Below represents the Tentative Virtual Mini-Retreat Schedule for September 26th, 2020.

Schedule for the Virtual Retreat (Moderator Dermot Smyth]- Facilitators [Msgr. Brennan; Michael McEneney; Ed McEneney; Peter Monaco; Dermot Smyth]- Zoom coordinator [John Stedman].

9:00 am– Welcome & Introductions: [Moderator: Dermot Smyth]

9:05 am- Opening Remarks: [Ed McEneney]

9:20 am Opening Prayer: [Msgr. Brennan]

9:30 am Introduction of First speaker [Msgr. Brennan]

9:40 am [1st Witness Talk-] by Fr. Anthony Sorgie

10:15 am Questions and Answers [obtained in the chat box in Zoom] led by Zoom Coordinator

10:30 am Discussion Groups breakout groups thru zoom (8 in group led by a facilitator)

11:05 am Instruction for Private Prayer/Break time and return time for 2nd speaker

11:10 am: Private Prayer/Break time

11:15 am: Introduction of Second speaker by Ed McEneney

11:20 am: [2nd Witness Talk-] by Joseph Quinn

11:55 am Questions and Answers [obtained in the chat box in Zoom] led by Zoom Coordinator

12:05 pm:  Discussion Groups breakout groups thru zoom (8 in a group led by a facilitator)

12:40 pm Memorial Reflection/Reading of 20 Names for Manhattan Alumni fallen on 9/11/2001 [Phil Colon]

12:50 pm:  Group Discussion/Feedback Round-table [All participants]

1:00 pm:  Closing— –Closing remarks [Peter Monaco]; Prayer and Blessing to all [Msgr. Brennan.]

1:15  pm (+/- ) End the Retreat.


Preparing for a virtual retreat for participants:

When getting ready to have a virtual retreat, one still must act/prepare as if they are on a ‘live’ retreat prior to the ‘virtual online’ zoom platform. Please keep in mind these suggestions to prepare spiritually and physically.

1)   Begin a prayer by asking for God’s assistance.  St. Paul says: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Rom 8:26-27).

2)   Silence external noises. We need to silence the external noises, find a quiet place with little to no distractions, preferably a place of solitude where one can be alone with God. The location should be comfortable and free from distraction during the virtual retreat schedule time frame.

3)   Silence internal noises. Reading a short passage from Scripture, the daily missal readings or saying a special prayer of meaning to you. These readings/prayers take our concentration from the world and reorient our mind to be sensitive to our being and living in the present moment and should be done prior to initiating the ‘virtual online’ zoom Retreat invitation.

4)   Silence our heart and soul. Using Scripture as a tool to listen with the ears of our hearts is one of the most powerful tools available. We are not silent for the sake of silence, but it is a means by which we can encounter and experience a real, personal and all loving God.

5)   Encounter God. In the end, it is not the destiny of the process or the fruits of prayer or whether it was a productive time that matters.  It is the fact that we spent time with God, it is about the encounter. We need to pray with our whole being — the body, intellect, memory, imagination, emotions, heart, and soul ­— not just with our mouth, mind or heart.

Now you’re ready to share in fellowship with your colleagues, be strengthen by the talks given by our wonderful speakers, sharing together our reflections of the Mini-Retreat theme in view of what we have heard and shared in breakout rooms on the virtual Zoom platform.