MOSS BLUFF – A Spring Silent Preached Retreat Presented by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, will take place from Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3 at Tabor Retreat House of Saint Charles Center. The retreat is sponsored by Saint Pius X Parish in Ragley, but open to any others who might care to participate in these days of prayer, presentation and silence.
Jesuit Father Thibodeaux is originally from Church Point, Louisiana, the author of four books on prayer and is currently the incoming pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will explore our relationship with God by engaging in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The weekend experience begins with supper on Friday at 6 p.m. and will conclude with lunch on Sunday at noon. A suggested donation is $185 for a private room and $165 for a shared room.
Sr. Diane Depwe will present “Valentine’s Day and Saint Valentine” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. The suggested donation is $20 with a deadline of Friday, February 8.
"St. Valentine’s Date Night at the Saint Charles Center” will be presented by Fr. Whitney Miller, Deacon Brian Soileau and the SCC Staff on Thursday, February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. “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,” Father Miller said. “Couples are invited to join us for Mass at 6 p.m. 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!” Deadline to register is Friday, February 8 with a suggested donation of $100 per couple.
“Let the Children Come to Me” (And Bring Your Parents Too) is a Family Eucharistic Adoration presented by Fr. Miller and Deacon Soileau on Tuesday, February 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. The suggested donation is $25 per family. It is a time to pray together as a family in front of Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the Assumption Chapel. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 15.
Simone Dubois will present “Stop the Treadmill, I Want to Get Off!” from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. This Evening of Reflection will focus on the obstacles the world and culture place on us that prevent us from living our lives at a healthier pace. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 22 and the suggested donation is $20 per person.
Father Miller and Deacon Soileau will host “Our Call to Lenten Grace” the Ash Wednesday Evening of Reflection on Wednesday, March 6 from 6 - 9 p.m.. consisting of Eucharist at 6 p.m. in the Assumption Chapel and the Distribution of Ashes, followed by a simple supper in Brulet Hall , and a presentation on Lenten Spirituality. 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. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 1.
“The Impact of Technology on Our Spiritual Lives” will be presented by Sr. Diane Depwe on Tuesday, March 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. Come and learn how to start disconnecting technology and reconnecting our lives back to God and our loved ones. Deadline to register is Friday, March 8, with a suggested donation of $20.
Courtney Kerlegon will present “Soulcore” on Thursday, March 14, and Friday, March 15 in the Saint Katharine Drexel Conference Center. Soulcore is a movement that combines strengthening, stretching, and functional exercise with the prayers of the rosary; a sensory experience combining candlelight, music, scripture, reflections & movement to nourish the body, mind and soul and encourage deeper meditation on the mysteries and virtues of the rosary. Classes will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday and resume at 9 a.m. continuing until 5 p.m. on Friday. Cost for these classes is $350.00. For more information contact Courtney Kerlegon at (337) 304-2387. Please visit www.soulcore.com for additional information.
“Lenten Private Directed Retreats” with Msgr. Ronnie Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Marshall Boulet, Deacon Soileau, Judy Savoie and Gloria Villegas will be Monday, March 18 to Sunday, March 24. 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. 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. Suggested donation is $350.00 for three days or $475.00 for five days.
The “Lenten Introduction to the Directed Retreat” will be Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 with Msgr. Groth, Fr. Miller, Fr. Boulet, Deacon Soileau, Ms. Savoie and Ms. Villegas. 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. Suggested donation is $350 per person.
Deacon Soileau will present “The Existence of Angels – A Truth of Faith” from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of the angels. In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. Come and experience the richness of true Catholic tradition concerning these purely spiritual creatures created to exist alongside us and to aide us in our journey. Deadline to register is Friday, March 22 with a suggested donation of $20 per person.
Sr. Diane Depwe will present “Spiritual Spring Cleaning” Tuesday, April 9, from 6 – 9 p.m. Come open the windows for fresh air and clean the closets, discarding the broken and donating what is not needed. It is the time we also experience the celebration of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Registration deadline is Friday, April 5, with a suggested donation of $20 per person.
“Sisterhood of Saints: Guidance and Inspiration from Holy Women Along the Way of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection,” the Annual Women’s Lenten Silent Retreat, sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish and presented by Fr. Miller, is Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14. Suggested donation for the retreat is $225 for a private room and $205 each for shared accommodations. Contact Andrea Blanchard at (337) 794-9679, the Center at (337) 855-1232, or at stcharlescenter.com to register.
“An Evening of Mercy and Forgiveness” will be held Tuesday, April 16, from 5 – 7 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be available for all who choose to come by the Center and spend some time in prayer and spiritual preparation during the holy season of Len with priests available until 7 p.m. At 5 p.m., 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. At 7 p.m., Benediction will be celebrated to conclude this blessed opportunity of Lenten worship and praise. Pre-registration is not required for this event.
“Good Friday Meditations,” with Fr. Miller and Deacon Soileau is Friday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 11 and 1and by Deacon Soileau on the hours of noon and 2. After each short presentation, a contemplative silence will be observed by all participants until the next hour of meditation. If attending, bring your own lunch and beverage, if desired. There is no fee but pre-registration, by Tuesday, April 16, would be appreciated.
A Theology of the Body Preached Retreat for Women - “On Being a Woman: Icon of Love” – will led by retreat leaders Paula Hunter and Becky Clements will be Thursday, April 25, to Sunday, April 28. 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 II – that enables us to be God’s intimacy in the world. Beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. it end by noon on Sunday and is open to all women 18 years and older. There will be Mass and Adoration, as well as presentations, discussions, music, prayer and silence. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available. Cost is $250 for a single room (limited number of single rooms available) and $225 for a double room. A $100.00 nonrefundable deposit is required when you register at www.icsulphur.org or call Jamie Drummond at (337) 625-9719, if you have any questions.
“A Catholic Guide to Civility” will be presented by Fr. Miller Tuesday, May 7, from 6 – 9 p.m. St. John Baptist de la Salle is the patron saint of all teachers of youth. Throughout his own years of ministering to troubled teens and challenging students, he developed customs for character formation and laid for them a cornerstone of civility upon which the foundations of faith could be built. Come learn from the heritage of our Catholic culture as we will explore basic themes of civility such as prudence, modesty, discretion, loyalty, order, punctuality, cleanliness, manners and etiquette, as well as guidelines for discourse in matters of disagreement. The suggested donation is $20 per person with registration deadline of Friday, May 3.
“Co-Dependency According to Scripture” with Sr. Diane Depwe is Tuesday, May 14, from 6 – 9 p.m. Learn how to be free from people-pleasing, shame, care-taking and needing approval from others and be rooted in Jesus and reclaim your integrity. Please bring your Bible. The suggested donation is $20 per person with a deadline of Friday, May 10.
Call (337) 855-1232 or visit stcharlescenter.com to register, and for further information on these programs at Saint Charles Center. For some of the events there will be scholarship assistance available for those in need, please inquire.