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

One Day Workshops 

Overnight Retreats

A Day with Teresa of Avila—The Book of Her Life, Part II—Degrees of Prayer

Sat. October 3 9am – 3pm

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

Cost: $65 (includes lunch)

 

This seminar will reflect upon chapters 11 through 22.  This second part of the Life covers Teresa’s treatise on describing the four levels of prayer.  Although she is more well known for her image of the interior castle and its seven mansions, this earliest attempt at articulating the experience of prayer uses the image of water to describe four different depths of the life of prayer.

A Day with Teresa of Avila—The Book of Her Life, Part III—Mystical Life

Sat. November 7 9am – 3pm

Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

 

Cost: $65 (includes lunch)

 

​This seminar will reflect upon chapters 23 through 31.  This third part of the Life explains the fruits of prayer in the life of Teresa.  It chronicles her extraordinary religious experiences.  We will study what prayer did for Teresa’s interior.

A Day with Teresa of Avila—The Book of Her Life, Part IV—Effects

Sat. December 5 9am – 3pm

 Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.

 

Cost: $65 (includes lunch)

This seminar will reflect upon chapters 32 through 40.  This fourth part of the Life offers us the effects of prayer in Teresa’s exterior world.  It looks at the communities that she founded and her attempt to share the gift of prayer in such communities based on divine intimacy.  It also looks at Teresa’s deep spiritual connection to the divine community of heaven with the saints.

Through the Looking Glass

by group appointment

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)

Lectio Divina Group

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113

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

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Ongoing Activities

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 - Returning in Sept

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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!

SUPERVISION for SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS

Sessions by Appointment

Supervision is available for trained spiritual directors and for spiritual directors currently in a training program. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information and session fees.

 

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

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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 evening at 7 PM. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 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. 

  

TRIVIA DAY! THE SEQUEL

NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON-

CURRENTLY DELAYED DUE TO COVID 19

Join us for an afternoon of fun, trivia, food and prizes

FRIENDS OF CARMEL

The Friends of Carmel are a group of supporters and benefactors who assist in the promotion and raising of funds for Mount Carmel.

 

If you'd like information on joining us, please call the Centre 905 356 4113 x4200

 

All are welcome!

All Sunday events will be as follows:

11:15 AM MASS, 12 LUNCH, 1PM MEETING 

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The Power of Prayer

Saturday, October 10, 2020 (9:30am-3pm)

Presented by:  Anita Mascarenhas

Cost: $65 (includes  lunch)

What does Medical Science say about prayer – do prayers really work?  Come find out.

Join us for a lively discussion on Covid-coping biblical-based strategies for the future.

Secrets of the Eucharist

Wed. Oct 14 9:30am-3pm

Led by: Fr. Michael Wastag O. Carm

Cost: $65 (includes buffet lunch)

Deepen your appreciation and experience of the greatest treasure of the Church, the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Eucharist. We will reflect on Eucharistic Theology and a few of the forgotten and neglected truths of what it means to partake in the Eucharist.

Understanding Grief

Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

Cost: $65 – includes lunch

Are you experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage, or the breakup of a relationship?

Grief is a natural response to loss

Understanding the Grief you are feeling is the first step to healing.

Using various methods, we will explore the many facets of grief.

Through group work and personal reflection you will be guided through the stages and the impact that grief and loss have on our lives.

An opportunity to share your grief story in a safe and supportive environment where you will be provided with tools to move forward through the grief process.

 

“Everyone grieves in their own way and at their own pace.”

FORGIVENESS – WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO I DO IT?

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 from 9:30 am.-3:30 pm

Led by: Anna Racine

​Cost: $65 – includes  lunch

  • Have you experienced deep disappointment, hurt or betrayal in an important relationship?

  • Do you continue to suffer from a conflict or trauma that occurred long ago?

  • Are unresolved issues affecting your health, finances or relationships?

  • This interactive workshop identifies the stumbling blocks to forgiveness, and then provides positive, practical methods to work through the anger, blame and resentment.

    Forgiveness is about letting go of the past, understanding and moving on. Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

    Surviving the Holidays

    Saturday Nov 14, 2020 9:30am - 3:30pm

    Led by: Anna Racine

    Cost: $65 includes lunch

    Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Christmas? Are you dreading the holidays, knowing that your life has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

    You are not alone. Holidays are often difficult for many people. The sounds, sights and smells of the holiday season may trigger feelings of sadness, loss, emptiness and anxiety. Traditionally a time of family togetherness, this season may bring feelings of loneliness and pain.

    This workshop will provide guidance and support and an opportunity to share with others. Learn practical coping strategies to navigate the holiday season and find peace and hope for the coming year

    ADVENT – WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

    December 9  (Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

    Led by Fr. Michael Wastag, O. Carm.

    Cost:  $35

     

    In Advent, we wait and look forward to celebrating the fact that God loves us so much that he sent his Son into the world to save us.  This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of hope.  We anticipate the Second Coming of Christ as well.  Come and reflect and pray on these wondrous and mysterious Advents.

    Register by December 1st.

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    Directed and Private Retreats

    Call the Centre Office for availability

    Cost:  $150/day for Directed;   $140/day for Private

    Accommodation and meals included.

    Seasons of Grief Retreat – Surviving Loss

    February 5 – 7, 2021 (Check - in Friday Feb 5 before 7pm - check out Sun Feb 7 (lunch included)

    Led by: Anna Racine

    Cost: $290

    Are you in a Season of Grief? Grief moves and changes like the seasons. Come and explore grief through the seasons of loss, change, growth and renewal.

    This retreat is for people experiencing loss through death/separation/divorce/lost relationships and ......

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    Training Programs