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Saint Aloysius-Saint Jude Parish

Leicester, Massachusetts

Saint Aloysius-Saint Jude Parish

489 Pleasant Street

Leicester, MA 01524

508-892-8296

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Director of Liturgical Music on retreat (Where’s the Organist?!)

“When ministry becomes a JOB, it’s time for a change.”

In mid July, 2015, our Director of Liturgical Music, Kevin Mathieu, visited Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, for a 4 day Lay Eclesial Ministers retreat. After a few years with minimal time off and expanding responsibilities, Kevin realized a growing detachment from spiritual life each weekend. Noting that weekend Liturgies were all about work, and prayer life was greatly diminished, he knew a change was needed. The answer to this challenge was not vacation, but a retreat to renew a soulful connection to the weekly and daily liturgies, and develop a new daily prayer routine.

The retreat focus was “Experiencing Christ in the Paschal Mystery”. Each day included morning prayer, readings and reflections from the Office of Readings, a lecture from one of the professors of theology, and guided meditation on a scripture passage. Each evening, adoration, confession, benediction and Night prayer were held in the chapel. In between scheduled items, time was set aside for quiet reflection anywhere on campus. This was also great time for sharing with others on retreat or those taking Summer classes on campus. Many ideas and stories were shared about Parish ministries throughout the North East, even across the country where each person came from.

All five attendees of the retreat left with a renewed spirit, and clearer ideas of where God was calling them to go in Ministry, both in their current ministry, and some ideas for expanding to new areas as well.

This was the first retreat of its kind held at the college, hosted by the theology department. With the success of this year, it should continue for years to come, and Kevin plans to make it a regular Summer retreat.

Members of the retreat, Professors, and friends on the final day of the retreat.

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