For 21 years, the annual Shrine of St. Therese dndowment dinner and auction at the Shrine has been blessed by an outpouring of generosity on the part of donors and patrons for this annual fundraiser.
This year, instead of the endowment dinner and auction, there will be some activities at the shrine itself during the weekend of Oct. 3-5.
This will be a chance for the shrine board to offer an "Invitation to Grace" for anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic interested in partaking in one or more of the activities at the shrine.
As the Bible states in Isaiah, chapter 55: "All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive ... Come, without paying and without cost."
Some of the Invitation to Grace offerings without cost will consist of the following: (There may be updates of information. Watch bulletins and be sure to register if interested in either the Friday labyrinth overnight or the Saturday overnight at the lodge. Space is limited.)
1. Labyrinth overnight stay at the lodge - This overnight is a chance for interested adults to attend a no-fee labyrinth overnight on Oct. 3, facilitated by Janis Burns Buyarski. Registration is required. Contact the shrine office at email@example.com to register. The Friday overnight will end by or before 1 p.m. on Oct. 4.
2. "Rich History and Spirituality of the Shrine" presentation - Enter into the presentation of authentic history of the shrine and its rich spirituality with a sharing by Thomas Fitterer using photos and stories of yesterday. Let the past shrine happenings come alive for you today. This will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the shrine chapel.
3. Overnight at the shrine lodge - Individuals, couples and families are invited to spend a no-fees overnight at the shrine lodge on Oct. 4, arriving from 4:30 p.m. and later. Space is limited to 22 beds. Registration is required by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to indicate how many people are coming along with their first and last names. People staying at the lodge will need to bring their own linens or sleeping bags (pillows, too, if desired) and some food to cover the meals: dinner, breakfast, lunch (or brunch). People overnighting will need to have their rooms cleaned up by or before noon on Oct. 5.
4. "Pray the Rosary" or "Be Apart of the Blessing of the New Bronze Plaque Mysteries of Light" - Pray the complete 20 decades of the rosary on the Good Shepherd Rosary Trail commencing at noon Oct. 5. The shrine hopes for the arrival of the last five bronze mystery plaques, the Mysteries of Light, to be available for the rosary, even if they are not mounted on rock yet. If the new bronze plaques have arrived, there will be a blessing of them at 1 p.m.
5. Shrine Feast of St. Therese - To culminate the blessings of the weekend, one can choose to attend Mass at the shrine chapel in celebration of the Feast of St. Therese. The feast day is Oct. 1, but it will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5.
6. Dessert reception at the lodge following Mass - Any cookies are welcome at this reception on Oct. 5. If you know you will bring some and get a chance, contact Thomas Fitterer at email@example.com to indicate such.
The weekend of Oct. 3-5 is a good chance to walk the shrine grounds, overnight without charge at the shrine lodge, partake in the centering benefit of the Merciful Love Labyrinth, journey the Little Way Trail along Shrine Creek, relax on the beach or on one of the granite benches to watch the wildlife - ocean and land - partake in the rosary and the Mass and otherwise soak up the peace that is so prevalent at the shrine. All you who are thirsty come to the water.