Stella Maris
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April 27, May 4, 18, 25 and June 4, 2014
Sunday Afternoon Book Study
Catching the Fire, Becoming Flame,
by Albert Haase, OFM
Led by Sister Patricia Larkin, OSF, Co-Program Director

Become more enthusiastic and on fire about your relationship with God! Fr. Haase has the ability to make God close and approachable with his down to earth humor and use of stories to guide us in expanding our knowledge and practice of contemporary and time honored ways of prayer. 

Sunday afternoons 2:00 to 3:30 pm; Book: $15.00.

Offering: $5.00 per session Praying into the New Year

May 9 to 11 , 2014
A Retreat with St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Presented by Sister Concetta Fabo, OSF

The final words of St. Kateri Tekakwitha were, “Jesus, I love you.”  She is also quoted as saying, “. . . the soul finds its delight in being near to Jesus Christ.”  If memory serves well, once in a church bulletin in Canada, this symbolism was expressed thus:  The steady beating of a drum echoes the steady beating of the loving heart of Jesus.  Perhaps this was the experience of St. Kateri in her conversion process.  You are invited to come, enter into, and experience some delight in being near to Jesus Christ in this retreat with St. Kateri.  Some Native American culture will be part of this retreat; e.g., prayer, symbols, customs, etc.

Offering: $150.00 Noel Retreat #1

May 13, 2014
Mothers and Daughters - Gifts of One Another
An Evening Retreat Presented by
Sister Rose Raymond Wagner, OSF

Enjoy a dinner together followed by an evening of experiences and sharing.

Offering: $20.00; dinner at 6:00 followed by reflection and sharing; geared toward daughters 14 and older.

Offering: $20.00 Praying into the New Year

May 27, 2014
A Day by the Lake
Presented by Sister Patricia Larkin, OSF, Co-Program Director

May is the month dedicated to Mary. We will pray and reflect with readings about the Mother of God whose example is our spiritual guide. For a Mother’s Day gift treat Your Mother to a day at the Lake.

10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Offering: $35.00 Praying into the New Year

June 13 to 15, 2014
A Retreat Weekend For Women
An Experiential View of the Person of Jesus Christ
Presented by Father Eugene Lauer

One of the major ongoing impacts of the Second Vatican Council has been to move theologians and Scripture scholars to focus more on the role of experience than on philosophical argument in their work.  This movement has been especially significant in leading us to know Jesus in a deeper and more personal way.  On this weekend, we will examine how this new approach evolved from Vatican II and how it has led us to a more down-to-earth understanding of the person of Jesus and, we trust, to a deeper intimacy with Him.

Fr. Eugene Lauer, a priest of the diocese of Pittsburgh, had the rare experience of doing his doctoral studies in Rome during the last two years of the Second Vatican Council.  This experience has had a tremendous impact on the various ministries he has been involved in through the years: recently completed three-year term as director of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York, Director of the Hesburgh Renewal Center at the University of Notre Dame for seventeen years.  He began his ministry as a parish priest in his home diocese, serving in both inner-city and suburban parishes. After completing his doctorate in historical theology at the Gregorian university in Rome, he served on the faculties of both Duquesne University and LaRoche College  in Pittsburgh, Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Indiana University in PA,  Wheeling Jesuit University, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and the University of Notre Dame.  Author of four books and numerous articles on the relationship between theological and pastoral ministry, he lectures frequently on such topics to a wide variety of audiences.  He is presently involved in theological and pastoral ministry in his home diocese of Pittsburgh.

Offering: $150.00 Praying into the New Year

June 16, 2014
A Day at the Lake
Presented by Sister Patricia Larkin, OSF, Co-Program Director

In June we have the longest days of the year.  Spend some of this time enjoying the approach of summer with a day of prayer and reflection by the lake. After our opening prayer together, there will be time to reflect on and enjoy God’s gifts of creation.

10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Offering: $35.00 Noel Retreat #1

June 28, 2014
Clowning Around Rereat Day
Presented by Sister Concetta Fabo, OSF

Hear, Ye! Hear Ye!  All you, adult clowns—ages 21+!  Come and celebrate your call!  Are there clowns in the Gospels?  Did Jesus clown around with his disciples?  Did you ever feel like God was clowning around with you?  Is there a theology of clowning?  If there is one, who is the King of Clowns? Receive answers to these questions.  Also,  find the clown in yourself!  Send in the clowns!

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Offering: $35.00 Praying into the New Year

Every 3rd Thursday of the month (Sept. to June)
Prayer Shawl - and Sundry - Ministry

This God activity will enter its third year and, if you knit or crochet, you are welcome to join our group.  We have made afghans for veterans at Veterans Hospital, veterans at Chapel House in Auburn and have been making items to give to new mothers and babies at Joseph House in Syracuse when it opens.  As we are involved in this ministry, we are reminded of the inspired words from Psalm 139:13:  “You knit me in my mother’s womb.”  How about that for a way to describe God’s creation!  And your creativity?
For additional information or questions please contact Sister Concetta at the retreat center.

Offering: free will 3rd Annual Oktoberfest