Ongoing Programs


Centering Prayer
with Greg Johnson &
Herb Kaighan

2nd & 4th Wednesdays
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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Dinner & a Movie

Next Dinner & A Movie Thursday,
August 16, 2018

"Faith Like Potatoes"

Appetizers at 6:00pm;
Dinner at 6:30pm;
Movie at 7:30pm

Join us for an evening with friends, enjoying a dinner planned to reflect the movie of the evening. It's always something new! Bring your own beverage. Bring a friend. You don't have to cook or do dishes ~ just enjoy!

For information call Sydne at (310) 377-4867 ext 258 or email her.
Cost: $23 per person ($20 if paid 1 week before movie)

Wednesday Readers
Book Club
2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:00pm

We discuss a new book each month in light of our own spirituality. Call Sydne at 310-377-4867 ext. 258 for information. Cost: Donation
July ~ The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

August ~ Seven Sisters Book 1 by Lucinda Riley

September ~ Fishing:  How
the Sea Fed Civilization by Brian Fagan

October ~  The Man Who Killed the Deer by Frank Waters

November ~  Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

December ~  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Special Programs at Mary & Joseph

To register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 ext 234 or email Marlene.

Special Event ~ Save the Date!

Under the stars

Sunday, August 5, 2018 5:00 to 9:00pm
Mass ~ Reception & Dinner ~ Concert & Dessert

Join us and our Very Special Celebrant
Bishop Marc Trudeau
for Mass at 5:00 pm

Celebrate a summer evening at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center. This year’s fundraising evening will include Mass, a reception, and dinner. We will continue the evening with a concert in the Lounge by pianist Noel Gould, who won the 2017 Grand Prize at the House of Hope Talent Show. Noel is excited to share with us the musical genius of Beethoven, Scarlatti and Chopin in an intimate setting. After the performance, we will move to the garden patio for dessert under the stars. Please join us to celebrate all of the unique and beautiful venues of Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.
Reservations required by Wednesday, August 1.
Donation per person: $100
Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
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For more information contact Marlene at 310.377.4867 x234

Annual Opportunity Drawing ~ August 5 at Under the Stars
1st Prize: “Flowers of Palos Verdes” Handmade, Appliqued Quilt
2nd Prize: $500 Cash
3rd Prize: Weekend Retreat or Suite Retreat for 2 (Value $300) 

The MJRC quilt celebrates the little known natural flowers that grace our hills and act as a refuge for 4 endangered species including the Palos Verdes blue butterfly. By grounding ourselves in our place, the local hills and birds, flowers and plants, we open ourselves to a sense of wonder and curiosity. We are reminded that “Where we pray and where we live are the same place.”
Sponsored by the  Mary and Joseph League / Winner Need Not Be Present to Win / Proceeds support the center in areas of greatest need.
Suggested Donation: Tickets $5 each; 5 for $20; 15 for $50

Printable ticket sheet
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A Special Evening in August with...
Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC;
Ellie Hidalgo; John Flaherty & David Lara

Poetry to Enrich and Resource the Spiritual Journey
Thursday, August 30, 6:30 to 9pm

Come! Enjoy an evening of poetry to lift spirits and resource the Spiritual Journey. The event will be woven with music, wine, cheese and opportunities for reflection and conversation. Returning by popular demand! Cost: $20 ($25 after 8/24)
Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
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For more information or to register for these events contact Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x234 or email Marlene.

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