Dear Parish Friends,

Below is a list of Holy Family events for the 2016-2017 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 is accepting reservations for its Sunday Youth Retreats, held 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


2016-2017 PARISH BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

APRIL

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Icon Writing Retreat:  Saint Francis of Assisi, with Sr. Christopher Marie Wagner
Wednesday-Sunday, April 19-23. Thousands are drawn to the mysterious and quieting images found in the ancient icons of Eastern Christianity. During this five-day retreat, participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete an icon of Saint Francis of Assisi. No prior experience is required and all skill levels are welcome.  $595. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Apr 21-23. In an age of stress, distraction and technology, enjoy a weekend of peace and refreshment exploring “The Light of Simplicity.” Discover how simplicity can shine a light on what is really essential and important in our lives. Includes dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music and free time. $315 – more if you can, less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Retreat Day for Parish Staff:  Working with Difficult People in Church Settings, with Fr. David Cinquegrani
Wednesday, Apr 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (includes lunch).  Come for a discussion with Fr. David to reflect on ways to diffuse stress and act with compassion even when we are not met with the same kindness from those we serve.  All parish office staff and clergy are invited.  No cost.  860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Joy of Easter: A Concert
Saturday, Apr 29, 7:30 p.m.  Celebrate the beauty and joy of the Easter season with Holy Family, known for its exceptional music and peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Concert features choir, chamber choir, instrumentalists, handbell choir, soloists and children’s choir. $40. Reception follows.  860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

MAY

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Evening Workshop for Couples:  Walking the Path Together, with Brandon and Susan Nappi
Wednesday, May 10, 6-9 p.m.  Would you like to deepen the connection you feel with your partner? Through guided meditation, teaching, conversation, and laughter, this retreat will help you to accept differences in your spouse more graciously, deal with conflict more honestly, and deepen the sense of joyful mutual appreciation in your relationship.  $40 per individual, $70 per couple, includes dinner.  860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Enrichment Day:  Emotional Sobriety through Contemplative Prayer Practice, with Jim McElroy
Sat, May 13, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Contemplative prayer can heal the emotional wounds of our lifetime because it touches the deep unconscious, where all our real hurts, motivations and deepest visions lie. This day will focus on using contemplative practices to achieve “emotional sobriety” and respond to challenges with a new heart.  $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Mother’s Day Mass and Brunch
Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m. Mass followed by brunch.  Let us help take care of Mom on her special day. Menu offerings include beef tenderloin, fresh Atlantic halibut, spring vegetable Asian noodles, lobster quiche, whole wheat French toast with orange zest, and trifle with fresh berries and whipped cream.  Children’s menu includes pasta and meatballs, chicken parmesan and ice cream sundaes. Adults, $45; children 4-12, $12; children under 4, free. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Matt Talbot Men’s Recovery Retreat:  Presenter and Topic TBD
Friday-Sunday, May 19-21. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety.  Open to all men from all backgrounds. $250, includes Matt Talbot dues.  Generous scholarships are available. Call Dwight Hawes at 860-347-0644.

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop
Saturday, May 20, 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. Presenter:  Mike Smoolca.  $30. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

JUNE

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. In an age of stress, distraction and technology, enjoy a weekend of peace and refreshment exploring “The Light of Simplicity.” Discover how simplicity can shine a light on what is really essential and important in our lives. Includes dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music and free time. $315 – more if you can, less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Day of Prayer: Teilhard de Chardin and the Dazzling Dynamism of God's Plan, with Fr. Michael Holleran
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Come explore the exhilarating and inspiring vision of the Jesuit priest, scientist and mystic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. A unique and controversial figure in the first half of the 20th century, he has been an inspiration to millions with his distinctive blend of the Greek Fathers, Jesuit spirituality, geology and paleontology.  $45, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Music Ministers’ Evening Retreat: A Singing Church—A Praying Church, with Fr. David Cinquegrani
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7, 6-9 p.m. (same program both evenings).  When we come together for the celebration of our faith in the context of the Sacred Liturgy, it is the music that tells the story and calls forth the message from hearts that are often frozen or dulled by the chaos of the world. Music can melt and reshape our spirits and move us from singing to praying, from musical expression to deep relationship with God and one another. Ministers of music, their choirs, friends and family are invited to join us for this wonderful evening that includes a delicious dinner, presentation with singing, and celebration of the Eucharist.  $30 NPM members, $40 non-members, includes dinner.  Clergy no cost.  860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Weeklong Retreat for Religious Sisters:  The Sacred Hearts of Jesus:  His and Yours, with Sr. Barbara Regan
Sunday-Saturday, June 11-17. This annual retreat for religious sisters will provide ample time for personal reflection and shared wisdom, for solitude and interaction, for creative activity and quiet prayer. Begins Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. and concludes after breakfast on Saturday. $575. 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 and Joanne White
Sunday-Friday, June 11-16. 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 guide, workshops and the opportunity for daily Eucharist. Walk the labyrinth, get a massage (extra fee), and rediscover the purpose of your life. Weeklong, $495. 3-night option, Sunday to Wednesday, $395. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Gerald Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 15. 17th Annual Gerald J. Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, CT.  10 a.m. shotgun start. Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, driving range access and player gifts, followed by cocktail hour, delicious dinner and raffle at Holy Family, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford. Dinner-only guests are welcome. 860-760-9716. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Teen Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 16-18. Presented by Liza Peters and the Holy Family ministry team, this 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

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