Please join us to welcome our new pastor Father George Aguilera

Por favor acompáñennos a darle la bienvenida al Padre George Aguilera


1st year reg


Dear Friends of Mary & Joseph Retreat Center!

All events are located at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275
Call Marlene Velazquez at 310.377.4867 x234 for reservations or information.

8-Day Silent, Guided Directed Retreat             

Finding God’s Peace in Our Troubled World
6:30 pm Sunday, July 29 to 1:30 pm Sunday, August 5, 2018

Retreat Directors: Jeanne Fallon, CSJ; *Teresa Groth, DMJ; Charles Jackson, SJ; *David Robinson, SJ; *Eduardo Samaniego, SJ

Finding God’s Peace in Our Troubled World is this year’s theme for our annual 8-Day Guided Directed Retreat. This traditional, silent retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It provides time for spiritual reflection, solitude & prayer, inviting retreatants to be attentive to the inner movements of the Holy Spirit. Prayer focuses on scripture and personal life experience. The schedule includes a Scripture-based conference each morning, individual direction (a daily meeting with a retreat director), celebration of daily Eucharist, optional evening prayer activities and Reconciliation service. This retreat coordinated by Sue Ballotti, Spiritual Development Coordinator for Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

*Individual direction available in English & Spanish.

Cost: per person/shared $845 ($820 if paid in full by July 11) single room $950 ($925 if paid in full after July 11)

To register call Marlene at (310) 377-4867 ext 234 or email her at

“Along the Way: A Pilgrim Walk”                 Sue Ballotti

Day: Saturday, July 7, 7:00am to 1:00pm
Join Mary & Joseph Retreat Center in the second annual re-creation of the famous Camino Walk in Spain ~ a 4.5 mile walk through the streets and trails of Palos Verdes to the sacred grounds of the Retreat Center. Aspilgrims, all walkers will be blessed, hike to Camino stations for reflections and passport stamps. If you have ever wanted to try the Camino (as seen in the movie The Way with Martin Sheen) but are unable to spare the time or expense, this walk is for you. Experience some of the highlights of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, on a half day walk adapted to our own countryside, neighborhood and faith traditions. All ages and faiths welcome. Walk is of moderate difficulty. Packing guide and instructions given with pre–registration. Water stations will be available along the way. Schedule for the Saturday walk: 7am registration, 7:30 begin walk, after the walk Pilgrims gather for a prayer service followed with lunch at noon. Please no dogs, strollers, skateboards or bicycles as parts of the trail are narrow, rocky and rough. Wear walking shoes (closed toe), sunscreen and a smile!

Cost of day event

$20 per person ($15 if paid by June 29); Register by June 29 with a friend and pay $25 for both; Register a family of 4 by June 29 and pay $45 total.

Under the Stars ~ Annual Fundraiser

Sunday, August 5, 5pm – 9pm

Mass ~ Reception and Dinner ~ Concert & Dessert

Celebrate a summer evening at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center. This year’s fundraising evening will include Mass, a reception, and dinner. We will continue the evening with a concert in the Lounge by pianist Noel Gould, who won the 2017 Grand Prizeat the House of Hope Talent Show. Noel is excited to share with us the musical genius of Beethoven, Scarlatti and Chopin in an intimate setting. After the performance, we will move to the garden patio for dessert under the stars. Please join us to celebrate all of the unique and beautiful venues of Mary & Joseph Retreat Center.  Donation per person: $100

To register call Marlene at (310) 377-4867 x234 or email or register online at

Heavenly Bound Book & Giftstore ~ Spring Sale on Now!

All Confirmation & Communion items are 50% off! All music CDs are 40%!
Many other items are on sale as well ~ look for the colored tag to find out what you save!
· Books on Prayer, Meditation, Mystics, Saints, Poetry, Contemplation, Spirituality and Bibles
· Crosses & Crucifixes, Rosaries, Statues, Candles Inspirational Gifts & Jewelry, and more…

Seniors are invited to join St. Matthew’s summer book discussion group

For six Tuesdays, June 26 through July 31. Come share your experiences in the context of the book The Gift of Years by Sister Joan Chittister’s book,  We will meet  from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Church Rectory, next door to the Church at 672 Temple Ave, Long Beach, 90814..  Enrollment is limited to 12 and the book cost is $ 12.  Please enroll by June 12 so we can order a book for you.  Group facilitated by Claire Marmion and Anna Totta.  Enroll:  562-987-0130 or email



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