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A retreat photo journal from St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA, April 2016. Our parish has has had men and women experiencing retreats at this Trappist Abbey for over 20 years. Only 50 minutes away, join us in the photos for a look at our weekend in this beautiful setting.
The Trappist Cistercians, begun as a reform by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, are an order whose beginnings go back to St. Benedict (480-547 A.D).
Visit the Abbey website - www.spencerabbey.org
Only 50 minutes from Vernon / Ellington area, makes for a nice day trip, - great bookstore / gift shop !
Want to do something rewarding with your family this year ? In this Jubilee Year Of Mercy, promlugated by Pope Francis, the Cathedral of St. Joseph ( as well as St. Patrick's in Norwich) are designated pilgrimage destinations. Take the short trip into Hartford along with friends and family and go through the Holy Doors set up for pilgrims.
The hours open to visit the Cathedral are: Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Use this link to learn more about this extraordinary spiritual opportunity - Year Of Mercy, Hartford.
It was time agin for our annual 40 Hours Devotion, early November, 2015. The Forty Hours Devotion is a kind of retreat experience for the entire parish. It's an opportunity to "unplug", to gather both individually and as a community before the Blessed Sacrament, to pray before the Lord, to deepen our appreciation of the importance of Him, to recognize His presence in our daily lives.
The number 40 calls to mind the rains during the time of Noah lasted 40 days and nights, Moses and the Jewish people in the desert for 40 years, and our Lord's 40 days of fasting and prayer be-fore beginning His public ministry. The Forty Hours Devotion also recalls that traditional "40-hour period" from our Lord's burial until the resurrection.