Thursday, April 12, 2012

Growing our Easter Joy

Throughout this Easter season we are called to continue to rejoice in our Risen Savior and cry out Alleluia. The Easter joy that we have should also make us want to experience the love that God has for us even more, and a way that we can do this is through retreats. I’m very excited that we have Christ Renews His Parish (Chirp) starting at Epiphany very soon, and I would like to encourage any parishioner of Epiphany to consider going on this weekend retreat. The weekend for men is April 21-22, and the women’s retreat is May 5-6. The only requirement for you to go on the retreat is that you have to be a parishioner here at Epiphany. If you would like more information or would like to register for this retreat please take a look at this link.
I would also like to encourage you to a Passion and Purpose retreat with national speaker and author Matthew Kelly. This event will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park on Saturday, May 5. It starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes to 1:30 p.m. and only costs $39. I was able to hear Matthew talk at the Cathedral a couple of weeks ago for the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference and was very impressed. I am sure that this retreat will be well worth going. My sister Annah has also heard Matthew speak before and was very impressed and she would also encourage all of you to come as well. You can find more information on this retreat right here and can also register.
As you can tell there are plenty of opportunities for you to have your faith grow, and these are only a couple of them. I would also encourage you to spend some extra time in prayer this Easter, just giving thanks to God for all that he has done for you. This Easter season is a season full of grace, and God is inviting you to be filled with His amazing grace.

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