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Preparing for Lent at OLC

We will be offering three different programs during Lent this year. We hope that you can fit at least one into your schedule.

Click the title of each program to learn more and to register.

Lent: Stir Up the Spirit that is in You!

Saturday, March 9 @ 9:00 am1:30 pm – This Saturday morning program will use the Pope’s reflections from his latest Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and Be Glad” to open us more fully to the Spirit’s leading as we journey through Lent and through life. 

Presenter: Sister Mary O’Brien, CP
Includes lunch

Lenten Retreat Day 

Wednesday, March 20 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm – Take some time during this Lenten season to reflect on your understanding and living of forgiveness and reconciliation as it affects your life.

Bishop Peter Rosazza, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford will be here to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.

This Lenten Retreat Day will conclude with Mass in OLC’s chapel at 1:00 pm. Includes lunch.

Presenter: Sister Eileen Fucito, CP

Lenten Evening of Reflection: Memory and the Cross

Wednesday, March 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Lenten Evening of Reflection will focus on three questions.
1. What as a Christian community do we remember of the Passion of Jesus?
2. Why do we remember it?
3. How do we remember it?

We will conclude our evening with Night Prayer

Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP

elizabeth prout

Cause for Elizabeth Prout Moves Forward

Elizabeth Prout, also known as Mother Mary Joseph, was the founder of the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. They own and operate Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center. Elizabeth was born on September 2, 1820, in England. She died on January 11, 1864. At the time of her death, the religious community she founded was small and poor.

Read more about Elizabeth Prout: “A Victorian Mother Teresa”: Servant of God Elizabeth Prout (1820-1864)

At the end of the 20th century, a renewed interest in the life and work of Mother Mary Joseph provided the impetus for the cause for her canonization to be opened. Her body was exhumed on June 20, 1973, and on July 30 reburied beside Passionists Father Ignatius and Blessed Dominic in a new shrine at Sutton, England.

Now, the cause for the canonization of Elizabeth Prout has reached another milestone. Early in January the Positio, which is all the documentation concerning her life and acts of heroic virtue, was reviewed by the theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican and approved. Later this year the Positio will be reviewed by the Cardinals and bishops of the Congregation. If approved again,  the recommendation will be given to Pope Francis that Elizabeth Prout be declared “Venerable.” It is hoped that this level of the process will be completed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth’s birth in 2020.


A Year End Thank You

Dear Friends,

As 2018 quickly comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You on behalf of Sr. Mary Ann Strain and myself for all the things you have done for OLC in so many different ways this past year.

You represent the OLC community – our retreatants, our supporters, our donors, our benefactors, our volunteers and our Board of Trustees. You are the wonderful individuals who collectively give this ministry the ability to carry out its mission on a daily basis.

The past year turned out to be a remarkable and significant year for OLC and the ministry in several ways. We marked our 60thAnniversary with many special events and celebrations. Our car raffle, wine event, and Anniversary Mass were all quite successful. We achieved our goal of raising the monies needed to begin our heating and air conditioning project and upgrades next summer. This is happening because of the kindness, generosity, and support of so many of you. As we look forward to a New Year, we say Thank You for all you have done for OLC and all that you continue to do.

We look forward to this upcoming year 2019 with renewed energy and enthusiasm!

If you would like to consider year-end giving to OLC, please click on this link. 

 May your Advent be productive as you prepare and await the Christ Child.

On behalf of the administration and staff at OLC, we wish you the Love and Peace of the Christmas season.

May you and your families experience God’s graces, joy and good health in 2019!

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

Ron Miceli

Archbishop Blair at 60th Anniversary Liturgy

60th Anniversary Liturgy

A Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the 60th Anniversary of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center

A Liturgy of Thanksgiving
for the 60th Anniversary of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
Farmington, CT
October 6, 2018

Welcome: – Ron Miceli, Administrator of Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
Call to Worship: (Choral Prelude): Alle Psallite Cum Luya (anonymous, 13th. century)
Opening Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation Breaking Bread #420
Gloria: from the Mass of St. Ann (Ed Bolduc)
Reading I Genesis 2:18-24
Responsorial Psalm 16: You Are My Inheritance, O Lord (Michael Guimont)
Reading II Hebrews 2:9-11
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (Christopher Walker)
Gospel Mark 10:2-6
Homily: Archbishop Blair
Preparation Anthem: The Prayer of Saint Francis (Allen Pote, arr. by Roberto Delgado)
Mass Parts: Mass of Creation (Marty Haugen)(Breaking Bread 879–882)
Communion Hymn: Take and Eat Breaking Bread #361
Communion Meditation: Ave Verum Corpus (Karl Jenkins)

Sister Bernadette Hughes, C.P. (Provincial Leader)
Sister Eileen Fucito, C.P. (Congregational Leader)
Recessional Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King Breaking Bread #537
Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D.
Altar Server: Ronald J. Miceli
Lectors: William N. Husic, Jr. Sister Mary Ann Strain, C.P.
Prayer of the Faithful: Ronald J. Miceli
Musicians: Cantor: Pamela Johnson
Gallery Choir from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church
Gabriel Löfvall, DMA – Director, Piano
Cross Bearer: Adele Kasinskas
Candle Bearers: Lucia Smolski, Maryann Spagna
Miter Bearer: Gina Dolan
Crosier Bearer: Lauren Foote
Censor Bearer: Linda Guzzardi
Boat Bearer: Bonnie Gearin
Gifts: Sister Ann Rodgers, C.P. Marie DiBenedetto
Eucharistic Ministers: Sister Eileen Fucito, C.P.,
Sister Bernadette Hughes, C.P.
Director of Photography: Jessica Glass
Editor: Ralph Gasparello
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