Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Using the five-part Take and Receive Series by Jacqueline Bergan and Marie Schwan, this 30 session small group process leads participants through prayer and study of the themes of the Exercises: Love, Forgiveness, Birth, Surrender to develop a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dates: September 21, 2015 – May 23, 2016

Cost is approximately $30 for study materials

Contact Cathy Olds, ext. 130 for more information or to register

Prayer groups

Interested parishioners gather with one another in small groups to explore how to pray and to pray together. Groups can be anywhere from 3 to 12 people who meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly at the church or in participants’ homes. Participants decide when, where and how often to meet.

Resources for and ongoing help in forming and maintaining small prayer groups are provided by Cathy Olds. Contact Cathy if you are interested or would like more information.

Spiritual Direction/Companionship

Spiritual Direction is an invitation to deepen one’s relationship with God and grow in the awareness of God’s loving presence in the ordinary events of life. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship no matter what your life circumstance or religious participation. God seeks us where we are. Most people meet with a spiritual director/companion once a month to reflect on the experiences of daily life in order to recognize God’s presence and grace. Read more about it (Here).

Retreat Opportunities

Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ provides group retreats and private retreat opportunities. Visit their website below of call to request information and prices. www.thecasa.org or call 480-948-7460

St. Rita Abbey Retreat House in Sonoita, AZ is south of Tucson. Call for reservations between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or write to: Guestmistress, Santa Rita Abbey, HC 1 Box 929, Sonita, AZ 85637 www.santaritaabbey.org or call 520-455-5595

Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, AZ is a place where the contemplative spirit of the human person may be discovered, fed and nurtured. For nearly 50 years, the Center has served as a haven for contemplative prayer, study and practice for the local and universal Church, and for people of different faith and religion striving to live in this spirit. The retreat center offers a variety of retreats open to the public. Go to www.desertrenewal.org for more information on structured retreats or private retreats. Call 520-744-3400 or 866-737-5751.

Spiritual Ministry Center in San Diego, CA has four apartments available and is located in a residential neighborhood one block from the Pacific Ocean. All retreat directors are Catholic sisters. Retreatants meet with a spiritual director daily, have a silent environment in which to pray, read, journal, listen to tapes, sit by the fire on a cool evening or commune with God in the chapel. Eucharistic Liturgy is available daily at a nearby Catholic church. Meals are prepared individually by each retreatant in a well-stocked modern kitchen. For prices contact the Center by emailing to spiritmin@rscj.org or writing to Spiritual Ministry Center, 4822 Del Mar Ave., San Diego, CA 92107-3407 www.spiritmin.org or call 619-224-9444

Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, CA offers programs and opportunities for private retreats at a hermitage with two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms for overnight, weekends or longer. Spiritual direction is available but needs to be arranged in advance. For more information call, go to the website, or write to 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino, CA 91436 www.hsrcenter.com or call 818-784-4515