Our Presenters

Laurie Wallace

Laurie Wallace

Fr. Jim Clarke, PhD
Dir. of Evangelization, LA Archdiocese

James Finley

Dr. James Finley, PhD

Day Retreats

Advent Day of Prayer: Journeying with St. Joseph           
Laurie Wallace

Saturday, December 7, 9am to 3pm  

Come celebrate Advent with a day of prayer, reflection, discussion, and art by “Journeying with St. Joseph”. Together we will rediscover St. Joseph and relate his faith journey to our own. Laurie Wallace is a Deacon’s wife, parish volunteer, co-facilitator of a woman’s prayer group, graphic designer, ceramicist and has taught art to children and the elderly.
Cost: $50 Lunch included.
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Valentine’s Day Couples Dinner & Celebration
Rev. Jim Clarke, PhD, Director of Evangelization, LA Archdiocese
Friday, February 14, 5 to 9pm

Wouldn’t you love to spend an evening with your beloved to rekindle your love, revitalize your romance, and rejoice in the sacrament of your union? Celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day with a dinner by candlelight, the sharing of Eucharist, and a very special renewal of your marriage vows. Please bring a wedding photo and a symbol of your faith.
Reservations are required.
Cost Per Couple: $120
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The Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Trauma                                     
James Finley, PhD      
Live, remote, silent Zoom retreat
Saturday March 21,  10am to 4pm

On television and other forms of mass media we are exposed to vivid images and stories of men, women and children having to endure life threatening and otherwise traumatizing experiences. These global images and stories can become all the disturbing if we ourselves or our loved ones and family members have been traumatized. In our time together we will explore how our spirituality can help us not to be disheartened and overwhelmed by the traumas great and small that can and sometimes do occur in our lives together as human beings on this earth. The following themes will be explored: 1) Singling the qualities we can cultivate within ourselves as we learn from God how to sink the taproot of our heart in in God’s presence, inspiring us and empowering us to be a healing presence in an all too often traumatized and traumatizing world. 2) Learning to cultivate a sense of empathy and tender hearted concern for all who are traumatized. 3) Learning to recognize and cultivate moments of spiritual awakening that can occur in the midst of trauma, helping us to catch fleeting glimpses of being strangely free from the tyranny of suffering the in the midst of suffering, helping us to be strangely free from the tyranny of death in the midst of death. 4) Learning to follow this healing path that has been marked for us by saints and sages down through the ages as the life, death and resurrection of Jesus unfolding in our lives day by day. 
James began his journey at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. He earned degrees from St. John’s College and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Cost: $65 Lunch included          
For overnight accommodations call ahead for details.
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Ongoing ~ Monthly

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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Gratefulness Gatherings with Christine Sanchirico
One Thursday of each month in 2019 ~ 7-8:30 PM
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. Call for dates and location.
Cost: Donation
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