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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


September

Letting Go of Resentment and Hurts
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, Sept. 5th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The pain of past hurts and resentments create a form of bondage and we need freedom from the psychological wounds, painful memories, “broken hearted” and emotional baggage that interferes with enjoying our lives. If allowed to remain unhealed, such hurts and resentments can lead to anger, bitterness, fear, anxiety, depression, addictions and physical conditions. People may tell us “let it go,” “get a life,” “move on,” or “get over it,” but they do not tell us how to do this. This Evening of Reflection is to help us learn how to resolve hurts and resentments as well as how to replace these with mercy and forgiveness. Journey through the healing process and allow God’s mercy and forgiveness to touch your soul and learn to be as merciful and forgiving as God is with us. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, Sept. 1st so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

El Camino de Santiago: A Journey of Faith
Presented by Sylvia Marcantel, Susan Fry and Hortensia Vincent
Tuesday, Sept. 12th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saint James the Apostle embarked on his journey of faith as he spread Christianity across Northern Spain. As disciples of Christ we too strive to remain steadfast on our journey with Christ. We may wander off and perhaps begin to feel distant from Him. A pilgrimage can help us reorient our spiritual path back to Christ. The facilitators for this Evening of Reflection walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostella, one of the more radical pilgrimages available. Come hear the history of this pilgrimage, the camino paths and trails walked by modern pilgrims today, and the spiritual lessons and blessings they experienced while walking this 500 mile pilgrimage. This pilgrimage is life changing for many. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, Sept. 8th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Fables and Faith: Understanding the Gospel with Aesop’s Fables
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, Sept. 26th 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Fables are deceptively simple on the surface, but they contain deep wisdom within their narratives. What important lessons can fables teach us about our lives? How do fables illuminate the message of the Gospel? If you are looking to deepen your spiritual life while enjoying delightful stories, you will benefit from this Evening of Reflection. Perfect for catechists, parents, grandparents and all those entrusted with the ministry of education and storytelling for generations to come. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, Sept. 22nd so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

October

Please pray for our priests in the month of October. The Saint Charles Center will open our doors to three groups of diocesan priests during the month of October; first from the Diocese of Shreveport, then from the Diocese of Lafayette and finally, from our own Diocese of Lake Charles. Please keep these men of faith and commitment in your daily prayers throughout this month of spiritual renewal and refreshment. Thank you!

Under Construction
Middle School Retreat
Friday, Oct. 13th - Sunday Oct. 15th

This is a retreat for Middle School youth in the 6th to 8th grades. This retreat will allow the teens to spend some time answering the questions: Who am I? What do I need? What is my purpose? How do I get there? We are always moving and this retreat will give them the tools they need to move toward God and build His Kingdom. This retreat will include skits, games, music, prayer, and fellowship. For more information contact Ms. T. at the Office of Youth Ministry at (337) 439-7400. You can register for this event at www.dolcyouth.org.

10th Anniversary of the ACTS Retreat Ministry: A Day of Reflection and Celebration
Presented by Bishop Glen John Provost, Msgr. James Gaddy, Fr. Keith Pellerin and Fr. Whitney Miller
Saturday, Oct. 14th 9:00am – 5:00pm

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the first ACTS Retreat weekend which was held here in our Diocese of Lake Charles in 2007! Many people throughout our local area have been deeply touched by the benefits and blessings of this powerful retreat experience based on the spiritual pillars of adoration, community, theology and service. To commemorate this decade long influence of grace and growth, please join us for this day of prayer, reflection and celebration. Seating will be limited, so register early to assure your participation! Please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Negaholics
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, Oct. 17th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

When we recognize our negativity, we can pull ourselves out of it and have a happier life. Some ways people are negative to themselves or others are: never feeling good enough, procrastinating, faultfinding, being critical or negative, constant complaining, being a perfectionist or full of gloom and doom. Come and be free from the negative type. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, October 13th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person
Angels, Saints and Purgatory: Cherished Treasures of Catholic Truths
Presented by Pat Fox
Saturday, Oct. 28th 9:00am – 1:00pm

What do you believe and know to be true about angels, saints and purgatory? Who are the Angels? Why did God create them? Why should we ask the saints to intercede for our intentions? What is the Triduum of Hallowtide and why is it observed by our Church? What does the Church teach about purgatory and why is it necessary? As way of preparation for the upcoming feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, Saint Charles Center is offering a Morning of Reflection on the theme of “Angels, Saints and Purgatory.” Through stories and scripture, Pat Fox will invite participants to take another look at these cherished treasures of the Catholic Church and see them again for the first time! To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Wednesday, October 25th so that adequate arrangements can be made for lunch. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

November

Sunday Vespers at the Saint Charles Center
Sunday, November 5th 6:00pm – 7:30pm

We will be celebrating the feast day of our patron, St. Charles Borromeo, with a Vespers Service (Evening Prayer) in the Chapel of the Assumption beginning at 6 pm. Following Vespers, please join us for a slice of anniversary cake and a scoop of ice cream as we celebrate 22 years of ministry and hospitality here at the Saint Charles Center. There will not be a donation expectation for this event, however, preregistration is appreciated so that adequate planning can be arranged beforehand. Please call Rachel at (337) 855-1232 by Thursday, Nov. 2nd.

Private Directed Retreat
Fr. Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Monday, Nov. 6th - Sunday, Nov. 12th

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, Nov. 9th - Sunday, Nov 12th

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.

Church and Families Rising to Help Our Veterans
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, Nov. 14th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

On Saturday, November 11th, we as a nation pause to remember our veterans who have served and are currently serving our country through the various branches of the military. Many of our veterans have problems resulting from the combat trauma they experienced and we are called to respond to their needs. Some have disabilities, depression and/or PTSD. They have given a lot for us and it is time that we give back to them. They have fought for us; let us fight for bringing them back into our lives and in their church communities, home, work and social environment. Come and learn how to help them and their families. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, November 10th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

A Brief History of Communication: The Value and Wisdom of Listening
Presented by Mike Papania
Tuesday, November 28th 6:00pm – 9:00pm


The Book of Proverbs tells us “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18) and in James 1:19 we read “Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen and slow to speak.” Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool in the communication process. The wisdom of our words must flow from the inner sanctuary of our silence and the deep well of our listening. Come and be reminded of the great value of attentive listening and polish up those communication skills for the upcoming holidays of family time, office parties and church socials! To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Wednesday, Nov. 22nd so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Domestic Church Married Couples Retreat
Thursday, Nov. 30th – Dec. 3rd


“Domestic Church” is an officially recognized lay movement that provides life-long formation for sacramentally married couples for the sake of achieving sanctity together, growing in mutual love, and providing an environment where children can thrive and grow in union with Christ, so they may truly be called a Domestic Church! For information and /or to register, please call Blaine or Denise Wyninger at (337) 764-1562 or call the offices of the Saint Charles Center at (337) 855-1232. December The Art of Advent as a Path to Holy Encounter
Presented by Alex Torres, Keith Faul and Doug Smith
Tuesday, December 5th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In the summer of 2015 these three companions of faith presented an Evening of Reflection on the spiritual themes of believing, beholding and becoming as revealed through inspired artwork. Join them once again here at the Saint Charles Center as they consider selected pieces of Advent art as a path to holy encounter. An occasion of prayer, beauty and contemplation are sure to enrich these holy days of sacred waiting and hopeful longing. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, Dec. 1st so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Angels Past and Present
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, Dec. 12th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Take a journey in scripture and in our own personal lives regarding angels. Please bring your Bible. Call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com by Friday, December 8th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

An Advent Evening Sing-a-Long: Carols,
Hot Chocolate and Community
Presenters: Blake Bruchhaus and Fr. Whitney Miller
Friday, December 15th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In these days of holy preparation for the Christmas mysteries, come together with fellow believers of Advent spirit and joyful anticipation for an evening of song, spiritual insight and yummy holiday treats. Blake Bruchhaus, from St. Philip Neri Parish in Kinder, currently serves as Music and Liturgy Director at St. George Church in Baton Rouge, La. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana with studies in sacred music and liturgy. He and Fr. Whitney will share tidbits of information about favorite Advent carols throughout the ages and then, invite all participants to join in communal singing. Humming along and/or toe tapping is also encouraged for those present who might feel “vocally challenged.” A meal will NOT be served for this gathering, rather, hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be enjoyed along with the warmth of carols and community. Please call Rachel at the Center (337) 855-1232 to register so that adequate arrangements can be made in advance. Donations will be accepted this evening for Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana.

The Great O Antiphons Meditations: A Day of Advent Sanity and Serenity
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, December 19th 9:00am – 4:00pm


About ready to loose it with the hustle and bustle, the chaos and craziness of endless holiday “to do” lists and shopping expectations? Then this is a time of peace and quiet at the Saint Charles Center that might be just right for you. In similar spirit of our annual Good Friday Meditations, this entire day will be devoted to the Great “O Antiphons” of rich liturgical history in our Church’s tradition. Each hour, on the hour, beginning at 9:00 am, a brief guided reflection will be presented by Fr. Whitney on one of the Great “O Antiphons.” Then, participants will be invited to enjoy the stillness and silence of this holy ground and find once again in this sacred space spiritual rest, restoration and renewal until the time of the next “on the hour” guided reflection. Join us for the entire day, or just the morning, or only the afternoon or perhaps even one hour or ten minutes. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel!” Upon registration, a light lunch can be prearranged, if so desired. Please call Rachel at the Center (337) 855-1232 to indicate your intent of participation for adequate planning and preparation.

Groundbreaking for “The Lodge”
at Camp Karol with
Bishop Glen John Provost presiding
Sunday, October 22nd 3:00pm
1087 Bozo Road
Moss Bluff, La.


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