Del Keller, Sharon Fink aNd Geraldine Misa at Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women retreat.
The ACCW's Our Lady of Good Counsel banner, available for parishes to borrow.
BEAVERTON — Father Peter Smith opened a recent Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women retreat here by relating the theme, "A Shared Life In Christ," to Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which began Oct. 11.
The Year of Faith, Father Smith said, is about bringing the benefits of faith to others. He instructed retreatants gathered at Our Lady of Peace retreat that a shared life in Christ is a real friendship with Christ, with the same elements as a human friendship. Then Father Smith directed retreatants to live a friendship with God, by talking to him about their own daily lives. He pointed out that God knows what is occurring, but that by talking to him about it, even to the extent of complaining, humans are cementing the bonds of friendship. He then asked what might be the effects in their parishes if they returned with a willingness like St. Paul's to do whatever God asked.
The National Council of Catholic Women had invited all of its members to join it in observing The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17. Betty Egner of St. Henry Parish, the retreat chair, led retreatants in saying The Universal Prayer for those who are poor. Members took up a special collection, which came to more than $300. The ACCW will give the funds to charity.
Egner also led the retreatants in a patriotic rosary, with each decade offered for a different branch of government and each Hail Mary offered for a state.
Father Smith closed the retreat with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration and benediction.
Del Keller, president of ACCW, announced that next year's retreat will be on Oct. 16, 2013, again at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House. For more information, contact her at 503-256-4399 or [email protected]