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

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Reflection #2

From The Other Side of Chaos

by Margaret Silf


“Are we willing to accept that things do break down in our personal lives and in the life of the world, and trust that this might really be the beginning of a breakthrough? Or will we try desperately to hold everything together, or put it back together, to how it was before it fell apart? In terms of our Christian story, we might ask whether we are willing to allow the death to happen, trusting in the resurrection. Or will we abort the paschal mystery by trying in vain to maintain the status quo, to hold on desperately to what is no longer leading to life, and thereby block the way to resurrection?

... Are we hoping that God, or faith, will rescue us from the breakdown and repair the damage, or dare we trust that God is inviting us to engage in the coming to birth of something new, in and through the labour pains of loss and disintegration?” 

 Lent Retreat Morning

"Delightful and Loved"

"This is my son, the beloved, 

with whom I am well pleased."

(Mt. 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 the "Beloved of God" and that we are taken, blessed, broken and given. 

After viewing the videos, the key to the morning will be time for quiet reflection about how we are God's Beloved in whom he delights. 

DATE & TIME: February 29, 2020       9:30 a.m. - Noon


 SUGGESTED OFFERING: Free will offering

LOCATION: Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Hall, 114 MacDonald Avenue

REGISTRATION: 705-254-4690, [email protected], or using the contact form on this site

Advent Retreat


You are invited to come apart for a time to ponder the mystery of the incarnation. Scripture, story, silence and prayer will help us open to the compassion of God who wants to be united with us in our humanity through Jesus the Christ.

When: Saturday November 30, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Emmanuel United Church, 224 Bennett Blvd 

Suggested Offering: $40.00 lunch included

Facilitator: Janet Norman

Registration: by November 26 by email: [email protected] or 705-254-4690 or by using the contact form on this website

Janet is a retired United Church minister whose spiritual wisdom has touched many lives over the years and has been a guest facilitator for several "Shalom Place" retreats in the past living out her desire to share the beauty of the "Good News”. 

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.

Added Nov. 20, 2019:

Blessed the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Are we humble? Are we patient with the faults and limitations of others? 

Added Nov. 27, 2019:

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Do we show compassion (from the Latin word meaning to "suffer with") to people we encounter who are experiencing illness or sorrow? Do we pray for them and offer our assistance?

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Do we desire and work for justice on behalf of society's most vulnerable people - the unborn, the immigrant, the marginalized and the abandoned? Are we good stewards of the Earth?

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Do we truly do to others as we would have them do to us - forgiving them for wrongs they have committed against us, and seeking forgiveness from those we have hurt?

(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. 



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

FACILITATOR: Sr. Stephanie Romiti, CSJ


LOCATION: St. Veronica’s Parish

“Echoes of God’s Tenderness”

Monthly Contemplative Prayer


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


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.



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


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