Sinsinawa Mound Center is sponsoring four virtual micro-retreats over the next five months that invite participants to be attentive and compassionate, pause, and appreciate each faith-based season as it mirrors the natural changing cycle of seasons. Sister Stella DeVenuta, OSF, will lead the series Pause: A Season to Breathe. Like the seasons of Earth that shift and change in nature, our lives of faith are also cyclical. From the ordinary time of now through the anticipated promise of hope, these sessions will be both reflective and engaging, with an invitation to carry the session focus into further reflection as personal practice. The first micro-retreat, Season of Change and Resilience, and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon CST Saturday, Nov. 7. Future sessions are at the same times Dec. 12 (Season of Waiting), Feb. 27 (Season of Release) and April 10 (Season of Hope). The fee is $25 per person and the registration deadline is Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. To register contact Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.
No fruitcake? Yes, there will be fruitcake!
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are meeting the challenge of our times by hosting their first Online Holiday Boutique!
All your favorite Dominican treats will be available. There will be Olive Oil, Fruitcakes, Honey, even Honey Soap! There are many items handmade by the Sisters available. Also Sisters’ art, photo cards, origami and knitted and crocheted items.
Many baked goods are offered such as Sister Pia’s German Cookies, Sister Lynn Marie’s Bourbon Balls, and Sister Francis Clare’s delicious Biscotti, along with decorated cookies, fudge and much more.
Don’t forget to enter to win a prize at the Raffle. You can print tickets from the web site and send them in for your chance at a grand prize of $1000.
Just go to www.msjdominicans.com and follow the link to the ONLINE HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE! And yes, there will be fruitcakes!
Dubuque Area Vocation Association (DAVA) invites young adult women to an online retreat, Seeking God: A Day of Discernment for Young Adult Women, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 7. This retreat will offer helpful tools for discerning your vocation to married, single or religious life. Participants will explore together how silence and listening create a discerning heart. The day will include prayer, talks, breaks for personal reflection and small group conversations. Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/Seeking_God. For more information, contact Michelle Horton via phone at 608-695-6060 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent is a season of reflection on the amazing mystery of Emanuel, Divine Life among us. Can we get in touch with its gratuitous wonder and surprise? That Divine Love would choose to explode into the spinning cosmos, filling it with its very Being? That those forty-year wanderers in exodus would still believe? That an unknown young woman in a nothing town in a small, oppressed country would be visited with a revelation—and that her Fiat-Yes would so illuminate the world?
In our human history, what could be more wondrous than if that people of faith in every age and every religion would keep saying Yes—keep rising with courage and kindness in every kind of condition, in order to offer their love and energy to carry the world to an unfolding future. How amazing this Holy Mystery Incarnate, in our midst, in us. This Advent, in this season that celebrates the surprise and the resilience of grace, let us bring our own spirit of love, courage, and expectation.
Join us for this virtual retreat presented by S. Miriam Brown, OP, on Wednesday, December 2. It will be presented twice: 10:00-11:15am and 6:30-7:45pm. Freewill offering. To register, visit www.SienaRetreatCenter.org.
No matter where we are in North America, we are on land previously occupied by indigenous peoples.
“Encompassing Culture: Reclaiming Indigenous Space,” explores a unique learning approach to raising the visibility of Native people and helping connect all of us to the past.
It will be presented virtually on Thursday, November 5, from 6:30-8:30pm by Dr. Patty Loew, who will share how she and her students created a virtual tour of Indigenous people, places, and historical events. Dr. Loew is Co-Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University. A citizen of Mashkiiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Loew is a former broadcast journalist and the author of four books. Freewill offering. To register, visit www.SienaRetreatCenter.org.