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Centering Prayer at St. Paul's
Tuesdays at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Chapel

The Contemplative Outreach Center of Colorado:  Please visit their website at for their class list.  The Center is located at 3650 Yates, Denver, CO (the old All Saints Episcopal Church location near the former location of Elitch Gardens).  There is a Mass held on the 1st & 3rd Thursday at noon.  All are welcome to attend. You may leave a message at 303-698-7729 and request a call back. 

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What is Centering Prayer?

What Centering Prayer is:
Acknowledgement of an intimate relationship with God
Resting in God
Letting go of our agenda, our thoughts, our false-self
Being present in the now
Coming home

What Centering Prayer is NOT:
Centering prayer is not a dialogue with God.
Centering prayer is not meditation in the sense that is practiced in eastern Wisdom Religions.
Centering prayer is not a relaxation technique.
Centering prayer is not the "new" fad among the faithful.
Centering prayer is not petitioning God, asking God for favors.
Centering prayer is not offering prayers on the behalf of others.
Centering prayer DOES NOT take the place of your other prayer practices.

As a method…
Step 1: Chose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to be in the presence of God.
Step 2: Sitting comfortably with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word.
Step 3: When you become aware of thoughts, ever so gently {"as gently as a breath of air touching a floating feather"}, return to the sacred word.
Step 4: At the end of the prayer period remain in silence for a brief time. If you wish conclude with The Lord's Prayer or a prayer sentence.

4 R's
Resist no thought
Retain no thoughtReact emotionally to no thoughtReturn ever so gently to the sacred word
Twice daily for 20 minutes or a single period of 30 minutes…
The important part of the discipline is not following someone else's guidelines but to find the rhythm which is meaningful to you and your Lord. If you miss a period or a day or more, give yourself permission to start over. When you return, you will find that God is still there … much as the Prodigal Father welcomed his son.

An Online Retreat for the Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored - in the body. The online retreat will consist of 12 emails of the course content, as well as video & audio teachings and daily practices.  visit the Welcoming Prayer e-course page:

Contemplative Spiritual Direction

Being on a spiritual journey implies that you have a relationship with God, the Holy, the Creator, the Ultimate Mystery, Higher Power. Like any relationship, at times we need someone to listen to our experiences and help us see and hear where God is touching our lives.
Being heard is both a healing and a deepening experience. Contemplative Outreach staff members offering spiritual direction are:
David Frenette 720-232-9777
Julie Saad        303-619-4426
Rose Meyler    303-863-0932
Carole Koski   303-344-5636
Bob Mischke   303-394-3481

The Course: A Contemplative Living Experience

The program is built on an established practice of Centering Prayer and provides the guidance and formation to move participants from having a contemplative practice to living a contemplative life.   Participants meet one weekend a month for nine months. The program is offered every other year.  Applicatons are now being accepted for the session beginning in September 2015.  The application deadline for the 2015-2016 program is July 1, 2015.  Contact Julie Saad at // or (303) 619-4426.


For our Summer Program we will be using Fr. Thomas Keating’s newest book, Reflections on the Unknowable.  A distillation of over seventy years as a monastic and more than three decades of writing on Centering Prayer, Reflections on the Unknowable is Fr. Thomas Keating's latest volume on how we might develop our intimacy with God and our Experience of the Christian contemplative tradition.  The first part of the book consists of a long interview with Fr. Thomas, in which he examines concepts of the divine – including astonishments, playfulness, and transformation available to the individual willing to open the door to God. The second section consists of thirty-one brief homilies, which range over topics as diverse as the Trinity and the message of Epiphany, spiritual evolution and cultivating interior silence, and the treasure of spiritual poverty and the beauty of chaos.
Cost:   $45 (includes book)
When:    Kickoff Session: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:30-8:30 pm 
    Summer Session dates: Tuesdays, 6/30 and 8/4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
        (not required, but an opportunity to stay connected)
   Closing Session: Thursday, September 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m
Where:    Center for Contemplative Living,   3650 Yates St. Denver, CO 80212


Planning is moving along well for Cursillo weekend # 131 which will be held at the Grand Mesa Camp on August 27-30, 2015 (the Grand Mesa Camp is near the visitors center on the Grand Mesa). The core team is in place and there are other team members committed but, as early as it is, many more team members are needed. Those wanting to join the team or who have questions can contact co-leaders Sharon Conrad and Nancy Hunter by e-mail (e-mail address for weekend communication is that will reach both of them). Phone numbers are:Sharon: 970-256-0155,Nancy: 970-260-4484. Applications will be available very soon on the Cursillo website, A weekend on the eastern side of the state/diocese WILL also happen. It will be held on November 12-15, 2015 at the Rocky Mountain Village (otherwise known as the Easter Seals camp) near Georgetown. Weekend co-leaders are Dee Settlemeyer and Martha Libby. Details will be forthcoming. Cursillistas are invited to assist with financial needs by contributing $10.00 or $20.00 or more. Checks can be written to Colorado Episcopal Cursillo and sent to secretariat treasure Sharon Conrad at 2698 Yucatan Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81506. Bishop O'Neil has encouraged that the spiritual formation of cursillistas and regular contact among the Cursillo community be maintained in such ways as by fourth day activities like Ultreyas and Grand Ultreyas. Bernie Maly,, (720) 841-5788.

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Resources: An Invitation to Centering Prayer, Fr. M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., p. 79ff
Books, Audio Tapes and Classes – Center for Comtemplative Living

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