2015 Lenten Retreat
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Glory be to Christ Jesus ! The Lenten Retreat at St John's this year will feature Deacon Mark and Mat Elizabeth Barna ,Authors of" A Christian Ending" ; A handbook for burial in the ancient Christian tradition.
With so many Christians today opting for cremation because of the expense of funerals and the loss of a Christian understanding of why it's not OK, it is critical that we maintain our Orthodox tradition of respect for the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Barns have become a great resource for parishes who want to know more about our options when someone dies. They are also a fountain of information about caring for elderly loved ones, having cared for 3 of their elderly parents in their home.
We will have a brief introductory talk during the meal following Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Friday 3/20 at around 7 PM.The next session will begin at 9: 30. Divine Liturgy will be at 7:45 AM on Saturday followed by continental breakfast. We will break for Lunch ( provided by St John's ) at 12 Noon. The afternoon will feature workshops on specific topics and a Q&A session from 3-4 PM followed by Vespers. Please see the attached flyer. Feel free to distribute it to all who may be interested. Also click on the Barns's Website for more info on the subject.
If you would like to help with any aspect of this workshop, please contact Ryan Harbry, Fr Tom or Mat Rebecca.
Love in Christ,