Dear Parish Friends,

Below is a list of Holy Family events for the 2019-2020 season. We are deeply grateful to you for listing some or all of these events in your weekly parish bulletin. Feel free to shorten the items as needed.

We would also like to remind you that Holy Family accepts reservations for its Confirmation Retreats, throughout the year. Confirmation class students and other high school youth are welcome to attend. Visit this page for more information and to register your parish group.   

Please feel free to call me with any questions, 860-760-9717.

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Best wishes,

Karen L. Rossignol
Director of Retreat Marketing & Promotion


2019-2020 Parish Bulletin Announcements


SEPTEMBER

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Annual Priests’ Retreat, with Rev. Michael Tunney, S.J.
Monday-Friday, Sept 23-27.
In the company of fellow priests, explore companionship with Jesus Christ, with attention to the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. $475. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Sept 27-29.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Bible Study: The Psalms on Our Journey, with Colin Petramale
Sundays, Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
The Psalms reveal an exciting and vibrant faith journey of a people—Israel. Come to this faith-sharing and scripture study group to dive deeper into the Psalms and learn how they sustain us on our journeys of faith. $100. 860-760-9719. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


OCTOBER

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat, Group #28, with Rev. Lou Pambello
Friday-Sunday, Oct 18-20
. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Forgiveness Prayer and Practice, with Steve Standiford
Saturday, Oct 26
, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We’ll deepen our understanding of what it means to forgive one another as we consider what forgiveness is and what it is not. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


NOVEMBER

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Festive Fall Musical Offering
Sunday, Nov 17
, 3-4 p.m. The Holy Family Chamber Choir and selected soloists will present a concert from a variety of musical periods and styles. A reception including light refreshments and spirits follows the concert. $25. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service
Monday, Nov 25
, 7 p.m. The Holy Family community invites our friends of all religious and cultural backgrounds to come together to pray and worship in a spirit of unity, gratitude and love with Bishop Peter Rosazza, Rabbi Donna Berman, Dr. Shyamala Raman, and others. Refreshments follow the service. Free-will offering. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Women’s Recovery Retreat:
We Don’t Get Better to Do the Steps - We Do the Steps to Get Better, with Sr. Karen Jackson, C.S.C.
Friday-Sunday, Nov 22-24
. The steps are a continued quest to deepen our recovery and address our ongoing spiritual growth as recovery women. Join us on retreat as we re-examine the power of each step in our daily lives. All are welcome. $200. Limited scholarships available; email MTR.Scholarships@gmail.com. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


DECEMBER

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat:
Attaining and Retaining Spirituality Through the 12 Steps and 12 Promises, with Deacon Herb Coyne
Friday-Sunday, Dec 6-8
. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250, includes Matt Talbot dues. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Advent Retreat for Young Adults, with Colin Petramale and Patrick Laorden
Sunday, Dec 9
, 1-9 p.m. Join a vibrant group of young adults in exploring how to live out your faith amid the pressures and expectations of being a young adult. Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry. $40, includes dinner and Mass. 860-760-9719. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Advent Reflection: There Is a Longing: Hearing the Whispers of Advent, with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P.
Wednesday, Dec 11
, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Each of us has a longing in our hearts to encounter the presence of God in one form or another, to uncover and grasp what Ronald Rolheiser calls "the secret worth knowing." Advent is not simply a time to get ready for Christmas; it’s the time for Christians to prepare their hearts and minds for the revelation of the Divine and to accept God's indwelling in every moment. Join Fr. David in exploring our deep longing for the Savior, Emmanuel—among us and within us. Both sessions include Mass; day session includes Sacrament of Reconciliation. $40, includes meal. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat, with Rev. Jack Cryan
Friday-Sunday, Dec 13-15
. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250, includes Matt Talbot dues. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Sacred Sounds of Advent and Christmas
Sunday, Dec 22
, 2 and 7 p.m.  Celebrate the beauty and joy of this sacred season at Holy Family. Reception follows each concert. $40. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


JANUARY

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Jan 10-12.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Workshop for Parish Catechists:
Exploring Scripture with Today’s Youth, with Susan Piescik and Deborah Pelletier
Wednesday, Jan 15
, 6-9 p.m. The evening will include the opportunity to learn and connect with others. Parish catechetical leaders, pastors, liturgy and music directors, Catholic school educators and catechists are welcome. $40, includes dinner. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Jan 24-26.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


FEBRUARY

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat, Group #28:
Using the 11th Step with Support from the 6th and 7th Steps, with Deacon Tom Evrard

Friday-Sunday, Feb 7-9. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. This retreat will focus on being open to seeking the “God of my understanding.” 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Knitting Into the Now, with Dr. Brandon Nappi, executive director of Copper Beech Institute
Saturday, Feb 8
, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  For many of us, life moves fast with countless distractions. We yearn to be more present, peaceful, and grounded. This day retreat will explore knitting and crocheting as a healing spiritual practice that nourishes our connection to God and one another. The day will be filled with storytelling, an introduction to mindfulness, laughter, group conversation, and the sounds of live classical guitar. Bring a yarn project to work on. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Couples’ Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Feb 14-16. “Our Deepest Longing." Couples, join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $575 (includes Valentine’s gourmet dinner for two). 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - College Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Feb 14-16. The pace of college can often leave students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. This retreat will explore the season’s theme, “Our Deepest Longing,” and offer a variety of workshops to strengthen faith. $100. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Hearts & Wine: Valentine’s Gourmet Dinner
Saturday, Feb 15, 6 p.m. Festive and delicious buffet dinner prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef, Joe Ethier. Appetizers begin at 6 p.m. $75 per person, $125 per couple. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Feb 28-March 1.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


MARCH

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – An Afternoon of Chamber Music
Sunday, March 8
, 3-4 p.m. The Holy Family Chamber Choir and selected soloists will present a concert from a variety of musical periods and styles. A reception including light refreshments and spirits follows the concert. $25. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – The Polish Tradition: Babka and Butter Lambs, with Barbara Skomorowski and Beth Malley
Tuesday, Mar 31
, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Join us in making traditional Polish Easter specialties – Babka and Butter Lambs. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


APRIL

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Path of Transformation: Holy Week Triduum Retreat
Thursday-Saturday, Apr 9-11.
Enter deeply into the most sacred days of the Christian year. Open to men and women. $325 to stay through Saturday brunch; $350 through Saturday dinner and the 8 p.m. Easter Vigil. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Apr 17-19.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Joy of Easter: A Concert
Saturday, Apr 25
, 7:30 p.m.  Celebrate the beauty and joy of the Easter season at Holy Family. Reception follows concert. $40. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Men’s Evening Retreat: Spirit-Filled Men of the Gospel and Hope, with Fr. Warren Savage
Wednesday, April 29,
6-9 p.m. In the midst of this Easter season, participants will reflect on their baptismal identity and rediscover some of the spiritual motivations and reasons for being people of hope in a culture of despair. $40, includes dinner. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


MAY

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Mother’s Day: We’ve Got You Covered
Sunday, May 10
, 10 a.m. Special Mass for moms and families at 10 a.m. is followed by a delicious brunch. Children’s menu available. Adults, $45; children 4-12, $12. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat with Dennis Callnan
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17
. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250, includes Matt Talbot dues. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


JUNE

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Music Ministers’ Evening: Faith, Music, Mass, Action: What’s the Connection? with Fr. Michael Driscoll
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2 and 3
, 6-9 p.m. (same program both evenings) In this evening presentation, we will explore the role of music, as well as the other sacred arts, in forming our Christian beliefs. How do the liturgical arts impart that deep-felt knowledge of head and heart and faith, the knowledge that nurtures whole human persons and inspires a knowing from the inside out? The evening includes dinner, presentation and liturgy in the chapel. Pastors are welcome at no charge. Music directors attend free with ten or more choir members. NPM members attend at a reduced cost. Visit holyfamilyretreat.org/musiceve for more information on pricing. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 5-7.
“Our Deepest Longing." Join us in exploring that deep longing planted in our hearts by God for peace, wholeness, and relationships that give us joy and lift us up. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Gerald Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 18.
10 a.m. start, Indian Hill Country Club, Newington. 18 holes of golf with cart, followed by cocktails, dinner and raffle at Holy Family, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. Dinner-only guests welcome. 860-760-9716. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Retreat for Religious Sisters:
Bearing Witness to the Holy, with Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M. 
Sunday-Saturday, June 14-20.
To bear witness is to point by one’s very existence to the presence of the Holy among us. During this retreat, we are invited to pray and reflect on the witness of the holy ones and on our own lives as manifesting the Holy in the everyday. This guided retreat includes the arts, prayer and ritual, presentations, times of stillness, reflection, and options for sharing. $575. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Weeklong Directed Retreat:  Walking the Path of Love and Gratitude, with Sr. Cathleen Murtha, D.W. and Joanne White
Sunday-Saturday, June 14-20. This weeklong contemplative experience invites you to a deep encounter with God and offers you personal prayer time to rekindle gratitude in your heart. Includes daily conversation with a spiritual director and the opportunity for daily Mass. Walk the labyrinth, get a massage (extra charge), enter the silence and discover the path of love and gratitude that beckons you forward. Co-sponsored with the Spiritual Life Center. $575. 5-night option (depart 6/19): $495. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Teen Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 19-21
. This weekend retreat offers an opportunity for high school age teens to grow in personal faith, community building and leadership training. $175. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


JULY

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Music Camp, with Fr. David Cinquegrani and the Holy Family Youth Ministry Team
Monday-Friday, July 20-24
, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Students entering grades 4-8 are invited to participate in an exciting, educational week of singing, playing instruments, and listening to music. A selection will be performed at the end of each day, and a short concert on the final day will bring the week to an inspiring end. $100, includes snacks. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org