The Great Story of Jesus: why & how He came, His life, His death, His resurrection and ascension, followed by His invitation for each of us to encounter Him and follow Him.

We would like to invite you to come to a retreat day to encounter even more deeply the Great Story of Jesus and to respond to the living relationship He offers each of us.  The retreat will present the whole story of salvation from creation to Jesus’s death and resurrection and give opportunities to make a personal response.     We all need time out from our everyday life to respond to Jesus’s invitation to each of us to encounter Him personally .  Moreover, our renewed response gives our life a decisive direction and purpose that others will be attracted to.

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” 

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 1, 2005

The day will be a mixture of scripture, prayer, video segments and short times of sharing in small groups.  Confession will also be offered.   This retreat is part of the Ananias accompaniment training, which is just starting to be offered around the diocese. 

The day is divided into nine Acts.  The first five Acts look at the Kingdom, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The last four Acts look at following Jesus, personal sin and forgiveness, Jesus’s invitation to you to be both his disciple and part of his Body the Church, and finally reflecting on the life of discipleship.

The feedback that we are receiving is that having the ability to hear and respond to the Great Story in its entirely in one day is a new and valuable experience for most people.  Participants say it helps them to go deeper into their relationship with Jesus and reflect on what they are asked to proclaim.

After this retreat was run in another parish recently, Canon Paul Townsend wrote:

“The day provided a much needed and requested opportunity for us to explore our faith journey and more deeply to accept the personal challenges and invitations that come with a growing relationship with Jesus.  To see our personal faith journey as related to the whole biblical story of faith and to be supported by the faith stories of others is an indispensable element in the life of disciples.”

Practical Details

The retreat will be run by Sr Veronica Brennan OP, Clare Simpson and Friars of the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford

Location:              St. Bede’s, Popley Way, Basingstoke  RG24 9DX

Date:                     Saturday 8th June, 2019

Time:                      9.30am – 4pm   (the parish is having a special Vigil mass at 4.30pm for those who would like to stay on)

Lunch:                   Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks provided

Register:              Please register your attendance with Grania Egan  at

We hope to see you soon…

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