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The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Retreat

The Spiritual Exercises is a series of prayers, meditations, and reflections put together by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. Here is the link to the application: SEEL Retreat Application. Please scroll down for more information about the retreat and the application process.

What past Retreatants have said About The Spiritual Exercises In Everyday Life

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CHALLENGE Daily Meditation

Challenge is Back!   Noon to 1:00 pm on Tuesday

Challenge is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, which was developed by Father Mark Link, S.J.

Participants pray with a short daily reflection, keep a journal of their prayer, and meet with fellow retreatants for an hour each week for support and faith sharing.

Bev Frohlich, Patricia Baker Benally and Dianne Keller will be your facilitators.

There is no cost to participate.

If you have questions about Challenge, please do not hesitate to contact Bev at bevfrohlich@gmail.com.

 

Out of love for our brothers and sisters, we will be wearing masks.

Spiritual Direction

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The Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace takes place annually March 4 -12th at St. Francis Xavier Parish in honor of our patron, St. Francis Xavier.

The  2022 theme is ‘Let Your God Love You’      2022 SFX Novena 16 page booklet

Weekday Novena at Noon & 6:00 pm and Weekend Novena at Noon.  Live stream planned for Noon.

We are most fortunate to have two of “our own” as presenters for the Novena of Grace this year. Mary Ann Bigelow is a longtime parishioner and a founding member of our SEEL retreat program. Father John Guyol, S.J. is one of our associate pastors at St. Francis Xavier Parish. They have chosen Let Your God Love You as the theme of the Novena. How fitting! As the pandemic drags on, and nerves become more and more frayed, it is good to remind ourselves that God loved us first and lavishes all of God’s love on us, holding nothing back. That love is constant and unending. The only thing missing is our awareness of it and attention to it. So, during these nine days of prayer, reflection and retreat, we encourage you to do as the poet Edwina Gateley suggests and “Let your God look upon you with enormous love.”

May this Novena be a time of opening ourselves to the unconditional love of God and receiving the graces that rejuvenate and transform our lives.

C. Hightower, S.J.

Pastor

 Although the Novena of Grace is a Catholic prayer tradition in Jesuit communities, it is open to people of all faiths. It affords all who participate time to reflect, and to open one’s self to God’s Spirit and the healing grace that rejuvenates and transforms our lives.

Thank you for joining us.

History of the Novena

The Novena of Grace, which begins March 4th and ends on the 12th, the day of the canonization of St. Francis Xavier, owes its origin to the Saint himself. At. Naples, in December, 1633, Father Marcello Mastrilli, S.J. was at the point of death. The Saint appeared to him and, bidding him renew a vow he had made to labor in Japan, said:

PROMISE: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”

The priest arose, instantly healed. So well has the Saint kept this promise that this devotion in his honor has universally known as the Novena of Grace.