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Evenings of Recollection

Format Changes Due to Covid-19

Due to the coronavirus, some changes have been made to the format of Evenings of Recollection.  Snacks will not be provided and so the evening will begin at 7:00pm.  The full event will be held in the Church to allow for distancing.  Masks are required.  If you wish to participate from home you can livestream the evening at our parish YouTube channel.

Ever since Our Lord beckoned his disciples to, “Come away by yourselves and rest awhile,” Christians have taken time out of their busy schedules to find a quiet reprieve and listen more closely to the voice of God.  Our monthly Evenings of Recollection are meant to facilitate this time of discernment and prayer.

Held on varying days of the week to accommodate as many different schedules as possible, the evenings begin in the North Social Hall at 6:30pm with snacks and a very informal get-together.  Parishioners and friends visit with one another and catch up on each other’s week.  The evening starts in earnest at 7:00pm with a brief talk followed by time for prayer and reflection.  A recorded meditation in the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel begins at 7:50pm and lasts 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of personal prayer.  The schedule closes with a guided Examination of Conscience at 8:50 and the evening is wrapped up by 9 o’clock.

Snacks, coffee, tea, and water are available throughout and participants are welcome to come and go as they please; the evening is very self-paced.  Beginning with the talk at 7:00pm to the close of the Examination of Conscience, participants are encouraged to conduct themselves in silence in order to foster a spirit of recollection.  We recommend that participants bring pen and paper or a small prayer journal as well as a watch in order to keep the time without use of a smartphone.

We hope you can join us for one of our upcoming Evenings of Recollection!

I am so thankful for the Evenings of Recollection. It’s been a great opportunity to step away from the noise and chaos of life and really focus on being still and listening. The talks are insightful and inspiring. At the end of the night, I always end up feeling rejuvenated, and prepared for whatever life might throw at me. I highly recommend it!

Terri Simodynes

I love the Evenings of Recollection, they have been an opportunity to have some me and God time. To be still and have time to reflect and to be with Jesus. Every Recollection has had a different focus and has helped to deepen my faith and spirituality. I also like that you have the flexibility to leave whenever you want, however I find myself wanting and needing to stay till the end.

Tilda Thompson

Upcoming Evenings of Recollection

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Thu, Nov 5, 2020
Thu, Dec 3, 2020
Thu, Jan 21, 2021
Mon, Feb 8, 2021

Schedule for Evenings

7:00 – Talk
7:30 – Personal Prayer
7:50 – Guided Meditation
8:20 – Personal Prayer
8:50 – Guided Examen
Confession available 7:30-8:30pm
Full event to be held in Church

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Evenings of Recollection are an oasis for me in the midst of my busy weeks. I am very grateful to God for giving those couple of hours of quiet time to talk with Jesus and Mary. The presentations are powerful, they always take me to reflect on new aspects of my life and faith. It is very encouraging for me to see other participants there that are striving to live their faith to the fullest!

Pablo Raul Stinga

Miss an evening?  Check out the Spiritual Batteries podcast for meditations you can use at home!