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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


November

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.


JANUARY

“Profession of Faith”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, January 16th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This will be the first of several teachings on the Catholic Catechism presented by Sr. Diane this Spring. This evening of reflection is to help us understand what and why we believe the way we do. Faith is a supernatural gift bestowed on us by God. It is imperative that we believe in no other God than God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”. Everyone wants to know the truth. You will find the absolute truth is Jesus Christ Himself. To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, January 12th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“Prayer in the Christian Life: 25 Years of Revelation and Practice in the Catholic Catechism”
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, January 23rd 6:00 – 9:00 pm


The entire fourth section of the Catholic Catechism is dedicated to beliefs and practices of prayer in the Church. Join us for this evening of reflection that will be focused upon our universal call to holiness and prayer as expressed through adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. Various expressions of prayer will be explored as well as prayer in the life of Jesus. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, January 19th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

FEBRUARY

“On Being a Woman: Icon of Love”
A Theology of the Body
Conference Retreat for Women
Thursday, February 1st – Sunday, February 4th
Retreat Leaders: Paula Hunter & Becky Clements

Theology of the Body is a philosophical work written by St. Pope John Paul II, and is an in-depth study of the human person. His writings address the deepest questions about who we are, and about what makes us happy and united with Christ. This retreat focuses on the meaning of being a woman, how we relate to men, the hungers of our hearts, and the unique “feminine genius” – to quote St. John Paul – that enables us to be God’s intimacy in the world. The retreat begins on Thursday at 5 pm, and ends by noon on Sunday and is open to all women 18 years and older. We will have Mass and Adoration, as well as presentations, discussions, music, prayer and silence. The Sacrament of Penance will also be available. $250.00 for a single room (limited number of single rooms available). $225.00 for a double room. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required when you register. You may register at www.icsulphur.org or call (337) 625-9719 if you have any questions. Please ask for Jamie Drummond.

“St. Valentine’s Date Night at the Saint Charles Center”
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller and SCC Staff
Wednesday, February 7th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

What better way to spend a special evening of prayer, delicious food and supportive companionship than to have a Valentine’s “date night” on the holy ground of the Saint Charles Center! Couples are invited to join us for Mass at 6:00pm in the Assumption Chapel, followed by a gourmet dinner in Brulet Dining Hall, and finally topped off with festive desserts and enjoyable fellowship for all participants. Reservation space will be limited, so call early to save your place for this one of a kind event! To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, February 2nd so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $75.00 per couple.

Rachel’s Vineyard
Retreat for Healing After Abortion
Fr. Nathan Long, Margie Long & Diocesan Team
Friday, February 9th – Sunday, February 11th

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]

“Our Call to Lenten Grace”
Ash Wednesday Evening of Reflection
Presented by Bishop Glen John Provost
and Fr. Whitney Miller
Wednesday, February 14th 6:00-9:00pm

This Ash Wednesday program will consist of Holy Mass and the Distribution of Ashes, a simple supper, and a presentation. Fr. Whitney Miller will preside and preach at the Mass, which will begin at 6:00pm in the Assumption Chapel. Then, a simple supper will be shared in Brulet Dining Hall, followed by a presentation by Bishop Glen John Provost in Brulet Conference Room on the topic of The Catholic Catechism. There will be no cost for the evening, but a free will offering will be accepted. Funds procured will benefit the Maintenance Account for the Center. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, Feb. 9th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper.

“The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the Catholic Catechism”
Winter Silent Preached Retreat
Presented by Msgr. Ronnie Groth
Friday, February 16th - Sunday, February 18th

This is a SILENT preached retreat sponsored by St. Pius X Parish in Ragley but open to any others who might care to participate in these days of prayer, presentation and silence. Msgr. Groth will reflect upon the basic themes of growth in the spiritual life as presented by St. Ignatius in his writings as well as apply these insights to the prayers, beliefs and practices as found in the Catholic Catechism. Profound challenges for those of all ages and stages of faith development; from Confirmation candidate to retired catechism teacher, from grandchild to grandparent, from cradle Catholic to newly initiated, all will benefit from these days of holy retreat. The weekend experience begins with supper on Friday evening at 6:00 pm and will conclude with lunch on Sunday at 12 noon. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Suggested donation is $180.00 for a private room, and $160.00 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available upon request for those needing assistance.

“Come Alive” High School Retreat
St. Katherine Drexel Conference Center
Friday, February 16th – Sunday, February 18th

In the Bible, 1 Thessalonian 5:17 calls us to pray without ceasing…but is this really feasible? Can we spend our whole day in prayer? It’s hard to have a correct response to this question without first fully knowing what prayer is, or what prayer can be! The purpose of the “Come Alive” retreat is to teach about prayer: from different prayer methods, to different prayer postures. The Catholic Catechism teaches us that prayer is essential to the life and salvation of the soul, for it is a relationship with God. Prayer alone places you in the presence of God. Prayer alone can change the world…if you don’t think so, then maybe you should start praying about “Come Alive”. Please call DOLC Office of Youth Ministry for registration at (337) 439-7400 ext. 301.

“I Believe in Jesus Christ/The Creed”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, February 27th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In this part of the journey into the Catholic Catechism we will be learning the importance of why we believe so strongly in Jesus Christ and in the Nicene Creed. The name Jesus in Hebrew means God saves. We know from John 3:16 that God gave his only begotten Son so we may be forgiven. This evening of reflection will address the reasons and purposes of God’s relationship with us as humans. Christ means the anointed one or Messiah in Hebrew. God anoints Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with the power to perform miracles to reveal truth. He is the one to come. Through the Creed we get a glimpse of God’s salvation history for humanity. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 visit our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, February 23rd so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

MARCH

“Lenten Private Directed Retreat”
Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Whitney Miller,
Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Monday, March 12th - Sunday, March 18th

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.

“Lenten Introduction to the Directed Retreat”
Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Whitney Miller,
Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Thursday, March 15th - Sunday, March 18th

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.

“An Evening of Mercy and Forgiveness”
Tuesday, March 20th 5:00pm – 7:00pm


The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available this evening for all who choose to come by the Center and spend some time in prayer and spiritual preparation during this holy season of Lent. At 5:00 pm, the Blessed Sacrament will be enthroned on the altar of the Assumption Chapel, for any who might want to spend a Holy Hour in this sacred space, which has come to be so meaningful to so many of our retreatants and guests through the years. Priests will be on hand for the ministry of Reconciliation (Confession) until 7:00pm at which time Benediction will be celebrated to conclude this blessed opportunity of Lenten worship and praise. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

“When You Pray the Our Father”
Women’s Lenten Silent Retreat
Presented by Fr. Steve Kimmons, S.J., PhD
Friday, March 23rd – Sunday, March 25th

What a wonderful way to spend Palm Sunday weekend! Join us here at the Saint Charles Center where you will pray the Our Father as prayed and understood through the perspective of Ignatian spirituality. This SILENT retreat is sponsored by the women of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish in Lake Charles, but is open to any and all women who choose to participate. Suggested donation for the retreat is $190.00 for a private room, $170.00 for shared accommodations and $75.00 for commuters. Please contact Elaine Trahan at (337) 474-0178 or the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com for registration. Scholarship information is available upon request for those needing assistance.

“The Creed /The Holy Spirit”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, March 27th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Holy Spirit was sent to us to strengthen, console and encourage us. Through the years, you may have struggled with believing that God loves you and or if we really love Him. You may have caught yourself saying I love God but I have all these excuses (don’t have time to pray, read the Bible, etc.) We keep telling ourselves that we are going to do it but it just does not happen. However, this evening of reflection provides you with the opportunity that you decide “Yes! I want to learn more about my Lord and my God! I want to deepen my faith and walk with that confidence as the early disciples did.” Please come and do not talk yourself out of it. He is waiting for you now! To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com Please register by Friday, March 23rd so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“Good Friday Meditations”
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Friday, March 30th 11:00am – 3:00pm

Honor these holy hours of quiet spirit and solemn reflection throughout one of the most sacred days of the liturgical year by spending some time in prayer at the Saint Charles Center. A brief meditation will be given by Fr. Miller on the hours of: 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. After each short presentation, a contemplative silence will be observed by all participants until the next hour of meditation. Come and join us for all or part of the time. If you plan to attend, bring your own lunch and beverage, if desired. There is no fee for this event but pre-registration is appreciated. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Monday, March 26th.

APRIL

“Trinitarian Life”
Presented by Dr. Judy Savoie
Monday, April 9th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Catechism of the Catholic Church identifies the Most Holy Trinity as “the central mystery of Christian faith and life” and as “the source of all the other mysteries of faith.” Yet this essential doctrine can seem like abstract theology, remote from daily life. How does the doctrine of the Trinity inform God’s life with us and our lives with others? How does the Trinity help us better understand our relationship to God and to all of creation? Join us to explore the Trinity, mystery and summary of the Christian faith. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Thursday, April 5th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, April 17th 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Jesus tells us to walk by faith not by sight. Learning how to do that is a challenge and an inspiring experience. It is also about us letting go and letting God be God. Through our belief in Jesus Christ and with the power of the Holy Spirit there is nothing that we cannot do according to God’s will. Our prayers, creed, liturgy, rituals, church and the Word of God are the tools that God has provided us. Saint Paul tells us that we will have to fight against principalities of darkness and Jesus has provided all these spiritual weapons for us to use so that Satan cannot win. Whatever trials he throws at us God will make us victorious with Him. We must remember “Be not afraid, for I am always with you!” To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, April 13th, so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

MAY

“Babette’s Feast: A Celebration of
Catechism and Communal Meal”
Presented by Fr. Marshall Boulet, Fr. Whitney Miller, Paula Willis and the Kitchen Staff
of the Saint Charles Center
Tuesday, May 22rd 6:00pm – 10:00pm

In Part Two, Article Three of the Catholic Catechism the Eucharist is presented as “Paschal Banquet.” A 1987 Danish film entitled “Babette’s Feast” is often considered by many pastoral theologians to be a study in similar themes of community building, sacrificial giving and laboring without counting the cost. This evening of reflection will begin with the showing of the movie “Babette’s Feast” at 6:00 pm. Following the movie, a slightly modified variant of the menu prepared by Babette in the film will be served. Time will be given for discussion and further reflection on the movie and on the Eucharist between courses. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or visit our website at stcharlescenter.com, by Friday, May 18th at 4:30 pm, at which time registration for this event will be closed. Because of the festive and exceptional menu items which will be prepared for the dinner, the suggested donation for this evening of reflection will be $50.00 per person.

“Domestic Church” Married Couples Retreat
Thursday, May 24th – Sunday, May 27th

“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 or visit

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.