This is a very simple retreat that begins the evening of Holy Thursday and concludes Easter Sunday morning. There are no talks. There is a simple orientation on Thursday evening. The retreat concludes with breakfast on Easter Sunday.
The retreat consists in each individual living with us the liturgical services of these days; these services are also open to the public. We encourage retreatants to spend the rest of the time in silence, taking full advantage of the Mission grounds and meditating on the mysteries of these hours with the help of the Holy Scriptures, the Diary of St. Faustina, and The Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta. (For more information on this please use this link: Maria Valtorta.)
Retreatants are free to come and go as they wish within the indicated hours. But we encourage them to live the retreat in its entirety as much as possible, so as to accompany our Lord during His Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. During certain hours the Mission will be open only for retreatants.
The only meals included in the retreat are a dinner on Holy Thursday and a public breakfast on Easter Sunday morning. For all other meals retreatants are welcome to bring their own food or go to local restaurants. Snacks and beverages will be made available to retreatants throughout the retreat.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer lodging. In the past, people coming from far away have stayed at local hotels.
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The Mission is a monastery; it is consecrated ground; it is our Community’s home. We welcome anyone who wants to visit the Mission. We simply ask that they respect our request for clothing that is appropriate for a place consecrated to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, and in coming to Mass that they dress in a manner that shows reverence for the occasion. Father wears his vestments, the altar servers put on their albs, and the congregation wears clothes that are appropriate for attending Mass.
BELOW THE KNEE
NO TANK TOPS
NO LOW-CUT NECKLINES
NO MID-THIGH HEMLINES
Also, be alerted that the Mission terrain is fairly rough and rocky, with few paved walk ways. Good walking shoes are helpful; high heels are not. We appreciate your help in making others aware of our request for appropriate dress while attending Mass at the Mission.
We think Our Lord appreciates it too.