Faith Focus: Reserve your spot for June retreat

March 18, 2019

Reserve your spot for June retreat

Make plans now if you wish to attend a week-long retreat, “Seek First the Realm of God,” June 16-22 at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

Seeking to identify some of the major building-blocks of our religious lives, we will look at our call to ongoing conversion; ask whether we are growing in age and wisdom; and identify the essence of spirituality. And we will ask: “What is ‘this’ Jesus asks us to do in his memory?”; and “Are we people of hope?” These and other topics will be shared during the week.

Father Anthony Gittins, CSSp, taught theology and anthropology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1984 until 2011. He has authored many books on theological topics, mission, and spirituality. He worked for thirty years with and among homeless women on the streets of Chicago and in a shelter and for seven years was part of Genesis House — a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution.

The retreat begins the evening of Sunday, June 16, and runs until noon Saturday, June 22.

To register online, go to www.rochesterfranciscan.org and select June 16 on the Events calendar. Registrations are due by April 22.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

South Troy church hosts blood drive

ZUMBRO FALLS — South Troy Wesleyan Church will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 28 at the church, 56817 U.S. Highway 63, Zumbro Falls.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 507-259-1442, or sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

“South Troy Church is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Pastor Colleen Hoeft. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Join labyrinth walk at Calvary church

Calvary Sacred Circle will host an indoor open labyrinth walk from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Crawford Hall at Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester.

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol and purposeful path representing a journey to our own center and back into the world. The labyrinth walk will be facilitated by parishioner Elise Lewis (trained facilitator) who will be available for guidance and questions. Instrumental accompaniment will be provided by local musician Francis Gurtz.

There will be time for journaling, contemplative prayer or meditation. This event is appropriate for teens and adults and a free-will donation will be accepted. Please plan to arrive by 7 p.m. to ensure time for your walk.

No registration is necessary and all are welcome. Please use the west entrance of the church on Fourth Avenue Southwest to enter the building. Calvary Church is at 111 Third Ave. SW.

For more information, please contact the church office at 507-282-9429 or email Elise at hollymaedesigns@icloud.com.

Learn how generational cycles affect spirituality

You may be familiar with the current generations: Boomers, GenXers, and Millennials. Most are not familiar with the understanding that their alignment enables us to explain current events in our culture and to predict what will come next for society.

Learn more about it at an upcoming class, “Generational Cycles and their Influence on Cultural and Personal Spirituality,” 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

The Generational Futures presentation is a fascinating research project done in the 1980s. It advanced an eye-opening exposition of generational cycles. Four generational archetypes were identified, and found to create a repeating 80-year cycle, which exposes a consistent pattern of cultural changes, observed all the way back to the time of the Pilgrims.

Admission to the class is $10 preregistered/prepaid, and $15 at the door.

Register online, tinyurl.com/yywb4gsl, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.

Join Taizé Prayer service at Assisi

Taizé Prayer is a repetitive prayer set to simple music, interspersed with meditation. Meditation is a form of contemplative prayer in which we move beyond words, thoughts and images, opening us to God’s mysterious silence within us. There is no teaching, or preaching. It is short chants repeated over and over in the dark. As Swiss Brother John says, “It is a time to rest in God and let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being.”

Join in Taizé Prayer at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Assisi Heights in Rochester. Admission is free; donations appreciated.

Learn more and register online, tinyurl.com/yxc7f2zr.

Find out how Luther changed world history

A discussion of the book “Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 26 at Assisi Heights in Rochester.

Lynda Roper’s book is a magnificent study of one of history’s most compelling and decisive figures. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses on the church door thus beginning his “public life.”

Researched for more than 10 years, Ms. Roper’s book sketches Luther as a complicated founding father of Protestant Reformation. This biography offers a fresh and deeply revealing study of the man who somewhat reluctantly divided a continent. His intellectual assault on Catholicity transformed Christianity and changed world history. Join us for a fascinating discussion.

Admission is $14 preregistered/prepaid. Includes lunch. Registration required by March 19.

Learn more and register online, tinyurl.com/yxwl6rtu, or call 507-280-2195.

Assisi Heights is at 1001 14th St. NW.