On March 9, 2017, the office of Parish Social Ministry at Catholic Charities of West Tennessee hosted a "Come & See" Lenten Retreat at Catholic Charities. The purpose of the retreat was to create a "culture of encounter" using a Relationships-Based approach. The morning was filled with prayer, service and engaging conversations with clients from our programs (Immigration Services, St. Sebastian Veterans Services and Genesis Homeless Services). The morning began with Mass celebrated by our Interim CEO Father John Hourican and concelebrated with Msgr. Al Kirk. After Mass, Father Kirk led participants in a growth-themed prayer service with assistance by clients from our programs. For our service project, we filled toiletry bags for the homeless. One of the most impactful parts of the morning was hearing the stories of our clients and their struggles with homelessness and other issues. One participant said that the most important thing they learned was "how very important it is for people to communicate more and not judge a person by their situation, circumstance or diagnosis." Thank you to our wonderful clients, small group facilitators, and all who attended the retreat.
May 25, 2017