The Father – Small Lenten Retreat – Part III

Bronze relief of Fr. Kentenich's handSchoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre – St. John Fisher
Part III – God the Father in others

Lent is an important time of the year for each one of us and for the Church. Resolutions are an aspect of the time… but what can we do to focus our energy on the religious in the middle of a busy program.

Lent is a good time for a Retreat – not easy in the middle of the working week – but why not try a “Retreat in the world”.

We will be offering a Mass on the Friday mornings of Lent at 6am at the Shrine – well before working time (and there is tea and toast afterwards). If you can’t join us in the Shrine – why not follow the mass on the Internet (http://schoenstatt-tv.de/EN/Livestream.html) – the mass will be repeated their during the day…

At the mass there will be an input and you can receive material to focus your lenten journey for the coming week (if you are there – pick it up / on the web – we will send you and e-mail / don’t have e-mail – we’ll use the trusty post).

 

For further details contact Fr. Andrew
e-mail: fr.andrew@schoenstatt.org.uk
mobile: 07958 780 649

Masses on Friday,  March 18th and 25th, April 1st (no joke), 8th and 15th.

The Father – Small Lenten Retreat – Part II

Bronze relief of Fr. Kentenich's handSchoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre – St. John Fisher
Part II – God the Father in my Life

Lent is an important time of the year for each one of us and for the Church. Resolutions are an aspect of the time… but what can we do to focus our energy on the religious in the middle of a busy program.

Lent is a good time for a Retreat – not easy in the middle of the working week – but why not try a “Retreat in the world”.

We will be offering a Mass on the Friday mornings of Lent at 6am at the Shrine – well before working time (and there is tea and toast afterwards). If you can’t join us in the Shrine – why not follow the mass on the Internet (http://schoenstatt-tv.de/EN/Livestream.html) – the mass will be repeated their during the day…

At the mass there will be an input and you can receive material to focus your lenten journey for the coming week (if you are there – pick it up / on the web – we will send you and e-mail / don’t have e-mail – we’ll use the trusty post).

 

For further details contact Fr. Andrew
e-mail: fr.andrew@schoenstatt.org.uk
mobile: 07958 780 649

Masses on Friday,  March 18th and 25th, April 1st (no joke), 8th and 15th.

The Call of the Barnyard

A flock of wild ducks were flying in formation, heading south for the winter. They formed a beautiful V in the sky, and were admired by everyone who saw them from below. One day, Wally, one of the wild ducks in the formation, spotted something on the ground that caught his eye. It was a barnyard with a flock of tame ducks who lived on the farm. They were waddling around on the ground, quacking merrily and eating corn that was thrown on the ground for them every day. Wally liked what he saw. “It sure would be nice to have some of that corn,” he thought to himself. “And all this flying is very tiring. I’d like to just waddle around for a while.” So after thinking it over a while, Wally left the formation of wild ducks, made a sharp dive to the left, and headed for the barnyard. Continue reading “The Call of the Barnyard”

Early as it was – some actually came…

Bronze relief of Fr. Kentenich's handThe Small lenten Retreat began this morning in the Shrine and on the Web. At 6 O’Clock a small group gathered in the Shrine to begin the reatreat. The technology worked without a hitch – we think… What more could we ask for – well tea and toast – and voila…

Many thanks to all who came – we had a lovely mass together on this covenant day.

In the Sermon we thought of Fr. Kenentich who took the time to find God’s will in silence. St. Joseph was a good example for him and for us. At the beginning of our lenten journey we want to seek that silence (the daily exercise in the retreat) and list to God’s word.

If you want to follow the retreat program you can download the PDF version – click here. 

If you want to print the booklet out – click here for a collated version.

Sorry to those who looked on this site for the live feed – next week we will add a link for you.

Well – hope you can join in the retreat in your way – looking forward to next week already.

 

The Father – Small lenten Retreat

On Friday 18th we’re going to celebrate the “Small lenten Retreat” for the first time. From then on we’re going to do this for the whole time of lent on each Friday of the week.

Celebration starts at 6 o’clock in the morning and will be held by Fr.Andrew Pastore. Everyone is welcome to come! Some Toast and tea will be offered afterwards.

So why not getting up 20mins earlier than usual, have a little prayer, listen to yourself, listen to what’s going on in your mind, what affects you.
Try to think about lent in a short but intense period. What does lent mean to us, how does it affect us? Fr Andrew will lead the mass and will give some material for further absorption.

Join us on Friday, strengthen yourself and start the day with new energy – spiritual, mental and bodywise!?
Facebooklink to this event: Small lenten Retreat

Official description by Fr Andrew Pastore:
“Lent is an important time of the year for each one of us and for the Church. Resolutions are an aspect of the time… but what can we do to focus our energy on the religious in the middle of a busy program.
Lent is a good time for a Retreat – not easy in the middle of the working week – but why not try a “Retreat in the world”.
We will be offering a Mass on the Friday mornings of Lent at 6am at the Shrine – well before working time (and there is tea and toast afterwards). If you can’t join us in the Shrine – why not follow the mass on the Internet (www.schoenstatt-tv.de/livestreams/) the mass will be repeated their during the day…
At the mass there will be an input and you can receive material to focus your lenten journey for the coming week (if you are there – pick it up / on the web – we will send you and e-mail / don’t have e-mail – we’ll use the trusty post).”

Yours
Benedikt

A Piece of My Heart

One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a mark or a flaw in it. Yes, they all agreed it truly was the most beautiful heart they had ever seen. The young man was very proud and boasted more loudly about his beautiful heart.

Suddenly, an old man appeared at the front of the crowd and said “Why, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine.” The crowd and the young man looked at the old man’s heart. It was beating strongly, but it was full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn’t fit quite right and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing. The people stared — how can he say his heart is more beautiful, they thought? The young man looked at the old man’s heart and saw its state and laughed. “You must be joking,” he said. “Compare your heart with mine. Mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars and tears.” “Yes,” said the old man, “yours is perfect looking but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love – I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart which fits into the empty place in my heart, but because the pieces aren’t exact, I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared.” “Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn’t returned a piece of his heart to me. These are the empty gouges — giving love, is taking a chance. Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for these people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I have waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?” Continue reading “A Piece of My Heart”