Spring 2020
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Labyrinth Walks currently available include:
Friday evenings at 7:00pm
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Monday mornings at 9:00pm
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Información sobre cualquier retiro está disponible en español contactando
Marlene Velázquez al 310.377.4867 x234 o por correo electrónico a Email

Our Mission

Our Hosted Program:

We invite outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate, 12-Step, or other retreats and events at our center.
For info about our facilities go here Our Center. For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email here.

Our Sponsored Programs:

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through our Sponsored Program of retreats and events the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. These are the retreats and events created by the Center and listed in Our Program Guide. See these events on the following pages Day Retreats, Weekend Retreats, Long Retreats & Special Programs

Day Retreats:

A Celtic Christian Journey of the Heart
Deirdre Ni Chinneide
Sunday, March 1, 10am to 4pm

To journey through the Celtic world is to travel widely. The call to remember this ancient civilization, our ancestors, is to retrieve that which we have lost and longed for in these current times. Deirdre, visiting us from the Aran Islands, will guide and explore themes of soul loss, disconnection and the return home to the Spirit of God within. Celtic Christian Spirituality becomes our well-source, as we journey through life, death and renewal, our connection to nature, the redemption of love and the splendor of creation. Crossing the threshold through music, ritual, meditation and prayer, we are invited to the union of one note, the song of who we are and can be, singing and praising the gift and glory of creation. Deirdre Ni Chinneide is a trained psychotherapist, spiritual director and workshop facilitator. Deirdre has offered retreats, workshops and performances of spiritual music around the world. See www.celticpassage.com for more.
Cost: $50 Lunch included
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Extended Retreat:

5-Day Silent, Directed Retreat: Commune with Yourself and Your God
Spiritual Directors: Sr. Pascazia Kinkuhaire, DMJ; Sue Ballotti;
Fr. Joseph Miller, SVD
6:30 pm Sunday, March 8 to 1:30 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

Come join us on a special Silent Retreat that will give you time to commune with yourself and with your God. In the busyness of daily life, it is essential to find time to listen deeply to our own inner world and to discern God’s voice inviting us to intimacy. This retreat offers a unique, contemplative opportunity to commune with God in the solitude of our hearts. An experienced Spiritual Director will accompany you through these five days as you seek to discover the subtle movement of the Holy Spirit within you. Come deepen your relationship with God which will be enhanced by solitude, nature and a labyrinth walk.
Cost: single room $600; Commuter $425
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5 Day Silent Retreat

Special Event:

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Sunday, March 15, 2020
4:30 to 9:30pm

Begin the evening with Mass followed by appetizers in the lounge with our favorite dancers from Lyons Academy of Irish Dance. Enjoy our traditional Irish fare: Corned Beef & Cabbage, Potatoes, Soda Bread, and a wee bit of Irish Coffee too with traditional Irish music for your listening pleasure. Reservations required - will sell out!
Cost: $55
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Ongoing ~ Monthly

New! Prayer Sparks for Seniors  with Pat Rico
Second Thursday of each month beginning Jan 9, 2020  9-11am

Prayer Sparks for Seniors is a two-hour period of time (retreat) dedicated to rejuvenating the spiritual life of each participant.  Come and spend time praying, sharing and opening your hearts to the Holy Spirit, who will enlighten our hearts in the love and devotion to the Church, the Holy Eucharist, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Themes and topics will evolve around the three pillars just listed, and will include scripture readings, guided prayer moments and time for sharing and reflecting. The only requirement will be an openness to the Holy Spirit! Participants are encouraged to bring a Bible and a rosary.
Pat Rico has been a Catholic educator and retreat leader for over 30 years. From this vast and varied experience of living in the Spirit, she has experienced and shared the Sparks of God's love with many diverse groups from young children, to teenagers, to adults and to Seniors. 
Cost: $15 each session ~ Register by phone or mail
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Women’s Spiritual Friendship Circle
Beginning Saturday, September 14, 2019, 10am-12pm
Second Saturday of each month through June 2020 

Spiritual Friendship Circles (SFC) gather to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all parts of life. Using group spiritual direction we meet to share our faith journey in a safe and sacred space led by a rotating team of spiritual directors. SFC will meet once a month beginning on Saturday, September 14, 2019, then on the second Saturday of each month through June 2020. Cost: Donation
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Centering Prayer with Greg Johnson& Herb Kaighan
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:00pm
Please come and join us in prayer. No reservation needed. Centering Prayer is a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation to communion and union with God. It prepares us for the gift of contemplation. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts new light & depth of meaning on all types of prayer. Come and pray with us.
Cost: donation
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For more information email or call Marlene at 310.377.4867 x234
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