"Veni, Sancte Spiritus" - Pentecost Retreat & Novena

location Online | 5 PM Saturday 23 May — 12 PM Sunday 31 May (MDT)

...nine days to grow closer to the Holy Spirit...

We Baptize and begin our prayers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, we talk about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit fifty days after Easter with the feast of Pentecost

But who is this third person of the Holy Trinity, and what difference does the Spirit make in the life of an average Christian?

This May 23-31st, join Catholic clergy and youth ministry veterans for an online retreat as we prepare for Pentecost. In response to Pope Leo XIII's request in 1897 that we do so, we'll also pray an online novena (nine days of prayer) to the Holy Spirit as "…a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian."

This online retreat, brought to you by the Vocations office of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, is open to any young person (teenager or young adult) who'd like to enrich their spiritual life, start or enhance their habits of prayer, and become the saints God created them to be.

The retreat will include a mixture of pre-recorded talks and daily livestreamed liturgies and activities. During each of the live events we will pray the Novena prayer, and you can watch the talks at your leisure

What you can look forward to is:

-Saturday, May 23rd at 7pm: An opening Mass (Vigil for the Ascension of Jesus), with Fr. Kris Schmidt presiding

-9 talks (released on Sunday morning) recorded by youth ministry veterans who work in and around the Archdiocese of Edmonton including Santo Chines, Steven Defer, Sara Dmitri, Gillian Engstrom-Miller, Luke Gervais, Mike Landry, Jeannette Manser, Tina Schoenfelder, and Peter van Kampen

-Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, all at 7pm: Holy Hours livestreamed St. Charles in Edmonton, AB with Fr. Marc Cramer and Fr. Robert Lee.

-Monday, May 25th, 7pm: An E3 Evening (Encounter, Equip, Empower) hosted by FacetoFace Ministries via ZOOM.

-Wednesday, May 27th, 7pm: The premiere of a special episode of "Left-Footers," where Fr. Roger Niedzielski and Fr. Michael Bombak discuss who the Holy Spirit is… and what difference that makes to you.

-Friday, May 29th, at 7pm: A vocations panel featuring Sr. Marie-Therese Langer (Sisters of Merciful Jesus), Jake Mullin (Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, Caleb and Alana Regnier (Catholic Christian Outreach Missionaries serving in Calgary, AB), and a Fr. Marc Cramer (Archdiocese of Edmonton) discussing the impact the Holy Spirit has had on finding God's call to be a priest, member of a religious community, or married.

-Sunday, May 31st at 11am: Closing Mass for the feast of Pentecost with Fr. Paul Moret presiding.

Registering for the retreat (below) will allow us to remind you as each event is going live and to keep in touch throughout the nine days.

If you have any questions about the retreat, simply email Mike Landry, retreat coordinator at mike@mikeisthird.com.

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