Advent Newsletter & 2023 Retreat Calendar

Advent is a journey…We are waiting… moving toward…something better, we hope, that we will find on Christmas morning.  On Christmas morning, we find the love of Christ in an infant.  We find ourselves devoted to this little child who like all babes needs our care and support for the first several (18 or more) years of their life.  As this child grows, we grow in our relationship with Jesus.  This child becomes the Good Shepherd.  There is something about the image of the shepherd that we find compelling, as most of us have never seen a shepherd.  This image speaks of peace and tranquility and hope in the face of danger. We find ourselves praying Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd – in times of grief and sorrow, to give us comfort that the Shepherd is with us, guiding us. This year at Christ the King Retreat Center, the image of the Good Shepherd will be the focus of our spiritual journey (retreat theme).  We pray that you will find the image of the infant at Christmas and the image of the Shepherd a place of peace and tranquility, leaving the dark valley behind.

Labor Day Holiday Weekend

We at Christ the King Retreat Center wish everyone a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. Our offices and the retreat center will be closed on Monday in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. The office will be open on Tuesday at 8:00 am. Peace and Blessings to you.

70th Anniversary of Christ the King Retreat Center

It was 70 years ago, September 1952, that the Mission Oblates of Mary Immaculate purchased the land and property of the Lethert family on Buffalo Lake in Buffalo, MN, and hosted the first Silent Retreat at King’s House.  Through the many years of ministry, there have been thousands of retreatants experiencing peace, renewal, and joy through the multitude of priests and religious who have served here. In celebration of this milestone, there will be a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 2:00 pm with reception following. All are welcome to attend, please RSVP using the form below.

Easter Joy

At Mass on Ash Wednesday this year, Fr. Lon gave us this verse from Isaiah – Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. Is 43:1. 

His message was that during Lent, there is an underlying sense of Joy as we have already been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. 

In these final days of Holy Week, leading up to the Triduum, our sorrow at seeing the Lord’s suffering and death becomes our focus.  We have prepared our hearts, souls and minds to place ourselves in the midst of His Passion and grow in our love for the Lord, knowing that His sacrifice has given us our life.

We anticipate, with confidence, the Resurrection waiting for us. And we celebrate, again, the everlasting Joy of the Risen Christ.  For 40 days, we have been about Penance and Pray. After the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, it will be time to Sing Alleluia again. From death comes life.

Many blessings to you this Easter Season.

Website – Scheduled Maintenance

Christ the King Retreat Center will be doing routine maintenance on our website. The scheduled downtimes are:

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 10 PM, ending on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 4 AM.

The second begins at 10 PM on Friday, April 29 and ends on Saturday, April 30 at 6 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call us during business hours M-F 8 am to 4 pm.

Have a blessed day,