Holy Family Catholic Community will be presenting a four-day retreat Oct. 23-26 in Dansville and Wayland. Guiding the retreat will be the Rev. Daniel Holland.


Regarding the retreat, the Rev. Michael Twardzik of Holy Family Parish echoed the words of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): “The best of all remedies remains the doctor’s compassion and his participation in the suffering.”

Holy Family Catholic Community will be presenting a four-day retreat Oct. 23-26 in Dansville and Wayland. Guiding the retreat will be the Rev. Daniel Holland.


Regarding the retreat, the Rev. Michael Twardzik of Holy Family Parish echoed the words of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): “The best of all remedies remains the doctor’s compassion and his participation in the suffering.”


Twardzik went on to say that “for the saint, and all Christians, the enduring presence of Jesus Christ in the various communities – scattered throughout the globe and the centuries – remains the Doctor of body, mind and spirirt. Jesus Christ shares the sufferings and hurts of his people, as well as their joys and hopes.”


Twardzik described Holland as being well known for his compassionate pastoral zeal and articulate, engaging preaching.


Among his many assignments since ordination in 1965, Holland directed the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation (formerly Confraternity of Christian Doctrine), and The Diocesan Year of Renewal 1972-73. More recently, as a pastor, he served St. Patrick, Elmira; St. Theodore, Gates, and, in 2009, retired from?St. Pius X, Chili. He has led similar retreats in Auburn, Elmira and Rochester.


Holland will preach within a special schedule of Masses the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24. The schedule is:?Saturday, 5:15 p.m., St. Mary, Dansville; Sunday, 7:30 a.m., St. Joseph, Wayland, and 11 a.m. St. Joseph, Wayland.


Monday, Oct. 25, the title of the reflection on the parable of the Good Samaritan is “A Community of Compassion:?Held Back by?Hurt.” This will take place at St. Joseph Church, Wayland, at 7 p.m. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be a part of this event.


Tuesday, Oct. 26, the title of the reflection on the story of the healing of Bartimaeus, the man born blind, is “Successful Living:?Seeing and Doing.”?This event will take place at St. Joseph Church, Wayland, at 7 p.m.


Retreats/ Parish Missions have been a part of the religious life of what is now Holy Family Catholic Community since 1854. The public is most welcome to share in this time-honored tradition at any and all of these days of retreat and renewal.