Abide in the Heart of Christ

Beginning February 15

The season of Lent is a time for us to grow closer to Jesus. It is a time when we are invited to delve more deeply into this love that God has for us. To facilitate that growing closer to Jesus, we often choose to “give up” or “sacrifice” something during the 40 days of Lent. However, this year, rather than looking for something to “give up” or to “sacrifice”, why not try something different – why not go on retreat? Not a retreat where you need to go to a retreat center, remain in silence for days or to listen to spiritual presentations. No, this retreat will be one that takes place in the heart – a retreat in which you will “give up” or “sacrifice” a few hours each week, in your own space, on your own schedule and speak with the Lord.

This Lent St. Patrick Parish will offer this retreat opportunity. Using “Abide in the Heart of Christ, a ten-day retreat with St. Ignatius of Loyola”, we will journey through Lent exploring and experiencing the depth of God’s love for us.


How will it work?

Each participant:

  • will receive the book, which is the guide for our reflection. The book has ten guides for reflection that will be followed – 2 per week.
  • will sacrifice a few hours a week for prayer – conversation with the Lord. Preferably one hour a day to read the reflection pages and spend some time in private conversation with the Lord.
  • will keep a private journal of these conversations and what stirs the heart.
  • will gather with others “on retreat” for an hour each Monday evening at 7PM in the church (beginning February 22nd). This time will offer an opportunity to pray together and to share how the time of reflection has spoken to your heart.
  • will attend a 45-minute preliminary meeting on Monday, February 15th – at which time you will receive the book for retreat.

The cost for each participant is $10, which covers the cost of the book. You will be able to pay the $10 at the preliminary meeting.

For more information, or to register, please contact the parish office at 610-647-2345. A registration link is also included in our electronic bulletin sent out on Sunday Mornings.