Mar 17, 2014

Focus will be on ‘God’s Reconciling Love’ at March 22 retreat



Staff report
(Illustration by Sister Marion Honors, CSJ)

HOLYOKE – Registration is in progress for a retreat, “Here & Now? Reflecting on God’s Gift of Reconciling Love,” to be offered by Miriam Najimy and Chris Clark, of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St, here.

“We will travel in familiar yet mysterious territory,” Clark said, “into the heart of life. Especially through the parable of the Prodigal Son, we will reflect on relationship, yearning, reconciliation and the promise of God’s love.

All are welcome to come as they are, enjoy some peace and reflection time, listen and share as they are comfortable, and glean what they will during our time together,” she said.

The retreat includes ecumenical opening and closing prayers; presentations; occasions for personal meditation and reflection; possibilities for sharing; and an invitation into a blessing. A light lunch will be served.

Clark said the retreat’s theme will be considered chiefly through these passages of Christian Scripture: “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6); “We had to celebrate … he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:32); “Now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6) (ref. Mark 1:19, ref. Isaiah 49).

The event is open to the public. Registration is required (name, contact information, any relevant allergies) via email at [email protected] or voicemail 413-539-5924413-539-5924. Seats are limited. A free-will offering (suggested $10) will be gratefully accepted at the event.

DeCicé Hall at the Marian Center is a ministry of the U.S. Province of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary located at 1365 Northampton St., Holyoke.

Guests are encouraged to drive through the main entrance of the Marian Center, park anywhere convenient and enter DeCicé Hall underneath the white-columned portico marked “DeCicé Hall.” The hall is fully accessible with handicapped parking, ramped entrance and restrooms.