Some background information on the theme of this year’s parish men’s retreat. Passionists have a lot to be grateful for. One particular reason is the 150th Anniversary of the canonization of our Founder, St. Paul of the Cross on June 29 of this year.
As many of you know, St. Paul of the Cross had a profound and transformative experience of Christ’s Passion engraved in his heart. He founded the Passionists with the specific mandate to help the faithful keep a grateful memory of the Passion alive in their hearts. Passionist communities and retreats are to be ‘schools of prayer’, helping people pray the Passion.
I don’t think I am far off the mark when I say that we are living in difficult and deeply unsettling times. St. Paul of the Cross was keenly aware of the evils of his time and saw the memory of the Passion as a remedy to those evils. Many people in his time, and ours, live unmindful of the Lord’s Passion. To live in such a way, is to ‘bear the shameful mark of ingratitude’ as another Passionist, Bl. Dominic Barberi, insisted.
Our retreat theme for the 2017-2018 season is: Ave Crux Spes Unica. In English, it translates as “Hail to the Cross, Our Only Hope.” The phrase has its origins in a stanza of an ancient Roman hymn to the True Cross of Christ, dating back to the sixth century: Vexilla Regis; The Banner of the King.
Here at Holy Name, we rather audaciously added a question mark to the ancient verse: “Hail to the Cross, Our Only Hope?” The question is directed to each of us. As Christians of the 21st century living in the “developed world” do we really perceive and embrace the Cross as our only hope?
As you come on retreat you will want to bring your favorite Crucifix, ideally one you can hold in your hand. If you don’t have one, the Center will have some available. Your Crucifix will not only serve as a ‘souvenir’ of the retreat but – according to an age-old privilege granted to Passionist retreats and missions – after it is blessed at the conclusion of the retreat, a Plenary Indulgence is granted to those who reverence the Crucifix on their death bed. I invite you to participate in a retreat this coming season, embracing the Cross as your only hope.
What is a retreat anyway?
A Passionist retreat is the gift of time and space to relax and refresh one’s spirit. A retreat provides opportunities for reflection, prayer, and renewal of heart in relationship with God. Retreats at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center are for a full weekend, beginning with dinner Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon following 11:15 mass.
What happens on a retreat?
The retreat team offers a balance of free, unscheduled time with scheduled presentations or conferences.
What if I have to cancel? Will I get a refund?
Refunds (less the deposit) are given only if you call and cancel by 12:00 PM on the Wednesday before your retreat. No refunds are made for “no shows”.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your retreat reservation. We often have a waiting list and this will help us to accommodate others who may wish to attend the retreat. If you have already paid your deposit and are able to attend another retreat during the current season, we can reserve a space for you on that retreat.
What if I don’t want to go to one of the conferences?
That’s ok. All we ask is that you arrive for the retreat on time and stay for the entire retreat weekend.
Who are the Passionists?
The Congregation of the Passion are a religious group of Catholic priests and brothers and lay partners who have a special devotion to the love God shows humanity through the suffering, death, and resurrection (collectively known as the Passion) of Jesus Christ. Please take time to explore the entire Passionist website to learn more about us!
Do I have to be Catholic?
Retreats are open to Catholics and non-Catholics. The prayer and worship styles are Catholic, because that’s who we are, but all are welcome!
Do I have to be silent the whole time?
Not the whole time. The bedroom areas and Chapel are designated “Quiet Zones,” and there may be times during the retreat when the retreat team calls the house to silence. Usually, retreatants spend time in conversation outdoors and during meals.
Will it be like the retreats I attended as a youth?
The weekend retreats offered at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center are different than most youth retreats. There is less emphasis on group sharing and community building and more emphasis on fostering each individual’s relationship with God.
What kind of clothes and items should I pack?
Please dress comfortably but with a spirit of respect for the spiritual nature of our facility. Also, bring your favorite crucifix from home, ideally one you can hold in your hand, for a special blessing during Sunday mass. A selection of crucifixes will be available for sale at the retreat center. Your Crucifix will not only serve as a ‘souvenir’ of the retreat but – according to an age-old privilege granted to Passionist retreats and missions – after it is blessed at the conclusion of the retreat, a Plenary Indulgence is granted to those who reverence the Crucifix on their death bed.
What time can I arrive for my retreat?
Retreatant rooms are available after 4:00 pm on the day Friday of your retreat. The weekend retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday and concludes following 11:15 am Mass on Sunday.
What is the weekend schedule?
6:00 p.m. Buffet Supper
6:40 p.m. Newcomers Tour
7:15 p.m. Welcome followed by Retreat Session I
8:30 p.m. Night Prayer
Optional Popcorn Social after Night Prayer
7:00 a.m. Wake Up Time
7:30 a.m. Mass
8:15 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Retreat Session II
10:30 a.m. Reconciliation Service
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Group Photo
1:30 p.m. Personal/Quiet Time (Optional Rosary followed by Stations of the Cross)
3:00 p.m. Retreat Session III
5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer in Chapel
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Keeping A Grateful Memory of the Passion: Why and How?
8:00 p.m. Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
GRAND SILENCE FOLLOWING ADORATION THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER
7:00 a.m. Wake Up Time
7:40 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Retreat Session IV
9:00 a.m. Brunch
10:00 a.m. Sharing the Graces
11:15 a.m. Closing Eucharist, Departure Following Mass
Prayer for Passionist Retreatants
Jesus, you invited the apostles to come away with you to a deserted place and rest a while. Like your apostles, enable me to experience You on retreat — your suffering love and tender compassion. May I come to better know myself, to draw closer to you, and to thus be of better service to my brothers and sisters in the Church. Help me to listen attentively, to ponder prayerfully, to respond generously, and to benefit from the solitude and peace. Through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Sorrows, may I and my fellow retreatants leave our retreat as deeply committed Christians, better able to follow Your footsteps in all the opportunities and challenges of life. Amen.