WAVERLY (SNR) - All men and women are invited to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday weekend in a special way with a retreat by Father Christopher Kubat that he said “will help you to be immersed in the bountiful ocean of God’s mercy.”
The retreat will be held April 21-23 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House near Waverly.
The feast of Divine Mercy Sunday was established by St. John Paul II in 2000. St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun in the 1930s, received visions and messages from Christ which she inscribed in a diary, to tell the whole world about His message of mercy.
During the course of Jesus’ revelations to St. Faustina, He asked that a feast day dedicated to the Divine Mercy be celebrated the Sunday after Easter.
Father Kubat entitled his retreat “Living Water” based on John 4:14, “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst.” Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman at the well are directed to all, an invitation to receive his mercy and life.
“The retreat will focus on where one may access, obtain and cooperate with the gift of living water that only God can give,” Father Kubat said.
Father Kubat has been a priest for 18 years. He has served at St. Cecilia Parish in Hastings and St. Mary Parish in Lincoln. As director of Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Lincoln, he is well known for his “Seedlings” column in the Southern Nebraska Register, and the many charitable works done through Catholic Social Services under his direction.
Father Kubat has given many retreats and is a strong advocate of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House.
“For me, it is spending time with the one you love, namely God,” Father Kubat said. “From that time in prayer flows acts of adoration, praise, worship, and acts of thanksgiving for the abundant graces and gifts in our lives.”
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers 50 single rooms, each with a private bath, and a peaceful atmosphere of prayer and recollection, situated on a spacious acreage near Waverly. Each retreat includes meditations by the retreat master, and opportunities for silence, prayer, Adoration and the Sacraments.
The retreat will begin with rosary and Mass at 8 p.m. on Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Other upcoming retreats include “Women in Scripture” May 5-6 with Sharon Doran, and a Eucharistic Adoration retreat for both men and women June 8-11.