The following items can be found on this page, below:
- 33 Days to Morning Glory
- Parish Mission 2013 -- Audio Files
- Parish Mission 2014 -- New Dates
- 2013 Women's ACTS Retreat
- ACTS Retreat Teams
- ACTS Yahoo Group
- ACTS Core Team
- ACTS Missions
- Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
- St. Clare Silent Retreat
- Marriage Encounter
Want to Grow in Holiness, But Too Busy?
Want to transform your work, your marriage, your family, and your life, but don’t have time? Looking for the quickest, surest, and easiest way to holiness, but don’t know where to begin? In our hectic day and time, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa knew that the quickest way to be transformed into a saint is through a relationship with Our Blessed Mother, Mary.
Join us starting on November 2nd as we begin a 33-day preparation for Marian Consecration. For six weeks (using 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley), we’ll individually read about and reflect on four great Marian giants: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II. They’ll teach us the secrets to drawing closer to the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary. In our weekly meetings, which are optional, we’ll share our insights within a small group and then watch a 30-minute video. The video by popular author and speaker, Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, brings our individual reflections and group experience into a clear and livable focus.
So, you can do this in two ways: 1) simply read the daily pages from the book on your own, or 2) you can join us for six weekly meetings to share what you've read, discuss, and watch the video. These meetings will be Saturdays, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., except for one session which will be on a Sunday evening.
If you’re looking for a simple way to be spiritually renewed, develop a deeper relationship with Our Merciful Savior, and grow in holiness, join us for 33 Days to Morning Glory. Our experience will culminate on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Who can do this? Women, men, teens, couples, families, small groups, committees...in other words, everybody! It can be done as a group or individually.
How do I register?
When: Saturday mornings, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., November 2, 9, 16, 23; Dec. 1 after the 5:30 pm Mass; and Dec. 7 in the morning.
Where: Parish Hall
What do I need: Either just the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, or else the entire Participant Packet (recommended)
For more info, and to get the materials, go to this link. You can order just the book, from their online catalog, or the entire Participant Packet. (The book is also available via Amazon.com.)
Parish Mission 2013 -- Audio Files
If you didn’t get a chance to attend all of the talks that Fr. Antonio Anderson, SOLT, gave us during the Parish Mission the week of February 24-27—or perhaps if you just want to listen to them again, or share them with family or friends—the talks are available for downloading here!
Parish Mission 2014 -- New Dates!
The Parish Mission for 2014 has been moved to the Easter Season! The new dates are Sunday, April 27, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Make plans now to attend the talks that we'll have lined up!
Parish Mission Committee: If you are interested in serving on the Parish Mission Committee, please contact John Kovacs in the parish office. The purpose of the Committee is to plan and implement all of the supporting activities that form the overall Mission event.
Inspired by the Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47, ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. These four themes serve as the pillars of an amazing weekend retreat. Come to find out what you have been missing, or to deepen your love of God, our Catholic Faith, and the community which is a part of it!
Women's ACTS: October 10-13, 2013 -- “Stand up and go, your faith has saved you” (Luke 17:19)
Our St. Clare retreats begin Thursday evening around 5:00 p.m., and end with the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Clare on Sunday. The retreat takes place at the Christian Renewal Center (CRC) in Dickinson. The cost is $210, but financial assistance is available to those in need.
How do I register?
Registration for the Women's ACTS in October of 2013 is currently open. You can register here.
In addition, you can download, print out, and mail in the registration form. Please see the attached PDF file at the bottom of this page if you want to mail in a physical copy.
I've been on ACTS. Now what?? Consider joining the Retreat Team!
Once you’ve been on the retreat, considering serving on the Retreat Team! Barbara, the retreat Director, invites all ACTS sisters to consider the following invitation to be on the team:
For those of you who have teamed before, you are well aware of the immense blessings that are received from serving in this way and the close relationships that are developed with your ACTS sisters. For those who have never teamed, be assured that being on a retreat team has been described as being somewhat of a “glimpse of what heaven must be like”. Coming together as willing servants, we continue to receive God’s abundant grace, His blessings and a greater love for Him and for each other.
Please pray whether God might be calling you to join us in continuing this powerful movement of the Holy Spirit. Please don’t consider whether you are capable...as Blessed Mother Teresa said “God does not choose the qualified; He qualifies the chosen”.
We will meet on Tuesday evenings, beginning June 25th at 6:00 in the parish hall. We will have dinner then our meeting, which will end by 8:20. For those who are able to stay, we will then proceed to the church for the Rosary, asking our Blessed Mother to intercede for us and for the retreatants.
If you are interested, please obtain a copy of the team registration form from the ACTS Yahoo Group and return it to Barbara or Linda, the Co-Director, no later than April 5, 2013. We will have a discernment meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 in the parish hall to discuss the retreat and answer any questions that you might have.
ACTS Yahoo Group
Have you been on an ACTS retreat? If so, then are you a member of the ACTS Yahoo email list? If not, then sign up now to receive updates on ACTS related news, as well as announcements having to do with Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service here at St. Clare, in the Archdiocese, and the Church as a whole!
Core Team Discernment...
If you’ve had a couple of years experience with ACTS and would like to discern about serving on our St. Clare ACTS Core Team, please fill out the discernment form linked to at the bottom of this page and turn it in to the parish office.
To find out more about ACTS in general, visit the Houston Chapter of ACTS Missions, where you can find Frequently Asked Questions, a schedule of all ACTS retreats in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, a history of ACTs, and more!
Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
The Spiritual Exercises are a weekend silent retreat with spiritual talks and time for personal meditation in silence. The spiritual conferences are preached by the priests of Miles Christi, according to the method and the principles of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Apart from the conferences and time for prayer, each day there will also be Holy Mass, Holy Rosary, and opportunity for confessions. The retreats will start on Friday at 4:00 pm and conclude on Sunday at 5:00 pm.
As experience has shown throughout the centuries, the Spiritual Exercises have proven to be an excellent means of conversion and sanctification. In addition, the Magisterium of the Church has commended them numerous times.
Men 16 & above
November 15-17, 2013
Women 16 & above
December 6-8, 2013
How do I register?
St. Clare Silent Retreat: 2014
Mother Theresa said, “If you sincerely want to learn to pray, keep silent. In the silence of the heart, God speaks.” Why not take a break from the stimuli of this world for less than 24 hours—from Friday at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday at 3:00 p.m.—to let God speak to your heart? Join other St. Clare parishioners for a mini-retreat that will include short talks on different types of silent prayer, group prayer times, and plenty of time to walk the beautiful grounds of the Villa de Matel, or spend time in some of the interesting prayer rooms inside. Sr. Adeline will be facilitating the retreat.
For those who are new to the Ruah Center, and have never been on a Day of Prayer or an overnight Retreat there, you are asked to come on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Once you've been to this Day of Prayer, then for all future retreats you'll be able to come the night before and stay the night.
The St. Clare Silent Retreat is offered once per year, usually in the January to March timeframe. If you missed it this year, please consider joining us next year!
When: March 21-22, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday (newcomers should arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning)
Where: Ruah Center, Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023 • 713-928-6053
Cost: By donation only, at the end of the retreat at the Ruah Center (or by mail-in envelope, which you will receive)
Register: by clicking this link. There are only 25 spots available, so register soon!
Retreats and support for all married couples, sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter – Houston. The “Houston South” dates are held at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson.
For more information, and to register online for one of the retreats, go to the Worldwide Marriage Encounter – Houston website.