May 22, 2020, 7:00 PM – May 24, 2020, 12:00 PM | live on zoom

May Women's 11th Step Retreat

She Pondered These Things In Her Heart | Directed by Fr. Tom Hoar & David Martins

May Women's 11th Step Retreat

Time & Location

live on zoom

About Event

An 11th Step Retreat – An Opportunity to Step Away from our Daily Activities

Directed by Fr. Tom Hoar and David Martins

I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; 

I know also how to live with abundance. 

In every circumstance and in all things 

I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, 

of living in abundance and of being in need.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:12-13

The above passage is taken from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, written while he was imprisoned (likely in Rome) to the Christian Community established at Philippi. The Philippians had certainly seen their share of persecution, Paul himself was imprisoned during his time there (Acts 16:11-40). It is clear from the text of this letter that the community had reached out to Paul out of concern for him during this experience of arrest, and in his response he encourages the community to keep the faith, and continue to fight the good fight.

The global Christian Community today could likewise use such encouragement. The impact of COVID-19 on our lives has been extensive, and in every facet of our lives we have had to make adjustments: including living our life of faith. 

What are some ways that we can more effectively make the most difficult adjustment of all: temporarily transitioning from a community that gathers in Church for worship, at facilities for retreats, and other public places for community prayer – to being a people who can connect now only digitally and spiritually?

First and foremost we must recognize what Paul points out to us in the letter to the Philippians. As a body we can (and have) thrived in times of want and in times of plenty, and with the Lord’s help, there is nothing we can’t do within our relationship with him.

We would do well to identify a prayer space in our home. Perhaps even designate this spot with a crucifix, or a candle, or a holy card. In keeping with the Lord’s invitation to “go in your room and close the door” when we pray, and to “come aside and rest a while”, we need to find ways to step out of the secular world and into the sacred. The Kingdom of God is within us, and our King speaks to us in the innermost chambers of the heart, so any way that we can call our attention to this reality the more we can attune ourselves to his voice. In the 12 Step Rooms we frequently say “bring the body and the mind will follow.” The same is true of prayer.

So where is your prayer seat in your home? Where is your “retreat spot”? It is here that you will encounter Jesus, so it is truly a sacred place! Even if it is as simple as placing a particular chair in a particular spot: where is your sacred spot? Use this spot for nothing else. When approaching this seat for prayer or meditation, pause and honor the spot with a simple bow of the head: a great reminder that we are stepping out of the world, and into time with Jesus. 

When making a retreat online, or even praying along with the Mass or other devotionals, treat your time in this space as you would time in Church. Perhaps leave the phone in the other room, don’t be eating or playing with the dog. Give this time to Jesus, in a setting that you have set aside just for him. 



  •   7:00 pm: 1st Conference with Fr. Tom

       Improving Our Conscious Contact with God

  •   7:30 pm: AA Step Meeting 


 •  8:00 am: Morning Prayer / Meditation with David M.

     Relationship with God, Others, and Self

 •  9:00 am: 2nd Conference with David M.

     Mary, Mother of Recovery

 •  10:00 am: Mass for Saturday of the 6th Week of Easter

     with Fr. Tom; Celebrant & Homilist

 •  12:30 - 3:30 pm: One-on-One Spiritual Direction Appointments*

     15 min appointments; Sign up after registering via the emailed link

 •  4:00 pm: 3rd Conference with Fr. Tom

     Hope and Healing Through the Steps

 •  7:00 pm: 4th Conference with David M.

     Styles of Marian Prayer and Meditation

 •  7:30 pm: AA Speaker Discussion Meeting 


 •  10:00 am: Mass for the 7th Sunday of Easter

     with Fr. Tom; Celebrant & Homilist

 •  1:00 - 4:00 pm: One-on-One Spiritual Direction Appointments*

     15 min appointments; Sign up after registering via the emailed link

All links will be provided to your email after you register.

Please read and understand our full Cancellation Policy prior to your purchase. Thank you!

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