September 23-26, 2021
Parable: A Retreat on Change
Change has marked all our lives.
The past year has overflowed with change—personal and communal, private and public, big and small. As the seasons turn and a new school year starts, our thoughts turn to change again.
A perfect time to reconnect with God.
Parable is a retreat for anyone who has ever wrestled with change.
This September, we’ll gather to explore the parables and hear how Jesus teaches us about change through stories drawn from ordinary life.
Together we’ll draw close to God to hear the parables anew, asking how the sacred stories can open fresh perspectives on the changes we resist or embrace.
The Parable retreat is virtual, coming to you in the comfort and convenience of your own home. We’ll gather on Zoom each day during the retreat and spend time in prayer outside the group sessions.
The companion e-book will give you a complete retreat guide: prayer, Scripture, reflection questions, and creative ways to pray with the parables.
If recent years have brought unexpected change—or if you’re looking ahead with hope on the horizon—the Parable retreat will offer you the chance to pause and pray about God’s work in your life.
Join us on September 23-26, 2021, to explore the parables together.
The Parable Retreat is open to anyone who wants to pray about changes in their life, big or small, positive or negative. For example:
- the birth of a child
- the death of a loved one
- career change or job loss
- geographic moves or internal shifts
- new relationships, work, or life transitions
- discernment about personal or professional callings
Parable is also for anyone looking ahead to change on the horizon. If you’re wondering where God is leading next—or where God has been at work in your past—this retreat is for you.
The retreat will offer large group presentations, optional small group conversations, and ideas for creative ways to pray and reflect on your own throughout the retreat days.
The retreat will run from Sept. 23-26, 2021.
We’ll gather on Zoom for 4 one-hour sessions of presentation, prayer, and reflection:
Session 1: 7:00 pm CDT, Thursday, Sept. 23rd
Session 2: 7:00 pm CDT, Friday, Sept. 24th
Session 3: 3:00 pm CDT, Saturday, Sept. 25th
Session 4: 3:00 pm CDT, Sunday, Sept. 26th
Each day of the retreat, we’ll explore parables from the Gospels, reflect on what Jesus’ stories mean for our own lives, and go forth with questions to ponder in prayer.
Participants will have the option to join small group discussion for 30 minutes following each large group session.
Zoom links will be sent to participants via email, and all sessions will be recorded if you’re unable to join live (or simply want to listen again).
The Parable e-book will guide you through the retreat and give you resources to keep reflecting afterward:
- a guide for making an at-home retreat
- Scripture, prayers, and reflection questions
- space for journaling or drawing/painting
This retreat is designed to fit your life. You can watch the recorded live sessions later according to your needs, and spend each day in reflection and prayer whenever it fits your schedule. Together we’ll create time and space set apart to encounter God.
Parable will meet you right where you are.
The retreat costs $100, which covers:
- 4 retreat sessions held on Zoom on Sept. 23-26, 2021
- the companion e-book with complete retreat materials
- all preparation and follow-up materials sent via email
- access to recorded Zoom sessions and videos for 30 days following the close of the retreat
- optional small groups that will meet for 30 minutes following the large group session each evening
Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and speaker who spent over a decade working on theology of vocation at the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. Laura is an award-winning columnist for Catholic News Service and the author of books including Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling and Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting. Laura has spoken nationally on topics ranging from vocation and calling to discipleship and grief. She and her husband live with their five sons in Minnesota.
What do I need to make a virtual retreat?
All you need to join the retreat is a Zoom account. Once you register for the retreat, you’ll receive instructions for joining retreat sessions via Zoom.
The Parable companion e-book will be available as a digital download to help you prepare and plan.
To enter into the retreat experience, it would be helpful to have:
- a Bible
- a sacred image to keep before your eyes (e.g., an icon, cross, or artwork)
- a journal
- a candle
- a quiet space in your home (even a chair) free from distraction
The Parable e-book includes ideas for making a virtual retreat possible in your daily life: ways to plan ahead, suggestions for setting aside the space you need, and practical tips for at-home retreat time.
Can I give the retreat as a gift?
Absolutely! Simply enter the recipient’s email address when you register, and they’ll be added to the participant list.
Can I make the retreat with others?
Yes: if each person registers separately. The beauty of a virtual retreat is that you can gather with friends across the country (or around the world) to pray and reflect together.
Imagine ways you might make the retreat together—with friends, family members, or a small group:
- set up your own short Zoom call before or after the daily session to talk further about your reflections
- text each other after you’ve read the day’s Scripture, for support and encouragement
- connect during the weekend before and the weekend after the retreat, to prepare and plan next steps to continue praying together
You could also make the retreat together with your spouse, partner, or roommate.
Please note: Participants within the same household may join under one registration, but retreat sessions/links may not be shared with anyone else during or after the retreat.
What if I have a conflict during the retreat sessions?
Life, work, and family needs may overlap with the retreat—this is natural for an at-home retreat. We’ll record each Zoom session so you can watch it later at your own convenience. You can stretch the retreat over several weeks if it’s easier for your schedule.
Retreat sessions will remain available online for 30 days following the close of the retreat.
Is financial assistance available?
Absolutely. Our goal is to keep this opportunity affordable and available to all. If you need help with registration fees, please inquire about a sliding scale or scholarship funds. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in donating toward scholarship funds to support others, please email email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity and support.
Feedback from Retreat Participants
"This retreat was life-changing for me. From the first night, my eyes were opened to a new way of looking at things I had struggled with for years. Laura, your honesty, your insights and your humor have helped me navigate this difficult year and feel inspired about what God has in store for me next."
"Having the retreat stretched out over four days and in between daily responsibilities was a gift to me. It gave me time for reflection (both conscious and unconscious) as well as immediate connection to my daily life. In addition, I'm so grateful you added in the small group discussion. It was a piece of what made the retreat so rich for me."
"I was so surprised how intimate and 'in person' the zoom retreat was. While there would be benefits to in-person, I also loved that the virtual format reached more people and allowed for the participation of kids, etc."
"I loved this retreat. The guidebook was very helpful to me, and the option of being able to access the retreat on your own schedule and go back to repeat sessions is so helpful for those of us whose schedules might be irregular. So looking forward to the next retreat!"