Prayer and Spirituality
In his book, What Makes Us Catholic, Thomas Groome argues that Catholicism does not have spirituality. Rather, it is spirituality. He writes of Catholic optimism, a lust for life, the central place of gratitude, rich imagination, celebration, and at the core, a sacramental view of life. The Catholic incarnational view of life that is centered in Jesus makes all life sacred, demanding respect, even awe. Life, then, is to be lived in a sense of gratitude, awe and respect.
Cultivating a life of prayer enables us to live in a sense of gratitude, awe, and respect. In addition to the sacramental life of the parish, particularly the Sunday Eucharist—the source and summit of our life in Christ—Holy Infant offers additional opportunities to nurture a life of prayer such as retreats, prayer groups, and the prayer network.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. All are welcome to pray with the centering prayer group on Tuesday mornings. The group is affiliated with Triangle Contemplative Outreach. For more information, contact the Holy Infant coordinator of the group.
Do you have a prayer request? Please email your request and include the following information:
This ministry is comprised of parishioners who pray for any needs within our parish community. Prayer requests are emailed to our ministry members daily. All prayer requests are kept confidential within the network. To join the group, please contact the ministry coordinator.
Holy Infant embraces the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal: we are committed to doing things with compassion, humility and gentleness. Each year the parish sponsors formation opportunities for parishioners to grow in their understanding of Salesian spirituality. The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales are frequent speakers at HI-life Gatherings and other faith formation events.
Is spiritual direction intended only for a small elite group composed of clergy and nuns and a handful of laity with special vocations? Not really. Direction is for serious Christians generally, whether cleric, religious, or lay. Spiritual direction can be described many ways, but the best way is to emphasize its role in helping people see, accept, and live out God’s will in their lives.
Holy Infant offers parish retreats and days of reflection and also encourages parishioners to take part in diocesan retreats. Some retreats may be open to all and some are targeted toward a particular group.
Since our parish is staffed by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, parish retreats for adults often focus on themes related to Salesian spirituality. For information, contact the Faith Development Director.
The Holy Infant TYM Fall and Spring retreats are great opportunities for youth to come together to build stronger friendships; express themselves and their faith through art, music, and challenging discussions; and joyfully explore the many blessing God has given us. For more information, contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator.
• Salesian Service Retreats with DeSales Service Works, Camden, NJ