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Virtual Advent Opportunities
These holidays will be different! Take advantage of the extra time you may find on your hands and enjoy one of our excellent Advent retreats!
Whatever you can swing, you are welcome.
Gather peace, joy, hope and love
from community and from God's love for you.
O Love That Will Not Let Us Go: Advent Contemplative Morning
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9:30am-12:30pm

On this feast of Juan Diego, hold a space of deep listening for the voice of Merciful Love in our depths and in our world.
Guadalupe to Romero:
the Beauty of Latinx Spirituality in Advent during Troubled and Troubling Times
Saturday, December 12, 10am-noon

Using his own artwork and stories, Brother Mickey will focus on the evolution of Latinx Spirituality and its complex relationships with religion and politics. We will take a look at the indigenous beauty of Guadalupe and other Dark Madonna and celebrate the life and words of St. Oscar Romero, the first martyr of the Vatican II church. Let beauty stir Advent hope in you!
Taizé Prayer
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7-8:30pm

Join us for the healing, quieting experience of Taizé prayer. Through intervals of scripture, poetry, silence and simple chants, we will prepare a welcome for the God born in simplicity. We will hold the hope of those who bear the wounds of our time in reverence and love.
Maureen O'Connell, PhD
Mondays, Dec. 7, 14 & 21
Leslie Porreca, RSM
Tuesdays, Dec. 8 & 15
Having trouble imagining what it’s like to experience a retreat online?
Bernadette Rudolph, program director at Cranaleith, describes what it’s like to join a retreat or program virtually online whether it is for an hour or a full day. Anything that can be done in person can be done in a virtual setting.
The Extended Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
as told by Dr. Arturo Chávez, President of the Mexican American Catholic College. 

Cranaleith Gift Shop
Christmas Sale Cancelled
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, we have decided to cancel our annual Cranaleith Gift Shop Christmas Sale, usually held on Saturdays in December. We will miss seeing you, but wish to extend most joyous wishes for a happy, holy and healthy Christmas season to you and all your loved ones.
Poetry from Home

by Thomas Merton

Charm with your stainlessness these winter nights,
Skies, and be perfect!
Fly vivider in the fiery dark, you quiet meteors,
And disappear.
You moon, be low to go down,
This is your full!

The four white roads make off in silence...
Reflect from Home
Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle B
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 and Mark 1:1-8

My friend told me, “The rest of my troubles do not really bother me; something will work out. I usually wait to turn to God until I have run out of options. Now I have seen that God is taking care of me. And I am telling you because I thought it would make you happy. I am telling everyone...”

For reflection:
  • What story of God’s love do you have to tell others?
  • Who needs to hear this good news? How can you share it with them?

Listen from Home
Advent Carols

Resources From Home

Community Support

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Spiritual Direction
We are still offering Spiritual Direction via phone and teleconferencing. Contact Cathy Maguire, RSM at or 215-858-6239. 
Psychotherapy is also available. Please contact Leslie Porreca, RSM, LCSW. 

Individual retreats available -- both online and onsite options! Call Maria DiBello, RSM, at 215-934-6206 or visit our website to learn more.

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