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

FEBRUARY

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 - Ash Wednesday Reflection – A Lenten Path to Holiness: Finding Wholeness in Our Spiritual Practices, with Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P.
Wednesday, Mar 6,
10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. Join Fr. David in exploring how we can turn the Lenten practices of "prayer, fasting and penance” into deep spiritual practices that last throughout the year. Day program includes the Sacrament of Reconciliation; both programs include Mass. $40, includes meal. 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.