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November 14, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – “I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar carols play …” In no other holy day or holiday does music play such a significant role as during the Christmas season. These “old familiar carols,” when pondered, can help the soul feel its worth and capture the great gift of the season.
During the 2022 Advent Retreat, Father Marty Iott, OP, a Dominican Friar from the Southern Province, examines the spiritual meaning of some of these old familiar carols. The retreat is offered in person from 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2022, through 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 8, 2022, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.
Ordained in 1970, Father Marty served as a parish priest and a university and hospital chaplain, in addition to working toward the initial formation of Dominican students. He has dedicated the past 40 years to preaching through retreats and parish missions.
The cost of the retreat is $160 for commuters, $325 per person double occupancy, and $425 single occupancy. All overnight guests must have proof of COVID-19 vaccination; all guests will be screen for the virus and must wear a mask except when eating.
Registration is required and is available at www.webercenter.org; click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by contacting Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or email@example.com. Limited scholarships are available.
October 4, 2022, New London, Connecticut – As we move further into the season of fall and many begin to prepare for Christmas, it’s time to make spiritual preparations to celebrate the incarnation of Jesus.
Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, has released Advent 2022: Awaiting the Good News. Beginning on November 27, 2022, the First Sunday of Advent, and running through Christmas Day, December 25, 2022, the booklet offers daily reflections on Scripture passages, inspirational stories, suggested daily practices, and prayers to aid in that preparation.
A retreat leader and a consultant for catechists and adult faith formation leaders, Sister Janet also once ministered as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is a recipient of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award.
Noting the difficulties and challenges of the past few years, Sister Janet reminds readers in her introduction that “numerous instances and stories of goodness” have also been part of those years. Advent can be a time to focus on these positive stories. “These Advent days ahead of us invite us to show down and become more aware of the good news of God-among-us: the glimpses of goodness vibrantly alive in the everydayness of our lives,” Sister Janet writes.
Copies of Awaiting the Good News and of the Spanish edition, Esperamos la Buena Nueva, are available through Twenty-third Publications. They can also be ordered through the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221; firstname.lastname@example.org; or 517-266-4035. The shop is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m.