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Gift, Gratitude, and Joy

Welcome to Gift, Gratitude and Joy!

Drinking Coffee



Times listed are Central Standard Time

Consider ways to "retreat" from worldly distractions.

  • Avoid running errands

  • Pre-plan simple meals

  • Wear comfortable clothing

Business Meeting at a Cafe

For each meditation, find a quiet place to read and reflect on the Bible passages.

For each reflection, you may join us live at the times listed, or watch at your own pace.

Family with Tablet


Family Resources

For families with children, we have video suggestions to engage children during the adult reflections.

All prayer suggestions are great for families.

Illustrated Ministry Coloring Pages



Thank you for joining us for the Gift, Gratitude, and Joy at home retreat.  Retreat materials will continue to be posted here on our website through fall if you would like to go back to any of the Reflection presentations, Scripture meditations or Prayer Activities.  You are also welcome to share these materials with others. 

 You may contact us at with any questions or requests about the retreat or retreat materials.

Peace and all good!

Retreat Timeline

Friday October 2, 2020

Central Standard Time

7:30pm Scripture Meditation #1

​                           Knowing the Creator through Creation  -  page 5 

8:30pm Reflection #1

​                      How we know God, a Franciscan perspective  I  Father John Celechowski


                      Going Deeper  I  Questions for Reflection or Journaling

  1. How do you know God?

  2. What has shaped your image of God?

  3. Where do you see God?                    

9:30pm Evening Prayer

               Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon  -  page 8

Saturday October 3rd

8:00am Scripture Meditation #2​

                             ​Existing in Humility  -  page 5

9:00am Reflection #2

                  Sharing Gift with Gratitude  I  Catherine Orr

                      Going Deeper  I  Questions for Reflection or Journaling

  1. What are you grateful for?

  2. What gifts have you received?

  3. What gifts have you shared or could you share?

  4. What do you most appreciate about creation? 


11:00am Scripture Meditation #3

                    Do Not Worry  -  page 5

1:00pm Afternoon Prayer

                   Prayer activities  -  page 7-9

6:30pm Reflection #3

                    Finding Joy in Simplicity  I  Joe Meyer

                      Going Deeper  I  Questions for Reflection or Journaling

  1. Is God at the center of my life? If not, what is my focus?

  2. What drives my actions?

  3. What distractions can I let go?

7:00pm Scripture Meditation #4

                  When I am weak, I am strong  -  page 5

8:00pm Evening Prayer

                  Ecological Examination of Conscience  -  page 8 

Sunday October 4th

8:00am Scripture Meditation #5

​                 Unity in the Body of Christ  -  page 5

9:00am Reflection #4

                 We are "All in All" in God  I  Debra Schneider

                      Going Deeper  I  Questions for Reflection or Journaling

  1. How can I more intentionally love my neighbor?

  2. What one thing will I take away from this retreat?

  3. What one thing will I choose to do differently?

1:00pm Afternoon Prayer

                 Prayer activities  -  page 7-9

4:00pm Closing Prayer

                  A Prayer for our Earth  -  page 9


Retreat Leaders

Father John Calichowski

Father John Celichowski

Fr John is the Director of the North American Pacific Capushin Conference (NAPCC) Novitiate in California. He has served as Pastor at parishes in Milwaukee and Chicago, Chaplain of the St. Ben's Community Meal, Provincial Minister and Councilor in the St. Joseph Province, and President of the Capushins' Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission. He has a law degree (JD) from Georgetown University. Fr. John is from Milwaukee (he was baptized at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Bay View) and is also a proud graduate of St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, UW-Milwaukee, and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Catherine Orr

Catherine Orr

Catherine began actively working in ministry in 2011. She has served in a variety of roles in parishes, dioceses, and national Catholic organizations in the Midwest. The common thread in all of ther ministerial work has been her love of Catholic Social Teaching. Currently, She serves as the Pastoral Associate at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, WI, and is the Staff liaison to the Human Concerns Commission. Simultaneously, she also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, which seeks to support diocesan social justice offices around the country. Catherine is a proud graduate of Marquette University and loves to find God in all things.

Joe Meyer

Joe Meyer

John has had two passion in his life from an early age, his Catholic faith and a love for ecology. He has taught environmental education in National Parks across the country and has been in science education for over a decade. He has a master's degree in science education and currently teaches at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He also is executive director of Laudato Si' Project, a non-profit he founded in 2016. Laudato Si' Project seeks to strengthen faith and foster a stewardship ethic through hands-on encounters with the natural world. For more information, visit

Debra Schneider

Debra Schneider

Debra's journey into ministry began after college, teaching youth formation, leading retreats and workcamps. After her time at Marquette, her path led to involvement in community awareness and advocacy on segregation, housing, jobs, sex trafficking and the environment. Her aim is cultural transition that leads to the dignity of all people. She is President and co-founder of the Waukesha County Green Team, Coordinator for Faith Coalition Against Sex Trafficking, and boad member for both the Center for New Creation and Franciscan Peacemakers. She has a MA Theology/Ethics from Marquette University and is currently interning in the Franciscan Direction Program in La Crosse.


Laudato Si'

Laudato Si
Wheat Field

Video Resources

CST 101 Care for Creation

The Story of Plastic

Global Weirding with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

The Story of Stuff

Sustainability Explained in 2 Minutes

Climate, Corona Virus, and Our Health


Animal Populations Decline by 70% in the Last 50 Years

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Catholic Climate Covenant

St. Francis Pledge

Laudato Si Project (Joe Meyer's Org)


Sustainability Resources for your Congregation

Waukesha County Creation Care Network

(implementation guide, logos, One Simple Act cards, community outreach displays, bulletin and social media materials)  

Sustainability Resources for Yourself

Waukesha County Green Team



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