"Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you." – Psalm 116:7
Let's Reconnect with God
Retreats Schedule for 2017/2018
The theme this year is:
"Be still and know that I am God"
Sept 29 - Oct 1
Nov 24 - 26
March 2 - 4
May 4 - 6
Oct 20 - 22
Nov 17 - 19
Jan 19 - 21
Jan 26 - 28
April 13 - 15
April 27 - 29
The Christian retreat can be defined in the simplest of terms as a definite time (from a few hours in length to a month) spent away from one's normal life for the purpose of reconnecting, usually in prayer, with God.
A retreat refreshes and revitalizes, gives the opportunity for more time spent in prayer and contemplation, and rekindles and deepens one’s relationship with God. One may take this opportunity to more clearly hear God’s call and to seek God’s healing grace and thereby attain a degree of spiritual renewal.
The purpose of a spiritual retreat, as an addition to daily spiritual activities, is to temporarily leave behind the usual distractions we all face for a time long enough to allow relaxation and for an inner change to occur: the ongoing conversion of heart that is critical to deepening faith. In the fever and agitation of modern life, the need of meditation and spiritual repose impresses itself on Christian souls who desire to reflect on their eternal destiny, and direct their life in this world towards God.
29TH ANNUAL NORTH-WEST 12 STEP WEEKEND Retreat
When: September 22, 23 and 24, 2017
Where: Marylake Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, 13760 Keele Street, King City.
Cost: $190 - Meals and Accommodations included.
Marylake Rooms: Single and Double occupancy available.
Cottage like facilities - bring what you need to keep you cozy - extra blanket.
Indoor footwear is recommended, as well as musical instruments.
Barbecue on Friday night 5:00 PM, followed by evening meeting and fellowship.
Saturday morning and evening meetings. Afternoon free to enjoy the fall colours and explore or rest.
Sunday morning meeting followed by a farewell lunch.
For more information:
Gary W. (647) 458-9883
Andy (416) 707-3701
Patricia T. (647) 293-5917
Jennifer (416) 435-1210
STEP 5: HOW IT WORKS
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
This is perhaps difficult, especially discussing our defects with another person. We think we have done well enough in admitting these things to ourselves. There is doubt about that. In actual practice, we usually find a solitary self-appraisal insufficient. Many of us thought it necessary to go much further. We will be more reconciled to discussing ourselves with another person when we see good reasons why we should do so. The best reason first: If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking. Time after time newcomers have tried to keep to themselves certain facts about their lives. Trying to avoid this humbling experience, they have turned to easier methods. Almost invariably they got drunk. Having persevered with the rest of the program, they wondered why they fell. We think the reason is that they never completed their housecleaning. They took inventory all right, but hung on to some of the worst items in stock. They only thought they had lost their egoism and fear; they only thought they had humbled themselves. But they had not learned enough of humility, fearlessness and honesty, in the sense we find it necessary, until they told someone else all their life story.
Step 5 Prayer
Almighty God, my inventory has shown me who I am, I admit to my wrongs, yet I ask for Your help in admitting my wrongs to another person and to You. Assure me, and be with me, in this step, for without this step I cannot progress in my recovery. With Your help, I can do this. Amen.
|Step||Frame of Thought|
|Step 1 (admitted defeat)||Surrender to reality|
|Step 2 (came to believe)||Faith in One greater than oneself|
|Step 3 (made a decision)||Trust in a Higher Power|
|Step 4 (took personal inventory)||Inventory, and our ownership|
|Step 5 (admitted our wrongs)||Conquering our fears|
|Step 6 (ready to be released)||Readiness for God's work in us|
|Step 7 (became humble)||Humility gains inner peace|
|Step 8 (willing to make amends)||Honesty in who we hurt|
|Step 9 (made amends)||Made right our wrongs|
|Step 10 (continued inventory)||Continued to do the right thing|
|Step 11 (improve contact with God)||Cultivate our spiritual growth|
|Step 12 (carry the message)||Give away what we received|