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An Advent retreat day aimed at helping Catholic women feel supported on their faith journey is being held at Glenelg in November.

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The retreat for all women over the age of 13 follows the successful hosting of a retreat in May by women in the Noarlunga parish and local members of Sisterhood, a national Catholic women’s movement.

For the Advent retreat, Sisterhood is collaborating with the Dominican Sisters of St Cecelia, which has its mother house in Nashville, Tennessee, and now has houses in both New South Wales and Victoria.

The Order will provide content for the retreat and will send two Sisters from Sydney to spend the day leading and guiding participants.

Jacinta Colla, from Adelaide’s Sisterhood, said the feedback received from Cherished, which was hosted within the Noarlunga parish, was that women wanted more of these events.

“The opportunity to spend time together in prayer, praise and worship, attend adoration and reconciliation and simply being given time to listen to presentations from Religious who have a strong theological background and sound knowledge all stood out as being important to the women who attended,” she said.

“At times, we may be the only young person at Mass, or one of a couple of families within our parish, or we may be blessed to attend a vibrant parish.

“Regardless of who we spend our usual Sunday Mass with, by attending a day like this we can connect with those also on the journey. Those attending see that there are many women across Adelaide passionate about practising our faith.

“The older women are uplifted by the spirit and enthusiasm of the younger attendees, and equally the younger women feel joy and encouragement that their faith journey does not have to end once they stop being ‘young’.”

Jacinta said it was a natural decision to invite a cross generation of ages to the retreats.

“To be able to bring along your daughter, mother, niece, aunty or friend and spend the day in Catholic fellowship, without being restricted by age is a precious gift,” she said.

“We are not running a recruitment drive, it is about being Church, and the content of the retreats we run is what we, as practising Catholic women want in a retreat ourselves.”

The retreat will be held at St Mary’s Hall, Glenelg on November 30 from 9.30am, finishing between 4 and 5pm. To register go to www.trybooking.com/BGDOB or contact Jacinta Colla on 0401 399 792; email: adventretreat@hotmail.com Registrations close Wednesday November 20.

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