Be Still 

This retreat will invite its participants to embrace the season of Advent will an openness to the Book of Psalm’s challenge to “Be still and know that I am God.” Through a series of talks, meditations, Masses, prayer services, quiet time and music, retreatants will experience what our great spiritual models have known: “Our Goal, to entertain silence in the heart and listen for the voice of God – to pray for your own discovery.” (Thomas Merton) “Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.” (Mother Theresa) “First, silence makes us pilgrims.  Secondly, silence guards the fire within.  Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.” (Henri J.M. Nouwen)

The theme of this retreat is also based on this David Kauffman hymn. David will make a guest appearance at this retreat, sing a few songs, and dialogue with the retreatants. He will also be in concert, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 7:30pm at St. Joseph’s Church in Manchester. All retreatants receive one free ticket to the concert.

Be still, my love; know that I am God.
The mountains shake, the waters roar, the valleys tremble with fear,
And yet our strength, our refuge sure, whispers in our ear.

The Advent 2017 Retreat will be led by Fr. Tom Santen, Lucia Signorelli and Steve Givens.  This silent retreat begins at 5:30 pm on Friday and concludes with lunch on Sunday. The cost is $190 per participant, which includes lodging, linens and 6 meals. Private rooms include private toilets and showers.  $25 Non-Refundable Deposit.

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Advent Day of Prayer – Birthing Hope

Advent is a season to reflect on new life, new beginnings, and renewed hope.  It offers us a time to slow, rest and wait for newness to be born. What does it mean to hope in a world that can overwhelm us with fear and doubt?  In this season symbolized by darkness, can our hope bring light?  The invitation for this retreat is to enter into this time of quiet expectancy, and listen deeply to what stirs within as we ask ourselves, “How can I birth newness… how can I birth hope?”

Presenter:  Kathleen Davis

(Kathleen holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology)

Place:  Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center, 3522 Utah Street

Date:  Saturday, December 9, 2017

Time:  10:00 – 3:00

Cost:  $35.00

To reserve space, contact Sr. Carol Orf at 314-560-1028 or email



► Advent as a Time of Sabbath: A Retreat Led by Rev. Wayne Muller, December 1—2, 2017 at Mercy Center, Frontenac. Friday: registration 4:30 P.M. program following. Saturday: program 9:00 A.M.—5:00 P.M., followed by optional 5:30 P.M. dinner and fireside chat. Wayne Muller is a minister, therapist, community advocate, and best-selling author of Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest. See for cost which is due Nov. 20.

► Advent Quiet Days, Friday—Sunday, December 8—10, 2017 at Mercy Center, Frontenac.

Come for a time of personal Advent Sabbath, enjoying one or more days of quiet. No presentations or schedules. Each overnight: $65, includes three meals. Day only: $30,  includes lunch.

Total payment due Nov. 24

► Advent and Christmas Performance by the Catholic Student Center Choir at Mercy Center, Frontenac, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:00 P.M. This contemporary choir from Washington University will celebrate in song both Advent waiting and Christmas joy. A free will offering will be given to the choir. Online registration appreciated by Dec. 8

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