportunities to deepen and enrich your spirituality in this time of new beginnings that are the senior years.

September 2015

Fall Seniors Christian Spirituality Series
Thu Sep 24 + Oct 8 9:45 AM – 1 PM
(includes lunch) $20/session
Register 2 weeks in advance for meal count.
Senior or not – if you’d like to come you’re welcome!
Dolores Hall

Come and experience some of the Celtic tradition of Christian Spirituality, as we meander through some of the stories and writings from the famed Carmina Gadelica collection. Be sure to bring along your sense of humour!

October 2015

Overnight Retreat:
“Living with a Grateful Heart: A Thanksgiving Retreat”

Fri. Oct 9, 4 PM – Sat. Oct 10, 4 PM
Register by Fri Sep 25 * $75
Bill Gervais

The aim of this overnight retreat offered on the eve of Thanksgiving is that you will come away with a joyful heart, ready to grow closer to God and eager to celebrate all His abundant gifts. Through prayerful reflection, meditation and dialogue participants will be invited to adopt a spirituality of gratitude which leads to an awareness that grace abounds everywhere, even in the midst of our personal hurdles.

November 2015

Spirituality Series:
“ Matters of the Heart”

Mon Nov 2, 9 & 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
Register by Mon Oct 19 $25/series
Dolores Hall

Take a reflective pause from life’s busyness, and come into some nurturing quiet as we ‘wonder’ over some of the best spiritual writings of our Christian tradition, both ancient and modern. We’ll take time to be and time to share as we treasure the seasons of their hearts and of our own, all the while learning more about the ways of loving Spirit.

“Prayshop”:
“Belonging To The Universe: An Exploration of Ecological Spirituality and The New Cosmology”

Thu Nov 5, 7 PM – Sat Nov 7, 4 PM
Dr. Alexandra Kovats, csjp

“The Universe is the primary revelation of the divine, the primary scripture, the primary locus of divine-human communion.” Thomas Berry
We live in an amazing Universe. Our spirituality, our way of relating to Mystery, is relational. It involves all our relationships. There is a growing awareness among us that all life is interdependent. Mystics, past and present as well as many scientists today acknowledge this reality from their particular perspectives. During this “prayshop”, we will explore the story of the Universe based on insights from the new scientific evolutionary cosmology. Special attention will be given to the three cosmic principles of differentiation, subjectivity and communion and their implications for living an awakened spiritual life. The first part of this “prayshop” will ground us in this new story of the Universe and the three cosmic principles. We will engage with stories, poetry, and music to enhance our fuller understanding of this story. The second part of this “prayshop” will look at the practical implication of this Universe story and the three cosmic principles for our daily living and for our spirituality.

ALEXANDRA KOVATS, csjp, Ph.D. has served in formation and leadership in the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace of which she is a member. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecological Spirituality from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati and is well known in the United States and internationally as a teacher and lecturer on ecological and creation spirituality, spirituality and cosmology, eco-feminism and religious life. Currently involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and retreat facilitation, Dr. Kovats is Adjunct professor in the field of spirituality for the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Seattle University.

“Prayshop” (includes meals) ** $135
Accommodation + Thu supper add $100
Call to pre-register with deposit a.s.a.p.
full payment by Oct 5
Thu 7-9 PM, Fri 9-4 PM, Sat 9-4 PM