Retreat for family healing planned for September 18

EASTON, Mass. — A “Retreat for Family Healing,” including a workshop, lunch, adoration, Rosary, healing Mass and Benediction, will be held September 18, beginning with registration at 10:30 a.m. at the Father Peyton Center, 518 Washington Street (Route 138) in North Easton.

Led and facilitated by Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C., assistant to the president at Holy Cross Family Ministries, the day’s agenda will include a healing workshop from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; a simple lunch of soup, bread and salad from noon to 1 p.m.; adoration inside the St. Joseph Chapel at 1 p.m.; Rosary at 1:30 p.m.; and closing with a Mass and blessing with St. André Bessette’s relic and anointing with St. Joseph oil at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s basically trying to help families to see what the dysfunctions are in the family and to have a session to raise awareness of this and what it is, why it is, and what can be done,” Father Paul said. “We are trying to base the (workshop) on Scripture. If you look at the genealogy of Jesus beginning with Abraham you can see there were so many dysfunctions even in those great saints. Even the father of our faith, Abraham, had his own dysfunctions, so people should not feel discouraged or disappointed with what went wrong. We conclude with the Eucharist because it is the ultimate healing source for all of us.”

St. André Bessette, C.S.C., was known as the “Miracle Man of Montreal” for his intercession in healing thousands of faithful. Canonized a saint in 2010, he was known for countless miracles at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal. More than one million people paid their respects upon his death in 1937 and two million visit his shrine each year. 

St. André’s relic will be available for blessing and veneration at the Healing Mass at St. Joseph Chapel near the Father Peyton Center.

“For the last several years we’ve had a Healing Mass, focusing primarily on St. André,” said Father Leo Polselli, chaplain of the Father Peyton Center. “It’s a Sunday Mass with corresponding preaching and we anoint with St. Joseph’s oil at the end and then we pass around the (St. André) relic among the people. It’s the most touching thing you’ll ever experience. It’s amazing to see people touching, crying, and reaching out (to it).”

“I feel the most important ministry we can do is to reach out to families,” Father Paul added. “It’s clearly Father Peyton’s message: ‘The family that prays together, stays together.’ It’s the root of it all and we all have to start there.”

To register for the workshop and lunch, call Family Rosary at 508-238-4095, extension 2002, or email For directions or more information, visit

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