CIS news March 2017

From the Editor

We just entered in the time of Lent – a time to prepare ourselves to share in the mystery of Easter, through Christ's death and resurrection. Let us all listen to St Paul's invitation "Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2Cor 6:2) and open our hearts to the work of the Spirit.

Upcoming events organised by us…

Retreat for priests

 Mon 06 Mar 17 - Wed 08 Mar 17
Led by Fr Konrad Grech sj
Manresa House in Gozo
Open to all priests

Description: “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24) The Year of Mercy has brought us in touch with the boundless mercy of the Lord. How is this translating into our life and ministry? How can the wonderful news of God’s mercy fire us up to become credible witnesses? This retreat will help us focus on the graces we have received and use this as fuel to give new energy to our ministry. It will also help us be prepared to receive more in order to be able to be witnesses of the Gospel of Grace- our calling as priests.

Retreat for families

Countryside outings, prayers for parents and for whole family, sharing, relax as a family; separate programme for children.

Fri 10 Mar 17 - Sun 12 Mar 17
Led by Fr Paul Chetcuti sj
Manresa House in Gozo
Open to Famiies

Description: How is your family evolving? Is it a happy family? What are the hindrances and the helpful solutions for your family to achieve your desired goal in today's world? The programme includes countryside outings, prayers, meditation, sharing within the group, time to relax as a family, prayers for adults and children together. A separate programme will be organised for children.

Retreat for Professionals "Finding the treasure within the Cross"

Thu 23 Mar 17 - Sun 26 Mar 17
Led by Fr Dominic Sultana
Manresa House in Gozo
Open to all

Description: ‘Finding the treasure within the Cross’ is a weekend retreat for all those who desire to have a deeper personal encounter with Christ. Encouraged by his words that “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Matt 21,42- Psalm 118:22), during this retreat we will explore the buried treasures within the negative situations of the past. In Short during this weekend we will: 1) learn how to stay in God’s Presence, 2) treasure, like Mary, God’s works within our life (see Luke 2:19), 3) explore the buried treasures within our negative past situations, and 4) plan ahead a life in union with Christ.

Retreat for Married Professionals

A light that shines in the dark. A light that darkness could not overcome. Jn 1:5

Thu 30 Mar 17 - Sun 02 Apr 17
Led by Fr Godwin Preca sj
Manresa House in Gozo
Open to Married Professionals

Description: A break from our hectic lives, time for prayer in silence, reflections on biblical texts, walks in the beautiful gozitan countryside, meaningful conversations with friends… what is needed to rest and find yourself. Wonderful! Especially if you work hard. That’s the aim of these three days… stopping to catch breath to continue with serving in your life.

Retreat for Professionals in Italian

"Fede personale e fede ecclesiale: la mia esperienza di Dio e l'esperienza della Chiesa"

 Fri 07 Apr 17 - Tue 11 Apr 17
Led by Fr Francesco Citarda sj
Manresa House in Gozo
Open to professional persons

Description: Do you wish to come in touch again with what you believe and make it your own once again? Do you wish to spend some time to seek intimacy with God? This retreat offers the opportunity to stop, reflect and pray on what really matters.

Holy week in Prayer

 A powerful experience of solidarity with Christ in the last few days of His life up to the Resurrection.

 Thu 13 Apr 17 - Sun 16 Apr 17
Led by Fr Chris Vella sj
Mount St. Joseph Retreat House
Open to all

Description: We pray with texts from the Holy Gospels which invite us to intimately feel the pain and agony that Christ suffered during His last days and to meditate on Christ's Love. We longingly wait beside the tomb… till we taste the glory of the Resurrection - which changed us all to a 'people of Eternal Hope.

Online Prayer

 If you would like to experiment with online prayer, have a look at the spiritual blog, Let’s Journey…  This blog will offers a space that will help those who want to continue journeying with God. You can also subscribe to receive regular emails with suggestions for prayer.

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Seeking inspiration…

Sometimes days rush by and our energy is consumed by the here and now. Our life may resemble a train, rushing down the tracks without much thought on the destination and the reason for our journeying.

Lent is a privileged time when we have the opportunity to check where we are heading. It is a time to imagine our desired future and correct our bearings so that our train moves towards our goal.

Dear God, beautiful and loving Spirit, we recognise that we are not self-sufficient and need your gentle mercy to transform our desire into decision. Sustain us in our honest search and give us a steadfast spirit to follow through.


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