Catholic bishops from across the United States will begin the new year taking part in a spiritual retreat for seven days at Mundelein Seminary January 2 to 8, 2019.
Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., will direct the retreat under the theme of He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach based on Mark 3:14. The retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.
The structure of the retreat will emphasize quiet reflection, including silent meal times, and will offer daily Mass, time for personal and communal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, vespers, and an opportunity for confession. No ordinary business will be conducted at the January retreat.
Please Join Us for Eucharistic Adoration
in the Chapel, Friday, January 4th to pray for our Bishops
While our Bishops are in prayer, we are calling all Catholics to intercessory prayer and fasting, so their time spent on retreat will be truly guided by the Holy Spirit. As we pray and fast, let us contemplate that reparation is needed. In humbling ourselves before Jesus truly present, body blood soul and divinity in the Eucharist, we ask, we seekand weknock at the door of His Divine Mercy.
Prayer and fasting are spiritual practices that help us detach ourselves from certain desires or vices. This awakens a deeper desire for God in our lives. Prayer and fasting help us to live a truly Christian life and draw closer to Jesus.
Prayer and fasting are both essential in the spiritual battle our Church is facing today. We invite all the faithful to participate in this life giving calltoaction.
Please join us in the Chapel this Friday, January 4th for Eucharistic Adorationto pray for our Bishops in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
Eucharist Adoration will begin after the 8:30am mass and end with the Benediction at 5:45pm.Please consider stopping by for a few minutes to pray with Jesus.