Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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March 2018

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In this Issue:
Lent: A Time of Penitence
Mar. 2-4 Bible Retreat with Fr. Faulkner
Mar. 16-18 Magnificat Women's Retreat
Mar. 19-22 Silent Ignatian Retreat
Mar. 23-25 Peace in the Divine Will with Fr. Coulter
Mar. 29-31 Young Women Holy Week Retreat
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For over 50 years Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House has provided a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly, Nebraska. The facility includes fifty single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. Retreats typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8:00 PM on Friday evening, and end with Mass and lunch on Sunday.

All retreatants are considered part of the Good Counsel Retreat House "family". Each month, a Mass is offered for all current and past retreatants, and for the success of our retreats. To become a member of our family, you simply need to come on retreat. We also ask your prayers and support so that we can continue our mission to enrich people's spiritual lives through meaningful retreat experiences. We hope you can join our spiritual family: decide to make a retreat with us this year and share in the many benefits. Please be sure to promote the Retreat House to others, and bring a friend.

Submit your Prayer Requests online at www.goodcounselretreat.com

Carrying the Cross

Why do we do Penance (especially during Lent, but also year-round)?

  1. To make reparation for our sins: We need to grow in understanding the depth and seriousness of our sin that nailed Jesus to the Cross, so that we do not fall into the deadly trap of thinking "it's no big deal." All sin is an offense against God, and something for which we must make amends in order to restore our right relationship with Him. Thus we do penances for ourselves and even for the souls of many others.
  2. To grow in virtue: We do not do penance for the sake of suffering the most, that isn't the point. We do penance in order to deny ourselves the movements of the lower parts of our nature, thus making our will grow stronger towards the higher parts of our nature, so that we will be better able to resist temptations to sin. Virtue is only gained by choosing it over against the vice that is most opposed to it (for example, to conquer pride, one must practice humility). Penance helps us grow in self-discipline and conquer our self-will.

Fr Faulkner Mar. 2-4
Men & Women
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Weekend Retreat with Fr. Joseph Faulkner, The Bible lets you talk to God better, Mar. 2-4

Retreatants should bring their bibles for this March 2-4 weekend retreat with Fr. Joseph Faulker for men and women entitled The Bible lets you talk to God better. "The goal is to help people approach a scripture passage and be able to pray and meditate with it, coming to a deeper understanding of how God speaks to us." Fr. Faulkner is pastor at St. Wenceslaus Parish in Wahoo. Previously, he was pastor at St. Ann, Doniphan and Sacred Heart, Kenesaw while teaching at St. Cecilia School in Hastings. Fr Faulkner enjoys teaching, has worked in Catholic Schools since he was ordained in 2005, and has been involved with the summer catechetical program Totus Tuus since it started in 2002. His homilies and blog posts can be found at fathertalkstoofast.blogspot.com.

For further reading some sources which Fr. Faulkner likes to include are: To Know Christ Jesus by Frank Sheed, the Jesus of Nazareth trilogy by Pope Benedict, and The Challenge of Jesus by N. T. Wright. His favorite book is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

Susan Potvin Mar. 16-18
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Life In the Spirit Women's Retreat with Susan Potvin and the Living Praise Worship Team Mar. 16-18

Life in the Spirit retreat for women of all ages will be presented by Susan Potvin and the Living Praise Worship Team (www.LivingPraiseWorship.com), and is sponsored by the Morning Star Chapter of Magnificat (www.MagnificatOfLincoln.com).

What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God, the Father? Jesus, the Son? What does a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit look like? During the Life in the Spirit retreat, we will hear talks of the Father's intimate love for us, seek the healing Jesus has for us, and learn about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and experience His empowerment in our lives. The retreat will include small group discussion, times of praise and worship, and opportunities for silence, prayer, Adoration and the sacraments.

Susan Potvin, worship leader and inspirational speaker, has been involved in Catholic renewal work for more than thirty years. She and her husband Urby of thirty-six years, reside in Steubenville, Ohio. Passionate about adoption, they have raised 4 children and have one grandchild. Susan is the leader of Living Praise Worship Team, which has produced six CD's and traveled nationally and internationally, serving churches, revivals, retreats and other conferences and events. Susan is an adviser to Magnificat - A Ministry to Catholic Women.

Joining the retreat will be Anne Recznik. Anne and her husband Mark have 5 daughters and 1 granddaughter. Their youngest daughter was adopted from China. As a stay-at-home mom, Anne enjoys volunteer work, helping with fundraising, coaching volleyball, and serving the Lord through music and worship as the keyboard player of Living Praise Worship Team. Also joining is Carolyn Cannizzaro, a wife, mother and grandmother, and elementary school teacher. She enjoys teaching, singing and cooking, and is involved as a Catechist, Worship Leader, Cantor, and is a Eucharistic minister to the sick and homebound. She leads a Women's ministry out of her home called "I AM" Women's Fellowship and she enjoys singing God's praises with Living Praise. Most of all, Carolyn loves our Lord Jesus and desires to share His love with others.

PLus a Magnificat Prayer Meal with Susan Potvin on Sun. Mar. 18, 4pm at Hillcrest Country Club.

Fr Barak Mar. 19-22
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4-Day Silent Ignatian Retreat with Fr. Coulter and Fr. Barak, Mar. 19-22

All of our retreats are silent, but our typical weekend retreats are preached. This retreat is different as it is marked by complete silence. Rather than listening to talks, the retreatants enters into the times of prayer with the Lord, then meet individually with their director.

Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Fr. Gary Coulter and Fr. Christopher Barak will be the retreat masters directing the retreatants in choosing scripture passages each day for meditation. The 4-day silent Ignatian Retreat starts Monday March 19 at 7pm and ends Thursday at noon. Since it is during the UNL Spring Break there is a discount price for students.

Fr. Coulter suggests reading "Meditation and Contemplation" by Father Timothy Gallagher, OMV to learn more on the Ignatian method of meditating on Scripture.

Fr Coulter Mar. 23-25
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Palm Sunday Weekend Retreat with Fr. Gary Coulter, Finding Peace in the Divine Will, Mar. 23-25

The Palm Sunday weekend retreat will be given by the Retreat House director, Fr. Gary Coulter entitled "Finding Peace in the Divine Will." This retreat will be an opportunity to enter into the beginning of Holy Week and meditate on the different events of Jesus' passion, particularly to spend an extended time with Jesus in the Garden, reflecting on and praying with his words, 'Father, not my will, but your will be done' (Luke 22:42).

The primary source for the retreat will come from The Hours of the Passion from the writing of Luisa Piccarreta published by her spiritual director, St. Annibal di Francia. Fr. Coulter explains, "Although her writings have not been approved as by the church as authentic private revelation, we know that any private revelation will only confirm have we learn in the bible, just as Jesus teaches us to pray 'Thy will be done.' It is a reminder of how we are all called to carry our and live in the Divine Will, in imitation of Mary's yes, 'let it be done to me according to your will' (Lk 1:38)."

The Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta was born in Corato, Italy, in 1865. At age 11, she became a Daughter of Mary and at age 18, a Dominican Tertiary. Invited by the Blessed Virgin Mary she offered herself to the Lord as a victim of love and reparation when she was 17 years old. From this point on, she was slightly more than 64 years in bed and was nourished almost exclusively on the Eucharist. By obedience to her confessor (who was recently canonized, St. Annibal Maria di Francia), she wrote her spiritual diary for 39 years, even though her education consisted of only first grade studies. Luisa, the "Little Daughter of the Divine Will," chosen by God for the mission of "Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven" died on March 4, 1947. Her cause for Beatification is currently open at the Vatican.

Listen to an introduction to the Divine Will devotion at www.divinewilltallahassee.com and more talks at divinewilllife.org.

Fr Mills Mar. 29-31
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Holy Week Retreat for young women with Marian Sisters and Fr. Steven Mills, Mar. 29-31

During Holy Week, this retreat from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday, March 24-26, provides an opportunity for single young women, aged 17-32, to experience Christ's deep love through his passion, death and resurrection, and to help discern their vocation. The retreat begins Thursday, March 29 at 6:15pm and ends Saturday March 31 at 1:30pm. Directing will be Fr. Steven Mills. Ordained in 2013, Fr. Mills is assistant pastor at the Newman Center / St Thomas Aquinas Church, a teacher at Pius X High School, and Assistant Vocation Director for the diocese.

Founded in 1954, the Marian Sisters follow a Franciscan Rule, and their charism is to "Do God's will joyfully in imitation of Mary and Saint Francis." The Marian Sisters teach in Catholic schools in Lincoln, David City, and Wahoo. Sisters also serve at St. Gianna Women's Homes, Villa Marie School, and Diocesan Chancery offices.

For information see mariansisters.org, to register contact Sister Serena, M.S. at marian-vocations@cdolinc.net, or 402-786-2750. An RSVP by Monday, March 26 is appreciated. The cost is $30 per student or $40 per adult.

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