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

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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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Walking Between The Lines

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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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Sister Rose Bowen Day of Prayer

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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 2:30 pm.

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Ignite Retreat

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"If you are who you should be, you will light the world ablaze." St. Catherine of Siena's words have inspired groups of beautiful and faithful adults to create a retreat responding to Pope Francis' call to a "New Evangelization." We invite you to join other young adults in this life-changing retreat for those who seek to IGNITE their Catholic Faith. Ignite is sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy and St. George Parishes. The retreat will be held December 19-21 from Friday 5:00 PM- Sunday 11:00 AM at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and is open to all young adults age 18 and over.

The retreat is filled with structured experiences of prayer such as Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, and Adoration. There is also time available for quiet individual prayer. Too, we plan fun and exciting events where the young adults in attendance spend time in fellowship with others their age and on a similar faith journey.

There is a $100 retreat fee for all retreatants that includes a $50 deposit with registration. This includes board for two nights with meals. The fee for staff is $50 which includes board for two nights and meals. Scholarships are available for those in need by emailing or or calling Stephanie Clouatre Davis/Jessica Lee @ 225.294.5039.

Please contact any one of the adult team members for questions for this retreat:

Steven Brooksher

Stephanie Clouatre Davis

Jessica Lee

Jason Romero

Sarah Beth Barnett

Casey Fruge

Becki Alford

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Men's Retreat: Emmaus

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Men’s Emmaus Retreat – January 23-25

Open to All Men (sponsored by St. Dominic Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA)

Put aside the “hustle and bustle” of daily life and attend the upcoming men’s Emmaus retreat the weekend of January 23-25, 2015. The retreat is held at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and retreat house in beautiful, peaceful Ponchatoula, Louisiana. This retreat is based on the scripture passage “The Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24: 13-35) and is an uplifting experience that has a profound effect on men’s lives. The retreat begins at 5:00 PM Friday and ends after the 5:30 PM mass on Sunday. Please don’t ignore this opportunity but pray on it instead. Something special definitely awaits you at Rosaryville!

Questions or Concerns? For additional information, please contact Norm Madere at (504) 481-0411 or Rick Valadie (504) 267-4944


Women's Retreat for All Denominations

Women's Retreat for All Denominations - Upcoming Events

Come spend a weekend exploring how you are a Pattern Designed by God. Dr. JoAnn Forbes will lead women deeper into understanding how they are uniquely and wonderfully made through prayer, laughter, music, love and fellowship. This event is open to women of all denominations and is focused on strengthening your relationship with Jesus. JoAnn is a true worship leader, called by God, whose gifts of music, singing, and speaking bridge the gaps between ages, genders, cultures and economic and social differences. The cost is $50 per day for commuter, double shared room $180, or single private room $210. Please join us for this event which will be held March 13-15, 2015 at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center.

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2015 Dottie DeGrandis

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"Healing the Hurts of the Heart” Dorothea DeGrandis-Sudol June 26--28, 2015. This is a weekend charismatic retreat. All retreatants are assured a spirit-filled weekend of prayer, healing and song sure to lighten your burden and lift your heart. The cost is $100 for commuter, $185 for double occupancy room or $215 for private room. Please sign up soon as this retreat fills up quickly. Please join us.

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Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat: Patti Clement

Women's Ignatian Silent Retreat: Patti Clement - Upcoming Events

Join us for a Women's Ignatian Retreat from August 6-9, 2015 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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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. This retreat is open to both men and women. THis retreat is open to both men and women.

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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