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Are you often looking for affirmation from others? Is approval central to your self-esteem?  Understanding and moving beyond this pattern can be freeing and life-giving. Come and see what the healing Christ within has for you!

Cenacle Inner Healing
Ministry Team
February 12, 2016
Friday – 9:30 – 2:00

Cost: $45 includes lunch




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Deborah and Richard Krummel will be the Chairs for the 2016 Annual Spring Dinner honoring Most Reverend Vincent M. Rizzotto, DD, JCL 60 years of priestly ministry. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 6-9pm at the Chateau Crystale Ballroom.  All proceeds for this event will be used for campus renovations of the Cenacle Retreat House.  Table Sponsorships are now available. Please call 281-497-3131 EXT 111.  Individual tickets will be available beginning February 15th. Watch the website for updates and purchase tickets online or by call the Cenacle.
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Simon, Can You See?  Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer in Contemplative Silence

Growth on the spiritual path is always about seeing again - Differently - Deeper- Wider- With Fresh eyes.

To really see is a process and Lent is the right season to engage this process.

On this day we will spend time in the company of Jesus, Simon the Pharisee and the woman with an alabaster jar of ointment.

You will be the fourth person present, bringing with you the fertile soil of your  being, the burning desire to grow deeper in your intimacy wit Jesus.

The day will conclude with Mass and the distribution of ashes.

Rev Philip Chircop, SJ
February 10, 2016
Wednesday - 9 AM – 2:30 PM
Minimum Offering: $45
Includes Lunch


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As  moms we frequently lament that the time and demands of motherhood leave little time for our relationship with God.  How can a mom live contemplatively while changing diapers or driving the carpool?

Join us as we seek to recognize practices of motherhood, things you do every day, as a way of better knowing God.

Presented by: Julia Batdorf and Sharon Jacobson, both spiritual directors and retreat leaders on staff at the Cenacle.

Wednesday, January 27, 9am - 2:30pm

Cost: $45 includes lunch

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For Men Only - a 10 week  series for men to explore their journey of personal relationships, emotional and spiritual growth.  Based on the book "So Dad, What Makes a Man?" by Tom Peery.  

Presented by: Luis Canales, Lloyd Guerin, David Malicki, and Tom Peery

Thursdays 7-9 pm from January 21 - March 31, 2016

Cost: $125 includes book

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I have loved you with an everlasting love.  Jeremiah 31:3

Over 500 years ago Ignatius of Loyola shared his experience of God's love in what has become known as the Spiritual Exercises.  This retreat will provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their own relationship with God through prayerful reflections on those exercises.

Presented by Anne Marie Daniel, Laura Laine, Bernadette Peters and Sandy Smith.

For Women Only

Minimum Offering: $195 includes overnight accommodations and meals.

January 29-31, 2016, 7pm Friday-1:30pm Sunday

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January's Inner Healing Day of Prayer will explore the process of learning to forgive ourselves.  How can I accept myself in order to move on toward freedom and a more abundant life?

 Join the Inner Healing Team on Friday, January 8th from 9:30am - 2:00pm. The cost is $45 and includes lunch.


Register Online or call 281-497-3131

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Cinema at the Cenacle
Tuesday Jan. 12th is movie time. "The Hundred-foot Journey" stars Helen Mirren as a chef/owner of a fancy restaurant in France. The fireworks start when immigrants from India open a restaurant right across the street. We watch two worlds/cultures collide in this delightful story with heart & humor. Several spiritual themes emerge as the drama unfolds. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Julie Blake. The film is 2 hours so we will begin showing at 9:30 am Tuesday morning.  Call 281-497-3131 to register.
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Relationships are disrupted in today's world, often by a failure to communicate--as the 1967 movie "Cool Hand Luke" put it. When I was well into my midlife, I was a great communicator on subjects like work, sports, and weather, but my father had taught me talking about my emotions or my inner thoughts was either for women or selfish. After being a workaholic  for twenty-five years, I realized the only way I could seek a better balance in my life was to go cold turkey and I retired early.

A few years later, my son Tristan came home one night and said, "Tomorrow I'll be twenty-one, so Dad, what makes a man?"  Something told me not to be flippant,  but all I knew then was there was more to a man than just work, but what? Some quick research showed me there was no way I could speak for what makes all other men, only what made me. I asked him if I could get back to him and he said "sure."    

It took fifteen years, beginning after leaving work with caring for my father who had developed Alzheimer's disease, followed by ongoing, grace-filled moments that initiated my education of the spiritual, emotional and relational aspects of my life. I eventually replied to my son by writing a memoir  named after his question.  

Two years ago Luis Canales, Lloyd Guerin and I created a men's workshop at the Cenacle we call A Walking Tour of Male Spirituality, based on my memoir. It provides a safe and trustworthy environment for men to practice talking about their own lives, in a community that recognizes each man is worthy of being heard and retains the responsibility to freely direct his own life. The objective is to get better at building something greater than ourselves through our personal relationships with others and God. It consists of ten two-hour sessions on Thursday nights, and begins again at the Cenacle on January 21, 2016. See programs and retreats to register online or call 281-497-3131 Ext. 112


Tom Peery

Husband, father, grandfather, Cenacle spiritual director, Argentine tango dancer,

and, author of So Dad, What Makes a Man? : A Narrative on the Male Identity
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New Year's Eve in Prayer

Join Richard Wahl, CSB  on the threshold of the year for a time of prayer, reflection and fellowship.  The evening will conclude with Mass at 11 pm followed by festive refreshments.

Evening Only - $40 - with midnight reception

Overnight Option $75 - includes midnight reception, overnight accommodations and continental breakfast.

Register Online   or call 281-497-3131 Ext. 112 by December 29th.


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