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St. Joseph Parish is pleased to be offering an Easter Retreat during the Octave of Easter, beginning Wednesday, April 24th and ending on Sunday, April 28th. Our invited retreat master is Fr. Luke Buckles, O.P., a priest of the Western Dominican Province who is stationed in Rome, Italy, where he professor of spiritual theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) as well as the Rector of the Convitto Internazionale S. Tommaso D’Aquino.
The theme of his Easter Retreat is “Meeting the Risen Christ in the Journey of our Life”. In focusing on how the first disciples had a personal, meaningful encounter with their Risen Lord leading to acts of faith and the joyful recognition, “It is the Lord’, Fr. Buckles will aim to help us similarly to encounter the resurrected Lord Jesus as we gather in his name, read his word, and participate in the Sacrament of the Eucharist during the days of the Easter Octave.
The retreat will be held Wednesday through Friday from 6-8 pm Saturday from 10 am to noon, and end with the Sunday 10 am Mass. It will begin daily with Mass and continue with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, during which Fr. Buckles will offer his conference and be available to hear confessions. It will end each day with a small hour from the Divine Office, followed by Benediction and Reposition.
In the Scriptural readings for the days after Easter, we remember with the whole Church the meetings of the first disciples with their Risen Lord. Each of these encounters was very personal, particularly designed to be especially meaningful to each disciple. Each appearance of the Risen Lord was completed with an act of faith going beyond the immediate human experience and led to the joyful recognition, “It is the Lord!”. During this Easter retreat, Fr. Buckles will help us ourselves to encounter the Risen Christ in the particular manner the disciples experienced in Sacred Scripture, as well as in the present moment – as we gather in his name, in the hearing of his word, and most of all in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, where we receive his glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Each day’s retreat will begin with Mass and continue with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, during which Fr. Buckles will offer his conference and be available to hear confessions. It will end each day with a small hour from the Divine Office, followed by Benediction and Reposition. The retreat will close with the 10 am Sunday Mass.