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Retreats

The Holy Spirit Chapel is a "must see" with it's soaring floor-to-ceiling windows behind the altar featuring the Holy Spirit in stained glass overlooking the scenic view.
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St. Clare's offers solitude,
serenity to be 'alone with God'

I would like to go on a retreat but there are so many good places to make a retreat. Why should I choose St. Clare's in the Santa Cruz Mountains? I have heard how beautiful it is there and many of my friends from church go and they always come home so happy and refreshed. Tell me more about St. Clare's:

Well, nestled in the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains on 50 acres of a magnificent redwood forest, this most beautiful and affordable retreat house offers the necessary solitude and serenity to be "alone with God." Here you can find the peace that only God can give you, for God is truly present in this place.

Back in the late 1940s, when retreat houses were designated as "Men's or Women's," the women of the area wanted a Catholic retreat house for themselves, since the men already had a men's retreat place in San Juan Bautista.

The recently arrived band of Franciscan Missionary Sisters from China was asked to supply this need for the women and to open a women's retreat house. After looking at many locations, the perfect place was discovered, like a newfound treasure, and St. Clare's Retreat was opened in 1950, a little piece of heaven for many who come and do as Jesus requested of His followers, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest a while." (Mark 6:31)

Following the request of Jesus, you are invited to come and carve out this dedicated time for God from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Retreatants are offered the opportunity for genuine spiritual refreshment and interior renewal.

A typical weekend retreat begins with Friday dinner and ends after Sunday lunch. For those who can it is highly recommended to take off of work early on Friday and check-in around 3:30 p.m. to settle in with a hike, swim or nap. This is your sacred space and silent time with your loving God, like a 40-hour "date-night" with God, so all activities are optional.

Conferences are provided by wonderful, solid and inspiring Catholic retreat directors, with Holy Mass being celebrated each day. Additionally, the blessed opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available. The Holy Spirit Chapel is a "must see" with it's soaring floor-to-ceiling windows behind the altar featuring the Holy Spirit in stained glass overlooking the scenic view.

To register for a weekend retreat, go online to stclaresretreatcenter.com or dial 831-423-8093. St. Clare's Retreat is too special not to be shared with all those who desire a closer relationship with the Living God. Come fall in love with God anew, and let the adventure begin.

 
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