Virtual Retreat | Frequently Asked Questions

Are the conferences on an audio or video platform?
A majority of the conferences given by retreat masters are on an audio platform as they are available on the Sacred Heart Retreat House podcasts either on Apple Podcasts or Podbean. Some of the retreats were recorded from previous retreat weekends, while others are new audio recordings and are the simplest way to attain them from retreat masters. We are hopeful to get video recordings in the future.
The audio file keeps pausing, what can I do to prevent this?

If you are using your cell phone and are using an internet browser to listen, often times the recordings will stop when your phone goes to sleep.  A way to prevent this is to download the application to your phone (Apple Podcasts for iphones and Podbean for androids).  Audio recordings played off these applications will remain on even if your phone goes to sleep. Go to www.podbean.com or Apple Podcasts to download the application.

Another option is to download the audio to your cell phone by downloading the audio file directly from podbean by clicking on the download arrow on the top, right side of the screen. This option is only for those with androids as Apple Podcasts is streaming only.

What is the retreat schedule?

Unless otherwise stated on the event page, the general retreat schedule is as follows:

Retreat Schedule
Separate emails will be sent out for each bulleted item so that the retreatant can prayerfully take in the content of the conference for that time period.
Friday evening | Orientation and Conference 1
–  Participants should receive the email no later than 4:00 p.m.
Listen any time after 6:30 pm your time
Saturday, morning | Conference 2
–  Participants should receive the email no later than 8:00 a.m.
Listen between 8:00 am to 11:00 am your time
Saturday, afternoon | Conference 3
–  Participants should receive the email no later than 1:00 p.m.
Listen between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm your time
Saturday, evening | Conference 4
–  Participants should receive the email no later than 6:30 p.m.
Listen any time after 6:30 pm your time
Sunday, morning | Conference 5
–  Participants should receive the email no later than 8:00 a.m.
Listen between 8:00 am to 11:00 am your time
Post Retreat Follow up Examen and Resolutions, immediately after retreat

What if I don’t receive my email?
  1. Please check your junk mail and if you find it, please add the email on the “safe sender list” or “not junk” so future emails can go directly to your inbox.
  2. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people are on the retreat. When high volumes of emails go out, it is possible that some emails are inadvertently not sent. Please email csshrh@carmelitesistersocd.com if this happens. May God reward you in advance for understanding.
Do I have to stay on the retreat schedule?
The retreat schedule is merely a suggestion to try and stay focused throughout the weekend. However, we realize that you all might be on different schedules and have varying responsibilities at home. Please don’t feel pressured or obliged to stay within the timeframe. Be at peace and listen to them at your leisure as once you have the emails, the conferences will remain accessible to you. Truly our goal is to help you deepen in your spiritual life in a paced, peaceful, and prayerful way.
Where can I purchase the music sung by the Carmelite Sisters?

To purchase, please visit https://carmelitesistersocd.com/gifts/ or you can purchase them on amazon music or apple music by searching by name of song and typing in “Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles.”  The name and album of the songs are noted on the page when they are played.

How can I learn more about Sacred Heart Retreat House?

Please visit www.sacredheartretreathouse.com, or questions about visiting our grounds, please email us at: https://sacredheartretreathouse.com/contact/

How can I learn more about the Carmelite Sisters?

Please visit us at https://carmelitesistersocd.com/, or for questions, please email us at https://carmelitesistersocd.com/contact-us/.

Will these virtual retreats be available even after the pandemic is lifted?
Yes, we certainly hope so! Please keep checking our website for further updates.