Dear Parish Friends,

Below is a list of Holy Family events for the 2018-2019 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 us with any questions, 860-760-9705.

Best wishes,

Your Friends at Holy Family


2018-2019 Parish Bulletin Announcements

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – 9/11 Mass for Peace

Sunday, Sept 9, 7 p.m. Join Holy Family in praying for peace as we commemorate the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11. Refreshments, free-will offering. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat

Friday-Sunday, Sept 28-30. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop, with Nancy Stimac and Mike Smoolca

Saturday, Sept 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn the method and principles as well as the history, psychology, and theology of this ancient prayer practice. $30. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

OCTOBER

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Grief and Hope - Companions in Our Journey through Loss, with Lisa Irish

Saturday, Oct 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Some of us deny the seeds of hope in our grieving hearts, thinking we must remain faithful to our loved one’s memory. But hope is as alive as our grief, sustaining our wounded heart as we find our way through the land of loss. This day of reflection will include the support of community, prayer, ritual and quiet. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center ‘s Monastery Gallery of Art, West Hartford – The Magic of Spirit Books, with Kathy Parulski

Saturday, Oct 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Create a small book with handmade papers from around the world and mount it in a cradle made of natural materials collected from the gardens around the gallery. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9766. www.monasterygallery.art

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Labyrinth Day Retreat: Peace on the Rocks, with Cathy Rigali and Sr. Lorraine Villemaire

Saturday, Oct 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come walk our labyrinth and feel the energy of multiple stones, symbolic of truth and wholeness, connecting you to the Earth and the Universe. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

NOVEMBER

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Fall Bread Baking Retreat: Apple Pull-Bread, with Barbara Skomorowski and Beth Malley

Tuesday, Nov 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Join in making a delicious, yeast-based pull-bread as we meditate on gratitude and the significance of bread in our faith. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Enrichment Day (Part 1 of 3): Principles & Foundations of Wisdom Christianity: Changing our Perspectives, with Rev. William Redfield

Saturday, Nov 10, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Explore foundational aspects of Christian Wisdom with a focus on embracing the whole person: mind, heart and body. Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Chant, and Prayer of Gesture and Movement will be introduced. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Women’s Recovery Retreat, with Susan Rapp

Friday-Sunday, Nov 16-18. Women in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $200. Limited scholarships available. E-mail MTR.Scholarships@gmail.com.

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat, with Fr. Guy Sciacca
Friday-Sunday, Nov 30-Dec 2. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448.

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Finding Our Way Home, with Paula D’Arcy

Friday-Sunday, Nov 30-Dec 2. At some point, we all find ourselves navigating a “dark night,” whether it’s the loss of a loved one, unexpected illness, or feelings of disillusionment. Renowned author Paula D’Arcy explores how we can come to recognize the night experience as a natural part of life. $375. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

DECEMBER

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Advent Day or Evening Reflection:  A Season of Joy: Lasting Contentment in a Changing World, with Dr. Brandon Nappi
Wednesday, Dec 5
, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Inspired by the Christmas story, we will uncover how life’s most difficult moments can become opportunities for growth, wisdom, and lasting contentment. Includes 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 Fr. Emmet Murphy
Friday-Sunday, Dec 7-9. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448.

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Advent Retreat: Centering Prayer and the Heart of Mysticism, with Therese Saulnier
Friday-Sunday, Dec 7-9.
Explore mystical writers and the impact of mysticism in deepening our relationship with God and transforming our everyday lives. Experience with a meditative practice recommended. $375. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Snowflake Ornament Making, with Beth Malley

Wednesday, Dec 12, 5:30-9 p.m. Take a break from the holiday rush to create a Christmas snowflake ornament using the ancient art of quilling. $50, includes light meal. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Sacred Sounds of Advent and Christmas

Sunday, Dec 16, 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 4-6. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. 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: Supporting Parents in their Ministry as Primary Catechist, with Liza Peters, Lisa Orchen and Kelly Henderschedt

Wednesday, Jan 16, 6-9 p.m. 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 25-27. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Our Struggles Have Purpose, with Shawn Elizabeth George
Saturday, Jan 26,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Every day we are inundated with what we should look like, sound like, and feel like, and we’re told that what is isn't enough. Join us for a day to pause and breathe and learn to begin living from the inside out. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Enrichment Day (Part 2 of 3): The Core of Wisdom Christianity: A New Way of Seeing & Being, with Rev. William Redfield

Saturday, Jan 26, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Learn a new way of being present and seeing the world from a viewpoint of gratitude, abundance and connection. Christian loving kindness practices will be introduced. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


FEBRUARY

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Lectio Divina Introductory Workshop, with Nancy Stimac and Mike Smoolca

Saturday, Feb 2, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Deepen your relationship with God by learning how to pray the sacred scriptures using Lectio Divina. $40, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Couples’ Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Feb 8-10. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Couples, reflect together on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $500. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - College Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Feb 8-10. 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, “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life,” 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
Thursday, Feb 14, 6 p.m. Festive and delicious buffet dinner includes prime angus beef tenderloin, maple glazed Atlantic salmon, chicken Milanese, Asian spiced pork shank, and chocolate strawberry cheesecake. $75 per person, $125 per couple. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

MARCH

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat

Friday-Sunday, Mar 1-3. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Enrichment Day (Part 3 of 3): Integrating Wisdom Christianity into Life: How will the results be embodied in our lives?, with Rev. William Redfield

Saturday, Mar 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Explore how Wisdom understanding and practice allows us to live in paradox and mystery, deepens our compassion, and aids us in finding our life purpose. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Playing Cards, with Tracy Lake

Wednesday, Mar 20, 5:30-9 p.m. Tracy Lake, owner, artist and instructor for Traces of Zen, will lead us in this fun, art-filled evening, using mixed media to create altered playing cards. $45, includes materials and a light meal. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org


Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Made with Love – A Knitting Plus! Retreat Day, with Connie Brown, Debra Brown-Norko and Joanna Norko

Saturday, Mar 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Throughout history, hand-made gifts have offered crafters not just a creative outlet but also a way to express love and care for others. Come join us in sharing samples of your own past projects and creating a new one! Beginners welcome. Bring a pair of size 8 or 9 knitting needles. Yarn provided. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop, with Nancy Stimac and Mike Smoolca

Saturday, Mar 30, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Learn the method and principles as well as the history, psychology, and theology of this ancient prayer practice. $30. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

APRIL

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – The Polish Tradition: Babka and Butter Lambs, with Barbara Skomorowski and Beth Malley

Tuesday, April 2, 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

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat

Friday-Sunday, Apr 5-7. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Grief and Hope - Companions in Our Journey Through Loss, with Lisa Irish

Saturday, Apr 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Some of us deny the seeds of hope in our grieving hearts, thinking we must remain faithful to our loved one’s memory. But hope is as alive as our grief, sustaining our wounded heart as we find our way through the land of loss. $75, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Collage Art, with Elisabeth Moss

Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-9 p.m. Local artist Elisabeth Moss will inspire the group to create a collage design using multi-media and your own imagination. $45, includes materials and a light meal. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Path of Transformation: Holy Week Triduum Retreat

Thursday-Saturday, Apr 18-20. 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 – Men’s Evening Retreat:  The Eye of the Storm: Meditations on Relieving Stress, with Jim Greer

Wednesday, April 24, 6-9 p.m. Come together as men of faith to explore how we can be more fully aware of God’s presence in times of both happiness and hardship. $40, includes dinner. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Joy of Easter: A Concert

Saturday, Apr 27, 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

 

MAY

 

Holy Family Retreat Center ‘s Monastery Gallery of Art, West Hartford – Paper Blossoms and Flowers, with Kathy Parulski

Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-9 p.m. Join in the fun of making beautiful paper flowers using several simple techniques. $45, includes materials and a light meal. 860-760-9766. www.monasterygallery.art


Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat: Steps 1, 2, and 3: We’re all Beginners, with Msgr. Ed Bradley
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. $250. For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448.

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Weekend Retreat: Holy Wells and Thin Places, the Wisdom of the Celtic Saints, with Carl McColman

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19. The Celts – the early Christian saints – were a people of a vibrant and deep Christian spirituality, rooted in a love of nature and anchored in a joyful sense of Divine Presence. On this silent retreat, we will celebrate the stories of the Celts and explore prayers and practices – including the distinctively Celtic approach to contemplative prayer. $375. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat

Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2. “No Ordinary Path: Holiness in Everyday Life." Reflect on how living an ordinary life of holiness can lead to extraordinary happiness and peace. Dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, and uplifting music. $325. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

JUNE

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Song and Silence:  Centering Prayer and Canto Divina Experience, with Gunilla Norris and Frank Pendola

Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. The ancient practice of chant has always been part of Christian worship. In this workshop, we will learn and sing a few easy chants as we move into a gathered stillness and into God’s Presence and Action in our lives. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection: Entering the Nondual Heart of Christ: Christianity as Participatory Mystery, with Rev. Matthew Wright

Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. This enriching day will give attention to the “nondual” dimension of Christian faith, the recovery of heart-centered Christian contemplative practice, and pioneering Christian voices such as Teilhard de Chardin and Raimon Panikkar. $45, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org
 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Weeklong Directed Retreat:  Unplugged – A Time of Your Own to Journey with God, with Sr. Cathleen Murtha, D.W., and Joanne White

Sunday-Saturday, June 16-22. Unplug from the noise of daily life and open your heart to become more aware of God’s presence in your life. This silent retreat will include daily conversations with a spiritual director. $575. 5-night option: $495. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Gerald Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament

Thursday, June 13. 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 - Teen Weekend Retreat

Friday-Sunday, June 21-23. 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

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Vacation Bible Camp

Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. This five-day camp is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Students sing fun songs, play high-energy games, create beautiful crafts, and enjoy delicious snacks. $50 per child. All are welcome. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

JULY

 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Music Camp, with Fr. David Cinquegrani

Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 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 short concert on the final day will bring the week to an inspiring end. Snacks provided. $100 per child. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org.