I would like to quote the following material sent to me in the mail from the Archdiocesan Retreat Advocacy Group:
Annual or Periodic Retreats are part of the fundamental need of our Catholic community.
This is evident by use of Retreat by Christ and currently by the requirement for each religious to make personal Retreats on an annual basis, there should be no question that Retreat is “VITAL” to conditioning our Faith for intimacy with God and for living our secular lives.
Retreat should be a priority in your life.
There are facilities available in the Archdiocese that will afford you the opportunity to experience the Grace of a Retreat….
Further, I suggest that more of our people avail themselves of the opportunity of a yearly retreat, either as part of a parish group, a family retreat or a personal day apart from our normal frenzied lives to allow the Word of God to address you during a time of quiet and solitude. More than ever the quality of our friendship with the Lord demands a time apart to rest with Him a little and to be refreshed by his call, as recorded in the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 11:25-30: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. (…) For my yoke is easy and my burden light (Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo, “Shepherd’s Column,” Texas Catholic Herald, January 19, 2007).
Consider making a retreat this summer (there are even two advertised in today’s bulletin). There are plenty of local retreat centers like Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center and Cenacle Retreat House. You can find more information on retreat programs at www.archgh.org/Retreats.