annual appeal

Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer!

What an exciting year 2018 is for OLC! We are celebrating 60 years (1958-2018) in women’s retreat ministry. We feel so wonderfully blessed to be able to continue this ministry and strengthen your spiritual nourishment and hopefully those of the next generation.

We always enjoy seeing you at our retreat weekends as well as attend our day and evening programs. Our attendance at retreats and programs has been quite robust this past season. Our new Saturday morning offerings are gaining in popularity. It seems our programming efforts are having an impact as we offer topics that are meaningful, diverse and relevant. We give thanks as we continually appreciate that you, our devoted community, is the primary reason for the existence of this ministry.

We continue to need your support and you respond in so many ways. OLC is a self-sustaining non-profit entity. Your generosity financially and with your time and talents truly support us. Some things will not change here. 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 keep up with needed modest improvements to the best of our ability. Our goal is to always keep the Retreat Center in the pristine condition you are used to – clean, safe and adequately maintained. Our team and leadership strive to conduct operations, programs and facilities maintenance using the most cost-effective methods possible.

Now is the time of year when we ask the OLC community to help us with a donation to the Annual Appeal. The gift that you make to the Annual Appeal helps us meet our annual operating expenses. We know how dearly many of you hold OLC in your hearts. We realize there are many different requests that you receive, even from us this year, as we conduct additional fundraising during our 60th Anniversary. Do what you are able to do within your means – more if you can, less if you cannot. Any gift you give is through the grace of God.

We would like to conclude the Annual Appeal by August 15th. Prayerfully consider your donation.  You can mail it to OLC by that date using envelope you received in the mail. You may also donate using the form below. Click "I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund, then choose annual appeal. May the Holy Spirit guide you accordingly and 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 & Joy,

Ron Miceli
Administrator

Gina Dolan
Chair, Fundraising and Development Committee

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gardeners

OLC ‘s Green Thumb Gardeners

OLC ‘s Green Thumb Gardeners enjoyed Ice Tea and Lemonade as we recently held our first summer get-together.  In spite of the heat, there was a lovely breeze as we sat in the gazebo and planned our summer schedule for teams to meet and tend to our gardens.  We also celebrated Bernadette’s birthday!

New members are always welcome.

It is a very small time commitment and a great opportunity to meet other volunteers who share our love for Our Lady of Calvary.

Want to join our gardeners? Please call OLC and leave your contact information at (860) 677-8519 or submit a Volunteer Form.

The Many Meanings of Peace

As summer begins and our retreat season draws to a close, here is a look back at our retreat theme this year, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, through our keynote video.

We hope you enjoy this reflection on The Many Meanings of Peace. This video was shared with our retreatants at the opening of our women's retreats during the 2017-2018 retreat season.

We would love to hear how you have worked for and been instruments of the peace of Christ in your families and communities this year. Remember the mustard seed! Every small act of kindness, inclusivity, and justice is a seed of the Reign of God, a seed whose growth can never be eradicated! So remember, be that pernicious weed!

Please keep our retreat team in your prayers as we discern the retreat them for 2018-2019.

summer

Easing Into Summer

The lovely pastoral grounds at OLC are just about in full bloom – finally.

On Thursday, May 24th our 18th Annual Golf Tournament was held here in Farmington at Tunxis Country Club. We filled the courses with 200 golfers and the weather helped us with a sparkling late May day. Another successful OLC Golf Tournament thanks to the efforts of all of our supporters, volunteers, and dedicated golf committee.

There is still plenty going on here this summer. So take a look at our program schedules below and call us at (860) 677-8519 or register online.

Our summer Directed and Guided Retreats are due to begin June 21.

Feb 09

Men’s Retreat – Do Not Be Afraid Of Holiness

February 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

Our upcoming day and evening programs include

Sep 25

OLC Book Club

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Oct 03

Movie Matinee – “Full of Grace”

October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oct 10

We hope we see you soon!

Peace,

Ron