LAKE CHARLES – Saint Charles Center continues the marking of a quarter century of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – October 11, 2017 – with its summer schedule of events showcasing the themes, content, and impact of the Catechism here in the Diocese of Lake Charles.
Kicking off June will be the Quo Vadis Retreat 2018 from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, for Catholic young men ages 15 to 25, offered for retreatants to learn about the priesthood and how to discern a possible vocation. There will be priests, seminarians, and other young men gathered together in fellowship, recreation, prayer, and discussion to help explore our Lord’s call, according to Father Jeffrey Starkovich, director of vocations and seminarians. Contact Father Starkovich at (337) 436-7223 or Fr. Nathan Long at (337) 477-1434 for more information or to register. The cost is covered by the Diocese of Lake Charles.
“God’s Salvation: Law and Grace” will be presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 call (337) 855-1232 or go to stcharlescenter.com. The suggested donation is $20 per person with a registration deadline of Friday, June 8.
Mike Papania and Father Whitney Miller will present “The Human Community: Living in a Spirit of Cooperation and Support” on Tuesday, June 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. The 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 call (337) 855-1232 or go to stcharlescenter.com. The suggested donation is $20 per person with a Friday, June 15, registration deadline.
“Private Directed Retreats” will be led by Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Judy Savoie, and Gloria Villegas from Monday, June 25, to Sunday, July 1. The 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. The retreatant may choose to do three or five days. For more information or to register (which may only be done by telephone or in person) call (337) 855-1232. Registration online is not available for this retreat. The suggested donation is $350.00 for three days and $475.00 for five days. Scholarship information is available upon request.
An “Introduction to the Directed Retreat” with Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Boulet, Judy Savoie, and Gloria Villegas as presenters will be Thursday, June 28, to Sunday, July 1. The retreat, which consists of individual meetings with a director once a day and praying on assigned passages from the scriptures, provides an introduction that helps the retreatant learn the prayer technique and prepares them for a longer retreat. Those interested must call the Center to register at (337) 855-1232, as it will not be possible to register online. The suggested donation is $350.00 per person and scholarship information is available upon request for those in need of assistance.
The depth and breadth of St. Therese’s “Little Way” continues to have relevance for us today. Join Robin Hebert for “The Little Way: A Journey Along St. Therese’s Path of Confidence and Love” Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28. Please be reminded that this is a SILENT retreat. Hebert, who is a spiritual director, retreat leader, and the co-author of When Women Pray and When Wisdom Speaks, currently serving at Our Lady of Wisdom Parish in Lafayette as marriage ministry coordinator and is the Past President of Theresians of the United States. The suggested donation is $350 per person for a private room and $300 each for a shared room. Register by calling (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com. Space is limited for this retreat, so early registration is urged to be assured of participation. Scholarship information is available upon request.
Join Sr. Diane Depwe as she presents ’The Sacrament of the Eucharist” on Tuesday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. According to Vatican II liturgy documents, the Eucharist is the summit from which all spirituality flows. We are a 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. Come and learn the depth of this sacred mystery of our Lord in the Eucharist! Register by calling (337 )855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by Friday, July 6. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.
“Baltimore Catechism and the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Similarities and Differences” will be presented by Fr. Miller on Tuesday, July 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. One text was published in 1885 and the other 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) Learn more about each text and what it means to be Catholic in each and every generation! To register call (337)855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, July 27, deadline. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.
“Camp Karol: Now and Into the Future” (A Meet & Greet Evening with Deacon Brian Soileau) will be offered on Tuesday, August 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Effective July 1, Bishop Provost has appointed Deacon Soileau as the Associate Director of the Saint Charles Center / Director of Camp Karol. In that role, Deacon Soileau will be working with Fr. Miller to develop and plan for the establishment and future programming of the Camp Karol youth retreat facility. Come for prayer, a meal, and a presentation by Deacon Soileau on the latest developments associated with Camp Karol as well as opportunity given for ideas, suggestions and recommendations. Register at (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, August 3, deadline. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person.
“The Love of God” will be offered by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, August 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. 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. Register at (337) 855-1232 or at stcharlescenter.com by the Friday, August 10 deadline.