Programs/Retreats

Pre-registration is requested for all programs.

– For “Free Will Offering” programs, call 978-380-1574, or email: ndscips@sndden.org

– For paid 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

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

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

For more information on any of these programs please call 978-380-1574.

RECURRING PROGRAMS:

Beginner Tai Chi/Qigong
Every Thursday, now till September 6
9:15 am – 10:45 am
Certified instructor: Jim Thuline

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Emphasis on Breathing, Balance, and Concentration/Awareness
Originally for combat, this ancient art has evolved for health and restoration and in that setting is relaxing, non-competitive, strengthening, and aids coordination. Adaptable to every age level, it doesn’t have jarring impact on bones and joints. It is often referred to as “Meditation in Motion”. Try it!


Six-Week DVD Series with Ilia Delio, OSF
Evolution and Christogenesis
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Includes prayer and shared reflection.
– September 5
– September 19
– October 3
– October 17
– November 7
– November 28

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org


Spiritual Parenting
Saturdays, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

– September 22
– October 13
– November 3
– December 8 

Parenting is both a wonderful and tumultuous experience. As we navigate the twists and turns of our own spiritual paths and our connection to the Divine, what kinds of messages are we sharing with our children and what are they, in turn, sharing with us? This workshop series will join parents in community and draw from personal experience as we strive to nurture our children’s (and our own) spiritual journeys. We will explore a variety of topics that pull at the heart of what it means to be a family and how this experience shapes our lives together and our connections to God. A shared meal will follow the discussion.

Topics will include:

What is Spiritual Parenting? – What does it mean to be spiritual? What does it mean to parent? We will explore how these two words intersect and how often in a family, the idea of spiritual parenting can go both ways between parent and child.

Why Bad Things Happen – It is not easy to make sense of the world as we are reminded both within our homes and the wider world that life can be hard and tragic. How do we talk about the events of the day with our children as is it is often hard to process these events ourselves?

Gratitude – In our fast paced, consumer driven world, it can feel like there is never enough. As we approach the Thanksgiving and Holiday Season, we will take to time to explore how to cultivate gratitude in our lives and the life of our family.

Big Questions – Our children are masters at asking questions. While many are easy to answer, others open up discussions that elicit mystery and wonder. What Happens When I Die? Who is God? These are just a few of the questions that as parents, we are tasked with answering.

Presenters: Kristina Carlberg and Tori Rosati
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org


Eight-week Prayer Experience
Modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, A Path to Love – Come and Share the Sacred Journey into God.
This program offers guides for personal daily prayer, opportunities for participation in various forms of prayer, and faith sharing.  Individual spiritual direction will be available.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
– October 11
– October 18
– October 25
– November 1
– November 8
– November 15
– November 29
– December 6

Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh
F
ree will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org


Centering Prayer – Four-Part Introductory Workshops
3rd Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Sessions will feature four modules, covering one each month, and will include the opportunity to experience this ancient method of prayer.

– September 15, Prayer as Relationship
– October 20, The Method of Centering Prayer
– November 17, Thoughts and Use of the Sacred Word
– December 15, Deepening Our Relationship with God

We will learn the method and principles of this prayer practice and have the opportunity to experience this ancient method in a quiet, reflective atmosphere.

Presenter: Nancy Citro, SNDdeN
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

 

Mornings or Evenings of Prayer for Women 
Choose 9:00 am – 10:45 am OR 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Presenter: Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

Gather in a peaceful setting to pray, listen to the small voice within, and reflect on its personal message.

– September 11      Parable of the Good Shepherd
– October 9              Parable of the Sower and the Seed
– November 13       A Grateful Heart
– December 11       Be It Done Unto Me


Sabbath Days
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
An opportunity for Self Care. Take time to pause, rest, and reflect. Enjoy God’s presence manifested within and without. The staff will open and close your day with prayer. Please bring your own lunch.

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

– September 13
– October 3
– November 5
– December 12

ADVENT Evenings of Prayer 
Thursdays, December 6 and 20 
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Presenters: Melanie and Art McDonald

Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or email: ndscips@sndden.org

An opportunity to gather in song, prayer and reflection in this season of liberation (Jewish Hanukkah) and renewed life (Christmas) as we anticipate the celebrating Jesus’ birth.


WEEKEND RETREAT

Weekend Retreat: Nourish Your Relationship with God
September 28 to 30, 2018
Arrival after 3:00 pm Friday, departure 1:00 pm Sunday
Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh

Spend a quiet weekend nourishing your relationship with God. Allow yourself to slow down and listen for God’s voice in scripture, poetry, art, music and nature. One on one spiritual direction is included.

Cost: $175 
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF


DAYS OF PRAYER 

Day of Prayer: “Political Holiness: Social Justice as a Spiritual Path” 
Saturday, July 21
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Art McDonald, PhD 

Cost: $35, includes lunch
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF

“Justice is a constitutive dimension of the Gospel,” wrote a synod of bishops in the 1970s, “but I learned from mentors like St. Dorothy Day, theologian Dorothee Soelle and monk Thomas Merton that justice work is only faithful to the Gospel, personally and socially transformative when it is rooted in prayer, meditation and mysticism (experience of God).”
There will be presentation, quiet reflective time and group sharing.

Day of Prayer: “Journey Through Grief “
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Sr. Paula Tinlin, SNDdeN

Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF

Grief is the internal response to loss. We grieve every time we lose a person, place or thing that has emotional value to us. It is a process that takes time and cannot be rushed. Grief is natural, normal and a necessary part of healing.


Day of Prayer : “The Way of all the Earth”
Saturday, December 1, 2018 
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Art McDonald, PhD

Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
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A spiritual journey with theologian, John Dunne, as he passes over from his Christian roots to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, then returns to Christianity in his search for God.


Day of Prayer: “Blessed Is She Who Believes”
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Presenter: Sr. Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN

Cost: $35
Register, complete and return Registration Form at least 10 days advance.
(WORD version) SC_Registration Form_WORD  or (PDF version) SC_Registration Form_PDF

Mary, the mother of Jesus is our mother and sister. Spend a day with this woman of faith. Let her heart speak to your heart.