• What do you do after the ashes rub off?

    Catholics — as well as many other denominations of Christians — fill churches on Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a “holy day of obligation.” They are drawn to it. In recent years, many churches have literally taken the ashes into the streets, applying ashes to the foreheads of all who want them. The […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 2

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS This is the second part of a series of short articles looking at silent directed retreats. In Part 1, we talked about what a silent directed retreat is. In short, at such a retreat, there is only one’s conversation with God. The retreat director helps you listen to God. Click […]

  • Lent calls us to ‘the side of another’

    The Greek word parakletos, often translated as “advocate,” “counselor” or “comforter,” is literally “one called to the side of another.” It is the word Jesus uses at the Last Supper when he tells his disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always …  I will not […]

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    Boredom can be a window to a sunnier day

    Do you ever get bored? That might not be a bad thing. Click on a date to preview our programs. Boredom can have its upsides, writes Neel Burton for the online journal Aeon. Burton, a psychiatrist and philosopher at the University of Oxford, says “Boredom can be our way of telling ourselves that we are […]

  • Living with Chronic Illness: when you need a little support — Feb 28

    The Circle of Love is a support group for people living with chronic illness Living with a chronic illness can be challenging. There is no need to be alone in your struggle. Join a loving group that will support you on your journey. Find a sense of spiritual healing and renewal as we gather for […]

  • Inner Wise Woman: Liberate the Critic and Empower the Muse — March 8

    This event has been cancelled but will be rescheduled. Precious Blood Renewal Center will mark International Women’s Day 2020 with an arts journey led by Elmari Van Der Westhuizen. An inner journey using brushes, paints and canvas. No professional training required. All supplies provided. March 8, 2020 Sunday 3-5 p.m. Cost $45 RSVP by March 1 […]

  • Taizé Prayer Service: Music is the prayer the heart sings — March 5

    Taizé Prayer is sung, ecumenical community prayer. It originated with a monastic community in France and has spread to numerous spots around the world. The prayer service uses chant melodies and simple accompaniment along with moments of silence in a meditative atmosphere, to allow the finger of God to touch one’s soul. March 5, Thursday […]

  • What is a Silent Directed Retreat? Part 1

    By Fr. Ron Will, CPPS You have probably seen notices and emails advertising our Directed Retreat programs. You may have wondered what these are all about. Maybe you’ve even considered scheduling one for yourself, but you’re not sure what a directed retreat is or if you should make one. Well, over the next several days, […]

  • Contemplative media students reclaim attention and compassion

    In a posting on the daily blog for Tricycle, Liz Kineke writes about Kevin Healey, an associate professor of media studies at the University of New Hampshire, who incorporates contemplative practices into his coursework. “His unusual approach to pedagogy grew out of his students’ interest in yoga and meditation and a wider growing concern around […]

  • Love Yourself Well: Free Workshop for Teachers — March 7

    A free workshop for teachers & educators on how to recognize & manage stress. Saturday, March 7, 2020 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. About this Event Love Yourself Well, for Teachers is a free interactive workshop to help teachers and educators recognize compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary trauma. The workshop will include ways to develop coping […]