Upcoming Retreats:

Grandview Calvary Baptist and City In Focus present:


WHEN: February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
1803 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC

COST: $25

CONTACT:  Kaitlin Reich 604.687.7292  Email

“Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert.” ~ Henri Nouwen

Take time this Lent to listen for the voice that calls you Beloved. This retreat offers times of silence and contemplation in which you can open your heart to God’s love in a deeper way and discover what it means to Be-Loved in this season of your life. You will attune your heart to God’s voice and encounter His love in experiential ways – through scripture, poetry, art, music and contemplative creative practices. This half-day retreat will include guided group sessions and periods of silence for personal reflection. Coffee & snacks are included.

Begin this Lent as Jesus did – Beloved.

Facilitated by Mei Chang.

Mei Chang, a member of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator. She is passionate about offering space for silence and solitude at the centre of where we live our lives, in the city. Mei regularly facilitates retreats at local churches and retreat centres. She is a SoulStream partner and a part of the Imago Dei Christian community.

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Conducted by: Father Matthew Linn S.J.
February 18, 19, 20, 2018 7 p.m.

St. Monica Parish
12011 Woodhead Road, Richmond, BC V6V 1G2
For more information, call 604-278-0844 or email:

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ (as a team with Dennis and Sheila Linn) has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He has advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has taught courses and given retreats on healing in every state and in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in 1973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, Dennis, and Sheila have written 22 books.

Sunday, February 18: Healing Our Image of God: Becoming All We Are
The biggest obstacle to being healed is that our image of God is not loving enough
to heal the deeper hurts where we feel more pain than love. This session will focus
on finding how we are made to the image and likeness of God but we may be
making God according to our image and likeness rather than become the fullness
of Love. The second part will include a process for healing our image of God where
it has been distorted by life’s hurts.

Monday, February 19: The Most Difficult Forgiveness: Forgiving Oneself
Who is the most difficult person in your life? Wherever it is difficult to love
another, it is usually because it is difficult to love ourselves with the same struggle.
When I am angry, angry people bother me more and talkative people bother me
more when I want to talk. We struggle to love and forgive another where we
struggle to love and forgive ourselves. We continue with the same struggles and
faults because we hate the sin and the sinner. This session will focus on how to
forgive ourselves in a way that heals us rather than traps us in repeating our
unloving behaviour and getting angry at others who are unloving like us.

Tuesday, February 20: Coming Home: Running from Life Into New Life
Each of us has a pattern of running from life when we feel shame: that sense of
being inadequate and not at home with ourselves. This running from reality can
range from addictions to the everyday ways we escape by TV, shopping, snacking,
overworking, video games, internet, unhealthy relationships, unhealthy religion or
whatever pattern of sin that keeps us trapped. The escape pattern gives us
temporary relief from what we didn’t want to face but leaves us with less life and
less ready to face real life. This session will follow the archetypal Prodigal Son
story to discover our pattern of running from life and the road home to being
embraced where, “We must celebrate because he was dead and has come back to
life, he was lost and now he has been found.”

All sessions held in the Church. Registration not required. Donations gratefully accepted.

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SoulStream Presents:

A Lenten Retreat with the Soul of Christ Prayer

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Jesus, may all that is you flow into me.

May your body and blood
be my food and drink.
May your passion and death
be my strength and life.
Jesus, with you by my side
enough has been given.
May the shelter I seek
be the shadow of your cross.
Let me not run from the love which you offer,
But hold me safe from the forces of evil.
On each of my dyings
shed your light and your love.
Keep calling to me
until that day comes when, with your saints,
I may praise you forever.

— paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ

“Jesus, may all that is you flow into me,” St.Ignatius prayed. Like Ignatius, our deepest desire is to rely on Christ alone for our security and identity. God longs for this as well. In this day apart, we will explore and pray with our God-given desire. 

The retreat will offer input, periods of silence for personal prayer, and reflective sharing, and will be facilitated by SoulStream partners and spiritual directors: Marcia Fretheim, Esther Hizsa and Rod Janz.

Marcia Fretheim
Marcia Fretheim
Esther Hizsa
Esther Hizsa
Rod Janz
Rod Janz

We will begin at 9:15 am and finish at 3:15 pm.

The event will be held at:

St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church
9887 Cameron St.
Burnaby, BC

Cost: $50.00
Please bring a bag lunch.
Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided.
All proceeds go to SoulStream Initiatives, a non-profit organization that seeks to support the contemplative lifestyle and encourage others to live authentically with Jesus.

Register here


Questions? please contact Audrey at

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Photo Credits:
Banner: “Hummingbird” by Ed Dahl. Used with permission.
Waiting for the Light photo (c) John R Lunn. Used with permission.
Book signing photo by Farida Somjee. Used with permission.

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