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Sister Mary Ann was interviewed when OLC was on TV

OLC was on TV on Crossroads Magazine

OLC was on TV!

OLC was on TV on Sunday, July 21. Our Lady of Calvary has recently been featured on an episode of Crossroads Magazine, a production of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio & Television. This episode highlighted three retreat centers here in Connecticut; Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, Mercy Center and OLC. Hint: The part about retreat centers comes near the very end.

Administrator Ron Miceli and Program Director Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP were interviewed about OLC’s retreat ministry and about our HVAC renovation.

We are grateful to Fr. John Gatzak and the ORT Team for including OLC in this production.

annual appeal

Annual Appeal 2019

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Happy early summer and we hope this note finds you well!

We enjoyed seeing so many of you at our retreat weekends, and day and evening programs this past season. The attendance at our day programs is remarkable. Our Saturday morning program offerings continue to grow. Many new groups and organizations are coming to OLC to hold their retreats, meetings, and conferences. We are so gratified and grateful to see that our increased marketing and promotional efforts are really working and drawing many new faces to OLC!

We continue to need your help and you respond in so many ways. OLC is a self-sustaining non-profit entity. Your generosity, financially, and your time and talent truly support us. Our large, aging campus with several buildings surrounded by 12 wooded acres, in a pastoral setting, demands constant maintenance and upkeep. The operating costs for the Retreat Center are considerable and we are keeping up with needed modest improvements.

Your gift to the Annual Appeal this year will help bring reliable heating and air conditioning to our retreatant rooms and make OLC greener!

The long-awaited renovation to our heating and cooling systems is now beginning and will take place during the summer months. We are converting our systems from oil to natural gas, and adding air conditioning to all of the dormitory bedrooms. This is a major undertaking for OLC. These upgrades will allow OLC to be a year-round destination venue for retreats, meetings, and conferences. Our goal is to be an environmentally conscious and sustainability-minded organization. We have raised much of the needed funds, but are still in need to cover the significant cost of this project. Your help by donating to our Annual Appeal this year will help us get to the finish line and complete this endeavor.

OLC is converting from oil to natural gas, and adding air conditioning to all dormitory bedrooms. Click To Tweet

The gift that you make to the Annual Appeal helps us meet our expenses. We know how dearly many of you hold OLC in your hearts. We realize there are many different requests that you receive. Do what you are able to do within your means. No gift is too small or too large. Any gift you give is through the grace of God.

We would like to conclude the Annual Appeal by August 15th. You can donate online. Just click the red donate button at the bottom of this page. It will take you to our Donate page where you can make a tribute gift or tell us that your employer will match your donation.

May the Holy Spirit guide you accordingly. On behalf of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and the dedicated staff at OLC, we sincerely Thank You!!

There’s a New Spirit at Our Lady of Calvary – Come Experience It!

Peace and Joy,

Ron Miceli                                             Gina Dolan
Administrator                                        Chair, Fundraising, and Development Committee

liturgical treasures

Liturgical Treasures in the Month of June

Have you ever thought about the Liturgical Year – the calendar that the Church follows each year to celebrate feasts and saints and seasons? There are two main seasons of anticipation, Advent and Lent, and two seasons of celebration, Christmas and Easter. Then there are some intervening weeks called Ordinary Time. The Liturgical Year presents us, over and over, with the life of Christ, and invites us, through prayer and liturgy, to walk with him.

Now, as of June 2, 2019, we have just concluded the six-week-long celebration of Easter. What comes next is that curious “season” called Ordinary Time, but hidden in Ordinary Time, especially on the Sundays of June, are feasts of extraordinary beauty.

Hidden in Ordinary Time, especially on the Sundays of June, are feasts of extraordinary beauty. Click To Tweet

This year, June 9th is the great Solemnity of Pentecost. Pentecost means “the 50th day.” Sunday is the fiftieth day of the Easter celebration, and its conclusion. On Pentecost, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church, and the Spirit’s abiding presence with each of us in our own lives, just as Jesus promised. Perhaps we can find a few moments on this great feast to recall the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and to appreciate the ways in which the Spirit is active in our lives. The Spirit’s gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.

Then, June 16th we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity or Trinity Sunday. This celebration focuses our attention on a core mystery of our faith; the three divine persons of the One God. We are baptized in the name of the Trinity. We profess our faith in the Trinity with every Sign of the Cross, with every proclamation of the Creed at Mass, with every recitation of “Glory be to the Father….” Most especially, at every Mass we proclaim our faith in the Trinity with our response to the doxology recited by the priest at the conclusion of each Eucharistic Prayer, “Through Him and with Him and in Him, O God Almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours forever and ever.” Amen!

On June 23rd we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Our hearts and minds are turned to another unfathomable mystery at the core of our faith, the Eucharist. The abiding presence of Christ with us, the Real Presence, and the incomprehensible gift which has been given to us in Christ. In the readings for this day, we hear St. Paul telling the Corinthians, and us: “As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (1Cor.11:26). On this great solemnity, perhaps we can find the time to consider what the Eucharist means to us, and how we are different or should be because we are a Eucharistic people.

There are two other great liturgical treasures at the end of June, on June 28th, the Feast of the Sacred Heart and on June 29th the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The first calls us to rely on the great love of Jesus for us, and the second calls us to rely on the foundations of our faith.

After these great celebrations of June, the Liturgical Calendar continues on for the next few months with Ordinary Time, concluding with the Feast of Christ the King in November. Then it will be Advent again, and we prepare once more to walk with Jesus through his life’s journey and ours.

~ Sister Elissa Rinere, CP

Is the Feast of the Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?

Ascension Thursday and Holy Days of Obligation

On May 30, the whole worldwide Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension. The account of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven is found in the Gospel of Matthew 28:16-20.

Scripture scholars tell us that there are two great “faces” to the celebration. First, the mission of the apostles is transformed from being learners to being teachers. Jesus gave them the mission: “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…”

Second, there is a reminder for all the followers of Jesus in every age, that we are also responsible for carrying on the message of the Gospel through our words and deeds. Our mission is to prepare the world for the coming reign of God.

Certainly, the message of the Ascension is significant, but is the Ascension a “holy day of obligation”? Well, it depends on where you live. In 1991 the bishops of the United States established that Ascension Thursday was one of the six days of Obligation to be observed throughout the entire country.

Then in 1999, because of some differences of opinion, it was decided that the bishops of every ecclesiastical province of the country could make a decision about Ascension Thursday for their own people. (An ecclesiastical province is a group of dioceses. There are 33 ecclesiastical provinces in the United States).

So now, in 2019, Thursday, May 30 is a Holy Day of Obligation if you live in the six ecclesiastical provinces of the Northeast, or in Nebraska. The Northeast provinces cover eight states on the Atlantic Coast, from Maine to Pennsylvania, and Nebraska is the ninth. In the remaining forty-one states, the celebration of the Ascension is transferred to the following Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Whether the obligation is yours or not, the meaning and message of the Ascension are worthy of our attention and prayer.

~ Sister Elissa Rinere, CP