All Are Welcome
As seen in the Winter/Spring 2019 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide
When I was a child we used to sing a song, using hand gestures, that I’m sure many of you sang as well:
Here’s the church, here’s the steeple,
open the doors and see all the people!
Well, St. Norbert Abbey does not have a new steeple. And the church is more than 60 years old. But the abbey does have a new entrance and new doors. And with these new doors all are welcome to enter into a spiritual experience of community and peace.
All are welcome! Our friend Tom who is cognitively challenged and comes to “Jesus’ House” on most Mondays and Thursdays is welcome. Our brothers and sisters who struggle with addictions and come through the doors to attend support groups are welcome. Young people who come to the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS) for their Confirmation retreat are welcome. Our seniors whose knee and hip joints are failing or have been replaced, needing the aid of a wheelchair, walker, or cane, are welcome. (Especially now that we have a shiny new elevator—one that even talks to you!)
All are welcome, and you are, too. This winter and spring we have everything from soup—literally, with our Soup and Soul offering by Fr. Jack MacCarthy, O. Praem.—to nuts—and you might think some of us are nuts when dancing a conga line to the sounds of Bent Grass as they play “When the Saints Go Marching In” at our Mardi Gras celebration! We also have a newly formatted Triduum Retreat in which we invite you to come and experience the silence of the NCS as well as the liturgical celebrations of the Norbertine community.
Ultimately, we have something for everyone to deepen one’s spirituality and connectedness to the holy. And most of all, we welcome YOU! All are welcome through these new doors. YOU are welcome. We will see you in Jesus’ House!