Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

7303 N 112th St
Waverly NE 68462
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January 2018

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In this Issue:
The Mystery of Christmas
Jan. 12-13 LDCCW Winter Symposium
Jan. 19-21 Unbound Retreat with Fr. Holoubek
Feb. 2-4 Stewardship Retreat with Fr. Walsh
Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Reflection
Pray and Walk for Life
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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

Nativity Scene

Pope Benedict: Pondering Bethlehem, there is no other Christmas!

The Christmas Crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God's love that was revealed in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem Grotto. St Francis of Assisi was so taken by the mystery of the Incarnation that he wanted to present it anew at Greccio in the living Nativity scene, thus beginning an old, popular tradition that still retains its value for evangelization today.

Indeed, the Crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who "though he was rich he made himself poor" for us (2 Cor. 8:9).

His poverty enriches those who embrace it and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the Angel's words: "Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes" (Lk 2:12). This is still the sign for us too, men and women of the third millennium. There is no other Christmas.

-Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus address 11 December, 2005. (Photo of the Retreat House Nativity Scene)

Serve One Another Jan. 12-13
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LDCCW Winter Symposium: "Serving God by Serving Others", Jan. 12-13, 2018

The Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) invites women of all ages to the eight annual Winter Symposium on the them: "Serving God by Serving Others". There is still room available and Women are invited to come either or both days: Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13.

"It is called a symposium because it becomes an opportunity for connection and discussion, not just a conference where one merely attends, or a retreat simply for prayer," explained Terri Sullivan of St. Mary Parish in Wallace, current president of the LDCCW. "Even though it is held at the Retreat House, this is not silent like the regular retreats held there throughout the year, it's an opportunity for women to share a friendship in Christ with each other, by sharing their talents, ideas and zeal to serve the Lord in their parishes."

Ann Jansky of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Milligan, a past president of the LDCCW, said the Retreat House is such a beautiful setting, and explained why she encourages ladies to attend both days and stay overnight if possible: "After the activities of the evening were over, it was the absolute perfect way to unwind and end the day by spending some time with our Lord in Adoration."

This year's symposium hopes to help attendees to be stronger Catholics and put their faith into action. Stacy Thomlison, who has been serving a mission in Rwanda, will share her experience of serving others, Cullen Herout will speak on forgiveness and the human experience, Father John Rooney will examine the religious significance of the solar eclipse. Other speakers include Dr. Terra Papik, Fr. Gary Coulter and Tom Venzor. Besides times of prayer, Adoration and Confession, the Winter Symposium includes a service project, Sung chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary for the dignity of women, and Mass celebrated by Bishop Conley. The women will also be collecting hats and mittens for the children at St. Gianna Women's Homes and Catholic Social Services.

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Fr Holoubek Jan. 19-21, Men & Women Register Now

Unbound Retreat is Full

The Unbound Ministry is a lay apostolate that helps people find freedom from wounds, sins and other troubles that compromise joy in Christ. It involves recognizing and identifying the sources of our woundedness, in order to understand and discover how to embrace change that gives freedom. Read more from the LincolnDiocese.org website, or the Southern Nebraska Register.

Unbound Ministry prayer teams will be available on the retreat, to pray with participants using the five keys. Retreatants are asked to read the first nine chapters of the Unbound book if you want to be prayed with.

Unfortunately the Unbound Retreat is full, but you can sign-up on the waiting list in case of cancellations

Fr Walsh Feb. 2-4
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Retreat with Fr. Joseph Walsh, Stewardship: Sharing the Master's Joy, Feb. 2-4, 2018

Fr. Joseph Walsh invites all men and women to a retreat entitled, "Stewardship: Sharing the Master's Joy" to be held Feb. 2-4 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.

Topics for this Stewardship Retreat include the Spirituality of Stewardship: what does it mean to be a good steward, the Gospel and Stewardship: putting one's faith into action, and the Stewardship Parish: how to implement on the parish level.

Fr. Walsh emphasizes the spiritual dimension of stewardship, saying "it means taking what we believe and putting it into practice. It is giving thanks to God for the faith and gifts we have received by using them in his service." And Fr. Walsh is quick to note that "stewardship is not a code word for fundraising, or just about giving of our time, talents and treasure. It's more than just throwing money in the basket and helping with the fish fry. It involves living spiritual and holy lives, serving God and others, in sum: being a true disciple of Jesus Christ."

Therefore, while he especially invites those on parish stewardship committees and leadership teams, he also says "this retreat is for all who are striving to or want to practice stewardship in their lives: those who would like to grow in intentional discipleship and the practical stage of living their faith." For personal growth in living out stewardship, Fr. Walsh recommends the U.S. Bishop's pastoral letter Stewardship: The Disciples' Response and Sherry Weddell's book, Forming Intentional Disciples. Two foundational books for parish stewardship are Rebuilt by Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, and Divine Renovation by Fr. James Mallon.

Fr. Walsh believes in the importance of retreats for all priests, religious, and laity: "the Lord invites us to draw near and longs for our presence with him, and that's what a retreat accomplishes." Fr. Walsh is pastor of St. Cecilia Church in Hastings, where the priests are striving to implement stewardship in their parish communities, and he was recently named the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship.

Msgr Thorburn Feb. 14
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Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection with Msgr. Thorburn: The Power of Silence, Feb. 14, 2018

The LDCCW sponsors an annual Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection, this year on Feb. 14, beginning with 9:00am registration till approximately 3:00pm close. (Yes, this year Lent begins on Valentine's Day!) at two locations: Waverly Retreat House and Hastings St. Michael.

New this year: the Day of Recollection at bot h locations will be open to both Women and Men. Men are now also invited to join in getting a jump-start on Lent.

The Ash Wednesday Recollection at Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly will be presented by Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln, on the theme: "The Power of Silence"

The cost for the day at Waverly Retreat House is $10, check or cash; there is no advanced registration. Please bring a sack lunch; drinks are provided.
The cost for the dat at Hastings St. Michael is $5, and participants should bring a meatless salad to share at lunch.

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Pray and Walk for Life, January 2018

You are invited to join thousands of Catholics across the country in prayer and action during the U.S. Bishops' pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life: Thursday, January 18 - Friday, January 26. Participate through email, text message, Facebook, or a free iOS or Android app. Sign up today!

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January since 1979. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Click here for info about the Diocese of Lincoln Pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the March for Life, Jan. 16-21

Join a special Pro-Life Mass on Sat. Jan. 27, 9am at St. Mary Lincoln with Bishop James Conley and homilist Fr. Ryan Kaup. The Pro-Life Mass will also be streamed live at fb.me/necatholic. Download a Flyer with More Info.
The Nebraska Walk for Life will follow at 10am at the State Capitol across the street.

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