On Saturday April 20th we had our 3rd Day of Recollection in Grays Ferry.
The day started with Mass at 9:00 with St. Gabriel’s pastor Fr. John Zagarella and concelebrated by Grays Ferry spiritual director Fr. Doug McKay.
After some light refreshments over in St. Gabriel’s annex we moved up to the gym for a talk by Matt from Trenton on his recovery and Matt Talbot.
Before lunch Kathleen McCarthy from In His Sign talked to the group about healign adn our role in the “new evangelization’. That role being to tell our story to others so that they will follow us to Christ.
After lunch we had a healing ceremony. The ceremony began with music nad a brief period of adoration. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to us through Kathleen whil Fr. Doug blessed each person individually with the Blessed Sacrament. All were moved by this holy experience.
We were happy to have the current national president of The Calix Society, Mike S. from York, PA and his fiance Gretchen with us for the day. Miek took a few minutes to introduce himself to the group and to let the Grays Ferry unit know how the rest of the country is looking to them as a model for what a Calix Unit can be.
We were then joined by Mark Houck, founder of The King’s Men. Mark spoke to us about a number of topics including the Samson retreats they are doing for abused men. In these retreats men are take through the Stations of the Cross and Mark encouraged those in attendance to take a fresh look at the Stations with soem themes we may not have thought about in the past.
Finally, we went up to St. Raphael’s ARC for a Holy Hour with a short talk by Fr. McKay followed by adoration, benediction and the closing prayers.
Durign the course of the day a few of us talked wit hBrian G. abotu the possibility of having the Grays Ferry unit learn about and make the Consecration to Mary as prescribed by St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Militia Immaculata. We are hoping to have Brain come back one Tuesday in May to give a talk on the conscration after which all those that would like to make the consecration will be able to. I have added some website links to the “Links” page if you would like to learn more about the Militia Immaculata prior to the talk.
Thanks again to al lthose for puttign together this wonderful program!