Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Catholic Singles Retreat in Michigan

Searching and searching everywhere for the meaning of life. When you get to a point where you have to make life decisions - you are growing. You may not have all the information to make a confident decision. However - you still have to make choices. For if you don't initiate the selection - destiny will decide for you. Which in effect - you have made the decision to not decide. Sometimes your emotions will lead you to search for answers in books, sometimes in solitude, sometimes in parties, sometimes in friends. Emotions are so undependable. They come in and go like waves on the shore. The high and lows of it stirs chemicals in your body where some effects give you euphoria and some give you depression. Do you hear the knock on the door? Yes, somebody is knocking at your door - the door to your heart. Don't be shy, let a friend in - Jesus. He is such a gentleman. Wait till you look into his gentle eyes. You'll be able to read in them that He already knows you. Before you even attempt to open your mouth to say something - he already knows how to comfort you. Keep your focus on Him. Give Him first dib on your life and He'll add everything else to what you need. Once you begin to understand Him, He will overflow your heart with joy - sometimes this joy lingers for many days. If you are single, come enjoy Jesus' company in a Catholic Singles Encounter retreat. You'll be with new and old friends who are of the same mind set. The retreat will be held at St. John Youth and Family Center in Plymouth, Michigan on July 11 through 13, 2008. Contact Dita at (248) 640-3742. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Invitation to BLD Catholic Singles Encounter retreat

Hey, hey, hey. Are you on your "fork on the road" in life? Are you searching for a deeper meaning or your purpose in life? Come and join single catholic folks like you who are on their journey to discovering themselves through an Encounter with Jesus Christ.

You are invited to discover and strengthen your purpose in life as a single catholic through an encounter with Jesus. The Bukas Loob sa Diyos (Open your spirit to God) Covenant Community of DETROIT (BLD) is sponsoring Singles’ Encounter No. 4 Weekend for you. This will be held from Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, 2008. Registration will start promptly at 5:30pm on Friday. The Encounter weekend will end approximately 4:30pm on Sunday. The venue will be at The Retreat Center at St. John’s, 44011 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170, Tel. No. (734) 414-1111. Mapquest or Googlemap finds this.

Come, say ‘yes’ to Jesus. Bring friends or meet new friends who are on the same journey. We know you will find this weekend to be very rewarding and full of opportunities to reflect on your present life as well as to discern its meaning. As you deepen your interpersonal relationships with family and friends, you will realize a closer, more personal connection with God. You shall experience His love in a very intimate way. We promise you a very invigorating and life-changing weekend.

The cost including meals, lodgings and materials is $100.00 per person.

Please fill out Application Form ( and return to us on or before June 3, 2008 with your $50.00 deposit. Deadline for full payment is on June 25, 2008.

In the love and service of the Lord,

Tony & Dita Alojipan ---
Coordinators, Singles Ministry--
(248) 640-3742 (Dita);

Romy & Laida Laranang --
District Council of Stewards --– Pastoral
(248) 559-6243;

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Don't be lonely now.

You don't have to be lonely now. Have a profound experience of a higher level through the help of the Holy Spirit. Let him accompany you to lofty adventures you never would think of yourself. When he calls for a deeper interaction - let him lead the way. Amazing things start happening many of which are unexplanable - for the unbelievers. Relax - he is in-charge. He knows what he is doing and he always lets you in on the plan. Humility is the door that reveals the Father's plan to oneself. Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble. Help me to acknowledge that nothing comes from me. Help me to accept that everything comes from you. Come Holy Spirit come - give me the wisdom and understanding to know lofty things only you can reveal. Come Holy Spirit come now.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

BLD-Detroit covenant community sponsors a retreat for young Catholic Singles in July 2008

With the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States, more of the youth and young adults are set on fire to know and love our Lord Jesus.

This is an invitation to a formal retreat to encounter the Lord Jesus who is calling you and inviting you to come even closer towards Him. If you are single and Catholic - do you feel the Spirit moving you to find a venue where people of your age and conviction are gathered together - kind of hanging out with each other - in an intimate way - for the Lord? One of the venues that can help facilitate your responding to getting to know the Lord Jesus is the Catholic Singles Encounter Retreat - presented by the BLD-Detroit covenant community. This will be held at the beautiful, peaceful, contemplative grounds of the St. John Family and Youth Center in Plymouth, Michigan on July 11, 12 and 13, 2008.

Here, you'll meet singles who are being changed or already changed by the Holy Spirit even before coming to the encounter weekend. Some have fully accepted the desire to be with the Lord and some are just getting started in having attraction towards the Lord. The most difficult part of the retreat is to say ‘yes’ to attend a whole weekend dedicated to experiencing the presence of God. Most singles have multiple demands on their time. Some have colleges; some have work, some have both. There are parties to celebrate, cafes to meet friends in, basketball and football teams to cheer for, new-beer-tasting events at different pubs; laundries and chores to attend to reserved only for the weekend. In spite of all these heavy demands on your time – when you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit – do not resist. Resistance is futile. Come in obedience to the calling that is put deep in your heart. You are God’s chosen children and you are naturally drawn to the Heavenly Father. Say ‘yes’ to spending personal time with the Lord for the weekend. What time you give Him in a weekend – He will multiply it a hundred-fold in your lifetime. Here's the website for more information and to register. For more info and to register for the retreat, here's the address:


. . . I would like to give a concrete example, that being of my brother Ray, Singles Encounter #2 (SE2) graduate. My brother Ray had his calendar filled with golf outings...Even more resistant to the weekend than I was (who has graduate school to attend to), he was emphatic that he was NOT going to attend. I did not even imagine he would show up, let alone graduate from SE2...And though my mother tried her best, I really believed forces bigger than you and I made it possible for him to make his first steps toward St. John's Center that fateful Friday afternoon....During dinner that evening, I tried to gauge his mood and he was light as air, which if you know my brother, he is always 'on turbo boost', very serious, very business-minded...But his relaxed and happy mood during dinner told me that the job had already been done. My brother has been changed because he said ‘yes’ to God. Way before the encounter weekend, behind the scenes and without us knowing, the Holy Spirit had already penetrated the most vulnerable and sacred part of my brother that only God and HE alone had direct access to! HE changes hearts. HE changes souls. Because of this, my brother was open to a close and intimate encounter with God through a BLD Singles Encounter. Glory to God!

Yours respectfully, Claire O. - Plymouth, MI

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Catholic Singles Encounter Retreat in Michigan

Energize your understanding of the single life. Intermix with single Catholic adults 19 and above and exchange camaraderies in a solemn as well as friendly atmosphere during this retreat. Retreat, according to Wikipedia says "it's the notion of safety or temporarily removing oneself from one's usual environment in order to immerse in a particular subject matter". The real encounter in a singles retreat is with the Lord Jesus. It will be a time of solitude experiencing one on one our personal Lord and Saviour. It will also be a time of community with believers of the same personal Lord and Saviour supporting each other and encouraging each other to deepen one's faith.

Are you searching for a deeper meaning of your purpose in life?

Come join BLD-Detroit's Catholic Singles Encounter Retreat at the beautiful St. John's Family and Retreat Center in Plymouth Michigan. This retreat is scheduled the weekend of July 11, 12, & 13 2008.