Programs/Retreats

Dear Friends, We welcome you to the Spirituality Center and ask for your understanding in order to gather safely during the pandemic.

  • Registration is required for all programs. Registration deadline varies by program so please see the specific program listing. Only registered guests can be admitted.
  • Programs attendance is limited based on social-distance requirements. 
  • Certain programs are held in the Spirituality Center Conference Room. Some programs are offered via ZOOM; see descriptions below for location.
  • For programs held at the Spirituality Center, please enter via the Spirituality Center entrance at the rear of the Notre Dame building, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich. Temperatures will be taken and recorded upon entering.
  • Any questions, please call 978-380-1574. Thank you!

To view Mandatory Safety Standards, click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/mandatory-safety-standards-poster-english/download

Fall Programs, 2021

We Call On the God of Autumn

Tuesday, September 14, 6:30 – 8 pm, ET ~ ZOOM

Autumn will be close upon us. Let us thank God for what has been as we approach a new season being loved and cherished by God. Come, pray and reflect with us as the leaves begin to turn into brilliant shades and gently begin to fall.

Presenter: Sister Catherine Griffiths

Free will offering. Registration required for new members only 2 weeks prior, call 978-380-1574 or email barbara.walton@sndden.org

When Does Liberty Yield to the Common Good or Does it Ever?

Sunday, October 3rd, 2 to 5 pm~ Spirituality Center

Wednesday, October 13th, 5:30 to 8 pm~ repeated on ZOOM

Art will reflect on the current tension between individual rights and the common good. Art recognizes the absence of the “common good” from the Constitution but suggests that it is fundamental in religious, especially Catholic, moral teachings. Can there be a common good? There will be a presentation, dialogue and time for quiet reflection.

Presenter: Art McDonald, Ph.D.

Registration required 2 weeks prior, call 978-380-1574 or email barbara.walton@notredamesc

El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

Saturday, October 23, 9 am to 2 pm ~ at the Spirituality Center

Cost: $35.00, includes light lunch.

What happens when life as we know it ends? How do we reflect on the Christian promise of life everlasting? El Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful Mexican tradition that has answered these questions for generations, a holiday where people remember, honor, and celebrate their deceased loved ones. Join us to learn the meaning of The Day of the Dead. We will talk about the significance of the traditions and the reasons to celebrate, pray for those who have gone before us, and reflect on the meaning of Eternal Life.

We invite you to bring a picture of your loved one to place on an altar that we will prepare.

Presenter: Sister Bárbara Gutiérrez, SNDdeN

Registration required 2 weeks prior, call 978-380-1574 or email barbara.walton@notredamesc

Listen to the Heartbeat of God

Saturday, October 30th, 10 am to 1 pm~ at the Spirituality Center

“Sometimes, there’s so much beauty in the world, I can’t take it- like my heart’s going to cave in.”  Let us explore this beauty with songs and poems. You are invited to write your own poem/prayer after listening to your heart.

Presenters: Sister Peggy Cummins, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh

Free will offering. To Register call 978-380-1574 or email barbara.walton@notredamesc

Tending Our Heart, Mind, and Body

November 5th – 6th, Friday at 4 pm to Saturday at 2:30 pm~ at the Spirituality Center

Cost: $100.00. Includes overnight accommodation and meals.

Life as a human being has always had its complexity. These days with a global pandemic, natural disasters, facing racism and other oppressions, compounded with a 24-hour news cycle and social media, being human becomes trickier. Finding our way, following a path that is authentic to our personal truth while participating in society, takes skill and practice. How do we live a more centered life while navigating the fierce struggle of choosing sides?

This overnight retreat will offer space, silence, teachings, and practices for opening the heart, mind, and body to what is present in our days. Using four fundamental steps of practice—pause, allow, tend with love, rest in presence – we will consider how to build these steps into a rhythm for everyday life.

All are welcome, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey, as you live into being human.

Presenter: Christi Humphrey, M.Div.

Our time together will include:

  • a breathing practice for settling and grounding
  • reconnecting our mind, body, and spirit in order to recognize what is present
  • offering loving-kindness to ourselves, our loved ones, and our world
  • contemplating what it is like to rest in the loving presence behind creation

Recurring programs

Themes from “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Saturday mornings: continuing…Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 13
9:00 am to Noon

Registration: up to 10 days prior call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Step into nature and refresh body, mind and spirit, inspired by the bestselling book “Braiding Sweetgrass”, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, mother, botanist, professor and member of the Citizen Potawatomie Nation.

Experience eco-friendly planting techniques that can translate to your own backyard, nature journaling, creative play, mindfulness meditation, interactive learning, and more… with plenty of time to ‘simply be’ and deeply appreciate nature’s many gifts.We’ll explore seven different themes from the book. Choose to attend one session or many. Adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome!

WHERE
Spend time outdoors on adjacent lands of the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center, Three Sisters Garden Project, and Notre Dame Spirituality Center. Check-in at 10 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS WILL DO
Begin by reading the chapter of the month at your own pace and enjoying short, engaging videos that provide foundational information. Next, come to Ipswich for hands-on connection with nature and time to make meaning from experience through nature journaling and reflection.

September 18 “The Three Sisters” A blueprint for balance, harmony and reciprocity is written by plants – corn, beans and squash.

October 16 The Honorable Harvest” As a springboard for a culture of reciprocity, we’ll look at the modern ecological movement towards sustainability in our own kitchens.

November 13 “People of Corn, People of Light”  We’ll have fun with stories and creative ways celebrating our world guided by science and spirit.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://ndspiritualitycenter.org/reflections-from-sr-c/

Cost: $25 per session
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Centering Prayer, at the Spirituality Center

SATURDAYS, September 25, October 23, November 13, December 11
9:30 to 11:00 am, ET
Come experience Centering Prayer, a form of silent contemplative prayer. Held in the Spirituality Center conference room.
Presenters: Spirituality Center Staff 

Free will offering
Registration required for new members only, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.org

Omega Group Gatherings, currently via ZOOM


Wednesdays, September 29, October 20, November 17, December 15.

4:30 to 6:00 pm, ET Registration deadline: 3 days prior.
Drawing on a variety of sources, we explore the integration of science and spirituality towards becoming more Christ-conscious in our everyday lives.

Facilitators: Mary Boretti, SNDdeN, Ellen Keane, SNDdeN

Free will offering
Registration for new members only 2 weeks prior, call: 978-380-1574 or email: barbara.walton@sndden.

Registration

For “FEE-BASED” events, please complete the Registration Form, at least 10 days in advance and send with your deposit to:
          Notre Dame Spirituality Center
          30 Jeffreys Neck Road,
          Ipswich, MA 01938
Pre-registration is requested for all programs.


REGISTRATION FORM:
(WORD version)   SC_Registration Form_WORD 
(PDF version)       SC_Registration Form_PDF

– Scholarships are available. Please call 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org