The Spiral Staircase of Grief Friday, Feb 15 6:00 - 9:00 pm Saturday, Feb 16 9:00 am—9:00 pm Sunday, Feb 17 10:00 am—Noon Facilitator: Kelly Lemens Donation: $50, includes meals Grief affects us all in different ways and at different times. The loss of a loved one is emotional, physical, social and spiritual; each aspect of our selves feels this grief and calls for love and healing. Never a linear movement, grief comes in spirals—two steps forward, one step back—and can sometimes feel as if the pain will never end. During this weekend of healing, join others experiencing grief and share your story. Through conversation, reflection, prayer, meditation, creativity, and ritual, participants are encouraged to lean into their grief as a way of moving through and beyond the pain. This retreat is specifically tailored to those whose loved one has passed away. We encourage an open atmosphere, where it is safe to express your thoughts and feelings. Wherever you are on your grief journey, you are welcome. Join us for this weekend of healing. Click here to register.
Discipleship: Call of the Gospel Sunday, February 24 11:30 am—3:30 pm Facilitator: Fr. Satish Joseph Donation: Free-will offering Location: St. John XXIII Parish-St Peter of Alcantara Church Join the St John XXIII community for lunch followed by an afternoon of prayer and reflection as Father Satish Joseph, through Scripture and reflection, guides us through the Sermon on the Mount and offers concrete ways to live out our call to discipleship. The afternoon will include both large group and small group reflections. All are welcome. No registration necessary.
Mandala Expressions Saturday, March 9 9:00 am—noon Facilitator: Jenny Mitchell & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25 Spend a winter morning creating art with your favorite people! All are welcome to come and learn the art of painting with mandalas. Mandalas are sacred Sanskrit works of art in the form a circle which is often used for self-discovery, contemplation, centering, integration, prayer, or creative design. Come and learn this simple but beautiful practice. You will leave with several painted rocks or tiles to adorn your home or garden. No experience or artistic skill needed. All materials provided. Click here to register.
Pisanki Hand-dyed Easter Eggs: History, Origin, Symbolism, & Tradition Saturday, March 16 9:00 am—Noon Instructor: Amy Jo Schmit & Kelly Lemens Donation: $25, includes supplies
Easter eggs, in the Christian tradition, represent resurrection and new life. Painting Easter eggs is a beloved tradition in most families. In the Polish culture, families performed the ritual of "writing" on eggs during the fasting times of Lent. Pisanki, the decorated eggs, are then added to special Easter baskets along with other symbolic food and blessed on Holy Saturday. Join us for an exploration of the history, origin, symbolism and tradition of Easter eggs, then learn about the Pisanki technique of decorating. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. Click here to register.