Advent Retreat on December 8

The Society of St Benedict will host the annual Advent Retreat on December 8.

The Very Reverend Patrick O’Grady from St Peter the Apostle Church in Pomona will present the three Advent meditations on “Obedience, Repentance, & Pure Prayer.”

This retreat is open to all persons. It is designed primarily to give, for at least a few hours, a respite from the many distractions in December so that one can focus on the gift of Our Lord in our flesh.

The retreat begins with Prime at 9 a.m. and concludes by 3 p.m. with None. Please RSVP by email (frjohnfenton@gmail.com) or telephone (562.692.6121).

(Note: Child care is not provided.)

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Lenten Retreat on March 10

The Rt. Rev. John Abdalah, Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester and the Western Rite Vicariate, will present the annual Lenten Retreat at St Michael’s Church on March 10. His Grace’s three meditations on “Being Right with God” will draw attention to the Sacrament of Penance (Private Confession).

This retreat, hosted by the parish’s Society of St Benedict, will follow the Benedictine model of a “silent retreat.” Therefore, there will be ample quiet time for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation.

This event is intended to provide a break from the busyness of this world, to offer time to learn how to live the season of Lent, and to refresh and prepare the soul for the Lenten journey.

The retreat begins at 9 a.m. with prayer according to the rule of St Benedict, and concludes at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and a free will donation is appreciated. Child care, unfortunately, will not be available.

For more information or to RSVP, please call or email the St Michael parish office.

St Michael Orthodox Church is located at 3333 Workman Mill Road, across the street from Rio Hondo College.

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2017 Lenten Retreat

The Society of St Benedict will host their annual Lenten Retreat on Saturday, March 4, at St Michael Orthodox Christian Church in Whittier.

“The Character of the Godly Heart” is the theme of the retreat. Rev. Dr. Calinic Berger, Assistant Pastor at St Nicholas Cathedral in Los Angeles, will offer three meditations during the retreat. In addition to the meditations, this retreat follows the Benedictine model of a “silent retreat.” Therefore, there will be ample quiet time for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation.

This event is intended to provide a break from the busyness of this world, to offer time to learn how to live the season of Lent, and to refresh and prepare the soul for the Lenten journey.

The retreat begins at 9 a.m. with prayer according to the rule of St Benedict, and concludes at 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and a free will donation is appreciated. Child care, unfortunately, will not be available.

Fr. Calinic earned a PhD in Systematic theology from Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He has been a Visiting Professor of Dogmatic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers NY, and has taught and published on Orthodox theology and spiritual life in a variety of venues.

For more information or to RSVP, please call or email the St Michael parish office.

St Michael Orthodox Church is located at 3333 Workman Mill Road, across the street from Rio Hondo College.

 

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Advent Retreat

T1225241_orighe Society of St Benedict, a ministry of St Michael’s Church, will hold its annual Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 10. [download retreat flyer].

The meditations for this year’s retreat will be offered by the Very Reverend Edward Hughes, Pastor of St George Orthodox Church in Lawrence, Mass., and Vicar General for the Western Rite Vicariate.

The retreat will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. It will include praying select offices from the Benedictine Breviary, Mass, and quiet time for reading, prayer, confession and reflection. During the course of the retreat, Fr Hughes will offer three meditations. [download the schedule]

In keeping with the Benedictine tradition, this is a silent retreat. This means that, apart from the meditations and the prayer offices, silence will be kept for reading, prayer, and reflection.This retreat, and its companion Lenten retreat, have been offered for several years, and attract persons from several Orthodox and non-Orthodox parishes.

To RSVP or for more information, simply use the contact form below or call the parish office (562.692.6121).

The Society of St. Benedict is a ministry of St Michael’s Church, open to any Christian who desires to meet regularly to pray and live under the guidance of the Rule of St Benedict in their own situation. The primary aim of the Society is to support and encourage oblates of Benedictine monasteries, and so it recommends that each of its members maintain an active relationship as an oblate (or its equivalent) in a regular monastery.

 

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2013 April Oblates Newsletter

Download: 2013 APRIL NEWSLETTER or return to the list.

Summary:

21023 april-josephArchpriest Father Stephen Herney introduced Joseph Brown, our retreat conductor.
Mr. Brown proceeded to give an excellent, three part retreat sighting many useful resources, some listed below, and illustrations taken from his own life and experiences as a Benedictine monk at Mount Calvary monastery at Santa Barbara, California.
A light Lenten luncheon was served and an environment of silence was kept through out the length of the retreat.

21023 april-booklist

Blogs-

www.ancientchristianwisdom.wordpress.com Highly recommended; I read it every day

www.johnsanidopoulos.com Yup, every day

http://byztex.blogspot.com/ Can get a little political, but usually really good stuff

http://www.ancientfaith.com/ Every day

Mr. Brown’s own website: http://www.josephbrownicons.com/

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2013 Lenten Retreat Schedule

Lenten Retreat Schedule, 2013 April 13th

9:00 – 10:15 AM Divine Offices Of Prime And Terce (followed by the Mass)

10:15 – 10:45 AM Free Time (in Silence) (+morning refreshments)

10:45 – 11:30 AM First Meditation

11:30 – 12:00 PM Free Time (in Silence)

12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch (in Silence)

12:45 – 1:30 PM Second Meditation

1:30 – 2:00 PM Question Time And Free Time

2:00 – 2:45 PM Third Meditation

2:45 – 3:00 PM Wrap Up And Closing Prayer

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