On May 1, Sacred Heart Nativity Schools welcomed nearly 50 parents of current students to an evening retreat and dinner with Bishop Carlos Sevilla, S.J. With the school cafeteria transformed into a quaint Italian restaurant, incoming school president Deacon Rubén Solorio welcomed parents and Bishop Sevilla to the evening retreat and invited them to dinner served by faculty and staff.
After engaging the room in conversation and offering a personal welcome and testimony, Bishop Sevilla gave each retreatant an art print reproduction of Rembrandt’s, “Head of Christ” and Schmidtner’s, “Mary, Untier of Knots.” These images formed the basis for his talk and points for reflection during the retreat. Bishop Sevilla invited each table to share what they noticed in the face and glance of Christ, and then shared the story of Our Lady who “unties knots” and helps to ease our worries and anxieties.
He noted that Pope Francis holds a particular devotion to Mary who unties knots, and encouraged those in attendance to bring their worries to Our Lady, who with her Son listens to our petitions.
This marked the first parent retreat for our Sacred Heart Nativity Schools community, and promises to be the first of future faith formation opportunities for parents. The evening was a wonderful opportunity for parents to relax in the company of friends over a special meal, and to find some peace and consolation in the prayerful reflection offered by Bishop Sevilla. The evening concluded with a personal blessing that Bishop Sevilla offered to each table. All of us at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools are most grateful for this prayerful and uplifting evening of retreat for our treasured parents as we near the end of another school year.