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.

Summer Serenade  ~ Annual Fundraiser 

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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A Day Retreat ~ more here:

An Evening of Exploration for Members of Alcoholic & Addictive Families with Peter McGoey, MA, LMFT
Tuesday, August 13, 7 to 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of discussion on how family dynamics are formed and harmed by addiction, alcoholism and co-dependency. The role of contemplative prayer will be described and experienced as a method of healing from troubled family history. Anyone affected by addiction or alcoholism is a good candidate for this evening, including those in Alanon, Nar-Anon, ACA or any 12 step program. Cost: $10
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A Weekend Retreat ~ more here:

Weekend Healing Retreat:
Empowerment of the Holy Spirit ~ A Call to be Made Whole!
Fr. Pat Crowley, SSCC 
7pm Friday, October 11 to 1:30pm Sunday, October 13

This retreat will center on renewal in the Holy Spirit with special times provided for healing prayer. “O Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost” ~ St. Pope John XXIII. “The human and Christian attitude is: enable people to live; enable life to flourish; let life not be diminished or confined or crabbed anywhere; let it thrive and bring forth branches and bear fruit” ~ Samuel Rayan, The Holy Spirit.
Cost: per person/shared $240; single $340; commuter $150
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Fr. Pat Crowley


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 July 18 ~ 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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