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October 30, 2018

The Oblates Go On Retreat
      On the weekend of October 26th through the 28th our Oblates went to St. Mary’s Retreat House in Oxford for their annual time of reflection and prayer.  Fr. John Martin Shimkus and Br. Mark Orcutt led the program, with the former presenting reflections.  The topic for this year’s retreat was appropriately (for this time of the year), the Saints.  In his presentations, Fr. John Martin emphasized that not all saints have titles and often, the depictions of the saints do not always portray the down-to-earth struggles they faced in their lives (which gives all of us hope).  Along with the talks the retreat included the Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass (on Saturday and Sunday), Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and opportunities to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation.  The occasion was a great opportunity to become more aware of our common vocation to holiness and encourage one another in living a life of sanctity.

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