For with God nothing shall be impossible”. Luke 1:37      Fall 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your continued support this past year. We can’t believe how quickly it’s become autumn again. It’s a time to let go of one season and move on to the next. We’re probably all thinking that’s a good thing! This year I’ve been hearing as background music the old soft rock James Taylor song from the late sixties.

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end… But I always thought that I’d see you one more time again.
It is a sad song about some bad things that happened in James Taylor’s life. But underneath it all he sings of hope for better days.

For us at Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center hope is always our North Star. Even after a summer of terrible wild fires out west, the torrential rains in the east and the continuing threat from COVID-19, we move on with hope and trust. We’ve learned that our Loving God is always with us in every season, calling us to deep faith in Him and unfailing care for one another.

We’ve heard that some of our dear retreatants have been displaced or even lost homes again in the fires. Perhaps you have family or friends who suffered through their own loses this past year with the pandemic or floods. Our hearts go out to all and we pray that you will know the love of God and the support of the human community in these difficult times.

People are asking “why, what’s happening?” Those are questions we best ponder together. Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center is a sacred place of prayer and quiet conversation where people are invited to enter into the mysteries of God and God’s creation. And perhaps now more pointedly, we find ourselves at the foot of the Cross in the mystery of suffering and loss. We must listen to the tender words of Jesus Himself, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavily burdened and I will refresh you.”

Our weekend retreats this year, thankfully, will be in person again. We will gather to share our deep stories of faith in God who sustains us in times of need and promises the fullness of life. We have all been looking forward to the grace filled time of retreat together. Please join us.

The Retreat Center has survived the hard times of the past year and a half. For the most part this has been directly due to the generosity of our CTK friends. We are excited to announce our $40K Matching Gift Challenge! made possible by the generosity of an anonymous retreatant and donor, now through December 31, 2021. Dollar for dollar, your gift to Christ the King will be matched up to $40,000. Please keep us and our mission in your prayers, and consider making a gift today, doubling your impact.

May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in our hearts!

Forever in Christ,

Fr. Jim Strommer, CP                              Natalie Svistoonoff, MPH
Director of Ministry                                  Executive Director

 

Thank you for supporting our Fall Appeal during this challenging time with COVID-19. We are very appreciative of your kindness and generosity.

If you would like to donate towards our Fall 2021  Appeal-Matching Campaign please CLICK HERE.