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‘When Monday Comes’ retreat

Palm Sunday weekend event led by Bishop Ronald Gilmore, Jacqueline Loh

WAVERLY (SNR) – Many people have had a ‘mountain-top experience,’ a flow of joy and peace that comes during a weekend retreat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly, according to director Father Gary Coulter.

“But what do you do when the retreat is over?” he asked. “How do you go back down the mountain and re-enter ordinary life?  How do you live the graces of the retreat on Monday morning?”

“When Monday Comes” is a Palm Sunday weekend retreat April 12-14 with Bishop Ronald M. Gilmore, Bishop Emeritus of Dodge City, Kan., and Jacqueline Loh, founder of “Grace that Reigns” ministry.  Father Coulter said they desire to help interested retreatants answer the questions: what do we do when Holy Week is over?  How do we live Jesus’s passion and resurrection after Easter ‘When Monday Comes’?

The retreat will explore the themes of sin, the Redeemer, and the Redemption, all in the context of mercy.  Retreatants will also identify and remove personal obstacles, find clarity and purpose, identify keys to surrendering your activities to God, recognize positive trends and goals, and receive God’s healing grace.

“We hope that the retreatants will leave the retreat with an understanding of how God works in their lives,” Bishop Gilmore explained, “and they will grow in knowing the obstacles in their lives to a relationship with him. We want to give the retreatants tools which are practically minded.”

During the retreat, Bishop Gilmore and Loh will offer insights into the many ways through which God sees each person as unique and special, and how He uses the people, places, and things of each life to help people see their worth. They will also help participants take a practical journey through life and help them to rediscover their own giftedness, as well as obstacles that prevent them from acknowledging “how talented and unique you are in a world graced by God,” Loh said.

Prayers for spiritual, mental and physical healing will be available on the retreat along with confessions. The first 50 people to register will receive a free workbook. Bishop Gilmore and Loh will also give a “Day of Reflection” to all the priests of the Diocese of Lincoln before the Chrism Mass April 13.

The April 12-14 retreat will begin with a rosary and Mass at 7 p.m. Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday followed by noon lunch, for a suggested donation of $170.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a sanctuary of prayer and recollection, with private rooms and baths. Retreats include meditations, silence, prayer, adoration and the sacraments.

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