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Lenten Retreat Day

Lenten Retreat Day – The Seven Last Words

Our tradition has provided us with a number of different ways of thinking about and meditating on the Passion of Jesus. These include the Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, The Seven Sorrows of Mary, and the Seven Last Words. The Seven Last Words are unique because more than any of the other devotions they take us inside the experience of Jesus. They offer a point of connection between the historical event of the crucifixion of Jesus and our lived experience of the Passion, both in our personal lives and as we see it lived out in the crucified of today, the poor, the oppressed, the sick and the abandoned.

This Retreat Day will begin with morning prayer. Following the presentation on the Seven Last Words, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass.

This retreat day includes lunch.

Presenter: Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP who is Program Director at OLC. She entered the Sisters of the Cross and Passion in 1977 and was professed in 1979. She holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Providence College.

Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print March 4 Retreat Day



Lent at OLC

Did you know that Lent begins on Valentine’s Day? This is the first time in 45 years that Ash Wednesday will fall on February 14,

Here at OLC, we are offering a wide variety of day and evening retreats specifically for Lent. We hope you will be able to attend at least one of these special programs.

Stations of the Cross in Lent
Beginning on Friday, February 16, 2018, join us for outdoor Stations of the Cross at 12 noon on each Friday of Lent. Then share a simple soup lunch of clam chowder prepared by Chef Bill.

If you are attending, please help us plan for the lunch by emailing olcretreat@sbcglobal.net. A free-will offering for the lunch will be gladly appreciated. In the event that the weather is uncooperative, we will pray the Stations in our St. Paul of the Cross chapel.

What are They Saying About Forgiveness
Theologian Lewis Smedes writes that “to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP, Program Director, will present this interactive workshop on February 17, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. It will address the following questions: What is forgiveness and what is it not? Is forgiveness always appropriate? What steps can we take when we need to forgive?

Participants will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or to make reservations for a chair massage.

The program, which is limited to 15 participants, will take place in the upstairs Blue Room. Offering is $30, including lunch.

Call 860.677.8519 or register online at https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/event/forgiveness/

Lenten Crown of Thorns Craft Evening
This program will take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on February 21, 2018. Each participant will make a Crown of Thorns to take home and share with family. At home, each person who performs a good deed or makes a sacrifice gets to remove a thorn from the Crown. At the end of Lent, the Crown of Thorns can be redecorated into a Crown of Glory.

The evening will begin with prayer, move on to the craft and conclude with the blessing of our creations in the chapel. The presenter will be Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP, Program Director, with Emily Petrillo from Dick Blick. Emily is a graduate of RISD.

Offering is $25.

Call 860.677.8519 or register online at https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/event/lenten-crown-thorns-craft-evening/

Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
Come to OLC on February 24, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm to learn how to blow out and decorate your own unique eggs. Ribbons and lace, flowers and bows are just some of the items we will use. You will learn the tricky process of blowing out, washing and dying the eggs. Though the eggs are fragile, they can last for years if correctly packed.

Cheryl Pietrycha, OLC staff member, will lead the program. It will take place in the upstairs Blue Room and is limited to 15 participants.

Offering of $30 includes lunch.

Call 860.677.8519 or register online at https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/event/easter-egg-decorating-workshop/

Lenten Retreat Day
Join us at for a special Lenten Retreat Day on February 28 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm. Our day will begin with morning prayer followed by a presentation on the Seven Sorrows of Mary by Sister Mary Ann Strain, CP, Program Director at OLC.  The Seven Sorrows of Mary are an ancient and popular devotion in the Catholic Church. We relate to Mary in her sufferings because we suffer too. We believe that Mary understands us and helps us in our suffering.

There will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

This day will conclude with Mass in OLC’s chapel at 1:00 pm.

Includes lunch.

Offering: $30

Call 860.677.8519 or register online at https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/event/lenten-retreat-day/

Journeying through the Desert: A Lenten Evening of Reflection
Lent is a season of transformation, a journey through the desert with Jesus. Spend an evening at OLC pondering the sacred struggle of the Lenten story. The program will be presented by Sheri Dursin on March 14, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It offers a retreat talk, music, time for quiet reflection, and optional sharing. We will end with a ritual of forgiveness as we prepare to receive God’s gift of radical mercy.

Offering is $25.

Call 860.677.8519 or register online at https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/event/lenten-evening-reflection/ 


Welcome Spring!

It’s finally Spring. We just wish Mother Nature would get the memo!

pysanky workshopWith spring at OLC comes our Pysanky Workshop. This program, led by Dell Kasinskas for many years, has become a tradition here. This year, because of Dell’s illness, it will be led by artists from Dick Blick in Plainville. We hope and pray that Dell will regain her health and strength soon. You can read more about Pysanky and register on our website or by calling us here in the office at (860) 677-8519. Just don’t delay! It’s filling up fast!

stuckSpring is a great time to begin anew! If you want to make a new start, fulfill a dream, or just get healthier but need some inspiration, join us on April 19 for “Are You Tired of Being Stuck?“. Adele Mary Caruso will help you start saying yes to you and your dreams. Includes lunch. Register at this link on our website or call (860) 677-8519.

Our Retreat League will hold their annual fundraiser on Wednesday, April 26 at OLC. The theme for this year’s event will be Italian Night. There will be great food, entertainment by Sea Tea Improv, raffles and more. Call the office at OLC to make reservations, or visit our website.

Stations of the Cross – We pray the Stations every Friday during Lent at 12 Noon sharp. The stations will be followed by a simple soup lunch of clam chowder. This event is free to all. A free will offering for the simple soup lunch will be gladly appreciated. We would lentappreciate it if you would kindly let us know if you plan to attend by email at olcretreat@sbcglobal.net or by calling us at (860) 677-8519 so we may plan accordingly for lunch.

lenten apps

Apps To Help You Do Lent Right!

Lent is almost here. Even though we might like to, most of us can’t give up our phones and/or tablets. So, why not collect a few apps that will motivate and encourage you to make the most of these next 40 days?

Here are our picks. One final bit of advice? Keep it manageable. Try picking one or two apps with a specific purpose in mind. Have an “appy” Lent!

Xt3 Lent Calendar HD 2017
The Xt3 Lent Calendar will provide daily inspiration through videos, podcasts and reflections, as well as beautiful watercolor images to accompany you through Lent. http://www.xt3.com/lent/

The content for each day is hidden until you reach that particular day of Lent. The first feature will be available on Ash Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

The Lentsanity App
Reminds you to skip the meat! http://site.focus.org/lentsanity/

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
This app helps you track your sacrifices and offers daily reflections and meatless recipes for Lent.

If you subscribe to Magnificat, you know that the Magnificat Lenten companion is all you really need. It’s also the only one we’ve listed here that’s not free. Liturgy, prayers and daily reflections. http://us.magnificat.net/home/online

Truth and Life Bible App
Try the 40 Day Challenge – read the four gospels during Lent. Added bonus: dramatized audio for the Gospel of Mark, with professional actors and real sound effects. https://www.truthandlifeapp.com

This app develops an examination of conscience based on age, sex and vocation and then walks you through the sacrament. With this tool, you can commit to more frequent confession throughout Lent. http://www.littleiapps.com/confession/

The Pope App
News, speeches, images, live feeds … you can follow Pope Francis every day. A good place to start could be to read (or watch) his general audiences or Sunday Angelus addresses throughout Lent. http://www.thepopeapp.com

All apps are available for download from the App Store or Google Play.