Time-out with Our Lady

Mary, a window on God’s Mercy

Adult Retreat Day
8th December 2022
(11 – 4 pm)
Donamon Castle,
Co. Roscommon,
F42 YE13.

a joint initiative of the Elphin Diocese
Divine Word Missionaries, Donamon Castle,
open to all.

All Welcome

Presenters / Facilitators

Fr. Tom Kearney SVD, Donamon Castle,
& Canon Liam Devine PE, Elphin Diocese.

Retreat Outline

11.00 am
Gather at Donamon Castle
/ Tea & Coffee in the parlour

11.30 am
First presentation ‘Mary as a pilgrim and teacher who became a disciple’ and conversation with  Fr. Tom

12.20 pm
Time of quiet prayer

12.45 am
Lunch  (All participants invited to bring pack-lunch)
Tea / Coffee will be provided

01.30 pm
 Second presentation ‘From age to age His mercy extends to those who live in his presence (Lk 1:50) and conversation with Fr. Liam

02.20 pm
Time of quiet prayer 
/ Walk in the grounds (weather permitting)

02.50 pm  
Reconciliation Service
Availability of Sacrament of Reconciliation
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

03.15 pm
Celebration of Eucharist
including opportunity of renewal of consecration to Christ through Our Lady.

4.00 pm
Retreat participants depart Donamon Castle.

Recommended Donation

€20.00 per participant, payable on the day.

Reservation of Places

Interested persons are encouraged to reserve  one of the forty places by texting, emailing or ringing Justin on 087 6171526  / justin@elphindiocese.ie

Persons may also be accommodated without booking, subject to places being available.

Additional Information

Participants encouraged to bring a pack-lunch.

Christian Community Bibles (Catholic Study Edition) will be available to participants and some scripture passages will be suggested for times of quiet prayer.

In relation to all other enquiries please contact:

Justin Harkin
Elphin Diocese
Pastoral & Faith Development Services
087 6171526

Number of Places Reserved
(26th November 2022)

26 places reserved, out of 40.

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On Saturday 21st May 2022 St. Grellan’s (Ballinasloe & District) Council of the Knights of St. Columbanus will host their next Retreat Day in St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakney, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, H53 AN80.

Women and men of goodwill who feel the need of such a day are welcome to join the group but please note that owing to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic the total number of places is limited. For this reason pre-booking (see below) is essential.


Abbot Brendan Coffey OSB
Glenstal Abbey
Co. Limerick


The proposed schedule is as follows:

11.00 am 
Rosary (Optional)
An opportunity to invite God to open our hearts to the graces of the retreat.

11.15 am
Tea/Coffee, Word of Welcome & House-keeping

11.30 am 
Abbot Brendan’s first presentation followed by a time of reflection.
The title of this presentation is Reflections on Noah: What Noah’s Ark has to say to us and our world today.

12.30 pm
Lunch (Soup & Sandwiches, tea / coffee & biscuits)

01.30 pm 
Abbot Brendan’s second presentation followed by a time of reflection.
The title of this presentation is Meeting God: The importance of encountering God in our lives today; the importance of meeting God in the liturgy we celebrate.

02.30 pm 
Quiet Time
incorporating opportunity for a short walk, another cup of tea / coffee etc., opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament

02.45 pm 
Penitential Service (Optional)
This will include opportunities for individual confessions.

03.20 pm
Preparation for the celebration of the Eucharist

03.30 pm
Celebration of Eucharist with Abbot Brendan

04.15 pm
Word of Appreciation

04.20 pm
Tea / Coffee for those who wish to avail.


Participants will be encouraged to hold to an atmosphere of quiet for the periods of the retreat.
During lunch time there will be two options, to dine in a room where retreat participants wish to remain silent or to dine in a room where participants are free to chat.


The recommended donation per person is €30.00, placed in a donation box on the day. Those who find this expensive are strongly encouraged to give less.


Facemasks will be encouraged for the duration of the retreat (save lunch-time).

Social distancing measures must also be respected, and all other requests of our Covid 19 Safety Officer.


Members of the CREIDEAMH Youth Team (www.creideamh.ie/awards) will be on hand to assist in any way they can.


TO RESERVE A PLACE please Forward an EMAIL To admin@creideamh.ie and place the word ‘Retreat’ in the subject bar.

If you do not use email please contact Michéal Cregg on 086 2618152.

Only persons who have booked and received acknowledgement that there is a place for them will be accepted on the day of the retreat.

Number of Places Still Available

At this time (25th April 2022) twenty-two places are available.

Should demand exceed the number of places, a waiting list will apply regarding cancellations.


H53 AN80

Thank you.


On Saturday 26th February 2022 Fr. Niall Ahern and Fr. Joe Fitzgerald (Elphin diocese) facilitated a retreat centred in Ps 46:10 ‘Be Still and Know that I am God’.

This retreat took place on Saturday 30th October 2021. The retreat providers were Fr. Eugene McLoughlin PE and Justin Harkin

This retreat took place on Saturday 19th June 2021. Our Retreat Provider was Fr. Columba McCann OSB, Glenstal Abbey (centre, sitting).

Updated 26th November 2022