Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre is pleased to offer a variety of retreats, days of prayer and renewal, and workshops throughout the year. Click on the links below for program information and registration instructions.

Retreats and Workshops

Days of Recollection and Prayer

Therese Throughout the Year

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig 

Cost: $35 (per session)

 

November 28, 2022

The Papal Audience of 1887

December 16, 2022

The Christmas Conversion of 1886

Hundreds of people flock to our chapel for the feast day celebration each fall for St. Therese.  Do you ever wish there were more opportunities to celebrate the life of Therese more than once a year?  Now, you can.  Consider joining us in our main chapel, home to the National Shrine of Saint Therese, for monthly talks and mass focusing on a specific event in the life of Therese which occurred during that month.  This amazing saint was gifted with many wonderful experiences of God throughout the years of her brief life.  This is your opportunity to learn more about the holiness of the popular Little Flower. 

The talk begins at 4 p.m. in the main chapel, followed by mass at 4:45.  Dinner follows at 5:30 pm.

 

 

A Day with the Spiritual Canticle of John of the Cross (Part 2)

 

Date : Sat. Dec. 3 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost $70 includes lunch and Mass

Led by Fr. Chris Kulig, O. Carm.

The Spiritual Canticle is a poem of love written to God; John composed the majority of it while he was being disciplined in the community prison in Toledo for nine months (from December 1577 until his escape in August 1578).

 

This day of reflection will cover Stanzas 13-21, in which John describes the soul’s first experiences of consolation and union with God. Lunch, Mass and an opportunity for sacramental confession are included in the day.

 

 

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ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION

Date: Wed Dec 7

Cost: $40 (includes lunch)

Led by: Ministerial Team at Mt Carmel

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A Day with the Spiritual Canticle of John of the Cross (Part 3)

Date:Sat. Jan. 7, 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost: $70 includes lunch and Mass

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig 

The Spiritual Canticle is a poem of love written to God; John composed the majority of it while he was being disciplined in the community prison in Toledo for nine months (from December 1577 until his escape in August 1578). This day of reflection will cover Stanzas 22-30 (which is where the first draft ended).

 

In this first part of the last half of the poem, John describes the complete union of the soul in spiritual marriage. Lunch, Mass and an opportunity for sacramental confession are included in the day.

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A Day with the Spiritual Canticle of John of the Cross (Part 4)

Date; TBD

Cost: $70 includes lunch

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig

 

The Spiritual Canticle is a poem of love written to God; John composed the majority of it while he was being disciplined in the community prison in Toledo for nine months (from December 1577 until his escape in August 1578). This day of reflection will cover the final section of the poem, Stanzas 31-40. It continues with John’s description of the complete union of the soul in spiritual marriage.

 

Lunch, Mass and an opportunity for sacramental confession are included in the

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Through the Looking Glass

by group appointment

5 person minimum required

Cost: free will offering

9am-1pm

Learn the basics about Carmelite Spirituality through the stained glass windows of the Main Chapel.  This program will be a walking tour of the stained glass images of Our Lady and Elijah, the two main archetypes of Carmelite Spirituality.  Time for meditation in the chapel will follow the presentation.  The morning ends with mass .  (Groups can schedule this as a chapel tour during the week).

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Lectio Divina Group

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113 (5 person minimum required)

Looking for a deeper experience of listening to God’s word?  Try our new Lectio Divina Group.  Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading,” is a group form of praying with the scriptures.  All one needs is a prayerful desire to know God through God’s word as it speaks to the group.  The structured process of Lectio Divina helps the group to enter deeply into God’s word with the hopes of finding applications for its meaning to life in the 21st century.  The group will pray with the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday

One Day Workshops 

 

 

TRUSTING GOD  -  EVEN WHEN LIFE HURTS

Date: Sat Dec 3 9:30-3:30

Led by: Anna Racine

Cost: $70

When bad things happen, what is our reaction? Do we trust God even when we don't understand?

 

When difficult things happen, we begin to doubt God’s concern for us or His control over our lives.

But when times are hard, when the world feels like it's caving in on us — it’s even more important to trust God.

In this Workshop learn how to trust God In the midst of the "Storms of Life.”

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Wisdom of Winter Retreat Day

Saturday, January 14th 9:30-3:30

9:30-3:30

Cost: $70

Led by: Beth Woelk

 

A day to reflect upon the images, invitations, and wisdom of Winter. This season beckons us to notice how our souls crave stillness, silence, and rest. We are invited to go within and to pay attention to our longings, to listen into the darkness and contemplate the mystery of gestation and incarnation. 

 

This retreat will include group times, time for individual reflection, a guided contemplative walk on the beautiful Monastery property, and a delicious lunch! Optional journaling prompts, prayer stations, and art supplies will also be available. A lovely opportunity to pause and reconnect with oneself, like-minded souls, God’s Spirit, and the Earth's rhythms. A gift that will allow us to re-engage our lives in refreshed and replenished ways.

 

Find out more about Beth at www.bethwoelk.com

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GOODBYE STRESS –

HELLO LIFE!

 

Date: Sat February 18 9:30am-3:30pm

Cost: $70 includes lunch)

Led by: Anna Racine

 

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Life naturally brings its share of challenges and stress. The key is to move forward so that stress doesn't impact other areas of your life. 


 

Stress affects us all, but why exactly do we feel it and what causes it? This Workshop will empower you to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stressors, and provide the tools to deal with them. Learn the difference between good and bad stress.

 

Stress is inevitable, but letting it control your life is optional. Learn how to deal with stress so you can say hello to life again!

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Ongoing Activities

SILENT MEDITATION

Mondays at 10am, Wednesdays at 10am. Fridays at 10am

Hosted by: Fr. Thomas Hakala O. Carm.

 

Meditation will be held in the Niagara room on the 4th floor.

Cost: Free will offering

You are invited to come and experience meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life. Meditation is a way to assist you live a mindful life, to enhance your day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment.

 

​Being is the capacity of our being: and now, in this moment, we recognize, acknowledge , and submit ourselves. We remind ourselves of this each time we live in the moment. This particular moment this is now making us joyous becomes the continuing moment of every day of every year.

“ New to silent meditation?  If you want, plan to arrive 10 minutes before starting time, to receive some simple instruction on the process. It’s really as simple as ‘just sitting there!’ in God’s Presence and listening. “

DAILY MASS - 11:15 AM

Monday thru Friday

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated on weekdays at 11:15 AM in the Canadian National Shrine of St. Therese the Little Flower.

 

All are Welcome!

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Monthly Sessions

Spiritual direction sessions are available on a monthly basis. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information.

 

DREAM GROUP

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113

Cost: Free Will Offering

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

 

“IN DREAMS WILL I SPEAK TO HIM”  --Numbers 12:6

DREAM GROUP :Ever wonder what to make of your dreams?  Attend the bi-monthly Mount Carmel Dream Group to discover how God may be guiding you through your dreams.

Through a structured sharing process, the group will examine dreams brought by its members.  Come with an open mind and a dream or two!  

SEPARATED AND DIVORCED MINISTRY

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A group of separated and divorced Catholics meet every other Monday for prayer, input and sharing. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 for information. Please note that you do not have to be Catholic to attend. Everyone is welcome!

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EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS-- now offered as virtual meeting - call for more info

Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm

A twelve-step organization composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties.

 

An EA group meets every Tuesday at 7pm and  Saturday at  2 PM. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113   ext. 4224 (Chris K.) or email frchriskulig1@hotmail.com   for information.

Labyrinth Walk

by group appointment

Cost: free will offering

Come and experience the Mount Carmel Labyrinth as a different way to pray!  The Labyrinth as an ancient archetypal form and method of prayer has experienced a resurgence in spiritual circles in the past few decades.  An introductory orientation to the Labyrinth will begin at 9 a.m. with a group walk of the Labyrinth at 10 a.m. (Those who have had the introduction before can join the walk at 10).  Participants are free to stay for mass at 11:15 (M-F)

LAY CARMELITES

An Ancient Path for Today’s Pilgrim

 

Lay Carmelites are Roman Catholic men and women who seek to embrace God’s Will in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life.

 

We are part of an 800-year-old tradition of contemplative prayer, community and ministry.

 

We meet the 2nd Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. At Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre

7020 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON

 

For more information contact:

Trudy at 905-732-0670

trudybretzler9@gmail.com

Overnight Retreats

Directed and Private Retreats

Call the Centre Office for availability

Cost:  $170/day for Directed;  $150/day for Private

 

A directed retreat for can be an inspirational experience. There is daily opportunity to meet with a spiritual companion who listens as you share your prayer experience. Sometimes we need time away from our busy schedules to relax, pray and reflect. A directed retreat can be arranged for three to seven days.

For those who seek time alone without a spiritual companion, a private retreat may help nurture your inner self.  A private retreat can last from one to five days. 

 

Accommodation and meals are provided.

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WELCOMING THE NEW YEAR    

 

Date: Fri Jan 6- Sun 8

Led by: Kathryn McMorrow

Cost:$350

 

A weekend to bid farewell to last year and to create some space for the challenges and blessings waiting in the wings of 2023. Through mini-presentations, group work, prayer and personal reflection, participants will acquire tools for letting go of the old and welcoming the new, with a greater awareness of where they want to put their energy in the coming year.

 

Bring last year’s calendar/agenda. Candlelight dress-up dinner and social evening on Saturday.  All in the welcoming environment of Mount Carmel.

 

For more information email questions to Kathryn at innovationsca@yahoo.ca REGISTRATION IS THROUGH MOUNT CARMEL.

REGISTER HERE

 

TERESA OF AVILA:

A WOMAN FOR OUR TIMES 

 

Date: Sun Jan 8-Mon Jan 9

Led by: Kathryn McMorrow

Cost:$195

 

 

A retreat for women which explores the wisdom of Teresa of Avila: mystic, business woman, reformer and doctor of the Church. What can we learn from her about resilience, authenticity, courage and life balance as it applies to our lives? Format: mini-presentations, personal time for prayer, reflection and artwork. Meals can be taken in silence or in conversation. 

 

Come be inspired by Teresa as we venture forth into a new year!

 

For more information email questions to Kathryn at innovationsca@yahoo.ca REGISTRATION IS THROUGH MOUNT CARMEL

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Presenter Bio: Kathryn McMorrow has Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies and a graduate diploma in Human Relations and Family Life. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction. Based in Montreal, she has done social justice work throughout the Americas, Australia and South Africa, giving workshops and retreats in English, French and Spanish.

Free to Be Me Retreat – The Joy of Being Yourself

 

Date: January 20-22

Cost: $350

Led by: Anna Racine

 

What is preventing you from accepting yourself just as you are? Many of us spend so much time trying to be someone else rather than being ourselves.

 

Rather than comparing our lives and experiences to others - we should embrace and enjoy the things that make us who we are!

 

The most important relationship that you will ever have in your life is the relationship with yourself. Learn how to focus on strengthening that relationship and deepening your connection with self.

 

This Retreat provides an opportunity for you to invest in yourself and to awaken the flow of love within you.

 

Optional – Includes individual session with Anna

 

Discover the gift of being you and become your own best friend!

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Presenter Bio : Anna Racine, Adjunct Faculty at Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, is active in Parish Ministry at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  Anna is a Facilitator of Grief and Healing Support Programs and is a Spiritual Director.  In 2015, Anna was awarded the Niagara Catholic Award of Distinction for her 20 years of volunteer service with the Niagara Catholic District School Board and in Parish Ministry. For more information on Anna visit annaracine.org

SINGING IN THE RAIN - THE ART OF POSITIVE THINKING

 

Dare :February 3-5

Cost: $350

Led by: Anna Racine

 

The storms of life are constant. We all face adversity in our lives. How we react to it will determine our joy and happiness.

 

Positive thinking doesn't mean that you ignore life's stressors. Positive thinking means that you approach difficulties in a more optimistic and productive way.

 

Thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk can be positive or negative. Instead of getting swept up in negative thoughts, find ways to refocus your energy to develop positive thinking. Learn how to make your thinking constructive rather than destructive.

 

We live in a world of thoughts. It is the quality of our thoughts that creates the quality of our life. “You are what you think.”

 

Optional – Includes individual session with Anna

 

 

“Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about  learning to sing in the rain.”

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SOUL CARETM RETREAT FOR WOMEN -Breathing Together

Led by: Cathy AJ Hardy

Date: June 2-4 (Program  begins 630pm Fri- 1pm Sunday)

Cost: $475 Register and deposit req'd by May 8

Come for a Soul Care Retreat - being nurtured with poetry, story, music and prayerful meditation.

Times of singing together, listening, stillness, labyrinth and more will create a space for tending the preciousness of our lives, the beauty of our souls.

Led by Cathy AJ Hardy and accompanied with Beth Woelk, you will be invited into rest, spaciousness of being and beauty.

https://cathyajhardy.com/soul-care-retreats/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1-z_Ue62xg

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Testimonials:

“Cathy’s retreat gently encourages your soul to open in ways that accesses beautiful layers of unfolding.  I left with a sense of joy and assurance” (Retreat participant)

“Come and be.  You will be surprised by the abundant gifts and love that God has for you.”  (Retreat participant)

“Space to explore self and spirituality and my perception of God and Life in a warm, safe place of loving community.” (Retreat participant)