June 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 2 [p. 1]

Dear Friends,

Spring arrives in Brooksville

It is with great joy and anticipation that I send you the schedule for this summer and fall. We have very competent presenters who are offering retreats that can enhance your spiritual journey. We can only offer them; you need to be the ones who take advantage of them.

We are always enriched by the RCIA retreats held here before Easter and look forward to seeing an ever increasing number to come during the remainder of the year.

We have some directed retreats scheduled, but we welcome all who wish to experience a hermitage experience in quiet and solitude at anytime.

Recently I attended a Mission Mississippi gathering in Macon and was the only Catholic in the group of other devoted Christians. In sharing information about our ministry here it became clear to me that God has placed this Dwelling Place here to welcome all Christians who desire to deepen their relationship with God. We welcome believers of all religious traditions and are enriched by them even as the experience here enriches others.


Come to Pray- on Your Time

We schedule retreats at specific times but we welcome you to come privately for retreat or spiritual direction anytime it is convenient for you and space is available. Three hermitages (small cottages) are available. Just check our website and send in your request.

Consider bringing your prayer group, deacons, parish council, or a group of faith-filled friends to experience the peace and renewal that so many individuals experience here. Bring your own director. Tailor the time to fit your need for silence, prayer, sharing, and input. Check our website for options available. Contact Sheila Avery, secretary, 662-738-5348 to schedule your time.

"Extreme Makeover" for the Dining Room/Kitchen

Lots of light in the kitchen

Dining room updates

A new serving table in the dining room

Since February 15, the old diningroom/kitchen has had a makeover, inside and out. It started with new insulated siding and roof. Then an arbor to decorate the west wall and a split level heating and cooling unit to give us comfort.

Then the real work started inside when Tommy Lindsay and David Blaxton moved our dining room wall back eight feet into the back storage room. That meant new ceiling and floor, new lighting and painting.

Next came new counter tops and sinks for the kitchen and laundry! When we tried to fit our old portable dishwasher under the counter it was too large so--you guessed it--a new dishwasher!

A helpful addition is our serving table--placed in the dining room. No need for retreatants to crowd into the kitchen to get their food.

We are so grateful for the new/old facility. We have had to re-organize the remainder of the building, however; aware that we have given up ninety-six square feet of space we used for storage, etc.

Our dream of a new dining room may not come to be, but the cost of this 'extreme makeover' is only a fraction of the cost of a new building. We thank all those who have sent special donations for this project.

Whether you have come here for prayer, are someone who is a regular supporter or have yet to support our ministry with a donation, we invite you to assist us in this needed improvement. Be assured of our prayer for your generosity. God has called The Dwelling Place into being; we invite you to join us as together we work to assure that it continue to provide a place of hospitality and prayer.

Fall Festival   September 29th   11:00 - 3:00

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