St. Rita Men’s Lenten Retreat

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center
Sierra Madre: March 19-21, 2021

JESU XPI PASSIOThe men of St. Rita Parish have attended retreats with the Passionist community at their beautiful hillside retreat center for nearly 100 years. You are invited to join with your fellow parishioners on retreat, either in-person at the retreat center, or online with a pre-recorded retreat program.

Join us Monday, March 1st at 7:30 PM for a short parish retreat presentation Zoom meeting where we will answer any questions.

CLICK HERE to register for our parish Zoom Meeting.

Retreat Theme: Walking with God during difficult times

Living through historic times brings out the best and the worst of humanity; many of us have already seen this during this first, and hopefully last year of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The changes we have had to face, react to, and adapt to have been considerable. Many have also noted, most of these issues have been out of our control. While a recession and economic downturns have their significant detrimental effect, the experience of helplessness and separation, which the health crisis caused, was something new for most of us.

Science did not have the answers; local and national governments created notices, guidelines and an ever-changing set of policies; all intended to keep us safe while trying to limit the damage to everyday lives. These are likely to continue until we have an effective vaccine and treatments to avoid the further tragic loss of life.
Meanwhile, we have to live in and through the situation and its effect on us all. Where do we go in these circumstances, finding where God is in all of this. Walking with God during these times is a retreat that may help considerably in this journey.

Recognizing the hurt and separation, many of us have felt, just as those did before us in sacred scripture. In listening and feeling, we can reflect on where God is calling us during this process, that far from being abandoned, He is with us on the journey if only we can notice His presence.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

The conferences and dedicated prayers in the retreat will pave the way for us to understand better our part in this journey, and how, by walking with God, we can see he was there all along. The final stages of the weekend invite us to attend the banquet at the table of God’s presence, recognizing He is always with us.

Retreat Options

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center is now offering opportunities for Retreats that are conducted under safe COVID guidelines. The weekend of March 19-21, 2021 is scheduled for St. Rita men. There are two options:

1) An in-person retreat at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center.
You will come to the Retreat Center as usual, stay two nights and have access to the beautiful grounds. Everyone must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Five meals are provided, to be eaten outdoors (weather permitting). Spiritual Direction, Stations of the Cross, and Confession can be arranged, and we will have Eucharist all three days. The maximum attendance is limited to about a third of normal. In order to not meet in large groups, the conferences are pre-recorded and you will be able to view them in your private room. The retreat begins on Friday and ends on Sunday as usual. The suggested donation is $250.00.

2) An online retreat that you access from your home.
This is a pre-recorded series of conferences created and delivered by our Passionist community. The theme is “Walking with God During Difficult times”. You can access the talks on a laptop or phone at your own schedule. This is NOT a Zoom event. The suggested donation is $125.00.
Emerging from these challenging times, the healing presence and guidance of the Passionists is a spiritual anchor we can all appreciate.

To sign up for a retreat, or to ask any questions, please contact the parish office at 626-355-1212 and leave a message for: Bill Cosso, Retreat Captain or David Muhs, Co-Captain

To register for a retreat: CLICK HERE
Registration deadline for in-person retreat with St. Rita Men’s Group is: March 11, 2021
Be sure to select “St. Rita” from the Retreat Group pull down menu.

For more information about Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center: https://materdolorosa.org

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