Star of the North Retreat Centre
3A St. Vital Avenue
St. Albert, AB
Fall Programming at Star of the North Retreat Centre, St. Albert
Bereavement Support Group with Wanda Lehman
Eight Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 pm – October 20 to December 8
Registration: $30 – limited enrollment of 8 people. starofthenorth.ca/bereavement-support
Are you trying to cope as you grieve the death of a loved one? Facilitator Wanda Lehman has an extensive background in counselling, particularly with families in schools, has experienced deep personal loss herself, and knows first-hand the challenges involved in dealing with the death of someone you love. The purpose of this 8-week support group is to provide a safe environment for those who are bereaved to share your stories, gain support through each other, and learn strategies to assist you in coping with your loss.
Still Green & Growing (Part II):
A Spirituality for Our Wisdom Years
with Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie, OMI
A weekend retreat, October 30 at 7:00 pm to November 1 at 1:00 pm.
Live-in: $250 | Online: $90 starofthenorth.ca/green-and-growing
The focus of this retreat will be on personal growth, inner healing and human development during the second half of our lives.
Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie is a missionary Oblate who has spent more than 30 years ministering among the Indigenous peoples of north and central Saskatchewan. He is currently chaplain at Star of the North. This retreat is a follow-up to Archbishop Sylvain’s book Still Green and Growing, and will include a glimpse into his upcoming book titled, As We Love Ourselves.
Slow Down Retreat Days | Lexicon of Faith: Venturing Into a Vocabulary of Grace with Sandy Prather
November 12 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. In-house: $45 | Online: $25 starofthenorth.ca/slow-down-day
Efficaious E’s & Foundational F’s – Discover the layers of meaning, complexity of ideas, and range of feelings hidden within the lexicon of Christianity.
Sandy Prather works locally, nationally and internationally teaching and leading retreats, seminars and workshops for a variety of groups, including parishes, educators, lay formation programs and religious congregations.
Spiritual Wisdom from the Deep Wells of Christian Mysticism: Principles for Living a Mystically-Driven Life
Live Webinar Retreat Weekend with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Weekend, Friday, December 4 at 7:00 pm to Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 pm
Friday Only: $25 | Live-in: $250 (limited) | Online: $90 starofthenorth.ca/rolheiser
Mysticism is the best kept secret within our spiritual and ecclesial circles. But, alongside Scripture, it is a very rich source of insight and revelation from which to draw guidance for our journey.
This retreat will draw on the lives and insights of a number of classical and contemporary mystics, Therese of Lisieux, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, Ruth Burrows, and Henri Nouwen, to see what these men and women, famous for touching the souls of so many people, have to offer us. How might we live a mystically-driven life?
Ron Rolheiser, OMI, is an internationally-known writer, retreat leader and spiritual theologian. Born in Macklin, Saskatchewan, he is the author of numerous books, including Sacred Fire: A Vision for Deeper Human and Christian Maturity. Sacred Fire was the winner of the 2015 Catholic Book Awards in the categories of Book of the Year and Best Book in Spirituality. He is a former professor at Newman Theological College in Edmonton and past-president of the Oblate School of Spirituality in San Antonio, Texas.
Our Real Obstacle to Holiness: Our Pathologically Complex Make-up
A Public Online Lecture with Ron Rolheiser
Friday, December 4, at 7:00 pm
Online: $25 | Free for those attending the weekend retreat
Spirituality tends to blame our struggles for holiness on original sin, on concupiscence, and then blame Adam and Eve. A closer examination, however, of both Scripture and Christian tradition places the roots of our struggles not in what’s wrong with us, but in what’s right with us. We are born with divine fire inside our souls and that fire does not find easy peace in this world. Our own over-charged nature is the real reason why we struggle “to will the one thing.”
Ignatian Prayer Retreat with Faith Nostbakken
Weekend, Friday, December 11 at 7:00 pm, to Sunday, December 13 at 1:00 pm
Live-in: $250 | Online: $90 starofthenorth.ca/ignation-prayer
This retreat, in the style of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will focus on Scripture as a source of prayer. Ignatius used various forms of prayer to engage the mind and heart, the senses and imagination.
This silent retreat will include times where guidelines for prayer are provided as well as time for individual prayer. The thematic movement of the weekend will be to experience the love of God, Jesus’ life and ministry, and our own call to serve Jesus or to serve in his name. Participants will be invited to be receptive to another Ignatian theme: finding God in all things.
Dr. Faith Nostbakken is a writer, spiritual director, retreat facilitator and teacher on spiritual topics across many Christian denominations. She has been guiding participants through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises since 2015.
Advent Hope Emerges from Darkness with Gabrielle Johnson & Glen Argan
Thursday evenings, December 10 & 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
In-house: $90 | Online $40 starofthenorth.ca/advent-hope
Amidst the indifference and harshness of the world, faith in the two comings of Christ enables us to live in hope. The two comings reveal God as transcendent and as Christ among us.
While we wait in hope for Christ’s second coming, our belief in the incarnation gives us the eyes to see God’s glory in the beauty of ordinary events.
In those events, we can say, with Mary, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” This retreat will draw on our personal resources and the Advent-Christmas Scripture readings so we can live with a more intense hope.
Gabrielle Johnson is a lifelong student of philosophy and is author of the Word Made Flesh 2018, Novalis’ booklet of Advent reflections. She is now executive director of the Back Porch, a pregnancy information centre in Edmonton.
Glen Argan, has an MTh in theology and an MA in philosophy, and was editor of the Western Catholic Reporter for almost 30 years.
Providence Renewal Centre
3005 119 St NW
FALL 2020 PROGRAMS
Register at providencerenewal.ca or call 780-701-1854
Silence is an opportunity to acknowledge God’s presence and to grow in awareness of the movements of the Spirit within our lives. Join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom for 20-minutes of Centering Prayer followed by learning and fellowship.
Wednesdays via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. (drop-in) Sept to June No Charge Event #14001
For Zoom Access, email: email@example.com by Tuesday at 1 pm, use subject line CENTERING PRAYER
Take a mid-week, mid-day break to replenish your body and soul with silence. Join us via Zoom on Wednesdays beginning Sept 9th as we share a reflective passage and savour 20 minutes of silence. Everyone welcome.
Wednesdays Sept 9 – Dec 23
12:05-12:30 p.m. (drop-in)
No Charge Event #14119
For Zoom access, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday at 1 pm, use subject line MID-DAY SILENCE
THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA: A RETREAT IN THE REAL WORLD
Faith Nostbakken via Zoom
A Retreat in the Real World, the 19th Annotation of the Ignatian Exercises, encourages a closer relationship with God by praying through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Participants spend an hour daily in personal prayer, keep a journal of their prayer experiences, share their prayer journey with a spiritual director every two weeks, and gather monthly for continued learning. The group meeting is usually the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
2020: Sept 22 (orientation), Sept 29, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8
2021: Jan 19, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11 and May 18 (farewell)
Sept. 22 until May 18, 2021 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Registration: $990.00/payable by semester includes spiritual direction and group meetings.
Event #13982 Register by September 15 – Limited space
Faith Nostbakken, PhD, is an experienced spiritual director rostered at the Providence Renewal Centre. She is an ordained deacon and ecumenical officer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and a graduate of Newman Theological College (MTS). Faith completed the training program to guide the Spiritual Exercises at Loyola House, Guelph, ON, and has been accompanying individuals and groups through the Spiritual Exercises since 2015.
PONDERING the POWER of POETRY
with Antoinette Voûte Roeder
This retreat will comprise two evenings: Spiritual Poetry in Various Religious Traditions, which will look at and sample poetry from different faith traditions, and The Hidden Spirituality of Poetry. Expect some lively discussion around the area of spirituality and its universality.
On the second evening, we will look at poems that have an underlying spirituality, that may not be traceable to any particular tradition, but have a pervasive sense of Something Else. We hope to inspire some writing by participants on both evenings.
Growing in Compassion
Linda MacIsaac via Zoom
In her book Boundless Compassion, Joyce Rupp invites us to enter into a transformational process for developing and deepening compassion for others, for ourselves, and for the world. In the comfort of your home, read and reflect on the first two chapters of daily meditations before we gather on ZOOM to share conversations and prayer on October 1. We will continue to meet on the first Thursday evening of the next two months to share our experiences and thoughts around this powerful process for developing our compassionate consciousness and skills.
Thursdays: October 1, November 5, December 3 (7-9 p.m.)
$50.00/person (book not included, needs to be started before 1st gathering.)
Event #13637 Register by: September 23
Linda MacIsaac has been in retreat centre ministry for twenty years. She has a Master of Spirituality degree and is a trained Spiritual Director. Linda loves reading, spending time in nature, and being with her family, especially her new grandson. She is on the Programming Team at Providence Renewal Centre.
SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB
1st Tuesday of the month (7 - 9 p.m.) via Zoom until further notice
Join us as we use our eyes of faith to see inspiration in the writing of a variety of authors. We will begin in October meeting via Zoom. Members are responsible for purchasing their own books.
This season’s dates and titles:
Registration: $45.00 Event #14000
THROUGH MARY'S EYES
Rooney-Punyi Theatre via Zoom
Enter into Advent in a special way by joining in on Zoom for a powerful and prayerful presentation of live music, reader’s theatre, and a power point presentation of beautiful art exploring moments in the life of Mary.
Thursday December 10 (7-8:30 p.m.)
$20.00 Event # 14003 Register by December 4.
Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi are a husband and wife team who have acted professionally since 1979 with some of Canada's finest theatres and in film & TV. They have led retreats nationally and are presently touring schools with performing arts residencies, and with a repertoire of more than 20 shows including the popular “Interview History” and “Saints Come Marching In” programs. They are recipients of the St. Albert 2013 Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
DREAMS: GUIDANCE THROUGH UNCERTAIN TIMES
Kathy Sperling via Zoom
When our outer life is unpredictable or has experienced upheaval, God invites us to look inside for insight. During the Covid pandemic many people have experienced significant increases in dream frequency and intensity. If we are willing to be open and curious and pay attention, dream work can offer a deeper connection to God and the Wisdom from within. Come learn practical ways to explore this powerful doorway to spiritual insight and wholeness.
Tuesday November 17, (7-9 p.m.)
$20.00 Event # 14008
Kathy Sperling is a wisdom seeker, a listener for truth and a lover of wholehearted living. She is a Spiritual Director and graduate of the Haden Institute Dream Training Program (NC) who helps people live true to themselves by embracing the mystery and wonder of inner life work.
“The WORD is made flesh”:
Let us WATCH, LISTEN, WONDER”
Sr. Mary Clare Stack, UJ (on site at PRC)
Take a day for silence and stillness to listen with the “ears of your heart” to our God, Word of Love. Through prayerful pondering, we will listen, watch, wait, wonder at the miracle of God’s love manifested in Jesus, who “pitches His Tent among us.” Our hearts will be especially attentive to the most vulnerable among us- a lesson which COVID 19 has taught us all. We will write, our “Magnificat”- a song of joy and thanksgiving for the marvels our God has done for us! Be sure to bring your Bible. This retreat will be on site at Providence Renewal Centre, unless COVID circumstances require that it be moved to Zoom.
Saturday, November 28 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
$85.00 Event #12776 Register by Nov. 23
Sr. Mary Clare Stack, UJ: “Our loving God, has abundantly blessed me in my family, my congregation, and through the rich web of relationships fashioned over many years. As an Ursuline of Jesus, my life is “rooted and grounded in the Word of God”. This retreat is a sacred moment to share these blessings.”
Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre
1225 Township Rd. 535
Parkland County, Alberta
Public masses have returned to MCSC. Note that each person is required to bring and wear a mask. Since we are in a rural location, registrations will be done on site, once you arrive at MCSC. For more information, visit
Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre
For more information, call 780-963-0896 or email email@example.com
St. Joseph (Principal patron of Canada) Retreat
Everyone is welcome to this one-day retreat on Sept. 26 led by Rev. Mario Fernandes, OCD. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes with Mass at 4 p.m. Please bring your own lunch and mask. Cost: Donations welcomed. More information is on the MCSC website