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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


CAMP KAROL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS!

By the time you hold this Fall brochure in your hands, the construction on “The Lodge” at Camp Karol will have begun! How thrilling and exciting! This important project that has been years and years in the making is finally becoming a reality. Our contractor, Alfred Palma Inc., has begun initial site preparations with plans for eventual construction on the near horizon. Depending on weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances, the estimated time line for completion of “The Lodge” will be 12-15 months. We will keep you posted as the progress moves forward. Please keep this intention in your daily prayers in the weeks and months to come. St. John Paul II, pray for us!

SEPTEMBER

“Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, September 4th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Deception is the act of making someone believe something is true when it is false; fraud, double-dealing, lies are other words for deception. Deception is all around us and we do not always know when people are being manipulative or lying. However, Jesus has taught us how to recognize deception and false prophets. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. This Evening of Reflection will help you discern deception from truth and apply scripture in your daily life. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, August 31st so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“An Evening of Intercessory Prayer for Peace”
Facilitated by Fr. Whitney Miller and
Deacon Brian Soileau
Tuesday, September 11th 6:00pm - 7:30pm

On this 17th anniversary of the terrorists’ attacks upon our nation, please join us at the Saint Charles Center for an evening of intercessory prayer for peace. We will begin with the novena recently made popular by Pope Francis dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title as “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.” Following the novena, time will be given for contemplative meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, as well as a Litany for Peace throughout our world. We will conclude the Holy Hour with Benediction. Light refreshments will be served in the dining hall immediately after this time of shared prayer. To register please call the Center at (337)855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. No monetary gift is necessary for this Evening of Intercessory Prayer for Peace.

OCTOBER

‘’Good versus Evil”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, October 2nd 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Today we are faced with a moral compass that is no longer based on our Biblical principles. What was good at one time is now evil and what was evil, is now considered good. In the Book of Revelation Jesus says the time will come when “what is good will be evil and what is evil will be good.” We now see this in our society and it is creating a lot of stress, inner-conflict and confusion. You are especially invited to this Evening of Reflection to help define what “good versus evil” is. Jesus came into this world and said, “The peace that I give you, the world cannot give.” This Evening of Reflection will assist you in receiving the peace of mind that the Lord has promised. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, September 28th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“Liturgy, Lunch and A Lecture for the Ladies”
Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller and Diana Vallette
Tuesday, October 9th 11:00am - 2:00pm

In an effort to provide our program offerings here at the Center to as many people as possible, we are introducing this midday, midweek spiritual growth opportunity for the women of our local area. We will begin with the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:00am in the Chapel, then move to the Dining Hall for a delicious lunch, followed by an informative presentation in Brulet Conference Room. Diana Vallette will speak on the topic of “Silencing the Lies that Keep Us from Radical Discipleship.” What are the lies you’ve tricked yourself into believing and how are those lies getting in your way? We’ll discuss what the lies are and how we can take small, practical steps to silence them. Diana Vallette converted from atheism 5 years ago. She is the author of “7 Day Faith Challenge for Catholic Women” and she’s wildly passionate about authenticity in Christianity. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, October 5th so that adequate arrangements can be made for lunch. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“Virtuous Living:
Where Spirituality and Psychology Meet”

Presented by Fr. Whitney Miller
Tuesday, October 16th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Recent research indicates that only 20% of the U.S. population experience a lifestyle that is fulfilling, that is, characterized with a resilience to face disappointments with hope and respond to life’s challenges with creativity and compassion. In this Evening of Reflection Fr. Whitney will explore the patterns of behavior which the virtues cultivate in both the spiritual life as well as toward psychological health and well-being. Specific recommendations will be reviewed to develop and foster the virtuous practices of temperance, humility, gratitude, forgiveness and kindness.
To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, October 12th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Prayer Vigil for the Feast of St. John Paul II
Facilitated by Fr. Whitney Miller
and Deacon Brian Soileau
Sunday, October 21st 6:00pm - 7:30pm

On Monday, October 22nd, the Church celebrates the feast of St. John Paul II, the patron saint and namesake of our future Camp Karol youth retreat facility, located just minutes away from the front gates of the Saint Charles Center. Join us in a prayer vigil dedicated to this inspirational Church leader and spiritual guide as we continue to seek his intercession for the current needs and future ministry of Camp Karol. We will prayerfully sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, led by Deacon Brian Soileau, within the context of Adoration and Benediction. In addition, Fr. Whitney will offer a brief reflection on the life of St. John Paul II. Light refreshments will be served in the dining hall immediately following this time of shared prayer. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. No monetary gift is necessary for this prayer vigil. Join us and bring a friend!

Please be in prayer for the priests of our Diocese who will be participating in their annual retreat here at the Saint Charles Center from Monday, October 22nd through Friday, October 26th. Through the intercession of St. John Vianney, patron saint of diocesan priests, may these days of quiet, peace and fellowship provide them with an opportunity for spiritual renewal and holy rest. Thank you for your prayerful support!

NOVEMBER

Women’s Fall Silent Retreat
Presented by Simone Dubois
Thursday, Nov. 1st - Sunday, Nov. 4th

This silent retreat will focus on some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as applied to daily living and growth in one’s faith life. The format of presentation is that of a guided preached retreat; that is, talks are given throughout these days of prayer followed by reflection material for personal use which is made available to the retreatant, as well as opportunity for individual spiritual direction. The retreat will begin on Thursday (All Saints Day) with Mass at 5:30pm and will continue until after lunch on Sunday, Nov. 4th. We are pleased to have with us Simone Dubois, who has served as a spiritual director and retreat presenter at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau since 2006. In addition, Simone is the Director of Adult Faith Development at St. Michael’s Parish in Crowley. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Suggested donation is $250 for a private room and $225 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.

“Private Directed Retreat”
Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Whitney Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas
Monday, November 5th - Sunday, November 11th

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, November 8th - Sunday, November 11th

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.

‘’Christians Rising to Help our Veterans”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, November 13th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Our veterans have given a lot for us and it is time that we give back to them. Many of them have problems resulting from combat trauma and as Christians we need to respond to their needs. Some have disabilities, depression and/or PTSD. They have fought for us; let us fight to meet their needs and bring them back into our lives and in our church communities, home, work and social environment. They answered their call to serve. We are now called by God to minister to those in need. Jesus shows us how to minister to them. Come and learn how to help them and their families, our families and our church heal together. Let us help integrate them back into our communities and churches by witnessing our faith and letting them know they are loved by God. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, November 9th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

“The History of the Mass: From the Breaking of the Bread to the Holy Eucharist”
Presented by Deacon Brian Soileau
Tuesday, November 20th 6:00-9:00pm

How often have you heard someone say, “I don’t understand the Mass” or “Mass is boring?” Often, we don’t understand the present because we have no knowledge of the past. Come take a journey back in time to the night of the Last Supper and discover how Jesus transformed this traditional Passover Meal into the first Mass. Then discover how the “breaking of the bread” developed over time and took the shape of our beautiful liturgy. Saint John Paul II explained it best when he said, “The breaking of the bread – as the Eucharist was called in earliest times – has always been at the center of the Church’s life. When the disciples on the way to Emmaus asked Jesus to stay with them, he responded by giving them a much greater gift: through the Sacrament of the Eucharist he found a way to stay in them.” Come and explore this rich history and discover the Mass in all of its beauty! To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, November 16th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Men’s Spiritual Exercises Retreat
Presented by the Legionaries of Christ
and Regnum Christi
Thursday, November 29th - Sunday, December 2nd

St. John Paul II once wrote “The most generous choices, especially the persevering, are the fruit of profound and prolonged union with God in prayerful silence.” This silent retreat, based on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will include prayerful elements of daily Mass, guided meditations, spiritual guidance, Confession, practical talks and Eucharistic Adoration, all in the supportive presence of fellow companions seeking deeper faith and holy union with God. For more information about this retreat please contact Michael Istre at (337) 515-7164. You can also email Michael Istre at [email protected] or call the Saint Charles Center at (337)855-1232.

DECEMBER

“Silencing the Christians”
Presented by Sr. Diane Depwe
Tuesday, December 4th 6:00pm - 9:00pm

We hear on the news of many Christians being kidnapped, tortured and killed. We hear through the media the silencing of Christians. We may be afraid to openly pray or talk about Christ for fear of harm. We must remember that our Lord and our God, Jesus Christ, chose to commend His spirit back to the Father. He stood for us and now the time has come for us not to have any fear to stand and proclaim His name as our Lord and Savior. This Evening of Reflection is to help you feel confident and renewed by the Spirit of God to face what the early Christians experienced with history repeating itself and to be at peace with it. To register please call the Center at (337) 855-1232 or go to our website at stcharlescenter.com. Please register by Friday, November 30th so that adequate arrangements can be made for supper. Suggested donation is $20.00 per person.

Advent Penance Night at the Saint Charles Center
Tuesday, December 18th 5:00-7:00pm

Take time to prepare well for the coming Feast of Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) in the Chapel of the Assumption at the Saint Charles Center. A number of area priests will be available during these hours of prayer and quiet from 5:00pm-7:00pm. There is no need to call for pre-registration for this program event. As our mission statement reminds us, “The Saint Charles Center stands as a place apart, offering an atmosphere of serenity and peace, where one can deepen one’s relationship with God and achieve spiritual renewal and growth.” Join us for this sacrament of God’s mercy and joyful peace!

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.