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Retreats & Programs

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Saint Charles Center
2151 Sam Houston Jones Parkway
Lake Charles, LA 70611
(337) 855-1232


June

Stepping Out of Chaos
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, June 13th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Ever wonder why there is chaos in your life? This may be due to certain patterns of behaviors that we have learned. These patterns are based on the five basic emotions of joy, fear, sadness, anger and shame. Unlearning these belief systems and behaviors and replacing these with healthier choices is needed in order not to live in chaos. If we do not step out of chaos we may become addicted to chaos and come to be a “crisis junkie.” Come journey through scripture on how Jesus teaches his disciples and us how to change our belief systems and behaviors. One example is when Jesus teaches us how to be content and peaceful in the Beatitudes. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, June 9th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Private Directed Retreat
Fr.Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Monday, June 19th - Sunday, June 25th

A directed retreat is a form of silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola focusing on the personal prayer of the individual. There are no group activities or conferences other than the daily Eucharist and an individual daily meeting with the director. The retreatant spends about four hours in contemplative prayer each day of the retreat. The retreatant may choose to do three or five days. For more information or to register, call the Center at (337) 855-1232. For this retreat you must call the Center to register and cannot do so online at our website. Suggested donation is $350.00 for three days, and $475.00 for five days. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

Introduction to the Directed Retreat
Fr. Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Thursday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 25th

The directed retreat is prayerful silence tailored to the individual needs of the retreatant. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the retreat consists of the retreatant’s meeting with a director once a day and praying on assigned passages from the scriptures. This weekend introduction helps the retreatant learn the prayer technique and prepares the person for a longer retreat. Call the Center to register at (337) 855-1232. For this retreat you must call the Center to register and cannot do so online at our website. Suggested donation is $350.00 per person. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

Quo Vadis Retreat 2017
Monday, June 26th – Wednesday, June 28th

Fearing persecution from the Roman emperor, an ancient tradition says that St. Peter decided to flee for his life. After leaving the walls of Rome, he encountered Jesus carrying his Cross in the direction of the city, St. Peter asked Jesus, “ Quo Vadis, Domine?” (Where are you going Lord?) Jesus answered, “I am going to Rome to be crucified again.” With that, St. Peter turned around and followed Jesus as he led him to Rome where he continued his apostolic ministry and faced his martyrdom with courage. Come discover where the Lord is leading you in your life during the Quo Vadis Days Vocation Retreat. Open to all Catholic young men ages 15 to 25, you will learn about the priesthood and how to discern your vocation. There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men like yourself gathered together in fellowship, recreation, prayer, and discussion to help you explore our Lord’s call in your life. Please contact Fr. Jeffrey Starkovich at (337) 463-7223 or Fr. Nathan Long at (337) 477-1434. The cost is covered by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

July


United in Prayer: A Holy Hour of Intercession for Our Country
Facilitated by Fr. Whitney Miller
Wednesday, July 5th 6:00 pm – 7:30pm

As a nation we celebrate our independence with a national holiday on July 4th and festively recall the rights and responsibilities of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. During this week of grateful remembrance, please join us at the Saint Charles Center for a Holy Hour of intercessory prayer as we lift up to our God our united intentions for wisdom, guidance and direction for all our leaders and citizens alike. As a group we will pray a Patriotic Rosary, as well as spend time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, with opportunity available for Confession. The evening will conclude with Benediction, followed by an ice cream sundae social. There will not be a donation expectation for this event, but please call to pre-register by Monday, July 3rd so that adequate arrangements can be made in advance.

Rachel’s Vineyard
Retreat for Healing After Abortion
Fr. Rommel Tolentino, Margie Long & Diocesan Team
Friday, July 7th – Sunday, July 9th

If you are struggling with guilt, depression, regret or other difficult emotions from an abortion, you are not alone. Come experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat at the Saint Charles Center in Moss Bluff. The weekend will combine discussions, spiritual exercises, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a memorial service and a Mass of Entrustment. Participation is strictly confidential, and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness and compassion. The cost is $210.00 for meals, private room with private bath and all retreat materials. If you have a financial burden, assistance is available. For more information or registration contact: Rachel’s Vineyard of SWLA 337-439-7400 ext. 317 or e-mail [email protected]

Emotional Sobriety
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, July 11th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

St. Paul tells us not to have a spirit of fear but a spirit of love and a sound mind (emotional sobriety.) We need to learn to heal the mind, body and spirit in ourselves especially eliminating fear from our lives. The only fear we should have is a fear of God when we meet Him face to face. There is a hole in the soul, a hurt in all of us that needs balance. Emotional Sobriety depends on us making a choice to be in control of our own feelings and emotions to have the mind of Christ. Come and journey with the Holy Spirit to healing, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in developing Christian coping skills. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, July 7th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Trust: Establishing Trust as the Foundation of a Healthy Relationship
Presented by Michael Papania
Tuesday, July 18th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Do you find it difficult to trust other people? Ever been hurt in a relationship and so, keep your walls of protection up? Does trust or distrust influence the way you live and work with others? Trust is at the heart of every healthy relationships. Trust has the greatest impact on our capacity to create, maintain and grow in relationships. When we take a close look at our relationships nothing influences the results as much as trust. Come join Mike Papania, Director of “Coaching for Success, Inc.,” to learn more and trust more readily. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, July 14th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Beginning/Intermediate Icon Writing Workshop
Monday, July 24th - Sunday, July 30th

Instruction is in the Byzantine-Russian Tradition of the Prosopon School of Iconography www.prosoponschool.org Beginners - $1,165.00 includes 36 hrs. of studio instruction, all art supplies, meals and room with private bath. Intermediate/advanced students include same but do not include board or supplies. Students provide own board and supplies for $1,005.00. Prior art experience is helpful but not required. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $150.00 is required to reserve a space in the class. Class size is limited and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Deposits will only be refunded in the case of workshop cancellation. Please make checks payable to: Prosopon Icon Workshop-Lake Charles. Mail your deposit and registration form to the workshop coordinator – Sylvia Marcantel - (337) 304-2911 or e-mail: [email protected]

August

A Catholic Journey Through Grief
Presented by Joan Broussard
Tuesday, August 1st 6:00pm – 9:00pm

If you, or someone you know, feels stuck in grief and just can’t seem to be able to move forward with life, come and begin the “work” of grace-filled grieving that can help navigate the cycles and seasons of the healing process. Well known local spiritual companion Joan Broussard is the author of the book “Grief, Guts and Grace,” and a frequent facilitator of retreats on grief for the Diocese of Lafayette. She belongs to St. Anne Catholic Church in Youngsville, Louisiana. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, July 28th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Blessings from the Fall
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, August 8th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

We have all made mistakes in our lives with great regrets. We battle in our minds with the “should’ve, would’ve” thoughts as well as the “if only’s” that torture us even today. We can either allow these mistakes to destroy us or turn to God to help us be victorious. God lets us know that no matter what happens we are loved and forgiven by Him. If we allow God to let us see the blessings from “the fall” like Peter’s denial who had a contrite heart, we can be healed and forgiven. Come and learn that our “falls” do not mean it is an end and there are more of life’s blessings to come according to scripture. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, August 4th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Growing in Prayer:
What to Do AFTER the Mountaintop
Experience of a Retreat
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, August 22nd 6:00pm– 9:00pm

The spiritual “high” of a good retreat experience beginning to wear off? Been to ACTS, Cursillo or Private Directed Retreat and now finding yourself back to “square one” in your walk with the Lord? Need some ideas of how to maintain a solid prayer life and grow in faith? Two recently published books have been very helpful to spiritual pilgrims of similar exploration: namely, Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser and Saying Yes: Discovering and Responding to God’s Will in Your Life by Fr. Albert Haase. In this evening of reflection themes from these books will be considered such as: overcoming struggles in prayer, developing mature prayer habits, growing in the practice of discernment, and seeking greater union with God through contemplation and holy silence. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, August 18th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Married Couples Retreat
God Created Us, Man and Woman
Friday, August 25th - Sunday, August 27th

This retreat offered for married couples will be based on the theme that God created us for each other. Topics of consideration will include communication, spousal differences, and theology of the body. Throughout the weekend retreatants will experience daily Mass, meditations, couple spiritual direction, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, presentations, Eucharistic Adoration and the renewal of wedding vows. This retreat is being sponsored by Regnum Christi but is open to any and all couples who might choose to participate. The donation per couple for the weekend is $385.00 and a $25.00 non-refundable deposit is necessary to reserve your space. For more information please contact Mark or Shila Cowart at (337) 905-2032 or e-mail [email protected]

New Herb/Vegetable Meditation Garden Completed at Saint Charles Center

The front cover of our summer brochure features one of the latest additions to the prayerful property of our retreat center; namely, a meditation area positioned outside the walls of Brulet Dining Hall. Thanks to the coordination efforts of Mr. Denis Husers and his faithful crew of willing volunteers, the menus of the kitchen have been supplemented by fresh lettuce and cabbage throughout the winter months and now; squash, zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer months. Our guests and retreatants can also enjoy the peace and beauty of God’s growth and creation in this space of quiet and meditation. Our communal gratitude to all who made this garden courtyard possible. Merci beaucoup for all you do!

CAMP KAROL UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that the initial construction project for Camp Karol is now complete and stands as an impressive indicator for what MORE is to come! When time allows, take a drive down Reeves Road off of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff and continue down to Bozo Lane. Once there, take a right and before you know it you will see the new entrance gate. It will give you a sense of “The Lodge,” the first of the planned buildings to be constructed on the horizon. This multi-purpose facility will be made from the same construction materials and style of the completed entrance gate. Throughout these summer months of 2017, we will be finalizing the architectural plans for “The Lodge,” with a groundbreaking date hopefully anticipated for late fall, 2017. Please keep this exciting project in your prayers as we move forward in making this dream for our youth of the future into a reality soon to be realized!

Contact
Saint Charles Center
2151 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy
Lake Charles, LA 70611
(337) 855-1232
[email protected]
[email protected]

Fiscal
Pat Myers
337.439.7400, ext.203
[email protected]



Contact

Saint Charles Center
2151 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy
Lake Charles, LA 70611
(337) 855-1232

Facilities

  • Tabor Retreat House
  • Katharine Drexel Conference Center

Center Attractions

  • retreats
  • days of recollection
  • evenings of reflection
  • educational workshops and seminars
  • meetings and conferences
  • programs of spiritual growth and educational development for the Catholic Community and others of good will.