Retreat Photos

A weekend that could change your life...
The following photos provide a glimpse into the events and happenings of a New Life Retreat weekend. This retreat took place in the parish hall of St. Mary's Parish at Bayswater and Young in Ottawa. The numbers on the retreat can vary from between twenty and 100 persons.

Pictured here is one of our smaller gatherings. We hope it provides a sense of God at work to renew the lives of His people.

Sharing the Good News
Participants listen intently as the speaker shares God's life-giving word. Not seen in the picture is the source of power provided by those praying for the Holy Spirit to be at work.

"Let us Sing unto the Lord"
The New Life Worship team leads the group in a celebration of song over the great things the Lord is and has done. They play an important role during the weekend particularly in our Renewal of Baptism and Confirmation liturgies.

Let's talk about it
A group of the ladies respond to one of the talks. They examine how the key points may be of relevance to them and what response might be called for from each of them.

Joined in Prayer
As the retreat progresses the small groups led by their shepherds pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts, enlighten minds and bring about the work of transformation.

Meals and Fellowship
The weekend participants are seen here enjoying the meals and fellowship experienced during their time together. On Saturday, breakfast and lunch are provided. On Sunday, dinner is included as well. It's a time to make new friends in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord loves cheerful givers.
The ladies pictured here have happily given much of their weekend to provide nourishing food and refreshing drinks for the many breaks and meals.They make up a part of the dedicated Hospitality Ministry serving on the retreat.