Fall 2019
Program Guide

July - December

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Mary & Joseph



Opportunity Drawing

A highlite of our annual fundraiser ~

1st Prize
Beautiful Handmade Quilt

This quilt takes its name from the stunning array of hand pieced hexagons tumbling across a field of swirling quilt designs. Special Thanks to the Mary & Joseph Quilters!
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Our Mission

Our Sponsored Programs:
The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through our Sponsored Programs and hospitality, 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
Our Hosted Program ~ invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate, 12-Step, or other event 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.

Day Retreats:

Along the Way: A Pilgrim Walk     
Sue Ballotti

Saturday, June 29, 7am to 1pm

Join us for the third annual re-creation of the famous Camino Walk in Spain on a 4.8 mile walk through the streets and trails of Palos Verdes to the sacred grounds of the retreat center. As pilgrims, all walkers will be blessed, walk to stations for reflection and have their passports stamped. Experience some highlights of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain on a walk adapted to our own countryside, neighborhood and faith traditions. All ages and faiths welcome. Moderate difficulty. Wear walking shoes (closed toe), sunscreen and a smile!
Cost of day event: (picnic lunch included)· $20 per person or
Register a family of 4 for $45.
*For those coming from a distance, there is an overnight option including supper and continental breakfast for an early start without traveling the freeways! Call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at 310.802.637 or Email
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A Weekend Retreat with Rev. Terry Hershey:

Sanctuary: Creating Spaces to Rest, Renew & Live.
Rev. Terry Hershey
7:00pm Friday, November 22 to 1:30pm Sunday, November 24, 2019

This weekend retreat is an opportunity for sanctuary, care and presence in the moment.  Care of any kind—compassion, generosity, reconciliation, service, ministry, teaching, giving—begins with and is nourished by self-care. Or in the words of Charlie Parker, “If it ain’t in you it can’t come out of your horn.” Care begins with the power of pause. Care begins with the intentional choices we make about being present…passion, grace, play, laughter and wholeheartedness.
Cost: per person/shared $240; single $340 Commuter: $150
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Terry Hershey

Summer Serenade  

Mass ♪ Reception ♪ Concert ♪ Dinner
Sunday, August 18, 2019 ~ 4 to 8pm
Enjoy a lovely summer evening beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop Marc Trudeau. A reception follows featuring music by the Cattus String Trio, performing classical and contemporary compositions. We’ll continue the evening with an elegant dinner & dessert. From our flourishing gardens and panoramic views to our classic facilities tailored to meet the needs of so many different events ~ join us as we celebrate all of the unique and beautiful venues at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.
Donation: $100 Reservations required by August 13, 2019
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Summer Serenade

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Grief Support Group ~ Grieving Gracefully: When less is not more
Willow List, MA-Psych
Four Wednesdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25, 3-5 pm

Coping with the death of a loved one can be a daunting emotional journey. Beyond the sadness - feelings of fear, anger, guilt, regret and despair often arise creating a sense of confusion and uncertainty for the bereaved, as well as for those around them. These challenging emotions however, can be a source for spiritual awakening and offer valuable insights to become skills to navigate the process of grief in an emotionally healthy manner. In this four-week series facilitated by Willow List, Certified grief, loss & life transitions counselor and clinical trauma specialist, participants will share and gain mutual support of their loss experience, as well as learn techniques for self-care and tools to transform their treasured memories into opportunities for a meaningful new pathway to move forward. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one to the
first meeting.
Cost: $70 for the series of 4 meetings (includes $10 materials fee)
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Monthly Group:

Gratefulness Gatherings with Christine Sanchirico
One Thursday of each month in 2019 ~ 7-8:30 PM
Next meeting is June 27 ~ All newcomers welcome!
Experience, deepen, and share the power of living gratefully. Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate a space where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life. These Gatherings take place at the local level, in person, hosted by community members. Learn more at Gratefulness.org ~ a Network for Grateful Living is a global organization offering community-based and online educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.
Our Gratefulness Gatherings will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month in 2019 (except July, November and December when they will be on the third Thursday). Gatherings will be held in Annex 4 Meeting Room
Cost: Free will Donation
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Gratefulness Gathering
For more information or to register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x234 or email Marlene.
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