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Do you need Reconciliation and Forgiveness?
Retreats offer an opportunity to both examine and clear-away the obstacles that block us from fully loving God.  In the same way that retreats allow us to reset our rhythm of life, the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation gives us the chance to clear our lives of the sin that separates us from God and others. Experience the forgiveness of God, reconciliation with others, and don’t forget to forgive yourself.
Upcoming Retreats to Help you Know the Father's Mercy
The Divine Physician in Luke's Gospel
Retreat with Fr. Gary Coulter

Aug. 23-35, 2019
Addressing our Spiritual Ills
Learn from Jesus, the ultimate physician who heals the wounded sinner.
Do you know what we would be missing without the Gospel of Luke?
  • The Joyful Mysteries: Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Presentation.
  • Jesus Calling the First Disciples to "Put out into the deep."
  • Many of the Parables, like the Good Samaritan, the Friend at Midnight, the Rich Fool, the Lost Coin, the Widow and the Judge, the Pharisee and Tax Collector, and especially the Prodigal Son.
  • Mary and Martha, who help us to "choose the one necessary thing."
  • Miracles like the Raising of the Widow’s Son, Healing of the Crippled Woman, and Cleansing of the Ten Lepers.
  • Jesus' Resurrection appearance to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, where they came to recognize him "in the breaking of the bread."
Fr. Gary Coulter invites all to meditate on stories like these from the gospel of Luke.
  • "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)
  • "Blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her from the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:45)
  • "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners." (Luke 5:31-32)
  • "Mary has chosen the better portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:42)
  • "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down... for today salvation has come to this house." (Luke 19:5,9)
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Directed Silent Retreat with Fr. Christopher Barak and Fr. Gary Coulter
Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2019
3 or 4-Day Retreat according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Fr. Christopher Barak, director of the St. John Paul II House, invites "anyone seeking a deep encounter with God.  By entering into His word in the Scriptures and the silence, one experiences the presence of God and enters an intimate conversation with Him."
Retreatants will meet privately with one of the priests for spiritual direction and guidance in prayer each day.
To learn more about this way of praying, the book Meditation and Contemplation by Fr. Timothy Gallagher is recommended.
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"Work of the Holy Angels" Retreat with Opus Sanctorum Angelorum
Sept. 5-8, 2019
Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, the Work of the Holy Angels, is an international movement within the Catholic Church.  Its mission is to spread devotion to and conscious collaboration with the holy angels, so that they may lead us more effectively to God.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
This simple prayer most of us learned as children brings out important truths about how God in His love uses the holy angels to lead us in this life and gives us a guardian angel to guide us in the spiritual battle.
The Catechism teaches, "From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.  Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life" (CCC 336).
This four-day retreat is for all who want to grow spiritually and will teach on living in communion with the holy angels and how their ministry helps us to grow towards union with God.
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Unbound: Knowing the Father's Heart
with Matt Simmons and Fr. Gary Coulter

Sept. 13-15, 2019
Open your heart to Jesus’s invitation of abundant life
(Prayer Ministry Available)
Unbound is an invitation to a conversion experience; a way of prayer, using five keys, that empowers a person to open their hearts and respond more fully to Jesus’ invitation of abundant life. Learn how the gospel has the power to make a difference in a person’s life. Read more about Unbound Ministry at The retreat is geared towards men and women who have already read the Unbound book by Neal Lozano or watched the video series.
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Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House • 402-786-2705 •
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly offers a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, with single rooms and private baths.  Retreat include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments and typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8pm on Friday evening, and end with Mass and noon lunch on Sunday.

Other upcoming retreats for men or women include: Directed Spiritual Exercises with Fr. Christopher Barak Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Work of the Holy Angels Sept. 5-8, and Unbound Retreat with Matt Simmons Sept. 13-15.  See the full schedule of retreats and register at, email or call 402-786-2705 for more information.
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