Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Ponchatoula, LA

Spiritual Book Sharing: Immortal Diamond

Spiritual Book Sharing: Immortal Diamond - Upcoming Events

Rosaryville Spiritual Book Sharing: Immortal Diamond, Richard Rohr

Meeting Dates:

September 16 & 30, 2014

October 14 & 28, 2014

November 11, 2014

Meet at 10:00 AM

Readers are invited to take a serious and honest look at himself or herself and find the treasure that lies within. This is a profound but easy-to-read book which gives much insight into the immortal diamond that is the core of our being.

Fee: $50.00 (includes book and material)

Immortal Diamond: Book Sharing

Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen, O.P.

Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen, O.P. - Upcoming Events

Julian of Norwich and God's Gentle Way With Us

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Thursday, September 18, 2014 for a day of prayer and reflection on Julian of Norwich and God's Gentle Way With Us. We will start at 9:00 am with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30pm.

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Taize Prayer Service

Taize Prayer Service - Upcoming Events

October 6, 2014

November 3, 2014

December 1, 2014

January 5. 2015

February 2, 2015

March 2, 2015

Rosaryville invites you to join us in an evening of Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taize'. The dates for the Taize' services are the First Monday in every month staring in October 2013 and ending in February 2014. The services start at 7:00P.M. This is a simple and meditative Taize' worship which promotes the serenity in all who take part in it. The prayer consists of music, scripture readings and reflection . The candlelight service, beginning and ending in silence, fosters the participation of all present by focusing and deepening faith through the power of prayer. All are Welcome.

Write from the Source

Write from the Source - Upcoming Events

Write from the Source…A weekend of creative play in the calligraphic arts facilitated by LaVerne Parfait.

When we think of art, we typically think of drawing, painting or sculpting. Yet we are each a creative artist with gifts uniquely our own. This artistry may be expressed in new recipes or a beautiful, well-tended garden. Some use creative energies to organize a closet or even balance a budget.

Join us October 10-12, 2104. This weekend is focused on calligraphy, an ancient art using writing and letterforms as artistic expression. Come join members of the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association for a weekend of creative play. An open format will allow experienced letter lovers the opportunity to work and study while newcomers can be introduced to tools, techniques and materials and be mentored into their calligraphic journey. If you’ve ever been curious about trying your hand at calligraphy or if you simply want to sharpen your skills and spend uninterrupted time doing the craft you love, this is your opportunity. Projects will be available for all levels.

LaVerne Parfait, a staff member of Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, has over 30 years’ experience as a calligrapher and lover of the written word. Countless workshops, studying, learning and teaching, keep the passion for hand lettering burning. LaVerne is a member of the Association for the Calligraphic Arts, IAMPETH (International Association for Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting) and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association.

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Then Sings My Soul: A Prayer Series

Then Sings My Soul: A  Prayer Series - Upcoming Events

Please join us for a prayer series featuring song, scripture, and inner healing lead by Cindy Scardina this Fall. Cindy, a local musician, will highlight 10 themes, 2 per session allowing time for quiet reflection and journaling:

October 7: Fear-Trust

October 14: Forgiveness-Healing

October 21: Mercy-Grace

October 28: Salvation-Hope

November 4 : God’s Peace-God’s Love

With each night the participants will receive about scripture verses to guide their prayers through the night. Please call Rosaryville at 225-294-3510 or click below for a registration form.

Then Sings My Soul

Father Matt Linn: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us

Father Matt Linn: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us - Upcoming Events

Join us for a retreat with Father Matt Linn October 31- November 2, 2014: Walking on Water: Healing the Peter Within Us.

Within each of us there is a Peter: one who tries to walk on water in life's storms and fearfully sinks. We find our hollowness as we try to please others and swing from angrily boasting (I will follow you even if no one else does!) to shamefully lying to the servant girl (I don't even know the man!). We get discouraged as we fish all night and catch nothing. We struggle with how to repair broken relationships and to again say, You know that I love you. When we discover the Peter within us, we will experience how Jesus heals our fear, anger, guilt, shame, and grief to transform us from Simon (the broken person) to Peter (the rock, the most gifted disciple).

Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality, and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries from Alaska to Australia. Ordained in l973 he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction. Matt, along with his partners Dennis and Sheila have written 22 books translated in over 20 languages and with over a million copies in English.

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Walking Between The Lines

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Walking Between The Lines:

A Stroll Through The Stories of The New Testament

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did," which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written. - John 21:25

Come and join us as we stroll between the lines of Scripture on November 7-9, 2014. Come and “walk” with Teacher / Storyteller, Earl Gervais as he leads us deeper into the lives of those who Jesus met.

What could have possibly happened to lead to the Roman Centurion making the claim, “Truly this was the Son of God" - Matthew 27:54 ? Certainly, he was not able to return to, business as usual. And what of Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8); along with the entire family who was wailing at her death; what was their life like after Jesus paid her a visit? By the way, did you know there was a stowaway on the boat the night that Jesus had to calm the seas?

Excerpt from “Walking Between The Lines”:

“Abba, when mother and I arrived we found Elizabeth at Ruth’s bedside crying. When we asked where Uncle Jairus was, she told us that he had gone in search of a healer who Uncle Jairus claimed had been preaching in the region. Mother took Ruth’s hand and when I saw the look on my mother’s face I knew. All I could do was fall to my knees and cry and pray. Then Uncle Jairus appeared in the doorway and with him was a man unlike any man I have ever seen. His face was strong, but there was this heavenly gentleness to it. I could see the look of compassion in his eyes. I knew this was no ordinary man. He turned to everyone and told them to leave. He even screamed at a few of the old widows who thought they knew exactly what to do.

He even told Uncle Jairus and mother to leave as well. He motioned for Aunt Elizabeth to stay, and he turned to me and said, ‘You stay too little one, for best friends are needed at times like this.’ Then he screamed again at everyone, ‘The child is not dead she is merely sleeping, so get out and let us be alone with her.’

Then he bent down on one knee and placed his head near Ruth’s and whispered something into her ear. ‘Rise precious child of God,’ I heard him say. Then he turned to Aunt Elizabeth and said, ‘Get this little one something to eat she is hungry.’ Then he motioned for me to come closer and he took my hand in his and looked into my eyes and said, ‘You are a good friend Rebekah, God’s peace will always be with you.’ Then as soon as he arrived, I looked up and he was gone. How did he know my name abba?”

(Told by Rebekah, best friend to Jairus’ daughter; who was brought back to life by Jesus.)

Earl Gervais, has been a Catholic School Teacher for the past 34 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans. He has been married to Cindy for 43 years, has two daughters and two grandchildren.

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Sister Rose Bowen Day of Prayer

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Jesus Means Freedom

Looking for a Day of Prayer? Join us at Rosaryville on Thursday, November 13, 2014 for a day of prayer and reflection on Jesus Means Freedom. We will start at 9:00 am with coffee and fellowship. The talks begin at 9:30 with discussion and quiet time for reflection. Lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the day is $35.00. The day will include the celebration of the Eucharist and will conclude at around 2:30pm.

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Stitching into Mystery

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Stitching into Mystery:

Yarncraft as Contemplative Practice

A Retreat Weekend for Knitters and Crocheters

Friday, Jan. 16, 7pm – Sunday, Jan. 18, Noon

“Contemplation” is described by Walter Burghardt, SJ as "a long, loving look at the real." By their very nature, knitting and crocheting are contemplative practices. From the repetitive movements of the needles and hooks, to the gradual emergence of a pattern created from a single strand of yarn, yarn crafters have the opportunity to use their “hobby” as a way to see all of life differently.

Come together with others who share your passion for yarn craft to explore the holy dimensions of your art. Bring your latest project(s) to work on while we reflect together!

Anita Davidson has nearly thirty years of experience working in the field of spirituality and is an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is currently serving as coordinator of Corpus Christi Center of Peace, a spirituality and community outreach center located in the inner city of Columbus, Ohio. She is also a spiritual director and retreat leader.

Anita is married and is mom and step-mom to four grown children and a four year old German shepherd/coonhound mix. She’s an avid reader, singer, traveler and motorcycle rider. She learned to crochet from her Aunt Hope when she was 8 years old and has been working on one project or another ever since.

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Men's Retreat: Emmaus

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Men’s Emmaus Retreat – January 23-25

Open to All Men (sponsored by St. Dominic Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA)

Put aside the “hustle and bustle” of daily life and attend the upcoming men’s Emmaus retreat the weekend of January 23-25, 2014. The retreat is held at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and retreat house in beautiful, peaceful Ponchatoula, Louisiana. This retreat is based on the scripture passage “The Road to Emmaus” (Luke 24: 13-35) and is an uplifting experience that has a profound effect on men’s lives. The retreat begins at 5:00 PM Friday and ends after the 5:30 PM mass on Sunday. Please don’t ignore this opportunity but pray on it instead. Something special definitely awaits you at Rosaryville!

Questions or Concerns? For additional information, please contact Norm Madere at (504) 481-0411 or Rick Valadie (504) 267-4944


2015 Dottie DeGrandis

2015 Dottie DeGrandis - Upcoming Events

"Healing the Hurts of the Heart” Dorothea DeGrandis-Sudol June 5-7, 2015. This is a weekend charismatic retreat. All retreatants are assured a spirit-filled weekend of prayer, healing and song sure to lighten your burden and lift your heart. The cost is $100 for commuter, $135 for bunk house, $185 for double occupancy room or $215 for private room. Please sign up soon as this retreat fills up quickly. Please join us.

De Grandis, June 5-7, 2015

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Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy

Healing Our World from the Inside Out: Paula D'Arcy - Upcoming Events

Healing Our World From the Inside Out

Join us September 17- 20, 2015 for a silent retreat with Paul D'Arcy: a deeper look at the way we are all living our lives. Join us in looking at what happens when we stop believing that change will only happen “out there, ” and begin to realize that we are the world, and healing begins from the inside out.

Paula D’Arcy is a writer, playwright, retreat leader and conference and seminar speaker. In 2001 she established Red Bird Foundation, which supports the growth and spiritual development of those in need throughout the world, including men and women in prison. The foundation has sponsored two international gatherings of women known as WOMENSPEAK, conferences which honor the woman’s voice as a force of peace and healing for the world. A former psychotherapist, Paula survived the loss of her husband and young daughter in an accident in 1975. She was three months pregnant at the time. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird, Waking Up to This Day, and When People Grieve.

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Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer - Upcoming Events

"Be still and know that I am God"

Join Sister Mary Noel, O.P. and her community for Centering Prayer on Thursday nights at 7:00 P.M. All are welcome. Because Centering Prayer method holds a particular form and structure, we invite you to call Rosaryville at 225-294-5039 to RSVP with Sister Mary if you are new to the group.

Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a disciple to foster that relationship. This method of prayer as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to Contemplative Prayer, in the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is to the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. It tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Thank you to Contemplative Outreach, Ltd for explanations.

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center 39003 Rosaryville Rd Ponchatoula, LA 70454 (225) 294-5039
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