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Spirituality Center Retreats and Programs
[Heartnotes January 2019 Newsletter]

JANUARY
11 Movies at the Motherhouse
22 Walking with Thomas Merton
26 Drum Circle

FEBRUARY
2 Pathways to Prayer
3 Reflection Sunday
4 Women of Scripture
8 Movies at the Motherhouse
11 Women of Scripture
14 Living with Loss
18 Women of Scripture
19 Walking with Thomas Merton
21 Living with Loss
23 Drum Circle
25 Women of Scripture
27 Praying with Clay
28 Living with Loss

 

MARCH
3 Reflection Sunday
7 Being Still with God-LENT
8 Movies at the Motherhouse
12 Walking with Thomas Merton
13 Praying with Clay
16 Pathways to Prayer
19 Book Sharing
20 Praying with Clay
23 Drum Circle
27 Praying with Clay

APRIL
12 Movies at the Motherhouse
24 Unique YOU

MAY
1 Praying with Nature
2 Unique YOU
25 Drum Circle

JUNE
19 Praying with Nature


January 2019 Newsletter


Movies at the Motherhouse

Movies at the Motherhouse will begin again in January. We will provide these evenings of relaxation and fun with some of the popular movies of our time. All movie nights are free of charge. Refreshments are served. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

MOVIE/DATES

Wonder ... January 11
Based on the New York Times bestseller, this movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Rated PG

I Can Only Imagine ... February 8
The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Rated PG

Dolphin Tale ... March 8
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. Rated PG

Christopher Robin ... April 12
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Rated PG

DATES: Fridays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
FEE: Free will offering. Registration requested.
Register here!


Living with Loss

We experience many different kinds of loss in our lives. Grief is the emotion that arises as we deal with that loss. In these three sessions we will explore how we may have been taught to deal with loss and learn some other appropriate behaviors. You must be able to attend all three sessions to participate in this workshop. You must be able to attend all three sessions to participate in this workshop.

FACILITATOR: Betty Finn, SC
DATES: Thursdays, Feb. 14, 21 & 28
TIME: 1:30-3 p.m.
LOCATION: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
FEE: $25; $15 for Sisters of Charity
REGISTRATION DUE BY FEBRUARY 1
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Walking with Thomas Merton

Join pastoral minister, singer/songwriter and author Bill Tonnis for a night of Lenten reflection on the many “dyings” and “risings” of our lives. Bill will speak about the impact of Thomas Merton on his journey to finding his true self. He will share several songs from his four albums of original music.

PRESENTER: Bill Tonnis
LOCATION: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
DATE: Tuesday, Mar. 12
FEE: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity
TIME: 6:30-8:30 Payable at time of registration.
REGISTRATION DUE BY FEBRUARY 27
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On Another Beat...Drum Circle

Come and enjoy timeless rhythms of self-expression from the core of your being – no experience or formal training needed - just your heart-beat. In the Drum Circle, there is no audience. Everyone is part of the echoing sound that comes from their within. Spend one hour with your heart beat and find the rhythm of your soul. Drums are provided.

Facilitator: Shirley LeBlanc, SC
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, May 25, Jul. 20, Aug. 31
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.
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Pathways to Prayer

As we move along our journey of life, along our “pathways,” we discover different ways in which we meet God. We invite you to come explore and pray as we connect with God in a variety of new ways.

THEMES/PRESENTERS/DATES

Writing the Soul’s Story: Listening Beneath the Words
Rebeka Maples, PhD, M.Div.
Feb. 2 (Registration by Jan.23)

There is a yearning for the holy in each of us, something only God can fill. We may spend our lives searching for other things to fill the void or quell the yearning, and our struggle may take us in many directions. Yet, something as simple as sitting and listening to the sounds around us or reading a Bible passage can bring peace to our weary souls and open out hearts to God.

In this session we will focus on writing in ways that help us listen to God and tell our story. We will practice listening beneath the words of Bible passages and other spiritual texts and writing our prayers as we hear God speaking to us.

Rebeka Maples, PhD, M.Div. is director of spiritual formation for a United Methodist training program at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Delaware, Ohio). She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and has served for 20 years in both Ohio and England. Rebeka is a certified spiritual director through the Wellstreams training program with Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, Ohio. She is writing spiritual and political poems and prayers, and has published with Wild Goose Publications of the Iona Community (UK): Praying with Light (2014), God in Desert Places (2018), Waiting for the Light (2018); and numerous poems in other sources. Besides writing she also enjoys nature and running half-marathons whenever time and training permit.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God: The Victorian Woman Prayer
Judi Sauerbrey & Linda Bonnell
Mar. 16 (Registration by Mar.6)

St. James, in his epistle in the New Testament, states that "faith without good works is dead." Victorian women, while assigned traditional gender roles in both society and church, often translated their prayer life into those good works of which St. James spoke. Come and meet some of these remarkable women and learn how to balance faith and good works in our own busy lives.

Judi Sauerbrey is a retired teacher, having spent 49 years as a high school and college instructor in English and the Humanities. She is Director Emerita of Women’s Studies at Mount St. Joseph University, an avid quilter and an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Linda Bonnell is former curator and director of educational programs at Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, Indiana. She has an extensive background in women's studies with a specialty in the Victorian era. She has also been a Civil War reanactor and has presented many educational programs in the greater Cincinnati area.

DATES: Saturdays, Feb. 2, Mar. 16
TIME: 10 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
FEE: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity
Fee due at time of registration.
Register here!


Conversations with Women of Scripture

Come in and meet women from the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures who want to talk with you.

Feb. 4: Miriam, Moses’ Sister ...a woman to be reckoned with
Feb. 11: Hannah and Peninnah ...too much, too little, but never too late
Feb. 18: The Syrophoenician Woman ...how fast are you? ...are you on the outside or inside?
Feb. 25: Mary Magdalene ...grip of terror to gift of love
These hour-long sessions are individual—come to one, two or all of them!

PRESENTER: Donna Bryant, SC
DATES: Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25
TIME: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
FEE: $10 per session
Register here!

S. Donna Bryant is an educator and liver of life. She has an MA in Theological Studies from St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI with a focus on Scripture and Spirituality.


Praying with Clay

Experience the healing power of clay therapy while exploring your relationship with God through the powerful image of the Potter. During our four sessions you will create a vessel of clay while learning about how God interacts with us, molding, fashioning, creating. Old clothing suggested, aprons optional. A project sheet of ideas will follow registration. MAXIMUM # OF PARTICIPANTS: 10

Presenter: Jackie Kowalski, SC
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 27, Mar. 13, 20, 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $60; $25 for Sisters of Charity; $25 non-refundable registration fee (applied to total fee)
REGISTRATION DUE BY FEBRUARY 13
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S. Jackie Kowalski, SC has been creating pottery for 25 years; throwing bowls and mugs, hand building and designing wall art. Besides her years of experience, she brings a passion for clay as a medium of self-expression and a way to interact with God.


Being Still with God—LENT

As we prepare for the Lenten season, we pause, quiet ourselves and focus our thoughts in the desert. We journey together with Jesus on the road to Calvary. Come and spend some quiet time with your God. A short reflection will begin the evening. You are then on your own to seek out your prayer space...the chapel, prayer room, labyrinth or any parlor or bench. Pause and pray in your own way.

Come and join us for this time to be still, be quiet and continue to deepen your relationship with your loving God.

Presenter: Carolyn Davis, Spirituality Center Advisory Committee
Dates: Thursday, Mar. 7
Time: 6:30- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.
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Praying with Nature

Nature is one of the most fulfilling gifts we have in our lives. Praying and sharing nature experiences with others is so gratifying. This year we will be celebrating the turning of the seasons with the gifts of nature that Marty has captured with her camera. We are graced by the creatures of our planet, our brothers and sisters, as we enjoy our world, day by day.

Presenter: Marty Dermody, SC
Dates: Wednesdays, May 1 & June 19
Time: 1:30- 3:00 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.
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S. Marty Dermody, SC is the current Director of the Spirituality Center and loves sharing her photography in her prayer.


That Unique Creation of God is “YOU”

We all are created uniquely in the image of our loving God. Have you ever taken the time to dwell deep within to see the unique gifts that you hold? As we use the gifts we have been given we discover that we have many behaviors and talents in common. However, we also learn that within each one of us is the unique “Me.”

Come and share some time to appreciate the qualities and gifts you hold within yourself. Our God gives all and no one is just like you. This workshop will be held on two consecutive Thursdays—you must be able to attend both sessions.

PRESENTER: Betty Finn, SC
DATES: Thursdays, April 25 & May 2
TIME: 1:30-3 p.m.
FEE: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity
REGISTRATION DUE BY APRIL 15
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Betty Finn, SC, is currently engaged in spiritual direction and retreat work. She has a background in counseling and a private practice of spiritual direction. Betty has previously been involved in community leadership, formation work, working with adult students at Mount St. Joseph University, and elementary education. She has been giving retreats, both directed and conference, for over 20 years.


Sundays of Reflection
Venture Deeper Into the Divine Mystery

S. Blandina, A Woman for Our Times
Feb. 3, Victoria Marie Forde, SC
S. Blandina, Servant of God, provides us a strong model of the ways to risk a caring response in our time. Whenever she saw a need, she found a way to respond, many times quite creatively. These point ways for us to respond like her, no matter what our age, wherever Providence places us.

Going Deeper Within
Mar. 3, Mary Ann Flannery, SC
What does "Going Deeper Into the Divine Mystery" mean for us as individuals and as a congregation? We'll explore how God is drawing us into an adventure.

DATES: February 3 - Chapel
March 3 - Cedars
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - Mass in Chapel
10:45 a.m. - Presentation;
11:30 a.m. - Large group questions/comments
FEE: Free will donation
Register here!

Those who do not live at the Motherhouse are requested to call 347-5300 (daytime) or 347-5346 (evening) and leave a message if you plan to stay for dinner.


Centering Prayer

If you feel called to a contemplative way of praying, and if you would like mutual, ongoing support and learning about it, a Centering Prayer group may be for you.

Mondays
Leaders: Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time:
10-11 a.m.
Fee: free; no registration required

Wednesdays
Leaders: Liz Maxwell & Joyce Richter, SC
Location: Prayer Room; SC Motherhouse
Time:
4-5 p.m.
Fee: free; no registration required