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/ 

Mass Card

OLC’s Mass Card Program

Our Lady of Calvary’s Mass Card program is a way to have prayers said for someone who has died, is ill or just needs prayerful support at a particular time.  When you give an OLC Mass card you are helping to support our retreat ministry.

Our Lady of Calvary offers a selection of Mass Cards that can be used for special prayer needs. Each enrollment comes with a beautiful Card that can be presented to the recipient or kept as a prayerful reminder. These cards were designed especially for OLC.

Mass Cards make a loving and thoughtful gift for someone in need of comfort, healing, or encouragement—or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts and prayers every day. Recipients are enrolled in the Calvarian Society and their names are entered into the Book of Remembrance in our chapel. They are prayed for at the Holy Masses celebrated during retreats and remembered in the prayers of the Sisters and retreatants. Holy Mass is celebrated once a month for all members of the Calvarian Society.

How and When to Use a Mass Card

Mass Cards can be sent to a recipient by mail or be given in person. Many people bring Mass Cards to wakes or send them to the relatives of someone who is deceased. Our special health and healing card is perfect to bring along when you visit a sick friend or relative.

Using Mass Cards is easy and convenient. If you have a supply on hand, just fill out the card and send it. Fill out the little slip inside the card and send it with your offering to OLC.

If you do not have a card on hand, we will send the card for you! Visit https://www.ourladyofcalvary.net/send-card/. Fill in the form, and choose the card you want to send.

Please call (860) 677-8519 or click here, if you would like to order a supply of cards.

Christmas decorations at OLC

Christmas Decorations at OLC

Thanks to our staff and dedicated volunteer Bonnie Gearin the Christmas decorations here at Our Lady of Calvary are especially beautiful this year.

Last week the staff enjoyed a hearty lunch prepared by Chef Bill, then Bonnie, and our staff, assisted by little Joseph Miceli, Ron’s grandson set about transforming the retreat center. We are thrilled with the result and wanted to share it with you. We hope you enjoy these photos!

Our gift shop is open for your Christmas shopping convenience, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come shop and see the decorations!