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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


October 11, 2017 marked the 25thAnniversary of the publication of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. Such an occasion is a prime opportunity to reflect on theCathechism’s impact on our Church, universally and locally, and to promote the ongoing use of theCatechism for the deepening of the Faith as it is received, lived, celebrated and prayed. Throughout the coming year here at the Saint Charles Center, we plan on offering multiple programming possibilities to showcase the themes, content and impact of the Catechismin our own Diocese of Lake Charles. 

The design of the logo on the front cover of this brochure is adapted from a Christian tombstone in the catacombs of Domitilla in Rome, which dates from the end of the Third century A.D. This pastoral image was used by Christians to symbolize the rest and the happiness that the soul of the departed finds in eternal life. This image also suggests certain characteristic aspects of theCatechism; namely, the good Shepherd who leads and protects His faithful (the lamb) by His authority (the staff), drawing them by the melodious symphony of the truth (the bagpipes), and making them lie down in the shade of the tree of life. Let us this year find rest, renewal and restoration within the pages of the Catholic Catechism and in the shade of this holy ground of the Saint Charles Center. Join us!

JUNE

Quo Vadis Retreat 2017
Friday, June 8th– Sunday, June 10th

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.

God’s Salvation: Law and Grace
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, June 12th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

In today’s world we may find ourselves confused about what is right and wrong. Do not be distressed because the Catechism of the Catholic Church provides the guidelines for what is right and wrong according to God, natural law, moral law, and church doctrine. This Evening of Reflection will be highlighting all this in addition to our discussion regarding the divine and natural law that God has given us for our salvation. The law of the Gospels fulfills, refines, surpasses and leads the old law to its perfection. Come and learn about the laws of the Gospels that may be summed up in the golden rule and the “new commandment” of Jesus to love one another as He has loved us. To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com.Please register by Friday, June 8th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“The Human Community: Living in a Spirit of Cooperation and Support”
Presented by Mike Papania and Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, June 19th 6:00-9:00pm

In Part Three of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we are given some helpful guidance and direction for the Christian life in community. This Evening of Reflection will focus upon these themes of the communal character of the human vocation within culture and society. Have you ever been misunderstood in a conversation? Have you ever been accused of not listening? Speaking and listening are the basic steps for effective communication. The quality of good conversation produces the quality of good relationships. This evening is designed to support participants in becoming more competent and comfortable in speaking and listening. Good for married couples, co-workers, friends, family members and all who want to grow in promoting communities of Christ-like care and understanding. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com.Please register by Friday, June 15thso that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“Private Directed Retreat”
Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas\
Monday, June 25th- Sunday, July 1st

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”
Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Thursday, June 28th- Sunday, July 1st

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.

“The Little Way: A Journey Along St. Therese’s Path of Confidence and Love”
Presented by Robin Hebert
Monday, June 25th - Thursday, June 28th

The depth and breath of St. Therese’s “Little Way” continues to have relevance for us today. It is a simple yet profound path to encountering Jesus. Walk this journey with St. Therese as your guide and embrace her spirituality in a way that nourishes your own soul. This is a SILENT retreat. Robin Hebert is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and the co-author of When Women Pray and When Wisdom Speaks.She currently serves at Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette as marriage ministry coordinator and is the Past President of Theresians of the United States. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Available space will be limited for this retreat, so please call early so as to be assured of participation. Suggested donation is $350 for a private room and $300 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

JULY

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion
Fr. Rommel Tolentino, Margie Long & Diocesan Team
Friday, July 6th– Sunday, July 8th

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 $215.00 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].

‘’The Sacrament of the Eucharist
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, July 10th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Holy Thursday night we remember Jesus creating the Eucharist for us. He prepared His disciples about His forthcoming death and resurrection. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving. According to Vatican II liturgy documents, the Eucharist is the summit from which all spirituality flows. We are thanksgiving people and we are to go forth to witness to others that the Eucharist is truly the real presence of the body and blood of our Savior. Please come and join us to learn the depth of this sacred mystery of our Lord in the Eucharist! To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com.Please register by Friday, July 6thso that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.
 

Beginning/Intermediate Icon Writing Workshop
Monday, July 23th- Sunday, July 29th

Instruction is in the Byzantine-Russian Tradition of the Prosopon School of Iconograph (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 does 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]

“Baltimore Catechism and the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Similarities and Differences”
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, July 31st 6:00-9:00pm

One text was published in 1885 and the other was published in 1994. One text was intended primarily for an elementary/young adult student, and the other for the adult community of believers. One text was circulated in the dioceses of the United States while the other “is offered to every individual who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes.” (Pope John Paul II) Come learn more about each text and what it means to be Catholic in each and every generation! To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, July 27thso that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

AUGUST

“Camp Karol: Now and Into the Future”
(A Meet & Greet Evening with Deacon Brian Soileau)
Tuesday, August 7th 6:00-8:00pm

Effective July 1, 2018, Bishop Provost has appointed Deacon Brian Soileau as the Associate Director of the Saint Charles Center / Director of Camp Karol. In that role, Deacon Soileau will be working with Fr. Whitney Miller to develop and plan for the establishment and future programming of the Camp Karol youth retreat facility. It is an exciting adventure and one which holds tremendous possibilities for our diocese and the entire region for generations to come. Please join us for prayer, a meal and a presentation by Deacon Soileau on the latest developments associated with Camp Karol as well as opportunity given for your ideas, suggestions and recommendations. To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, August 3rdso that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“The Love of God”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, August 14th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Jesus as well as the Old Testament tells us “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”. What does this mean? Jesus teaches us what it means as well as providing examples of how to live by it. We may find ourselves saying “I will go to adoration next week.” However, we get busy and it does not become a priority. We make lots of excuses not to place prayer at the top of our “to do” list. God invites us to come, learn and grow on how to live out this commandment and why it is so necessary. St. John tells us that we are nothing without Christ. We look forward to having you in our midst for this great topic! To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com.Please register by Friday, August 10thso that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Oustalet Memorial Courtyard
Sketches Still Available

Mr. Gayle Zembower was kind enough to sketch a lovely pen and ink rendering of the Oustalet Memorial Courtyard. There are still a number of these available for sale in the front lobby of the Center in two sizes. The smaller one (8" x 10") can be purchased for $5.00 and the larger one (11" x 17") for $10.00. Funds procured from these sales will be deposited into the Center’s Maintenance Fund. Thank you for your ongoing generous support.

 
Courtyard Brick Information

Many of our retreatants and guests often inquire about the engraved bricks which grace the “holy ground” of the Oustalet Memorial Courtyard here at the Saint Charles Center. These memorial bricks are still available if you, your family or friends would like to participate in this gesture of honor and dedication. Each brick is engraved with the name of your choice, either your own family’s name or in honor or in memory of a loved one. The 4 x 8 brick is available for a $100 donation, and the 8 x 8 brick is available for a $250 donation. You can order your brick by calling the Center at (337) 855-1232 or by going online at our website stcharlescenter.com. Please consider this unique opportunity to provide adequate funding for the future maintenance needs of the Center, while at the same time being remembered or remembering someone special for generations to come!

A Gift Idea: The Saint Charles Center Boardwalk Cross

One of the most beloved spots of holy prayer and peaceful quiet on the property of the Saint Charles Center is the boardwalk which leads to the Calcasieu River. After years of heavy rains and extreme weather conditions, the wood of this boardwalk needed replacement. A group of volunteers were able to take some of this wood and re-purpose it into rustic crosses on to which we have placed the logo of the Saint Charles Center. These crosses are available for the price of $30.00 with proceeds from these sales benefitting the Maintenance Fund of the Center.

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.