Monday, June 2, 2014

Spiritual Road Trip!

Destination: God's Will

I was blessed to spend this past weekend with the Vine of Grace Retreat, at my parish, STS. Peter and Paul.  

Adding to my blessings was being able to share those three days with my dear, sweet friend, Nancy, who traveled down from Phoenix to join me.

Bishop Kicanas opened the retreat on Friday night with a beautiful Mass....

getting ready ~ Deacon Rodney and Bishop Kicanas
Nancy, Bishop, and me

My Corpus Christi friends, Linda and Janet

Praise, worship and song filled the night!

Along with the nourishment our souls received, we were treated each day to the most scrumptious meals ~ breakfast, lunch, and Saturday night dinner....and a  time for special fellowship...

Our fantastic Vine of Grace Director, Erin, has everyone in stitches

my new friends, Rosie, Danette, and Cathy
Sisters, Cathy and Rosie
themed table decor
Sacred Scripture was everywhere....
There was entertainment, born of the Retreat theme....skits from the Team....

Angela's beautiful interpretive dance... 


Personal stories and testimony from the Team members.....


 Afternoon Inspiration from special guest, the amazing, entertaining, and inspiring JoAnn Contorno....

There were workshops, Mass each day, Adoration, singing, 

Praise and healing ~ the most wonderful spiritual sisterhood!

Music ministry was provided by many...Charles Lohr, Jacklyn Loret de Mola, and Janna Larson.
Dinner on Saturday night was a special treat ~ no buffet line, the fabulous Team served us! 

There was music from "Slice of Cheese" with musician and Grammy nominee, Abe Marcor....

All too soon, Sunday afternoon came and with it the close of our incredible weekend retreat.  Thank you, Erin Blanchette and Vine of Grace Team!!

Exhausted, but so spiritually enriched, we found our way to our cars and began thinking of "next year!"

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths."  ~ Proverbs 3:5

Sending you blessings, from the bottom of my heart, for a beautiful week!


Popo and Nana and Gong Gong and Granda said...

Sounds like a wonderful retreat Karen. I have not been to one of their weekends in some time. Maybe next year. When the Spirit moves me.

Blessings, Helen

mrsthesun said...

One of the most amazing weekends of my life. Thank you so much, Karen, for inviting me and for providing the heartwarming hospitality that I can always expect at your house. I love you.

Fran. said...

Karen you do and go to the most amazing gigs!! What a blessing I know how these retreats rock your soul!! Being with like mind women is so healing!! I love the décor!! Simple yet meaningful!! Thanks for sharing!!! XOXO Love ya Fran.