OST Offering Online Holy Week Retreat

Oblate School of Theology

Dear Pastor and Religious Educators,

Covid 19 has challenged all of us to reach out to our communities in this difficult time. Thank you for the wonderful, creative pastoral efforts that we see and hear about daily. Social distancing has been difficult and is especially so during Holy Week and Easter when attendance at liturgies is limited. Where is the love in this darkness?

God speaks to us through the prophet Isaiah: “Comfort, comfort my people. Speak fondly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her slavery is over” (40: 1). The love of Jesus is present, ready to enter our hearts during Holy Week to comfort and heal. Oblate School of Theology would like to offer you a new way to connect to your parish community to bring comfort and healing to all.  

We are offering you a free, retreat which you, your staff and parish members can access online. The retreat, which is run simultaneously in English and Spanish, is based on Ignatian spirituality.  Each day, from March 28 to April 6, you will receive a suggestion for prayer that will include the daily reading, a reflection and a concluding prayer with a piece of art, poetry or music.  The retreat can be used individually, or as a resource for group reflection, in bible studies, RCIA groups, lectors, etc. To provide a broad perspective on the Scripture texts, our writers are lay people, religious, and ministers from different denominations. 

Attached to this email are:

A sample reflection: (Click here to view)


An announcement that you can use in emails, bulletins, or social media: (Click here to view)

 

Signing up is simple. Simply click on these links, and follow the instructions:

This retreat is a gift to you from the faculty, staff, students, and friends of the Oblate School of Theology. We hope that as you pray during this 10-day retreat, you will receive the light of Jesus that is sorely needed in our world today. We want to acknowledge the gracious kindness of the United States Conference of Bishops, who gave us permission to use the Gospel texts for each day. May the graces of the light of Christ fill your heart and your parish community this Easter.