January 2016


"There are only two days in the year

that nothing can be done.

One is called yesterday, and the other is called tomorrow,

so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live."

Dalai Lama


Happy New Year! 

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. 

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 February 12 - Saturday February 13
Arrival 5pm, Gathering 6pm, Departure 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.
Private Room $135 p.p, Shared Room $110 p.p.
Commuter $80 (supper & lunch)
Deposit $50

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, visit



At Maryholme...

Bald Eagle Spotted at Shore!
Imagine our excitement at discovering this majestic creature one foggy morning this week,  perched on
a limb outside Edgar's west sun porch!



Volunteer News
Sr. Victoria's Schneider died suddenly this past week at Loretto Abbey, Toronto. Every Tuesday morning from May-September she helped out in the gardens. You can see her in the forefront, tackling the labyrinth stones. She will be missed.

From the Archives...
The wonder of winter's stillness here has not changed, only Edgar's porch door and the half wall of cedar hedge leading to it ... can you spot any other changes?

from our guests...

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

"Thank you for offering such 
a beautiful and tranquil place to come and reconnect to oneself
I received the blessings of the space 
and left some to share with others. Namaste."

"Wonderful experience!
Gives me courage to meet 
the changes ahead."


Spiritual Nourishment...

"When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost, 
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations.
To bring peace among all,
To make music in the heart."
Howard Thurman


"God will assist and help you,
it is no matter the who
but the what."
Mary Ward

W inter 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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