By Sr. Rosa Ortiz IWBS.
Saturday, July 9, 2022, four Incarnate Word Sisters participated in facilitating a Women’s Retreat for four small parishes. The retreat took place at the Incarnate Word La Parra Assembly Hall. Over thirty women attended the ALL IS GRACE: Finding the HOLY in Daily Life retreat. The women participants came from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sarita, TX, Sacred Heart Mission in Ricardo, TX , Our Lady of Consolation in Vattman, TX, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Rivera, TX. Sister Rosa Maria Ortiz (Corpus Christi) and Sister Mary Clare Underbrink (Victoria) presented the material for the retreat and Sister Jo Ann Saenz (Corpus Christi) and Sister Liliane Janda (Victoria) did the behinds the scenes set up for the retreat.
The retreat included: an Opening Prayer with song and movement, an icebreaker, presentations, small group discussions, time for quiet and reflection, creative response to presentations, the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy, presided by the pastor of these parishes and missions, Father Andy Sensenig, OMI, and a simple closing prayer and blessing by Fr. Andy. The presentations centered on finding GOD in all events and situations of life—the joyful, mundane, painful, humorous, at work, prayer and play—in every aspect of our human experience, God provides us with
opportunities to find Him and contemplate God’s grace in every moment of our lives.
Hearty fellowship was enjoyed by all during the marvelous lunch provided by the parishes.