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20 July 15, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RETREATS & SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS www.upcatholic.org I'd love to spend some quality time with you! Prayer partners are needed for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Say YES to that inner voice calling YOU. Stop in today and/or call to set up your very own personal hour with the Lord. Iron Mountain Area - "B" St. & Stockbridge (906) 774-5157 Menominee Area - 2735 Taylor St., Marinette (906) 863-6524 Marquette Area - St. Peter Cathedral (906) 226-6548 Sponsored by Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Eucharistic Adoration Chapel Iron Mountain, MI Cabin on the lake, Gwinn, MI 3 Bedroom, 2 full baths & Sauna. Call 906-226-8079 for weekly rates or judithwebb@charter.net http://webpages.charter.net/webbcamp/WebbCamp.htm N.F.P. Awareness Week: July 24 - 30, 2016 Celebrate and reverence God's vision of human sexuality." To locate teaching couples or to order a Home Study Course, please visit www.ccli.org or call 800-745-8252. Companions of Christ the Lamb offers retreats in the wilderness BY CAROL HOLLENBECK THE U.P. CATHOLIC Retreating to the wilderness to med- itate and pray is an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church, practiced by Abraham, Jesus and many of the saints. Wilderness retreats, ranging from a few days to a week to 40 days, are be- ing offered through the Companions of Christ the Lamb (CCL) at a center north of Paradise, Mich. Wilderness retreats teach people how to be alone in silence so they can learn to listen and hear Gods quiet voice, explained CCL founder Father Jack Fabian, known as Father Jack. Retreat options vary widely. CCLs clergy members are required to make a 40-day, solo wilderness retreat. Lay members must do a 10-day solo wilderness retreat, but often make shorter retreats to prepare themselves for the 10-day and have the option of the 40-day retreat. Visitors are also welcome to make retreats there, and those retreats can be modified to meet needs and de- sires. Accommodations also vary, from Native American Vision Quest retreats at isolated tent-camping sites, to stays at isolated log cabins (Poustinias) to stays in family cabins or single-per- son hermitages close to the main CCL buildings. Except for those on wilderness solo or Poustinia retreats, members and visitors eat together in the dining hall. Visitors making a retreat may attend daily Eucharist, receive the sacrament of reconciliation and counsel from a retreat director. Retreats are offered year-round. Father Jack notes that one member completed a 40-day solo wilderness retreat during which the temperature did not rise above zero. He stayed in a teepee with a campfire. He did very well, Father Jack said. Cabins are also available for winter retreats. What about bugs in the summer- time? We deal with them, Fa- ther Jack said. Nets work, and bug sprays work well for people staying in tents. The CCL Retreat Center is remote, so there is no electricity. Cabins are heated with wood and lights are pro- pane. Cooking in the dining hall is done on a propane stove and there is a propane refrigerator. Last year, CCL began installing solar panels to provide some electrical power. For more information about CCL or making a retreat there, contact retreat coordinators Chuck and Kathy Ro- elant, (906) 492-3815. COURTESY PHOTO A view of the inside of the chapel at Christ the Companions of the Lamb located in Paradise, Mich.

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