A New Year's Check-in

Saturday January 8th, 2022
9am-12pm (CST)

This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
   ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is,

and walk in it,
   and you will find rest for your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

Sometimes it's good to step off the path and look where we are, where we've been and where we are headed.

Often are lives and activities are running us, instead of us guiding them ...and more importantly being led by the Holy Spirit.  We can get so used to the same ol' paths, schedules and habits that we can often lose sight and forget where it is we were hoping to go and even why we are on the path in the first place.

Take some time at the beginning of this new year to do a spiritual check-in with the Lord and perhaps ponder with Him the path you are on - and where he may be inviting you next (if anywhere), as He continues to realign our intentions and desires with His.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,

I hope I have not a single bit of talent left and can say I used everything you gave me.”

Erma Bombeck

Join us for some intentional time of reflection as we begin the New Year.  Enjoy some time of quiet, as we reflect back on the last year, take a check-in of where we are now and listen for where the Lord may be inviting us as we head into 2022.


Saturday Morning / January 8th, 2022

9am-12pm (CST)


In Person -OR- Zoom Webinar options available! Our first time offering a hybrid option.

Come join us in person on the campus of the Joseph and Mary Retreat Center


Log in from the comfort of your home and enjoy! No one will see or hear you on this Zoom Webinar platform.  There will be an opportunity to check-in after the morning.


9am (CST) - Quiet reflective music to gather ourselves & prepare our hearts

9:30am - Welcome & Morning prayer

9:45am -Reflective MeditationStand at the crossroads and Look

10:15am - Discernment Exercise: Ask for the ancient path. Ask where the good way is

10:45am - Break

11am - Practical Ponderings:  Walk in the good way

11:30am - Meditation on Jesus' Invitation & Offering: Find rest for your soul

12pm - Closing Benediction


12-12:30pm:  Immediately following the morning there will be an optional Live Zoom meeting room opened, for those wanting to briefly share God's goodness together and a short time of Q&A with Cecilia.

LUNCH IS PROVIDED for in-person participants.

12-1pm: Lunch is provided for those joining in person.

IN-PERSON Quiet Reflection time on your own

1-4pm: for those joining us in person you are invited, welcomed and encouraged to stay and enjoy the beautiful Campus of the retreat center and St. Mary's of the Lake.

(We do hope that those joining online will also set apart this afternoon for quiet reflection. There will be some suggestions offered on how you might spend this time)


1-4pm: Several individual appointments will be available if you'd like to receive a Spiritual Direction or Immanuel Prayer session, for an additional fee.  These will be available in person and also via zoom.


  • $15 for those joining on Zoom, and will include a pdf booklet to accompany you

  • $40 for those joining in-Person, which includes the morning gathering, lunch, access to the retreat center & its amenities during the afternoon, materials, snacks & beverages throughout the day.

Optional Add-on 45 minute Spiritual Direction/Immanuel Prayer Session: $35

(there are a limited number of available spaces, please sign up early and reserve a 45 minute session. Sessions will be offered by Cecilia and another guest Spiritual Director)

If you would like to spend the night after the retreat you can arrange that on your own by calling

the retreat center @ (847) 566-6060 (there are only a few rooms available currently but you can also stay across the lake at St. Mary's 847-566-8290)

*Fees are non-refundable, but transferable if for some reason you are not able to attend you can give it to a friend.

Financial assistance available upon request. Don't let the cost keep you from signing up!

The Morning will be facilitated by Spiritual Director, Cecilia T. Whitacre

(schedule order and topics subject to change)

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Did you know....

that most New Year's resolutions fail by Jan 12th?

Research conducted by Strava, the social network for athletes,

has discovered that Jan. 12 is the fateful day of New Year’s resolutions failing.

“A key factor in success is motivation and analyzing millions of activity uploads, we’ve been able to pinpoint the day your motivation is most likely to waver.”

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while around 80 percent fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, says U.S. clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani.

Come join us for this NY's workshop where we will talk about why motivation alone doesn't cut it when we are taking about making real change.

And discover what matters more in living the life we hope to have in Christ,

than setting more goals, stirring up more self-effort & making yet another New Year's resolution.

 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth
and does not live in temples built by human hands.  
And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.
Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth;
and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.  
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him,
though he is not far from any one of us.  
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
Acts 17:24-28

     Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called
and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry.
It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular,
it is why he does it.”

― A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine


Current Covid Requirements of the Retreat Center: 

  • Our group can decide if we would like to wear masks while gathered together in our large meeting room. We have decided that once in our room masks will be optional upon being seated. Of course, you are always welcome to keep your mask on the entire time.

  • Since we will be here with another group, we are asked to wear masks in the hallways and common areas of the retreat house - library, chapel. 

  • You may lower your mask while alone in the chapel.

  • Masks do not need to be worn at meals.

  • It is required that all guests *regardless of vaccination status* be masked while moving about inside the retreat house.  Social distancing is not necessary.