WAVERLY (SNR) – Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly will hold a unique retreat Jan. 18-20.
The retreat, “Discipleship at the Foot of the Cross,” is for men who are lectors and acolytes. It will be led with a collaboration by Father Eric Clark and the Knights of the Holy Eucharist.
“To serve at the altar of God is more than a function for lectors and acolytes,” Father Clark said. “It means becoming like the beloved disciple John who rested upon the Lord’s heart at the Last Supper and stood faithfully at the foot of the cross.”
The retreat will focus on the biblical and historical basis for the Church’s teaching on what takes place at Mass, a re-presentation of the sacrifice on Calvary. For further reflection, Father Clark recommends the book, “What happens at Mass” by Jeremy Driscoll.
Father Clark grew up in rural McCool Junction on a farm. After graduating from UNL in agricultural economics, he spent four years as a FOCUS missionary at North Dakota State University in Fargo. He was ordained a priest in 2014 and has served as parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Lincoln and teacher at Pius X High School. He is currently the master of ceremonies for the Diocese of Lincoln and resides at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ.
The Knights of the Holy Eucharist were founded by Mother Angelica in 1998 and came to Lincoln in 2016. They are Franciscan brothers whose lives and work are centered on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Knights desire to restore a sense of the sacred by assisting at and serving the Mass and other liturgies with devotion and the reverence that is due Our Lord.
The Jan. 18-20 retreat is open to all men, especially for those who are lectors and acolytes, or who are thinking of becoming one. The retreat will include practical formation on how to serve at the altar with piety and clarity.