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 MOSS BLUFF – Spring events at Saint Charles Center will begin on Tuesday, January 14, with Sr. Diane Depwe presenting “Honey Communications Skills 101” from 6 to 9 p.m. in Tabor Retreat House.

Two other January events are scheduled with Deacon Brian Soileau speaking on Catholics and the Bible on Tuesday, January 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Father Whitney Miller on Tuesday, January 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. presenting  “Lead, Kindly Light: Meditations, Poems & Prayers of St. John Henry Newman.”

To register for events at the Center call (337) 855-1232 or go to stcharlescenter.com. The suggested donation is $20.00 per person for each January event. Deadlines to register are Friday, January 10, for Sr. Diane Depwe presentation; Friday, January 17, for Deacon Soileau’s evening; and Friday, January 24, for Father Miller’s presentation.

Sr. Diane will explore the differences in how males and females communicate and process information.

The Evening of Reflection with Deacon Soileau is intended to provide those attending with a deeper knowledge of the role of the Catholic Church in establishing the Canon of Scripture as well as dispelling the myths and untruths concerning the Church and the Bible.

Father Miller will spoke on the Anglican clergyman and leader of the Oxford Movement who eventually undertook the spiritual journey of religious conversion to the Roman Catholic Church. Newman was a preeminent master of the English language and his writings have inspired countless souls throughout the years toward a deeper walk of faith and commitment to Christ.

February is a busy month at Saint Charles Center and begins with a Spring Silent Retreat to be led by Father John Cunningham from Friday, February 7, to Sunday, February 9. Father Cunningham, a native of Natchitoches who was ordained in 1965, will share insights to Jesus’s prayer in Gethsemane, Jesus’s prayer for His enemies and also the 12 keys to prayer by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Fr. Cunningham has a great passion for bringing healing, reconciliation and spiritual renewal through the sacrament of Penance to all that he can. The retreat is open to all – men and women, married or single, 16 years or older.

The suggested donation is $190.00 for a private room, and $170.00 for a shared room. Scholarship information is available upon request for those needing assistance. Call (855)1232 or to stcharlescenter.com to register.

On Tuesday, February 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., join Sr. Diane Depwe for an Evening of Reflection, “ How to Choose Your Battles,” which has a suggested donation of $20 and a registration deadline of Friday, February 7.

When Jesus walked this earth, He taught the disciples and us how to respond and not react.  He had many situations where He was confronted about His teachings and He was able to not take offense and instead walk away.  Determining when to take offense and when not to take offense is very difficult.  This Evening of Reflection is to aide in discernment of that process in a healthy way.

Father Miller and Deacon Soileau along with the Center staff will present “St. Valentine’s Date Night at the Saint Charles Center” on February 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Couples are invited to come for Mass at 6 p.m. in the Assumption Chapel followed by a gourmet dinner in Brulet Dining Hall and topped off with festive desserts and enjoyable fellowship. Reservation space will be limited. For this special event no online registration is available and those who wish to attend must call the Center to register by the Friday, January 31, deadline.  The suggested donation is $100.00 per couple.

 “Unity of The Two: A Weekend Retreat for Married Couples,” led by Lloyd and Jan Tate will be Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16. A retreat for married couples is a time to catch your breath, to reconnect as spouses and to be refreshed in your spiritual journey with the Living God. it is an opportunity to reassess how you are living out your sacramental call and to recommit yourselves to becoming a “unity of the two.” You will be given time for personal prayer and reflection and for sharing with your spouse.  Space will be limited, so all are urged to reserve their attendance as early as possible but no later than Friday, January 31. The suggested donation is $330 per couple.
  

A special “bundle deal” is being offered by the Center for those wishing to participate in both the Valentine Date Night and the “Unity of Two” Couples” Retreat.” The suggested cost for the “bundle” is $375 per couple with January 31 deadline. To take advantage of this special offer, the Center must be contacted at (337)855-1232 as it is not available via online registration.

The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for Healing After Abortion will be led by Father Rommel Tolentino, Marjorie Long and the Diocesan team from Friday, February 21, to Sunday, February, 23. Those struggling with guilt, depression, regret or other difficult emotions from an abortion are not alone and can experience the healing love of Jesus Christ on a Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat, which combines 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 $225.00 which includes meals, private room with private bath and all retreat materials. If someone has a financial burden, assistance is available. For more information or registration contact: Rachel’s Vineyard of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 439-7400, Ext. 317 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Father Miller and Deacon Soileau will present “Our Call to Lenten Grace” Ash Wednesday Evening of Reflection on Wednesday, February 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. This Ash Wednesday program will consist of Eucharist and the Distribution of Ashes, a simple supper, and a presentation. Beginning at 6 p.m. in the Assumption Chapel, Fr. Miller will preside and preach the homily at the Mass, followed by a simile supper in in Brulet Dining Hall, and a presentation on Lenten Spirituality by Deacon Soileau in Brulet Conference Room. 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 (337) 855-1232, by Friday, February 21.

 


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