Women’s Lenten Retreat
“MARY’S WITNESS to WOMEN of TODAY”
God graced the North woods with sunshine and warmer temperatures as 51 women gathered at Holy Family Parish in Woodruff, WI., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Women from all parts of the Diocese of Superior, Diocese of Madison and Diocese of La Crosse attended the Lenten Retreat sponsored by the Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Morning hospitality was provided by members of the Diocesan Board serving a delicious display of homemade breakfast breads and muffins.
The Lenten Retreat was a day designed for contemplation, reflection and quiet meditation. Sr. Anita Beskar, FSPA, and Sr. Marla Lang, FSPA, from the Marywood Spirituality Center, were the presenters for the retreat. Both presenters helped broaden our understanding of who we are in relation to Mary, Our Blessed Mother. Mary, who had human struggles just like any one of us.
Sr. Anita started the morning scripture readings reflecting on ‘Mary as Parent’ with the words of Simeon from Luke 2:33-35 “sword shall pierce,” “a sign of contradiction”, the Boy Jesus in the Temple: Luke 2:44 &45, 48 – 51, “Why have you done this to us?” and the Feast in Cana: John 2:1-5, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Attendees were asked to contemplate and reflect on how and what Mary felt when she heard these words.
Sr. Marla presented the second presentation for the morning, ‘Mary: Mother at a Distance’ with readings reflecting on how Mary felt with Jesus’ Rejection at Nazareth from Luke 4:16-22 & 28 to the end. “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” with Jesus and his brothers in Luke 8:19-21 “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God and act on it,” and with Peter’s denial again in John 18:25-27. “You are not one of this man’s disciples. Are you? “Peter said, “I am not.” Sr. Marla focused on the words from the prophet Isaiah that Jesus read in the synagogue on the Sabbath day.
Sr. Anita presented the afternoon program with scripture readings and discussion centering on ‘Mary in Grief’ with readings from Luke 23:48 & 49: “All his acquaintances stood at a distance, including the women who had followed him from Galilee and saw these events.”, John 19:26 &27: “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother: “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “Behold your mother.” And John 19: 30, 33 &34: “One soldier thrust his lance into his side and immediately blood and water flowed out.”. Attendees were to reflect on times when they experienced grief in their lives keeping in mind, death is not the final end, but reflecting on the realization death has the potential for new life.
The day culminated with discussion of Mary, how she continues to be a witness to every woman today. Mary a model of compassion and a woman of the Gospel, as she helps us become true disciples of Christ. Participants were then invited to pray together the Litany of Mary of Nazareth and if possible, take part in reconciliation and attend Mass celebrated by Fr. Aaron Devett.
Jane Schiszik, SDCCW President-elect
SUPERIOR DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
WE ARE CALLED TO WITNESS
TIME LINE OF EVENTS 2019
January 3 Scholarship Mailing
January 3 Pax Christi mailing
February 1 Accept Scholarship forms
February 2 Advent retreat – Holy Family Parish, Woodruff
February 19 Province meeting – Plover, WI
(February 26 snow date Province Meeting)
March 5 SDCCW Board meeting – Prentice, WI
March 13 South Central Deanery Board meeting – Prentice
March 15 deadline for Pax Christi
March 15 Newsletters due
April 10 Mail Newsletters out
April 13 South Central Deanery OPEN meeting – Stetsonville
April 15 deadline for Scholarships
April 30 Catholics At the Capitol
May 4 South West Deanery OPEN meeting – St. Bridget, River Falls
June 17 SDCCW Board meeting – Holy Rosary
June 18 SDCCW Convention Holy Rosary – Medford, WI
July 9 Province meeting – Plover
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I am thrilled to report that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has recently made the beautiful Choose Life specialty license plates available to purchase.
While I was Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, we worked for over 10 years through the legislative/administrative process to get these plates approved. After clearing many hurdles, Dan Miller current Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin partnering with Wisconsin Family Council has brought our dream to fruition.
Wisconsin now joins the ranks of 31 other states with Choose Life specialty plates. Your support for these wonderful plates is very important. In order for these plates to remain an option in Wisconsin,500 plates must be in circulation at any given time.
The additional $25 annual fee (beyond your annual plate registration amount) goes to Choose Life Wisconsin Foundation. The first time you order your plates, there is a one time $15 additional issuance fee.
Choose Life Wisconsin Inc. was set up by Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Family Council to grant money to pro-life crisis pregnancy centers throughout our state. All of your $25 (tax deductible) specialty plate fee is used to help these life saving ministries. Choose Life Wisconsin Inc. is a 501(c)(3).
My husband and I have already bought our plates. Please proudly join us in this simple life affirming, life saving effort.
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If you have any questions, concerns or need a form you can call Dan Miller Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director and Vice President of Choose Life Wisconsin Inc. at 262-796-1111 Ext. 11.
Choose life today. May God bless you.
Mission: The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of a specific priest or bishop – a “holy wasting” (cf. Mt. 26:10) or lavishing of prayer for his deeper conformity to Christ.
Structure: A core group of 7 women (each taking one day of the week) with one as the anchoress (coordinator) who respond to the call to pray for their parish priest. Additional women may make themselves available as substitutes. The Holy Hour can be prayed at any time during your assigned day – when possible, prayed in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord. Initial commitment is made for one year, discerning the call to continue or invite a replacement to maintain core group of seven.