Praised be Jesus Christ! Welcome to your Virtual Weekend Retreat prepared for you with love by the Carmelite Sisters at Sacred Heart Retreat House.

We are all home right now due to this pandemic and our lives have stopped or slowed down from the normal hustle and bustle of the day. It is very obvious that God our Lord has called us to focus on the most important aspect of our life…that is our Faith. You might be experiencing anxiety, isolation, and maybe a little anger from not being able to go to Holy Mass, to receive Him in Holy Communion or the sacraments. These emotions are natural and normal.

Our mother Foundress, Venerable Mother Luisita would say to you:

“Form a rich and beautiful tabernacle for our Lord within your heart
and then do not let him go.
In that way, you will always have him with you.
Enter within yourself, and meeting Him, tell Him all your experiences.”

This is the time to give God space to share with him all your experiences. Here, now, in this room He meets you, not just at the Church or adoration chapel, but in your heart and in the hearts of your loved ones right next door.

God will reward you for giving Him this time to speak, for allowing Him to share His deep and abiding love for you. As you receive each email, we encourage you to stay in the present moment and assure you of our prayers, all 130 of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles!

Tips for your Retreat

Prepare a Prayer Space

  • Listen in a room inside or outside set apart from others, not where there is a television or computer screen on.  Try to pray in this space consistently.
  • Make sure that you are comfortable, but not too comfortable.
  • Give yourself a solid 45-60 minutes of time to listen and then pray and reflect after the conference.
  • Have a journal you can write with, if it is helpful, and write down any key points that struck you.  As you know, this is the way the Holy Spirit works.  He inspires you to ponder certain truths that He wants you to deepen in your understanding.

Stay Recollected

  • Although silence might be difficult if you live with others, share with them what you are doing so that they can respect your time and space, or invite them to listen in with you!
  • You can also take the talks and prayers outside on a walk or while gardening or other, but try to stay away from unnecessary conversation. The most important thing is that you keep your interior peace of soul.

Stay on Schedule

  • You will receive links to the next conference according to a specific schedule
  • You may choose to either listen to these conferences according to the time range provided, or at your own timing as the conferences will be accessible to you at anytime. We do recommend that you listen to all the talks in the order that you receive them.

Retreat Theme: Learning from Mary: Growing in Grace during Difficult Times

Retreat Master: Father Quan Tran is a priest for the Diocese of Orange in California. Father Tran currently serves a Parochial Vicar at St. Bonaventure parish in Huntington Beach, as well as the Secretary to the Pastoral Provision for Bishop Kevin Vann. He is the founder of Fullness of Grace, a ministry with a mission to help Catholics and other Christians grow in their spiritual life by better understanding supernatural grace, and how to gain an abundance of God’s gifts by imitating the qualities of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Tran is also writing a book, titled “Fullness of Grace” and is set to be published in late 2020 or early 2021.


Retreat Schedule

This is a suggested retreat schedule.  Feel free to listen at your own pace as the conferences will remain accessible to you so long as you keep this link.

Friday May 8, 2020

  • Orientation Video: View any time after 5:00 pm your time
    Conference 1 “Grace, Mary & Humility”
    Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters
    Listen any time after 6:30 pm your time

Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • Conference 2: “Confidence in God”
    Musical Meditation and Rosary by the Carmelite Sisters
    Listen between 8:00 am to 11:00 am your time
  • Conference 3: “Love of God and Neighbor”
    Musical Meditation by the Carmelite sisters and rosary with the Carmelite Sisters at 3:00 pm, your time.
    Listen between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Conference 4: “Union with God”
    Night Prayer with the Carmelite Sisters
    Listen any time after 6:30 pm

Sunday, May 3, 2020

  • Conference 5: “Abandonment to Divine Providence”
    Listen any time between 8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Holy Mass livestream – Fr. John Henry, O. Praem.
    Post Retreat Follow up, Evaluation survey, and Staying Connected

Conference 1 “Grace, Mary & Humility”

Click through the link below to access our first Conference, “A Love Story”

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