Facilitator: Char Dillon, PhD Fee: $30.00 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials) To register, call 630-369-0777 by April 24
Please join Char Dillon, clinical psychologist, and the Adventurers in Contemplation group from St. Margaret Mary on Saturday, April 29th for an all day retreat. We will be engaging the principles of attachment theory and the emerging neurosciences as they pertain to how our primary attachment style impacts our capacity to grow and be free flowing channels of God’s hands and feet on earth. This day will focus on relationship patterns with God, others and ourselves, and is an invitation to examine how we give and receive love, extend kindness, and grow in our capacity to be channels of the unbounded generosity of God’s love. Someone recently said, “We make the road by walking, and I’ll let you know what happens.” Come and walk with us on this day and let’s see what God might be speaking into our lives, individually and collectively.
Char is a clinical psychologist and the owner of Gateway Psychological Services, Ltd. She has been practicing psychotherapy for the past 47 years and as a life-long learner, continues to evolve her integration of psychology with spiritual formation. This retreat is an outgrowth her ongoing integration of human development with spiritual formation, which incorporates Christian faith with attachment theory, the emerging neurosciences and development psychology. She has given some form of this retreat to therapists, religious communities, hospital chaplains, Loyola Alumni, and spiritual directors and is passionate about communicating this integration into her core belief and practices that “how we treat one another matters.”
New Mass Schedule Begins in June
As most of you are aware, during the past several summers at St. Margaret Mary, we have dropped the 12:30 PM Mass because of the summer schedules and travel of our parishioners and the availability of priests to help on weekends. Over the past several months, with the consultation of the Pastoral Council, Liturgy development, The Christian Worship Commission and the pastoral staff, it has been decided to change our weekend Mass schedule, rather than just dropping the last Mass. Beginning on the first weekend of June, the new schedule will be 5 PM on Saturday, and 8 AM, 10 AM and 12 PM on Sunday. The new schedule is not just for the summer, but will continue in the fall.
As many of you know, it is getting more and more difficult to find priests available to help our parish on the weekends. Also, our attendance has dropped, like many parishes, so maintaining the current Mass schedule is not feasible. A number of our surrounding parishes have already, or are considering, reducing the number of weekend Masses they provide in response to Bishop Conlon's request that all parishes review their Mass schedules and discern if their current schedule is the best use of the their resources. All of this was considered in making this decision.
Any change can be a bit disruptive, but we hope you will find this new schedule provides for the needs of our parish, builds a stronger sense of community, and reduce the stress on our pastor and weekend assistants.
Come Encounter Jesus
Embrace His Kingdom
Parish Theme and Calling 2015-17
As a worshipping Roman Catholic parish family we are guided by a collegial partnership of laity, pastor, and ministerial staff. Together we seek to foster spiritual growth through the active practice of Christianity. By the sharing of our God-given talents and resources with all God's people we strive for peace and justice as the "Parish with Heart."