‘Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass’
WAVERLY (SNR) - Men and women of all ages desiring to get more out of each Mass are invited to a weekend retreat Oct. 9-11 with Father Steven Thomlison, entitled “Called to the Supper of the Lamb! Praying the Mass.”
The Second Vatican Council’s calls for a “full and active participation” by all who partake of the Mass, priests and laity. And when the new English translation of the Roman Missal came out in Advent 2011, it was an opportunity to pray the Mass anew.
Father Thomlison’s retreat will be an opportunity to examine how the Eucharist is a participation in the heavenly liturgy and worship of the Father, and how the Spirit helps those present to join prayers, sacrifices and offerings to the perfect offering of His Son, in that once-for-all sacrifice of the cross made present and renewed on our altars at each Mass.
Those wanting to go deeper are also invited to read “The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth” by Scott Hahn or “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass” by Edward Sri.
Father Thomlison likens going on a retreat to a time of spring training or spiritual boot camp, a chance to ‘trim away the fat and circumcise the heart so we are ready to run the race, to fight the spiritual battle of daily life strengthened and renewed.’
Father Thomlison is pastor at St. Stephen in Exeter and St. Wenceslaus in Milligan, and he is chaplain for both the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska State Patrol. See him on Facebook at facebook.com/fr.thomlison.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House offers a peaceful 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 Friday, and end with Mass on Sunday, followed by lunch.
Upcoming retreats for men and women include “Walking with Mary” Oct. 23-25 with Father Thomas Schultes and The Legion of Mary; and “Divorced: Beginning Anew with Christ’s Mercy” Oct. 30-Nov. 1, with Father Sean Kilcawley, a retreat for divorced, separated, and remarried persons.