Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA

Young People Beginning Experience

Young People Beginning Experience  - Upcoming Events

The loss of a parent through death, or a changed parental relationship through divorce or separation is a traumatic experience for children, or for those in their teens or twenties. In dealing with these losses, they may become withdrawn, fearful, insecure, act out for no apparent reason, become confused or depressed, and often blame themselves.

Beginning Experience® programs for these age groups provide a place where help and support are offered to work through these emotions. A safe, secure environment allows caring acceptance and feelings of community to blossom. The aim of each program is to help sort out the feelings of loss and pain while strengthening self esteem and self acceptance.

Each program is presented by a team of children, youth or young adults and adults who have experienced this loss themselves and are willing to share their experience to help others. While older participants are able to write and talk about their feelings, younger participants often express feelings through actions or art. The programs are designed for differing age groups; in addition, participants are grouped by age to allow them to express their feelings based on maturity level.

The Beginning Experience Event will be held July 22-24 at Rosaryville. The cost is $200. This event is open to teens 14-17. If you have siblings outside of this age range, please call Rosaryville at 225-294-5039. If you have any questions, please call.

If your child would like to continue to the mini-Kateri fun camp from July 24-27, please go to the Kateri Kids tab and register there.

Beginning Experience

Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen, O.P.

Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen, O.P. - Upcoming Events

Julian of Norwich and God's Gentle Way With Us

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Thursday, September 18, 2014 for a day of prayer and reflection on Julian of Norwich and God's Gentle Way With Us. We will start at 9:00 am with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30pm.

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Women's Ignatian Retreat: Patti Clement

Women's Ignatian Retreat: Patti Clement - Upcoming Events

Join us for a Women's Ignatian Retreat from August 14-17 focused on the Ignatian Exercises lead by Patti Clement. Join Patti and other like women for a weekend of reflection, rediscovery, and refreshment. The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. The cost is double shared room $200, or single private room $230.

Patti Clement is a parishioner of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA. She is a single woman who recently completed a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Creighton University in their Theology Department. She directs retreats wherever she is called, journeys with others as a Spiritual Director on an ongoing basis, and works professionally on an as needed basis as a business consultant. Patti has directed retreats in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Oshkosh, Wisconsin; St. Louis, MO; and Grand Coteau, Louisiana; for the Office of Spiritual Formation of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and in numerous church parishes in Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas. In October 2011, she completed an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome under the direction of Fr. Joseph Tetlow, S. J., renowned author of “Choosing Christ in the World” and several other books on Ignatian Spirituality as his intern on how to lead an Ignatian Pilgrimage as part of Creighton University’s Ministerial Internship required as part of her Masters Program. You can learn more about Patti

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Taize Prayer Service

Taize Prayer Service - Upcoming Events

October 6, 2014

November 3, 2014

December 1, 2014

January 5. 2015

February 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

Rosaryville invites you to join us in an evening of Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taize'. The dates for the Taize' services are the First Monday in every month staring in October 2013 and ending in February 2014. The services start at 7:00P.M. This is a simple and meditative Taize' worship which promotes the serenity in all who take part in it. The prayer consists of music, scripture readings and reflection . The candlelight service, beginning and ending in silence, fosters the participation of all present by focusing and deepening faith through the power of prayer. All are Welcome.

Write from the Source

Write from the Source - Upcoming Events

Write from the Source…A weekend of creative play in the calligraphic arts facilitated by LaVerne Parfait.

When we think of art, we typically think of drawing, painting or sculpting. Yet we are each a creative artist with gifts uniquely our own. This artistry may be expressed in new recipes or a beautiful, well-tended garden. Some use creative energies to organize a closet or even balance a budget.

Join us October 10-12, 2104. This weekend is focused on calligraphy, an ancient art using writing and letterforms as artistic expression. Come join members of the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association for a weekend of creative play. An open format will allow experienced letter lovers the opportunity to work and study while newcomers can be introduced to tools, techniques and materials and be mentored into their calligraphic journey. If you’ve ever been curious about trying your hand at calligraphy or if you simply want to sharpen your skills and spend uninterrupted time doing the craft you love, this is your opportunity. Projects will be available for all levels.

LaVerne Parfait, a staff member of Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, has over 30 years’ experience as a calligrapher and lover of the written word. Countless workshops, studying, learning and teaching, keep the passion for hand lettering burning. LaVerne is a member of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, IAMPETH (International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.

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Walking Between The Lines

Walking Between The Lines - Upcoming Events

Walking Between The Lines:

A Stroll Through The Stories of The New Testament

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they *were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. - John 21:25

Come and join us as we stroll between the lines of Scripture on November 7-9, 2014. Come and “walk” with Teacher / Storyteller, Earl Gervais as he leads us deeper into the lives of those who Jesus met.

What could have possibly happened to lead to the Roman Centurion making the claim, “Truly this was the Son of God - Matthew 27:54 ? Certainly, he was not able to return to, business as usual. And what of Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8); along with the entire family who was wailing at her death; what was their life like after Jesus paid her a visit? By the way, did you know there was a stowaway on the boat the night that Jesus had to calm the seas?

Excerpt from “Walking Between The Lines”:

“Abba, when mother and I arrived we found Elizabeth at Ruth’s bedside crying. When we asked where

Uncle Jairus was, she told us that he had gone in search of a healer who Uncle Jairus claimed had been preaching in the region. Mother took Ruth’s hand and when I saw the look on my mother’s face I knew. All I could do was fall to my knees and cry and pray. Then Uncle Jairus appeared in the doorway and with him was a man unlike any man I have ever seen. His face was strong, but there was this heavenly gentleness to it. I could see the look of compassion in his eyes. I knew this was no ordinary man. He turned to everyone and told them to leave. He even screamed at a few of the old widows who thought they knew exactly what to do.

He even told Uncle Jairus and mother to leave as well. He motioned for Aunt Elizabeth to stay, and he turned to me and said, ‘You stay too little one, for best friends are needed at times like this.’ Then he screamed again at everyone, ‘The child is not dead she is merely sleeping, so get out and let us be alone with her.’

Then he bent down on one knee and placed his head near Ruth’s and whispered something into her ear. ‘Rise precious child of God,’ I heard him say. Then he turned to Aunt Elizabeth and said, ‘Get this little one something to eat she is hungry.’ Then he motioned for me to come closer and he took my hand in his and looked into my eyes and said, ‘You are a good friend Rebekah, God’s peace will always be with you.’ Then as soon as he arrived, I looked up and he was gone. How did he know my name abba?”

(Told by Rebekah, best friend to Jairus’ daughter; who was brought back to life by Jesus.)

Earl Gervais, has been a Catholic School Teacher for the past 34 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans. He has been married to Cindy for 43 years, has two daughters and two grandchildren.

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Stitching into Mystery

Stitching into Mystery - Upcoming Events

Stitching into Mystery:

Yarncraft as Contemplative Practice

A Retreat Weekend for Knitters and Crocheters

Friday, Jan. 16, 7pm – Sunday, Jan. 18, Noon

“Contemplation” is described by Walter Burghardt, SJ as "a long, loving look at the real." By their very nature, knitting and crocheting are contemplative practices. From the repetitive movements of the needles and hooks, to the gradual emergence of a pattern created from a single strand of yarn, yarn crafters have the opportunity to use their “hobby” as a way to see all of life differently.

Come together with others who share your passion for yarn craft to explore the holy dimensions of your art. Bring your latest project(s) to work on while we reflect together!

Anita Davidson has nearly thirty years of experience working in the field of spirituality and is an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is currently serving as coordinator of Corpus Christi Center of Peace, a spirituality and community outreach center located in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. She is also a spiritual director and retreat leader.

Anita is married and is mom and step-mom to four grown children and a four year old German shepherd/coonhound mix. She’s an avid reader, singer, traveler and motorcycle rider. She learned to crochet from her Aunt Hope when she was 8 years old and has been working on one project or another ever since.

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Father Matt Linn: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us

Father Matt Linn: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us - Upcoming Events

Join us for a retreat with Father Matt Linn October 31- November 2, 2014: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us.

Within each of us there is a Peter: one who tries to walk on water in life's storms and fearfully sinks. We find our hollowness as we try to please others and swing from angrily boasting (I will follow you even if no one else does!) to shamefully lying to the servant girl (I don't even know the man!). We get discouraged as we fish all night and catch nothing. We struggle with how to repair broken relationships and to again say, You know that I love you. When we discover the Peter within us, we will experience how Jesus heals our fear, anger, guilt, shame, and grief to transform us from Simon (the broken person) to Peter (the rock, the most gifted disciple).

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in l973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

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Sister Rose Bowen Day of Prayer

Sister Rose Bowen Day of Prayer - Upcoming Events

Jesus Means Freedom

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Thursday, November 13, 2014 for a day of prayer and reflection on Jesus Means Freedom. We will start at 9:00 am with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30pm.

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Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy

Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy - Upcoming Events

Healing Our World From the Inside Out

Join us September 17- 20, 2015 for a silent retreat with Paul D'Arcy: a deeper look at the way we are all living our lives. Join us in looking at what happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there, ” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

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