On Friday evening and Saturday morning, a mini-retreat/planning meeting was held for the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF at the Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center near Nanticoke. About 20 men were able to attend some or all of the meeting.
It was a mini-retreat because overnight accommodations were available, the Renewal Center has its own Chapel with the Blessed Sacrament reserved, and Fr Leo McKernan was able to be with us for the duration, including having Mass for us in the Chapel on Saturday morning.
It was a planning meeting, too, as Glenn Yanik had obviously worked diligently to prepare an agenda and all the supporting materials. Glenn did a masterful job of blending the spiritual with the practical for the relatively short amount of time that we were together. For some of us, it was an opportunity to get acquainted with the men who have already been involved in the planning for several months now. There were both formal and informal times of sharing to help us get to know one another. Overall, the meeting served as a time to clarify the vision for the CMF in our diocese, as well as an opportunity to define some of the next steps required in order to get men’s groups formed in some of our parishes. It seemed that all of the participants were motivated and energized as we departed from the meeting.
In my reflection after the meeting, I realized how important it will be for me to pray regarding my efforts in this area. When men receive a mission, they like to acquire the tools/materials and set out to complete the mission – but too often on their own. I know that my own tendency is to dive into a project too hastily on my own, without taking the time to pray, without taking the time to consult my Father for his Wisdom, without asking for divine guidance and inspiration, without requesting the prayers of the Saints. So I’ll be praying that the Lord will touch the hearts of some men in my parish to be open to joining a men’s group. I’ll be asking the Lord to inspire me regarding which men to contact.
Glenn is trying to solidify plans for a Men’s Holy Hour with Bishop Martino. The tentative date is March 14th (Saturday). A location has not yet been secured. Please keep the planning for this event in your prayers. This would be an excellent event to which we could invite prospects for our parish men’s groups.
One of the men who attended on Friday evening, Dave from the Williamsport area, shared that he had just been downsized out of a job at the end of December. Perhaps we could remember to pray for Dave’s employment situation, as well as for the needs of all the other men involved in the Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship.
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