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A New Year's Check-in

Saturday January 7th, 2023



In their hearts

humans plan their course,

but the LORD

establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Take some time at the beginning of the new year to do a spiritual check-in with the Lord and perhaps ponder with Him where He may be establishing your steps.




“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 2023.


Saturday - January 7th, 2023

9am-4pm (CST)


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


9am - Arrival, Coffee & Greetings

9:30am - Welcome, Prayer & Morning Reflection

10:30am - Break

11am - Mid-morning Light stretching, breath & body wisdom session

12-1pm - Lunch

1pm - Mid-day Reflection 

1:30-3:30pm Break for Quiet personal reflection, a Walk in nature, Optional 1-1 SD sessions

3:30-4pm- Closing Gathering


12-1pm: Lunch is provided. Let us know any dietary restrictions.

Quiet Reflection time on your own

1:30-3:30pm: you are invited and encouraged to enjoy the serene and  beautiful Campus of the Retreat center and St. Mary's of the Lake.

This is not a silent retreat, it is more of a workshop

and there will be some optional group interactions.

But a quiet presence is expected on the campus and in the buildings.


Several individual appointments will be available if you'd like to receive a Spiritual Direction/Companioning session, for a small additional fee.  It can help to have some one-on-one time with a trained director as you discern.


  • $95* Includes all guided practices & meditations, Lunch, a session of gentle Holy yoga, access to the retreat center & its amenities, materials, snacks & beverages throughout the day. 

 (Although the retreat centers prices have increased for 2023,

don't let the cost stop you from coming!! reach out please and we will work with you)

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

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

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

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

(schedule order and topics subject to change)

1-REGISTER BELOW                                                          2- MAKE OFFERING BELOW

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1421 E. Gloria Dr
Palatine, Il 60074
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 the Christian way, a life of discernment.

And discover the "one thing necessary" in living the life we hope to have in Christ... our Hope that matters more than setting yet another goal using human wisdom in making this New Year's resolutions.

 “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

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