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Oblate Sunday

July 7, 2019

Please RSVP so the abbey kitchen ladies will know the number of lunches to prepare. If you are only coming to the classes (not eating lunch with us) no RSVP is necessary.

To RSVP click the above picture. It will take you to the RSVP page where you will fill out the RSVP form.



Novice Class Assignment:

Continue reading the Rule of Saint Benedict. Meets in the Lake Room on the third floor of Saint Leo Hall (Four-story white building).

Class is led by Brother Stanislaw, OSB.

Oblate Class Assignment:

Meets in the Lake Room.

Class is led by Abbot Isaac, OSB.

No reading assignment.

Coffee Talk (Third Session)

3:00 pm to 4:15:

Oblate Volunteers & Retreat Host Opportunities

During the Coffee Talk session after Abbot Isaac’s class on Oblate Sunday, July 7, we will have a session on retreat hosting.

Brother Apollo will give us an overview of the new opportunities for being a retreat host.

This is a wonderful program of Benedictine spirituality and a tremendous help to the abbey and retreat groups. Additionally it is a way to show visitors that a monastic community is more than just the monks, but the loving people that come together out of love for God. All are welcome to attend!!

The oblate volunteer program has been reorganized with Brother Giovanni resuming coordinating oblate volunteer work and volunteer communications. Many thanks to Beth and George Davis for their wonderful and dedicated work in helping to coordinate the oblate volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the abbey please contact Brother Giovanni (John Bakas) 813-228-8015 or email

Coffee Talk meets in the Lake Room after the Oblate Class. There is a short break to get coffee and desserts.

What to bring for Coffee Talk session:

Snacks to share, optional

The Saving Grace


mouth wash

The monks thank everyone who brought items. Your gifts help the monks tremendously and they appreciate your remembering them when you shop.

Remember the Drive-Thru Drop Off Service provided by Dan Spears 9:30 am to 9:45 am by the Abbey Welcome Center.

Thank you. Each month the monks express their appreciation and thanks for everyone who helps them in The Saving Grace.



If you want to read the Holy Rule in the 1865 translation/amplification by a priest of Mount Melleray Cistercian Abbey in Ireland, here is the interesting book in Google Books. The Holy Rule of Saint Benedict translated by a priest of Mount Melleray, Abbey. History of Mount Melleray Abbey.


Important note for new people coming to oblate events: If you RSVP for Oblate Sunday or the Benedictine Circle, but have not signed up for the oblate email list, you may miss notices of upcoming meetings and events. It is easy and free to be added to the email list. CLICK HERE.

RSVPing does not add you to the email list and joining the email list does not RSVP you for events! Each is a separate system.




About Oblate Sunday Typical Schedule

Oblate Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. There is no cost to attend. However, as with many church functions, you may make a voluntary donation for lunch. Any donation is completely optional.

10:00 am Mass — In the Abbey Church.

11:10 am Novice Class — Immediately after Mass in the Mary Chapel on the third floor of the abbey. This class is open to everyone. That means guests, visitors, Oblates, and, of course, Oblate novices. The class is taught by Brother Stanislaw, OSB.

12:00 pm Midday Prayer — In the abbey church — with the monks. Everyone is invited.

12:20 pm Lunch — In the abbey dining room with the monks. Everyone is invited. The dinning room is located on the east end of the first floor of the abbey.

Please RSVP if you are planning to have lunch. The abbey kitchen needs a count of guests to know how much food to prepare. An RSVP is much appreciated by the abbey and the dedicated kitchen staff.

1:15 pm Oblate Class — Lake Room third floor of the abbey. This class is open to everyone. That means guests, visitors, Oblate novices, and, of course, Oblates. The class is taught by Father Abbot Isaac, OSB.

2:30 pm End Oblate Class session

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm to 4:15 pm Coffee Talk (formerly the Third session) -- special speakers, oblate-led discussions, workshops, testimonies, get to know your oblate brothers and sisters.

5:00 pm Solemn vespers (evening prayer) with the monks, which ends at 5:20 pm. In the light of sixteen saints from above, the monks process into and out of the quiet church on Sunday afternoons in their flowing, long white albs/cowls/cucullas.

All chants at the Sunday vespers are accompanied by Brother Stanislaw, OSB, on the organ, the Royal Classic III by Viscount. The old church is still and at rest. Those Sunday Vespers are a glorious office.