Centering Prayer Workshop at St John of the Cross October 3

Time for quiet, peace and communing with the Lord

Time is growing short to sign up for Contemplative Outreach – Chicago’s Annual One-Day Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at St. John of the Cross in Western Springs, Illinois.

PumpkinPrayerThere’s still time to save on your registration at the current price of $55 — on September 27th, the price goes up to $60. (If cost is an issue that might prevent you from attending, please be aware that we do have a few scholarships available.) Use quick, convenient and secure online registration, or you can download a printable form and register by mail if you prefer. Both options are available at

Act now — don’t miss the chance to join us for what promises to be a very rewarding day!

The program includes morning and afternoon sessions, with lunch provided in-between. More than 75 people have already signed up to participate in a range of thought-provoking workshop sessions, which include in-depth introductory sessions on Centering Prayer, opportunities for silent contemplation, and sessions on Thomas Merton, Cosmology and Teilhard de Chardin, ways of listening and speaking to the Divine within, the thoughts of Thomas Keating on Archetypes, and more. Complete information is available at the link provided above.

Contact: Jack Lloyd (240-216-4646 or

Complete information is available at, or contact Phil Jackson,, (847) 778-1022.

Backpack and Animal Blessing Saturday 03OCT & Sunday 04OCT

Backpack and Pet Blessing

Bring your backpack and your pets to share in the blessings and joy!

Now that school is back in full force, why not make sure we send our little scholars out with something extra special? On Saturday, October 3rd and again on Sunday, October 4th, we will bless all backpacks and any other such carrying cases.

Far be it from us to forget our beloved pets. To honor and celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who found such joy in God’s creatures, we, too, will celebrate our pets with a special blessing.

Parents: make sure your kids bring their backpacks and pets. Kids: remind your folks so they don’t forget to remind you!

Any time we can share in a blessing, well my friends, this is truly a good, right and holy thing.


I Am St Nick: A Call To Share Your Story



We all understand and appreciate the gift of sharing. At St. Nicholas we do a tremendous job of offering time, talent and treasure to this community of faith and to the greater Church. We are blessed and in turn, we share our blessings.

We are inviting anyone and everyone to share a story…YOUR story. We are united but we are also very diverse and individually unique. Think for a moment of just how and why you came to St. Nicholas Church. Who or what moved you to become part of this community, a member of the Episcopal Communion. How about a story of church, an occasion that moved and perhaps changed you or some special “church person” who helped guide and develop your faith. So many of us come from other faith traditions and other churches, Episcopal or otherwise. We wish to know our sisters and brothers better. The sky is the limit as to what kind of stories are out there. The depth of our wishing to share and read these recollections is even greater!

We all love a story and there are no better stories than the ones we share with each other about ourselves, our faith, our journeys, spiritual or otherwise.

All are welcome to participate. No one is too young or too old. No such thing as a “generation gap” when it comes to stories celebrated and shared. In fact, I suspect we all have quite a few stories we could submit. This is YOUR time to do just that…SHARE. The more we have, the greater and richer our field.

Think…Pray…Write. When you have some thing to share, please submit your story (simply reply to any issue of News From Nick) and it will be posted in an upcoming edition of News From Nick.

Thank you for your consideration and willingness to share…we are all the more blessed.