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Catechists’ retreat Dec. 4-6

Fr. Heaslip to present ‘Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God’

WAVERLY (SNR) - Father Andrew Heaslip, director of the diocesan Religious Education Office, will direct a special retreat Dec. 4-6 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, entitled “Receiving and Offering the Mercy of God.”

Father Heaslip especially invites catechists and teachers to the retreat, to experience the Lord’s loving mercy, and thus learn to be Merciful like the Father, becoming instruments of mercy to others. The retreat will focus on the face of Christ as seen in the Shroud of Turin, the document Misericordiae Vultus of Pope Francis, and how to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a Holy Year that will open Dec. 8.

“How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy,” he said, “so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!” (Misericordiae Vultus 3, Bull of Indiction)

In addition to his duties as director of the Religious Education Office, Father Heaslip is also the digital media coordinator for the diocese, and director of the TV Mass for the homebound. Ordained in 2009, he has served parishes in Plattsmouth, Hastings and McCook. He is currently in residence at St. Mary Parish in Lincoln.

Father Heaslip said he recommends retreats, “to be able to have time for prayer with the Lord and better receive God’s mercy in order to better show that mercy.”

The Dec. 4-6 retreat is organized for catechists, religion teachers, Catholic school and CCD teachers, but Father Gary Coulter, director of the retreat house, said it is also open to all men and women, especially parents, as they are the “first teachers” of their children.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers an atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on an 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 on a Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.

To take a tour, see the schedule of retreats, or register online, visit www.goodcounselretreat.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 402-786-2705. 

The next retreat will be held  Jan. 22-24 for men and women. Father William Holoubek will present “Unbound: Breaking Free from Spiritual Wounds.”

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