January 20, 2018 One-Day Retreat, St. Peter’s, Plymouth, MA
Jan 20 2018 9:30AM to 7:30 PM
St. Peter's Parish
10 Memorial Drive
Plymouth MA, 02360
Archdiocese of Boston
Do You Have a Child Who Has Died?
If you, or someone you know, has a child of any age who has died, by any means, no matter
how long ago – please join us on January 20th, 2018.
The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents serves the spiritual needs of grieving parents.
It was founded by grieving parents, who believe that
“It is in consoling that we are consoled.”
Emmaus Retreat Team Companions—comprised of Catholic clergy, religious, spiritual directors,
parish and diocesan personnel and other grieving parents—believe that this ministry serves a vital, unmet need.
With the searing loss of a child, a parent’s world radically and dramatically changes forever. Friends, relatives, and acquaintances do not know how to approach or console for fear of offending or upsetting the parent. Many parents feel that they are treated as if they have a contagious disease. In an attempt to seem normal, or “over it,” emotions are suppressed and the parent begins to withdraw or become distant. This reaction, however, compounds the feeling of being totally alone in this experience. Please know as you read this, you are not alone.
Many well-intentioned attempts have been made to assist parents in recovering emotionally from their loss, including psychotherapy and support groups. However, in an attempt to be all inclusive and “politically correct”, the spiritual need or even existence of God is absent from many of these methods of treatment. We believe there is no healing without God.
As C.S. Lewis wrote, “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,
because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
We know the upcoming holiday season holds the hidden pain of an empty chair,
and an empty space in your heart. Please give yourself the gift of this retreat,and the time to reflect on your child and your own spiritual journey.
Cost: $25 individual; $40/couple
Scholarships are available.
Ample free parking.
Cost includes three meals and all retreat materials. All you need to bring is an open mind
For more information, contact Caroline Bertozzi at 508-747-1928.
Or Register Now.