Dear Parish Friends,

Below is a list of Holy Family events for the 2017-2018 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 Confirmation 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


2017-2018 PARISH BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - The Joy of Easter: A Concert
Saturday, Apr 28, 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:  What is the Secret to a Long and Joyful Marriage?... There Isn't One, with Deacon Art and Sandy Miller
Wednesday, May 2,
6-9 p.m.  Join us for an exploration of how to deepen the connection we feel with our partner. Discover the Five Love Languages to help couples grow in intimacy and trust; examine thought patterns and behaviors that block our ability to be compassionate; and explore ways to accept the differences in our partners while being honest about our own needs. Offering: $40; $70 per couple; includes dinner. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Men’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, May 4-6. In an age of division, tension and change, enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme “Grace Enough” and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through every step of life’s journey. The retreat begins with a buffet dinner Friday evening and concludes with brunch on Sunday. Retreatants enjoy dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music, and free time. $320; more if you can, less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Enrichment Day: The Contemplative Dimension of Life, the Fifth Moment of Lectio Divina, with Mike Potter
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In this workshop, we will practice the four moments of Lectio Divina and then focus on its “fifth” moment: living the contemplative dimension of life in a Lectio Divina manner. Specific practices will be introduced to help you identify how God is moving in and shaping your life. Morning and afternoon periods of Centering Prayer will help open your mind and heart to hear God’s promptings on a deeper level. $65, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop
Saturday, May 12, 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. Presenters:  Nancy Stimac and Mike Smoolca.  $30. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Mother’s Day: We’ve Got You Covered
Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. Let us help take care of Mom on her special day. A special Mass for mothers and families at 10 a.m. is followed by a delicious brunch. Menu offerings include warm rolls and assorted Danish, smoked fish with chilled rock shrimp, baked spinach with roasted mushrooms in puff pastry, baked stuffed jumbo shrimp and diver scallops, French toast stuffed with apples and mascarpone cheese, scalloped potatoes and home fries, asparagus frittata with lump crab, Angus prime rib, honey whole grain mustard-glazed ham, and strawberry shortcake. Children’s menu includes mac and cheese, baked chicken fingers, and waffles. 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: Emotional Sobriety and Steps 6, 7 & 11, with Deacon Tom Evrard
Friday-Sunday, May 18-20. Men in recovery are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where they can rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety. Hear an inspiring lecture, get a massage (extra fee), or simply care for yourself as we care for you in mind, body, and spirit. Open to all men from all backgrounds. $250, includes Matt Talbot dues.  For scholarship information, call Eric R. at 203-360-7448.

JUNE

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Women’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3. In an age of division, tension and change, enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme “Grace Enough” and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through every step of life’s journey. The retreat begins with a buffet dinner Friday evening and concludes with brunch on Sunday. Retreatants enjoy dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music, and free time. $320; more if you can, less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Men’s Weekend Retreat
Friday-Sunday, June 8-10. In an age of division, tension and change, enjoy a weekend of peace and reflection exploring the theme “Grace Enough” and discovering the many ways God's presence empowers us and supports us through every step of life’s journey. The retreat begins with a buffet dinner Friday evening and concludes with brunch on Sunday. Retreatants enjoy dynamic teaching, home-cooked meals, uplifting music, and free time. $320; more if you can, less if you can’t. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Christian Contemplative Day of Reflection: The Neuropsychology of Centering Prayer, with Dr. Charlotte Tomaino
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Teilhard de Chardin has offered us a consciousness of physical matter being “divinized,” made sacred, which includes elevating the use of the matter of your brain. Physical matter is the furthest creation of formulated intention, focused attention and the directing of your energy. By using Fr. Thomas Keating’s definition of Centering Prayer as a contemplative practice, Dr. Tomaino will explore the physical healing, adaptation and growth in the nervous system that correspond to the experience of Centering Prayer, enabling attendees to go deeper into contemplative union with God and with one another. $45, includes lunch. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Weeklong Retreat for Religious Sisters
Sunday-Saturday, June 10-16. Sisters, join us for your annual retreat! The retreat includes presentations and liturgy and will also 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 around 11 a.m. $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, D.W. and Joanne White
Sunday-Saturday, June 10-16.
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. Begins Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. and concludes at 10 a.m. on Saturday. All 6 nights, $575. 5-night option, Sunday to Friday, $495. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org 

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Gerald Kristofak Memorial Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 14. 18th 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 15-17. 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. Begins Friday evening at 7 p.m. and concludes with a family Mass on Sunday at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments. $175. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford – Vacation Bible Camp
Monday-Friday, June 25-29. Parents looking for a place where their kids can have loads of fun this summer, learn about another culture and grow spiritually should check out Holy Family’s vacation bible camp. The five-day camp runs 8:30 a.m. to noon each day and is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. The program is directed by Liza Peters, director of youth and young adult ministry at Holy Family. She holds a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame. 860-760-9712. www.holyfamilyretreat.org/vbc.

Holy Family Retreat Center, West Hartford - Contemplative Weekend Retreat: Buddha & Christ: Their Life & Destiny, with Fr. Michael Holleran
Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1. Both Buddhism and Christianity begin with actual historical figures. Come and explore their lives and the fascinating points of comparison. Also, see how their followers treated the two in succeeding centuries, and how they might collaborate today to uplift the consciousness of humanity — and your own! There will be ample opportunity to engage in meditation practice in the two traditions, especially Zen meditation and Centering Prayer. Begins Friday evening at 5 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. $150, plus accommodations, includes meals. 860-760-9705. www.holyfamilyretreat.org

 

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303 Tunxis Road - West Hartford, CT 06107-3119
Phone: 860.521.0440 | Staff Directory
Fax: 860.521.1929 | info@holyfamilyretreat.org

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