Fall 2015
Program Guide

July to December

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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

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Our Mission

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through sponsored programs and hospitality, the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. Our hosted program invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate,
12-Step, or other events at our center.

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

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Please remember Mary & Joseph Retreat Center when you join in this new tradition of generosity.


Upcoming Retreats & Events:

12-Step Weekend Retreat: The JOY of Living               
John  McAndrew, MA, MDiv                                    

7:00pm Friday, December 4 to 1:30pm Sunday, December 6

“The joy of living is the theme of AA’s 12th Step, and action is its key word” (12&12, p. 106). We’ll consider how we ‘practice these principles in all our affairs’ in the company of other men & women who have embraced this way of life. How can I better practice my program in my relationships? How do I enlarge my spiritual life? This weekend is designed for people seeking a deepening of their spiritual lives. For men and women, couples or singles- all seekers and 12&12 Fellowships welcome! Non-denominational.
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Life in the Spirit: The Kingdom Breaking Through
Katherine Coolidge
Saturday, December 5
9:00am to 3:00pm
Advent is a time of waiting but life goes on while we wait. Come spend time with John the Baptist, Mary & Elizabeth - explore how you are called to live AND wait for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Bring your Bible, notepad and heart open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in Advent! Lunch included. Cost: $50 ($45 if paid in full by November 27)
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Victorian Christmas Tea & Carols 
Sunday, December 6, Tea 2pm; Concert 3pm  

Step back in time to the bygone era of carolers dressed in Victorian costumes. “A Holiday Affaire” will entertain you with Christmas favorites, after a delightful high tea with scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, prepared by our talented kitchen staff. Make this event a family tradition
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9th Annual Nativity Exhibit: “The Animals at the Stable"       
Sunday, December 6 to Monday, December 21

Jesus our brother, kind & good, was humbly born in a stable rude.  And the friendly beasts around Him stood, Jesus our brother, kind & good”


Every year during our Nativity Exhibit we experience new and different ways to look at the celebration of the Birth. This year we are featuring the animals whose presence at the stable reminds all of their place in our World. From St. Francis' first celebration of the Christmas Mass with live animals and a manger for his altar to the English carol, The Friendly Beasts, both traditional and usual animals have populated nativity sets. Please join us this year for our annual exhibit and see what creatures come to the stable.
Hours: December 6 to December 21  
Closed  Saturday, December 12
Open   Sunday, December 6, 5-9pm
           Sunday, December 13, 1-9pm
           Monday/Wednesday, 9am-9pm
           Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 9am-6pm
           Friday/Saturday/Sunday, December 18-20, 9am-9pm
           Monday, December 21, 9am-5pm
Call in advance for docent tours and field trip reservations. Donations requested for docent led tours. Make our exhibit a Christmas Tradition with friends and family. Admission is free - Our Christmas gift to you!
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Las Posadas                                                          
Domingo 20 de Diciembre,  4:00 to 6:00pm
Las Posadas son una festividad Navideña. La Navidad significa el nacimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y una de las formas de celebrarlo simbólicamente es haciendo “Posadas”. Ven y celebra con nosotros una Posada para actuar por lo que pasaron José y María para encontrar posada en su viaje a Belén. Vamos a tener piñatas, aperitivos, y vevidas para todos. Costo: Adultos $5, niños 4-12 $2, niños menores de 4 son gratis.
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Las Posadas                                                         
Sunday, December 20, 4:00 to 6:00pm
In California, Christmas has been enriched with many elements from the Hispanic culture including music, food, piñatas and the Posada journey. Join us for a symbolic commemoration of Las Posadas as Mary and Joseph search for lodging on their journey to Bethlehem. We will have a piñata for the children as well as snacks and refreshments for all. Cost: Adults $5, children 4-12 $2, children under 4 free.
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Labyrinth Bonaventure now open
~ Come and See!

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Our Hosted Program ~ Events You Create

The Hosted Program is for you to bring your own group on retreat. Reserve our facilities and bring your own group here! Come and be our guests! The Center welcomes non-profit groups, churches, faculties, community service organizations, spiritual and personal development programs for day or overnight retreats that are consistent with our mission. Our facilities include meeting rooms arranged to meet your needs, overnight accommodations, delicious meals served buffet style, a friendly & caring staff, serene gardens, chapel and bookstore. See Our Center above for information on what our facility has to offer.

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For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email to Sydne

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