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“Remember me when you come into your Kingdom”. These last words of the thief on the cross beside Jesus help to keep us focused as we approach the end of the liturgical year which will end with the feast of Christ the King. The response “Today, you will be with me in paradise”, reminds us that it is never too late to seek help or to change.
In Manresa the leaves are changing colour and falling, (although the song says that leaves don’t fall, they just let go at the right time). Even though the building project is disturbing our normal silent routine, quiet returns at the weekend. So we are able to continue to offer Oasis days and other activities that support the spiritual life.

Ashley Evans SJ
Interim Director

As we enter the Autumn season, we change the clocks back. The night begins early and lasts for many long hours. We stay indoors much more. Perhaps we watch too much television or spend hours on social media. Quiet evenings with books, crosswords or Sudoko puzzles can help us preserve a sacred space where movement into prayer becomes easier and more gentle. Everybody seems to be rushing everywhere, but we don’t need to rush. We can slow down each day and then stop for a while. Just stop. Rest. Let the words of the gospel seep in.

Coming up...

Oasis Day

The Oasis Day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; concluding with a celebration of the Eucharist.
  • 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 19 November 2022
  • 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday 10 December 2022

Advent Retreat

In cooperation with Drumalis Retreat and Conference Centre in Larne, the Manresa Retreat Team will lead a weekend Advent Retreat there in December.

Come and share an Advent time of waiting and watching as we stand on the threshold of mystery about to be revealed.

  •  5:00 pm Friday 16 December to 2:00 pm Sunday 18 December 2022

November 2022

Pilgrim Ways Afternoon

Aileen Murphy RLR will lead a meditative nature walk in the wooded areas around Manresa. Where walkers gather there’s sure to be advice, recommendations and encouragement!

Bring raingear; comfortable, sturdy footwear; and a change of clothing - just in case! Refreshments will be served in the afternoon.

  • 2:30 pm to 5.30 pm on Sunday 6 November 2022

New Year Retreat

Donna Worthington and the Manresa Retreat Team will lead a New Year Retreat in Drumalis, Larne. The theme of this retreat will be ‘’Exploring the journey of hope, light, ‘seeing’ and resting in the loving gaze of God.”

A precious opportunity to “see in the New Year” in a measured and reflective manner.

  • 5:00 pm Friday 30 December 2022 to 2:00 pm on Sunday 1 January 2023

Spiritual Direction

Manresa will continue to provide individual spiritual direction and supervision for directors during the refurbishment period.

Many people have found the benefits in taking time to retreat in their own or in a borrowed private space. We have been glad offer online direction and mass during retreats; now we continue to make resources available for use in your own time.
The Pope's monthly video presents topics that will keep the scope of our prayer inclusive and outward-looking. Pope Francis invites us to pray for the “millions of boys and girls who suffer and live in conditions very similar to slavery”.
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