Tony Sperendi is a Lay Ecclesial Minister. He has worked at St. Francis Parish in Ann Arbor as the Director of Adult Faith Formation, taught theology at Fr. Gabriel Richard High School, and worked at St. Therese Parish as the director of RCIA and Adult Faith Formation. He has also served on the Diocesan Men’s Conference team, given marriage retreats, presented parish missions, Lenten and RCIA retreats and other talks and workshops.
“A Eucharistic Advent”
Friday, December 8, 2017 9:00am - 3:30pm
Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Check-in, final registration, and morning coffee and snacks begin at 8:30. The retreat will start at 9:00am. Please bring your Bible and your spiritual journal if you use one. Along with presentations, discussions, and prayer, we will have morning Mass and lunch at noon. The St. Francis Book & Gift Shop will be opened all day.
Cost for the day is $65.00
Your retreat directors will be Louise Pare and Tony Sperendi. Louise Pare is a Consecrated Virgin in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. Since 1992 she has devoted her life to loving God and serving Him in the Church through this unique vocation. This service has taken many forms over the years including teaching and leading catechetical programs in her parish. She is also involved with the Alpha program which is an opportunity to introduce others to God for the first time or lead them to a deeper level of intimacy with the Lord.
For many years Louise worked in Catholic book publishing, working with prominent authors and booksellers to bring the best of Catholic teaching and inspiration to everyday Catholics. She retired in 2016 and is focusing now on receiving training to become a spiritual director through the Institute for Spiritual Direction in DeWitt, Michigan.
Louise is a member of St. Andrew the Apostle parish in Saline, MI and lives in Ypsilanti, MI.
I am so excited to have Louise co-direct this retreat! She has such a heart for the Lord Jesus and all his people. She’s fun to be with and has incredible insights into the great mystery of our Catholic Faith. She’s down to earth and will deliver practical ways to make this Advent memorable to all of us.
“The virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23
This verse is very familiar to us, especially during Advent. It is Jesus - the great Emmanuel - who fulfills this ancient prophesy of Isaiah. Advent is a time of waiting, of seeking the Lord and anticipating his coming birth in Bethlehem and in our hearts and homes. We know he came 2,000 years ago and promised to come again at the end of this world. And yet he comes to us each day in our prayer, through the poor and needy, in the quiet of our soul, and in the many activities of our lives. But without diminishing these, the greatest way the Church directs us to seek and encounter him is through the Eucharist! Here Jesus comes to us today and every day in his flesh and blood; his soul and divinity. We can reach out and touch him and be touched with his healing and reassuring care. Yes, the Risen Lord Jesus is “with us” in the Eucharist. Always.
We will look at this great gift that our Lord gave us at the Last Supper. We will also delve into the practical and spiritual ways to increase our awareness and love for the Eucharist. There is so much more for us to explore and experience of Emmanuel, God With Us! And since this retreat falls on the feast day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we will take a brief look at the connection of Mary and the Eucharist.
So I invite you this Advent to experience the joy and wisdom of Louise Pare. You won’t be disappointed. And come to know more fully Jesus, Emmanuel, who reminds us… “And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20
Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us.