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Spirituality Center Retreats and Programs
[Heartnotes August 2018 Newsletter]

NOVEMBER
24 Drum Circle

DECEMBER
2: Sunday of Reflection
4: Being Still with God - ADVENT
4: Mother Margaret's Spirituality
14-16: Advent Weekend Retreat
17-23: "O" Antiphons
19: Praying with Nature
29: Drum Circle
31: Rembering, Savoring, Celebrating, Awaiting the New


On Another Beat...Drum Circle

Come and enjoy timeless rhythms of self-expression from the core of your being – no experi-ence 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, Nov. 24 and Dec. 29
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

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S. Shirley, our drumming facilitator celebrates the third anniversary in drumming at the Motherhouse. She is retired but loves to get together with folks to drum either for the sheer pleasure of it or the soulful space drumming can bring.


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: Wednesday, Dec. 19
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.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.


Mother Margaret's Spirituality

Join us for a commemoration of the sesquicentennial memorial anniversary of Mother Margaret Cecilia George through the experience of creating a “scrapbook” page using her spirituality. For Mother Margaret, scrapbooking was a therapeutic outlet to symbolically or artistically respond to the challenging trials she faced in her life.

Presenters: Various Sisters & Associates
Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested

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Being Still with God - Advent

During this Advent season, we pause, quiet ourselves and focus our attention on the stillness. 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. At the end of our quiet time we will gather to pray together for a few minutes.

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

Presenter: Pat Plogmann, Spirituality Center Advisory Committee
Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: No fee; registration requested.

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Sundays of Reflection
Celebrating 150 Years of Mother Margaret George

Margaret George’s Vocation Journey

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati will continue to celebrate our founder, Mother Margaret George, with the Sunday of Reflection, "Margaret George’s Vocation Journey," on how Margaret lived her vocation as a Christian, as a wife and mother, and as a Sister of Charity.

Presenter: S. Judy Metz, SC
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Times:
9:30 a.m.- Mass in Chapel
10:45 a.m. - Presentation in Cedars
11:30 a.m. - Large group questions/comments
12 p.m. - Dinner 10:45 a.m.
Location: Cedars Auditorium, Sisters of Charity Motherhouse
Fee: $10 (includes lunch in the Motherhouse Dining Room)

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There is no fee for the Sundays of Reflection for SC’s and Associates. Donations are welcome to defray expenses. 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.


Restoring Our Balance: An Advent Weekend Retreat

As we inch closer to the great Christmas Season, we may become aware of a sense of imbalance within that threatens our readiness and joy. The Advent Season offers us an opportunity to reflect on this imbalance and make gentle changes to restore ourselves to a centered calmness. This retreat will offer us time to slow down and become aware of what we need for spiritual groundedness. With time for solitude and rest, sharing and silence, the weekend will allow us to gently ponder our desire for God and restore our commitment to balance.

Presenter: Dr. Nicki Verploegen
Date: Friday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 16
Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m.–Sunday, noon
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $160 Overnight; $110 Commute; $60 for Sisters of Charity
$25 non-refundable registration fee (applied to total fee)

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Dr. Nicki Verploegen has been doing liturgical dance since she was 12 years old. This creative expression of prayer has informed her Doctoral and Masters studies in spirituality and formation. An experienced retreat and spiritual director, she is co-founder of TATENDA International. a nonprofit which provides retreats to caregivers around the world working in dire situations who need replenishment and support.


Remembering, Savoring, Celebrating, Awaiting the New

What a wonderful day/time to attend to the larger moment of our life! Together we will look over the graces of 2018, savor and pray them. Then, we will look ahead to our direction and prayer as we begin the new year. This time will include guided reflection, prayer, journaling, sharing, and ritual. Bring your journal!

Presenter: Donna Steffen, SC
Dates: Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year's Eve Day)
Time: 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Location: Rose Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $25; $15 for Sisters of Charity. Fee due at time of registration.
REGISTRATION DUE BY DECEMBER 20

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Donna Steffen, SC is a spiritual director and gives retreats and spirituality workshops. Presently Donna is our Sisters of Charity Novice Director.


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


Praying the "O" Antiphons

The “O” Antiphons are some of the richest treas-ures of the Advent season. Again this Advent we are praying the “O” Antiphons in the Motherhouse Chapel from 4-4:30PM. This will be the afternoon prayer to end our days and will include a reflec-tion on each of the antiphons. We hope you will join us as we once again prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus.

Dates/Themes:
Dec. 17 – O Wisdom
Dec. 18 – O Adonai
Dec. 19 – O Root of Jesse
Dec. 20 – O Key of David
Dec. 21 – O Radiant Light
Dec. 22 – O King
Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel
Time: 4-4:30PM
Location: Motherhouse Chapel
Fee: No fee or registration required.

Retreats

Pathways to Prayer
Hands to Work, Hearts to God: The Victorian Woman Prayer

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 St. James spoke about. Come and meet some of these remarkable women and learn how to balance faith and good works in our own busy lives.

Presenters: Judi Sauerbrey & Linda Bonnell
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Emmaus Room; SC Motherhouse
Fee: $15; $10 for Sisters of Charity due at time of registration.

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Judi Sauerbrey is a retired teacher, having spent 49 years as a high school and college instructor in English and the Humanities. She is also Director Emerita of Women’s Studies at Mount St. Joseph University, as well as 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.