Adult Activities

Enriching Lives Through Spiritual Growth

Overview

Welcome to our Adult Activities, where we offer a variety of engaging and inspiring programs designed to foster personal growth and deepen your spiritual connection. Our initiatives cater to a wide range of interests, providing opportunities for individuals to explore their faith, develop meaningful relationships, and experience spiritual enrichment. From reflective retreats and thought-provoking discussions to community service projects and collaborative learning experiences, our Adult Activities empower you to cultivate a richer understanding of your beliefs and their role in your daily life. Join us on this journey of self-discovery, spiritual development, and communal connection as we grow together in faith and purpose.
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Art of Accompaniment

The word "accompaniment" has been made popular by Pope Francis but has been part of the Catholic Church since the beginning. The basic idea is to walk alongside another spiritually.

Below is a link to the recording from the panel discussion that was held at Saint Helen on May 9th.

Continue the Conversation

We invite you to join us for four follow-up conversations on Accompaniment using the book "The Art of Accompaniment" by Bill Huebsch. We will supply you with a copy of the book. The purpose of these discussions is to discern together how we can accompany others whom we encounter both as a parish and individually.

If you are able to join us for all or some of the events please reply using the link below:
"In our world ordained ministers and other pastoral workers can make the fragrance of Christ's closeness and personal gaze. The Church will have to initiate everyone -- priests, religious and laity -- into this 'art of accompaniment' which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other." (Pope Francis: The Joy of the Gospel, 169)

Dates of the Conversations

Conversation 1: Accompaniment as a Pastoral Strategy

Tuesday, June 11th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, June 26th
7:00 PM

Conversation 2: Accompaniment in the Formation of the Conscience

Tuesday, July 9th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, July 10th
7:00 PM

Conversation 3: Accompaniment Toward Discernment

Tuesday, July 30th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, July24th
7:00 PM

Conversation 4: Hallmarks of an "Accompanying Parish"

Tuesday, August 13th or
12:30 PM
Wednesday, August 7th
7:00 PM
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Cornerstone

Cornerstone is a 26-hour retreat which provides you with the opportunity to reflect, renew and strengthen your faith while meeting other members of our community. The retreat is hosted by parishioners who have enjoyed the fruit of past Cornerstone retreats.

The idea of Cornerstone is simple, but its impact has been profound. Since the inception of this weekend retreat, nearly 1,700 men and women have attended Cornerstone at Saint Helen alone!

Stay tuned for our 2025 retreat dates.
There’s no big mystery to Cornerstone weekend. It is simply ordinary people sharing stories and experiences of trying to live the Gospel amidst the challenges of the modern world. It’s a simple but moving experience.

The retreat is facilitated by a team of parishioners who have previously experienced Cornerstone. During the weekend, some members of the Cornerstone team will give talks which you will have the opportunity to discuss with others in attendance. It is a very casual atmosphere, and you may share in the discussion as much or as little as you’d like – or not at all, if that is your preference.

There will also be a number of opportunities to examine your relationship with God, you family and others in your life. Most of all, it is an opportunity to think about those things that matter most to you, in an atmosphere that lends itself to reflection and contemplation.
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Everyday Contemplatives

Wednesdays 7PM | April 24th to May 29th | Saint Helen Chapel

Do you crave a moment of calm in the midst of your busy week? Are you looking to go deeper in your prayer? Would you benefit from being part of a supportive small community? If so, come and experience the gift of contemplative prayer led by Patrick Manning.

We will gather weekly to rest in God’s love and reflect on our experience of prayer and the wisdom of the contemplative tradition. Come, be still, know God, and know that you are loved.

Patrick Manning is a Saint Helen parishioner as well as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and the Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University. Contemplative prayer is one of his areas of research in addition to being a personal practice. He is husband to Margaret and father to Emily, Luca, and Josie.

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