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Into the Vineyard

  1. (Tuesday, April 9) Welcome to the Vineyard – The Invitation                                

“What you have done is kept the choice wine until now!” – John 2:10

Can it be that at this moment in time in your life, the Lord is calling you to a deeper, more intimate relationship with him?  Let’s enjoy, laugh, learn, cry and pray with each other as we seek to engage in the daily business of living with an open heart, one which allows us as twenty-first century women to be available to Mystery and the Divine.

Join us for a glass of wine and light snacks, and a brief conference about being captivated by Love Himself, by changing from being productive to being fruitful.

We’ll take time to share our thoughts, experience a prayerful guided meditation and close with a candle-lit ritual designed to express our hopes, dreams and confidence in the Lord.

  1. (Tuesday, April 16th) Becoming the Beloved

“So I will allure her: I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart….I will espouse you to me forever: I will espouse you in right and in justice, in love and in mercy; I will espouse you in fidelity and you shall know the Lord.” – Hosea 2: 16, 21-22)

We are asked to take our relationship with God to ourselves; to shape and add to it from our own experiences. We need to recognize the voice of God calling to us, and become sensitive to God’s generosity and fidelity.

Explore with us why we all loved Snow White and Cinderella; then discover the wonderful wisdom of St. Clare and her “mirror” spirituality. We’ll enjoy social time together, have a brief conference, use the most ancient surviving icon of Jesus as a vehicle for deeper knowledge of Him, experience “lectio divina,” an ancient prayer form of the Church which attracts the heart more deeply to God, share our thoughts, and close with a lovely prayer written by St. Clare.

  1. (Tuesday, April 23rd) Weaving a Tapestry of My Life

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving…and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.” – Louisa May Alcott

Every woman is entrusted with a unique life, a beautiful tapestry composed of a variety of colors and contrasts that is woven throughout the course of her life, using her unique circumstances, relationships, struggles, joys, gifts and talents. Give Divine Love Himself permission to enter into both the creation and understanding of your one-of-a- kind tapestry.

This evening we’ll enjoy our social gathering; afterwards there will be a brief conference about The Master Weaver, a journaling exercise, and fun with a weaving workshop. Finally, we’ll ask the Holy Spirit to bless this sacred time as we experience a prayer of personal reminiscence.

  1. (Tuesday, April 30th) Vessel of Grace, Who, Me?

“When you call Me, when you go to pray to Me, I will listen to you. When you look for Me , you will find Me. Yes, when you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me with you, says the Lord…..” – Jeremiah 29:12-14

Today’s woman gets quickly filled up by her busy schedule, and responsibilities, we are experts at allowing ourselves to be poured out for our families and our commitments. Machines have capabilities, but no heart. Vessels breathe, vessels have capacities. Pope John Paul II taught that Jesus treated women with openness, respect, acceptance and tenderness; He honored the dignity which women have always possessed according to God’s plan and in His love. On this final evening together, we’ll explore the mysteries of human suffering, God’s healing grace and woman’s capacity to find deep and abiding peace in her relationship with God, and then her incredible ability to share that grace with others.

We’ll gather for refreshments and sharing, have a brief conference on “Woman as Vessel of Grace,” experience a guided meditation on the Daughter of Jairus, and conclude with a ritual prayer with oil that we may receive God’s blessing and healing for ourselves, our loved ones, and those with whom we come in contact.