Monday, January 16, 2017

A week of Guided Prayer

A week of Guided Prayer will be held in Kilcullen & Gormanstown Parish between 29 January and 4 February, writes Adrienne Byrne.This is an exciting opportunity on offer for you. Through the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism we have a number of Prayer Guides available to us who will facilitate a week of guided prayer in our Parish Grouping.

What is guided prayer?
This is a retreat with a difference — sometimes called a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, or a ‘Busy Person’s Retreat’, as you don’t have to go away to a quiet, beautiful place to find God. It is a way of making a retreat in the midst of daily living, as by taking some quiet time each day on your own you are enabled to find God in your everyday life, in all its ups and downs.

Participants are invited to do two things every day for the week. Firstly, to spend half an hour in personal prayer at home and secondly, to meet with a prayer guide for half an hour at an agreed time. The prayer guides will accompany you and guide you each day with short texts from the scriptures. You do not need to have any previous knowledge. There is a group session for all participants and prayer guides on the Sunday at the beginning of the week and on the Saturday at the end of the week. If you wish to sign up leaflets are available at the back of the Church and in the Parish Centre

Who are the prayer guides?
The guides are lay men and women, religious sisters, brothers and priests who are trained and qualified in spiritual guidance and experienced at helping people in their prayer life.