December 2015

We wish you the hope that remains eternal,
the peace that surpasses understanding,
 the joy that fills hearts.
and the love that heals.
May you and yours be blessed
this season, and always. 
Merry Christmas! 

"And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, 
for you have found favour with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb
and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.'"
Luke 1:30-31

Join us this Season...

In the Darkness, Light
Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm
Jan.13 & Feb.10, 2016

A series focusing on film as a spiritual discipline,
as contemplation, and as a contemporary form of prayer. A different film to be featured 
each evening. 


Winter Solstice
December 21,  7:30pm-9:30pm

Many cultures and faith traditions mark the coming 
of the new light into the world. On this night 
we gather to pray, light the fire and walk the labyrinth together for peace, and them warm up afterward 
with shared snacks and a hot drink. Gather at Edgar (Main) House by 7:20pm. Please bring finger foods 
to share.


Men's Book Club - New!
Starting Tuesday January 19, 10:30am-2pm

Men are offered the opportunity to discuss relevant
spiritual writings and books. 8-12 members. Books
and further dates to be determined by the group.
Donation appreciated.


Guided Retreat - 
Standing with Jesus
Friday Feb. 12, 5pm - Saturday Feb. 13, 3pm

Through embodied prayer practices, we will explore
our stance toward self, others, creation, and God.
Facilitator: Ruth McDonald, story teller, wonderer
and person of the heart.

Lenten Journey
5 Wednesdays, 6-8pm
Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Mar. 2, Mar. 9, Mar. 16

Practice spiritual renewal through prayer, fasting,
and almsgiving. A meal of homemade soup and crackers is available between 6 and 7pm,
followed by one hour of prayer, music, quiet,
and scripture.
Almsgiving: cash donation for Loretto India Missions
or items for the Georgina Food Pantry.

For more details on any retreats and programs, 
or to view our 2015/2016 retreats and events, 
At Maryholme...

Don Curtis' Retirement
Loretto Sisters, Maryholme staff and Don's family celebrated and honoured Don's 35 years
of dedicated service at Loretto Maryholme. We wish him every joy and blessing in his retirement!


Our restored wicker furniture
is now painted!
Recently we had most of our original (at least 75 years old) wicker furniture restored. Carl has finished painting the restored pieces and they are all back
on the wrap-around porch again. They look beautiful!

from our guests...

Many thanks to our wonderful visitors
who take the time to write in our guestbook
and send us notes...

"I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity
and time to meditate in community
while provided with such beauty all around.
Thank you to all who have been here
 before me, those who are here,
and those who will come.

"The peace of concentration
in the heart of stillness.
May everyone have the opportunity
to enjoy such an environment.
Thank you."

"I am leaving here with a deep sense of peace
in my heart. I've been telling family & friends
my coming here was my Christmas present 
to myself, and so it has been!


Spiritual Nourishment...

"The first fall of snow is not only
an event, but it is a magical event.
You go to bed in one kind of world
and wake up to find yourself 
in another quite different,
and if this is not enchantment,
where is it to be found?"
J.B. Priestly


"Courage is the fragile blossom
that opens in the snow."
Fred Rogers



"Where there is no love, put love --
and you will find love."
St. John of the Cross

Winter at
Loretto Maryholme...

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Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre
is a sacred space of peace and beauty on Lake Simcoe for those seeking to restore energies needed for personal and communal transformation.

The Centre is available for use by individuals and groups whose activities reflect the Centre's mission. Facilitation of a workshop,
a day of reflection, or an opportunity for spiritual direction
can be arranged.

For accommodation arrangements, please email 
"Find your centre at our Centre"
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