El Camino Refuge

The El Camino Refuge, is a weekly Lenten gathering taking place from 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of the Valley in Fort Payne, beginning Monday, February 29, 2016. This is a special time during which those of us present will pray and deepen our faith together while growing in Christian fellowship.

St. James the Greater Prayer

O glorious Apostle,
St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart
wast chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor,
and of His agony in Gethsemane;
thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory:
obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life,
that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus,
we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor’s crown in heaven.

Lenten El Camino Refuge Gatherings

Monday, February 29

Topic: St Louis de Montfort
Confessor, Marian devotee, and founder of the Sisters of Divine Wisdom, He was born Louis Maie Grignon in Montfort, France, in 1673. Educated at Rennes, he was ordained there in 1700, becoming a chaplain in a hospital in Poitiers. Read more about this Saint here.

El Camino Week 1 Notes

Monday, March 7

Topic: St Maximilian Kolbe
St. Maximilian Kolbe was born as Raymund Kolbe on January 8, 1894, in the Kingdom of Poland, part of the Russian Empire. He was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar and a martyr in the German death Camp of Auschwitz during World War II. St. Maximilian Kolbe was very active in promoting the Immaculate Virgin Mary and is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary. Much of his life was strongly influenced by a vision he had of the Virgin Mary when he was 12. Read more about this Saint here.

El Camino Week 2 Notes and Worksheet

Monday, March 14

Topic: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Sister Teresa made her Final Profession of Vows, On May 24, 1937, becoming, as she said, the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity.” From that time on she was called Mother Teresa. She continued teaching at St. Mary’s and in 1944 became the school’s principal. Mother Teresa’s twenty years in Loreto were filled with profound happiness. Noted for her charity, unselfishness and courage, her capacity for hard work and a natural talent for organization, she lived out her consecration to Jesus, in the midst of her companions, with fidelity and joy. Read more about Blessed Mother Teresa here.

El Camino Week 3 Notes 

Monday, March 21

Topic: St Pope John Paul II
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. He made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Cracow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in a quarry (1940-1944) and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany. Read more about this Saint here.

El Camino Week 4 Notes and Handouts

Monday, March 28

Topic: Final Preparation for Marian Consecration

El Camino Week 5 Handouts

More information on our Lenten El Camino and 33 Days to Morning Glory can be found HERE.