EASTON, Mass. -- Area families and individuals are invited to pray together at the 2014 Family Rosary Lenten Retreat on Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth, Mass. Led in English and Spanish tracks, this special program will include inspiring speakers, Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary prayer, and praise and worship music.
"Being About the Work of My Father" will be the focus of the talks as speakers will help attendees grow in their understanding of how they are called to live the Gospel daily, living out the fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. Through practical and inspiring examples, family members will go home with specific ways to live out their faith. The afternoon opens with an inspiring keynote talk by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Alejandro is also an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Maryland.
Terry and Jim Orcutt will lead the English-language breakout session. As parents and grandparents, Terry and Jim understand life's challenges bringing families together to pray. Terry and Jim are the cofounders of My Brother's Keeper, a ministry formed to serve those in need in Southeastern Massachusetts. Terry and Jim will share their very practical experiences of family and the prayerful roots and underpinnings of their ministry.
Manuel and Grace Frias will lead the Spanish-language breakout session. Manuel and Grace Frias have backgrounds in education and psychology and will share their very practical experiences of family life and their very prayerful approach to it.
"We shortened the retreat this year to accommodate the families' busy lives; however, our speakers will ensure a rich, spiritual afternoon of teaching and sharing," said Beth Mahoney, Mission Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries. "We want to provide families with prayerful time together to enhance their Lenten journey and strengthen their family's prayer life. Our hope is that they will find meaning in Father Peyton's famous vision: 'The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.'"
Benediction; Rosary; praise and worship music; and time to share the faith are part of the afternoon. Age appropriate materials will be supplied to child participants. The event is free and open to the public. A snack is provided.
Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., sainthood candidate and founder of Holy Cross Family Ministries, grew up praying the family Rosary in his home. His great devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Rosary prompted him to start Family Rosary in 1942. As part of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton, Family Rosary, USA, supports the spiritual well-being of the family through prayer, especially the Rosary, by providing opportunities for family members to participate in retreats, workshops, parish missions and days of reflection.
For more information, call 508-238-4095 or 1-800-299-PRAY , or go to www.FamilyRosary.org/Retreat