Newsletter September 1, 2006 Vol. 20, No. 3 [p. 2]
Sr. Janet Kreber
Sr. Mary Colleen Hoversten
THANK YOU TO . . .
- Sr. Janet Kreber, O S F , who for the 11th year gave two weeks of her summer vacation to help with the ministry here. In the kitchen she prepared meals and helped Clare make jam. With her lightning speed she filed catalogue cards in the library. Here she is pictured with the peach picking results. Name a task--she's the one to do it;
- Mary Ann Dee and Diana Bridges who each spent time helping the staff prepare those peaches for the freezer. We put up 27 quarts of peaches for the months ahead;
- Jack Zimmerman for his logical, thoughtful advice and his handy-man assistance;
- all of you who have faithfully met your pledge toward our building fund;
- Sr. Mary Colleen Hoversten, O S F , who fixed anything that was broken with painstaking care. Mary's cuckoo clock is now singing and the stubborn screw released its grasp from the threshold on the north porch! All sorts of other little problems yielded to Mary Colleen's firm insistence. She wields a skilled paint brush, too! She is pictured here sealing the gazebo.
In Faith We Build
Learn more about our "In Faith We Build" Campaign.
I read a reflection recently by Fr. John Czyzynsky, S C J , on prayer. It held much wisdom, and I'd like to share a bit of it with you.
Guidelines for prayer might be: -SHOW UP- -SHUT UP- -SPEAK UP- -LISTEN UP- -GIVE UP-
- SHOW UP: Prayer needs to be a regular part of my life. Consistently set aside a time for God.
- SHUT UP: I need to quiet myself to pay attention to the movement of God's grace within. Get in touch with my feelings. Listen.
- SPEAK UP: Once I am aware of what God may be saying, in scripture or my inner most being, I need to enter into dialog with God with an honest, heartfelt response.
- LISTEN UP: After I have spoken I need to listen again for God's response in the silence.
- GIVE UP: In the end, I am called to surrender, to let go and give myself to God and what God says to me, asks of me. All prayer is ultimately GIFT.
Due to our rising costs it is necessary for us to raise our suggested weekend donations. Beginning Sept. 1, 2006 the donation requested for a weekend retreat will be $150. For an overnight only on the weekend: $75. This is in line with other retreat houses in the nation. The donation for a weekday will be raised to $70. The actual cost is double that; donations must cover the remainder.
Mary and Clare with Black Cart #2
John Deere Has a New Helper
Drawn by our trusty John Deere, a black cart for hauling various contents is an essential piece of machinery around here.
After 20 years of hard labor, the original Black Cart #1 had carried its last load. Clare and Mary (photo at the right) enjoy the fruits of their handiwork after assembling its successor, Black Cart #2!
YOU ARE INVITED
Consider bringing your prayer group, R C I A team, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here. Bring your own director or know that a staff director is available. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, sharing, prayer, and input. Check our web site for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, for information.