Weekend Retreats

 OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER 

FEBRUARY 16 – 18, 2018
Contemplation and Quiet
A Winter Special

This silent weekend will allow personal time to journey with self and with God.  Adoration will be available; also Spiritual Direction for those who wish.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $180.00 for private room.

MARCH 9 – 11, 2018~ NEW!
Deep Calls to Deep
An Ignatian Directed Prayer Weekend
with Nancy Sheridan, SASV and Ken Hughes, SJ

On the opening evening, this silent retreat will begin with a group reflection on desire.  This will be followed by small group meetings with individual directors.  The remainder of the weekend will include individual daily meetings with a director. Liturgy, Morning and Evening Prayer will be at the heart of our days together.

* Directors: Nancy Sheridan, SASV and Ken Hughes, SJ, and Members of the Marie Joseph Staff.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes at 3 PM on Sunday.
Cost:  $230.00 for private room.

MARCH 16 – 18, 2018   
Light in Darkness: God’s Presence in Hope and Love
with Beverley Fournier, MA. MTS, M.Div

This weekend retreat centers on the experience of God’s presence in hope and love in the midst of our deepest trials and darkest times.  Through guided meditation, Lectio Divina, gentle reflective sharing and song, we will seek to ease and quiet our brokenness so that we can fully embrace the mystery of God’s presence in our lives.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

MARCH 23 – 25, 2018
Exploring Times and Places of Sanctuary
with Marguerite Stapleton

Everyone has a sanctuary, if only in the mind.  Even if we can’t say what it is, we know of its power.  It is a place where we feel grounded, unhurried, replenished and renewed.”  These words by Terry Hershey are an invitation to look at our own places of sanctuary where we find solitude and rest, quiet and prayer, laughter and peace.  During this retreat, we will reflect together and share experiences on creating and nurturing sanctuary in our ordinary, busy lives.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

APRIL 27-29, 2018
Praying with Hearts and Hands
While the mind and body are toiling,
the heart can also be at its own work. – (Blessed Marie Rivier)
with Connie Bartelson and Marsha Hafferty

Join the Holy Knitters Prayer-Shawl Ministry as we joyfully share in the care of God’s people by using the gifts of our hands to knit or crochet sacred prayer shawls.  Our prayers and blessings are woven into the shawls as our hands work to fashion them. Shawls are then given to people for comfort, healing or in celebration.

*Basic knitting or crocheting skills are a prerequisite for this retreat.

A list of required materials will be sent upon registration.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

APRIL 13 – 15,  2018
Watercolor with Mandalas
with Mary Rich

Journey into the heart of God using watercolor and mandalas, and discover what road signs we encounter along the way.  Come and enjoy the mystery ride. In the process, we will learn many watercolor techniques.  You do not have to be an artist to benefit from this retreat.  Please bring Prang Watercolor paints and 140# cold press water color paper (Strathmore, 12 sheets).

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

PLEASE NOTE

The previous retreat – Praying with Hearts and Hands
is also being offered on May 18-20, 2018

Both sessions are being limited to 25 retreatants each.
Please make your reservations early to be assured of a space in the session you prefer.

MAY 4 – 6, 2018
Experiencing the Peace and Freedom of Forgiveness
with Michele DeSimone

This weekend is an opportunity to experience the grace, peace and freedom that forgiveness brings through the gentle embrace of an all-loving, all-forgiving God.  Come and let God’s love open your heart, to allow His forgiveness to enter – for yourself and for others.  The healing grace of forgiveness sets us free.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

 MAY 25 – 27, 2018  ~ NEW
Centering Prayer
Going Deeper in our Relationship with God
with Bill Sheehan, OMI

This retreat weekend will provide an opportunity to deepen our spiritual lives by exploring the following questions:

* How do we access our “inner room”?  In other words, how do we go deeper into that inner place where God dwells?

* What begins to happen when we access it?  How does God respond?  How does our relationship with Him deepen and how does our prayer life change?

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.

JUNE 2, 2018 ~ WINDOW WASHING SATURDAY!

The first Saturday in June this year is the designated day for washing windows at the Center.  Volunteers are welcomed and enthusiastically encouraged!  All volunteers will have their names entered in a raffle for a weekend retreat of their choosing.  FMI and to sign up, please contact Sr. Sue at 207-284-5671.  Thank you!

BOOKSTORE PURCHASES AND TAX EXEMPT

Per regulations from the Maine Revenue Services, we can only honor Tax Exempt Certificates if they are issued by the State of Maine.  Certificates from outside the State of Maine will not be accepted.  Please be prepared to provide a copy of your organization’s Permanent Exemption Certificate issued by the Maine Revenue Service if you plan to make purchases from our bookstore and claim exemption from Maine State Sales Tax.  Methods of payment will be by cash or check, payable to Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, and the Payer on the check must match the name as it appears on the Tax Exempt Certificate.

Thank you for your cooperation.

JULY 27 – 29, 2018
Praying with Life’s Transitions
with Beatrice Ste. Marie, SSND

Life is full of changes!  Transitions come, welcomed or not!  Some transitions shake us to the core of our very being.  Some come as exciting challenges.  Both can be blessings.  They might however, cause one to ponder – Where is the God I knew?  Who is the God I need at this time?  Prayer itself seems to change.  How do I stay connected to (pray to / pray with) the God who also seems to be changing during these transitions?  Come to the shore and be refreshed by the sea in all its splendor and by its Creator; the God who created us all and journeys with us in every transition.  Come and pray with your own particular transition at this time of your life.

Arrival: Friday at 4:00 PM.  Supper served at 5:30 ~ Program begins at 7:00 PM and concludes with noon meal on Sunday.
Cost:  $220.00 for private room,  $200.00 for shared room.