Faith in 52 - Yearlong Parish Retreat
In celebration of the Year of Faith, our parish is embarking upon a yearlong parish retreat based on the book I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean C. J. d'Elbee.
Why Read This Book?
I Believe in Love is based on the phenomenal spirituality of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, a Doctor of the Catholic Church. Listen to what Popes have said about St. Therese:
St. Pius X: "She is the greatest saint of modern times."
Benedict XV: "Here is the secret of sanctity for all the faithful throughout the entire world... We wish that the secret of holiness of St. Therese of the Child Jesus should not remain hidden from a single one of our faithful."
Pius XI: "We fervently desire that all the faithful of Christ should contemplate her with a view to imitating her... Everone must enter into this little way, the way of golden simplicity, which has nothing childish about it but the name... What a transformation would come about in the world if people were to return to this evangelical simplicity."
Pius XII: "The Lord introduced her into His house, confided to her His secrets, revealed to her all those things which He hides from the wise and powerful... It is the Gospel, the heart of the Gospel, which she has rediscovered..."
The book may be purchased from the parish office in either English or Spanish or from your local Catholic bookstores.
From November, 2012 through October, 2013, weekly reading assignments and discussion handouts will be inserted into the Sunday bulletin in both English and Spanish. These handouts will provide suggestions and questions for both personal reflection and for small group sharing between spouses, families, or groups of friends.
The Hour of Power
Moreover, special Eucharistic Holy Hours will be celebrated once a month on Saturday nights in English and then in Spanish throughout the Year of Faith from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Hour of Power will feature devotional and contemporary music, readings from Sacred Scripture, ample silence, and sections of the pertinent chapter of I Believe in Love. Afterwards, parish groups will host a Dessert & Appetizer Potluck in our McMahon Hall from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. All those attending are asked to bring a dessert or appetizer that would feed at least 15 other people. Download the dates for these special Holy Hours and receptions by clicking here for a copy in English or here for a copy in Spanish.
Over the course of these 52 weeks, participants will not only complete the book and grow in parish solidarity but be immersed in a personal relationship with our loving Savior; they'll have Faith in 52.