Enter the Mystery
March 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm – March 28, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Place a crown on your Lenten journey with a spiritual retreat. On the weekend of Palm Sunday, the Catholic Conference Center is pleased to offer a one (or two) night retreat to help you conclude Lent, get ready for Holy Week, and prepare to celebrate Easter.
This retreat will be beneficial to lifelong Catholics and those new to the faith, including any:
• wishing to be renewed in their faith.
• who have journeyed away from the Catholic faith.
• who are new to the Catholic faith
• coming into the Church this Easter and their sponsors.
Centered around the Sacraments, the retreat will feature powerful talks structured to help to a person deepen their appreciation for the mysteries of the faith and learn how enter more deeply these mysteries of the faith.
In addition to conferences, there will also be opportunity for confession, adoration, and celebration of the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass.
The retreat conferences…
1st Conference: A New Vision
God has entered into the world to invite us to enter into Him. The way the early Church Fathers put it is, “God became man so that man might become divine.” The sacraments allow us to participate in the Divine Life of God right here on earth. Looking at the world through “sacramental eyes” changes everything!
Friday Night bonus: A New Prayer
You will be given some practical tips on prayer to help you on the retreat and throughout your Christian life.
2nd Conference: A New Creation
How the sacrament of Baptism means an end to one life and the start of something new.
3rd Conference: A New Identity
After we are born, we are given a name. After we are born again in Christ, we receive a new name: Christian. “Christ” means “anointed one.” What our anointing at Confirmation means for us.
4th Conference: A New Life
Having received a new birth and a new identity in Christ, we are called to participate in the life of Christ as members of His Body. How our union with the Body of Christ is renewed at each Eucharist.
Other Retreat Highlights
As part of the retreat, you may also choose to participate in adoration, Stations of the Cross, and confession.
The one-night retreat concludes with the vigil Mass for Palm Sunday which begins at 4:30 PM Saturday.
Meet Our Retreat Master
The retreat master, Deacon Matthew Newsome, entered the Church through the RCIA twenty years ago and has since helped guide many along the same journey. He serves as campus minister at Western Carolina University and holds a Masters of Theology degree from Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He writes a monthly column for the Catholic News Herald and blogs at www.testeverythingblog.com. He and his wife Joannie live in the mountains of NC with their six children, small flock of sheep, a smattering of chickens and one ornery donkey.
Retreat Bonus: Second Night Option
Many people like to extend their time in retreat. One night is sometime just not enough to change the rhythm of a person’s life. If you’re interested, we have include a ‘second night’ option. This extended retreat includes two additional ‘bonus’ conferences, dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, plus additional time for prayer and adoration and reflection on inside and out at the beautiful facilities of the Catholic Conference Center.
These bonus sessions will be led by Deacon Scott D. Gilfillan, the director of the Catholic Conference Center, who has a wealth of experience in deacon formation and RCIA, and has led numerous conferences and retreats:
Q&A Session: Why do Catholics do that?!?
In a relaxed format, this is a time to ask the questions about the Catholic faith and traditions that you’ve always wondered about but were afraid to ask. It promises to be a fun and fascinating discussion.
Conference 5: A New Letter
“You are a letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” Explore the rich symbolism of being a ‘new letter’, and deepen your retreat experience by writing a ‘special’ letter of your own.