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The following Shalom Place reflections, programs and retreats have been offered in the past.

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Originally posted Nov. 2, 2019:

This month began with the feast of All Saints' Day. Let us reflect this month on what it means to be a saint, i.e., what is holiness?

The path to holiness: 

Let the Beatitudes be your guide

Adapted from Donald J. Kettler


In his recently published apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis reminds us that everyone is called to holiness. We are all called to be saints.

This can sound like a lofty goal — something reserved for special people. It brings to mind those who are already beatified or canonized by the church — people like the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Christ. Or St. Teresa of Calcutta, who started a religious order and devoted her entire life to helping the poorest of the poor.

Sometimes God calls people to be Gospel witnesses in these exceptional ways. But more often, he doesn’t. More often, God encourages us to answer the call to holiness in less dramatic, but no less important ways — in our day-to-day interactions with spouses, parents, students, neighbors and co-workers.

For this, the Beatitudes offer guidance. The pope calls them “a Christian’s identity card.” If you want to know how to live your life, you can turn to these teachings that Jesus gave in his Sermon on the Mount:


Added Nov. 11, 2019:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.

The path to holiness requires focusing less on wealth and material things, and giving more time and attention to the most important things in life - God, our families and the needs of others, especially the poor.

(to be continued...)

Celebrating the Saints

Join us to experience that joy that is part of the COMMUNION OF SAINTS, that "great cloud of witnesses" who can help to inspire us and help us to live with new eyes and a renewed heart!


These session will be an interactive exchange of 

ideas, talent and joy!


No materials necessary - no contribution is too small

No prior knowledge of the lives of the Saints is required!


Dates:  October 15, 21, November 11, 18

Time:  4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Suggested Offering: Free will

Facilitator: Sister Mary Jo Radey, CSJ

Register before October 11, by email [email protected] or 705-2544690 or complete the contact form on this website

Spring 2019 Retreat Evening:

Called to Life

As the created world around us responds

to the call to new life

with green grass, budding trees and blooming fl0wers,

we too are invited to listen and respond

to this same divine call. 


COME JOIN US FOR AN EVENING OF

INPUT, PRAYER & QUIET REFLECTION


DATE & TIME: Thursday, May 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

FACILITATOR: Sr. Stephanie Romiti, CSJ

SUGGESTED OFFERING: Free-will

LOCATION: St. Veronica’s Parish

“Echoes of God’s Tenderness”

Monthly Contemplative Prayer

COME WHEN YOU CAN!

You are invited to this monthly quiet time of prayer. The only pre-requisite is a longing to enrich your connection with God’s intimate love for you. This contemplative prayer time will include beautiful music, moments of silence and the inspiring work of Canadian poet, Ulrich Schaffer. Refreshments will be available following the time of prayer. Open to seekers of any denomination – no registration needed – come when you are able.


DATE & TIME: 3rd Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., beginning Oct.15

FACILITATOR: Sr. Lea Joanisse, CSJ

SUGGESTED OFFERING: Free-will

LOCATION: Mount St. Joseph Centre Chapel, 90 Ontario Avenue

 Lent Retreat Evening

“Delightful and Loved”

“This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17). These words are not only said about Jesus but about each one of us. In his “Beloved Sermons,” Henri Nouwen fully explores how each of us is a “Beloved of God” and that we are taken, blessed, broken and given to become like Jesus in the world.


DATE & TIME: Monday, March 11, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

FACILITATOR: Burnie Thorp

 SUGGESTED OFFERING: Free-will

LOCATION: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish

"Harvest Us Home:

Good News As We Age"

This 6-week program is based on the book of the same name. The book is a treasure of spiritual maturity and psychological savvy. This program will guide you to experience how aging can be an enriching time…to review your life with gratitude…to recognize God’s ever-present & gracious love …to be encouraged to live life as fully as possible


DATE & TIME: Mondays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11 - March 25, 2019

FACILITATOR: Robin Lelievre

 SUGGESTED OFFERING: $30 + book

Men’s Lenten Program

“Wondrous Encounters”

Using Richard Rohr’s book, you will explore Lenten Scripture passages in an exceptional way – leading to transformation rather than simply offering information. Input, quiet reflection time and sharing are included.


DATE & TIME: Thurs., 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., 

                 Mar. 7, 21, 28; Apr. 4, 11, 16, 2019

FACILITATOR: Burnie Thorp

SUGGESTED OFFERING: $30 + book