Catholics have a profound reverence for the Blessed Mother, turning to her in prayer, in the Mass, in the Rosary, and in Marian devotions.
“Why is Mary so important to us?” Father Schultes asked. “Because the better we know Mary, the better we will know her Son Jesus.”
Ordained in 2012, Father Schultes is assistant pastor at St. Patrick Church in McCook, St. Ann in McCook, and Sacred Heart in Hayes Center. He teaches at St. Patrick School in McCook. He was also an assistant pastor at St. Peter in Lincoln and taught at Pius X High School.
The Oct. 23-25 retreat will examine how Mary’s relationships with others in the Bible can be a model for one’s spiritual life. More on the topic is available in “Walking with Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross,” by Edward Sri.
Father Schultes encourages people to make a retreat, saying, “if Jesus needed time to step away from the busy life and the crowd, so we also need time to step away from the noise and find time and silence to talk to the Father.”
This retreat is open to men and women of all ages, including those who are not members of the Legion of Mary.
The retreat is sponsored by the Legion of Mary, a lay apostolic group that assists pastors in performing spiritual works in their parishes. Legion members visit shut-ins, new-comers, lapsed Catholics, and Catholics in health care institutions, colleges, and correctional centers; assist with RCIA and CCD; maintain literature racks in churches; and promote the rosary, Sacred Heart enthronement, Perpetual Adoration, and the Miraculous Medal. They seek union with Mary and imitate her humility and faithfulness in serving Christ. See www.legionofmary.ie for more information.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers an atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. The facility includes 50 single rooms, each with a private bath. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, adoration and the Sacraments. Retreats typically begin with a Rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Upcoming retreats include “Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ’s Mercy” Oct. 30-Nov. 1 for men and women, with Father Sean Kilcawley, a retreat for divorced, separated, and remarried; and “Kingdom of Christ” Nov. 6-8 for women, a retreat with Regnum Christi.