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Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!

Holy Cross Catholic Retreat Center

Celebrating 60 years of Retreat Ministry in 2017!


 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 


   

  

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis has called for September 1st to be a World Day of Peace. It begins the "Season of Creation"; which runes through October 4th.

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The 2015 Annual Report with a recap of the past year, pictures, a financial report, and a list of many retreats and events from January to June 2016 is available.

El Reporte Anual de 2015 con eventos del año pasado, un reporte financial, una lista de retiros y eventos enero de junio, está disponible.


The local Health magazine did a cover story on the Holy Cross Retreat Center as a "House of Healing" describing a retreat as a way to heal our souls and spirits.  You can see all the pictures of the Chapel and the article by clicking here.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

  

  

  





  

 



























































Confirmation retreat!  The youth from La Purissima Parish in Socorro, TX came to Holy Cross Apr. 30-May 1 for their annual Confirmation retreat. 


The catechist and Deacon William guided them through a wonderful experience of faith renewal, prayer, and enjoyment.  Here you can see them building a pyramid as part of the community building and trust. 


The parents and families of the youth came for the closing mass outside near the gazebo to share in the special event.  They hope to return each year!

 
Fr. Tom Smith using a pottery wheel during a Parish retreat at St. Francis Newman Center in Silver City.  The theme was "From Clay to Community" and he was able to use the images of working with clay to inspire spiritual growth as individuals, family, and as a church. 

 
One of 45 couples who participated in the Engaged Encounter on March 5 and 6, 2011.  This couple is sitting in the atrium while discussing some of what they had written for each other.

Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish talked about the sacraments
The ACTS retreats are very strong in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.  Holy Cross Retreat Center hosts about eleven of the renewal weekends each year, for both men and women, and in English and Spanish.

 
Fr. Tom is working with them directly to get to know them better and to maintain good relations.  Here is a picture of a group on Oct. 28-31, 2010 from San Patricio Cathedral Parish and Queen of Peace Church in El Paso.


They had 51 candidates, with team, music ministry, and priests totaling 91 people.  Holy Cross was filled with the power of their prayer, music, and joy!  Here, Fr. Trini Fuentes from Queen of Peace Parish spoke about the sacraments with the candidates, in our atrium.

Opening procession with candles
 Both the local English and Spanish speaking groups of Secular Franciscans, several Franciscans sisters, and other guests joined with the friars for a pleasant celebration of the "Transitus" on October 3rd. 


We began outside, walked and sang with a candlelight procession to the Chapel, then continued with a bilingual reading of various Franciscan and Scriptural accounts. 
 

 
Blessing with the relic of St. Francis

Fr. Don Adamski OFM Conv. was the presider and preacher.  The ceremony concluded with a blessing with a relic of St. Francis of Assisi and a reception for about 35 people.  It is good to celebrate our heritage and invite others to join together.


 


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Holy Cross Retreat has confessions at 6:00pm and mass at 6:30 each Wednesday evening in the new Chapel.  

UPCOMING RETREATS AND EVENTS:

Retreat on the Franciscan Spirituality of Creation and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

  Led by Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. March 3-5, 2017.  

--time to explore the richness of the “Canticle of the Creatures” by St. Francis of Assisi,

--consider why St. Francis was chosen as the patron of Ecology.  Reflect on Pope Francis and creation.

--times for prayer and praise at the beautiful setting of Holy Cross Retreat Center, and also time for quiet.  This could be a welcome opportunity for those with an interest in St. Francis and those who are just looking for an enriching weekend for yourself.

Retreat fee:  Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$152.00.    

Shared room would be $127.00 each person.

Commuter:  includes five meals and presentations--$65.00. 

 

Blessing of the statues, new stained glass windows, and stations of the Cross, March 12th 2:00 pm, mass and reception.  When the new Chapel was dedicated Feb. 22, 2015 the building was largely finished as well as the altar furnishings.  However, the statues, the Stations of Cross, the bell, and the stained glass windows were not completed.  Fr. Jim Kent OFM Conv., the Minister Provincial of the Franciscans will be preaching and presiding, and Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez will join us in this special ceremony.  The Chapel has been a real gift to the Retreat Center and allowed us to welcome new groups and more easily celebrate liturgies and host assemblies.  Please join us if you are able. 

 

        Contemplative Prayer Retreat
Using the Rosary Walk, Labyrinth, and Meditation  
Holy Cros
s Retreat Center
600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM

 

March 17-19, 2017 registration 6:30-7:00pm till Sunday the 19th at 1:00pm With Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. director

 

Give yourself the gift of extended quiet time with the Lord as we begin a new year, and the opportunity to learn about different forms of meditative prayer. We will explore how to expand our use of the Rosary, walk the labyrinth, and enhance our meditations. Each person will be given space to practice the forms of prayer and then reflect together on the experience. This retreat could be a further development for people who have made an ACTS retreat, or all who are seeking further spiritual enrichment.

 

Suggested Retreat fee: Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$152.00. Shared room would be $127.00 each person.  Commuter: includes five meals and presentations--$67.00.

 

If finances are a concern please contact us and we will make special arrangements. We don’t want to turn people away because of cost.

 

   Call 575 524-3688 or email programs@holycrossretreat.org for more details and to make a reservation.   (Deposit of $25.00 needed to hold a room.)

Contemplative Retreat

Using the Rosary Walk, Labyrinth, and Meditation

Holy Cross Retreat Center

600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park, NM

March 17-19, 2017 registration 6:30-7:00pm till Sunday the 19th at 1:00pm With Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. director

Give yourself the gift of extended quiet time with the Lord as we begin a new year, and the opportunity to learn about different forms of meditative prayer. We will explore how to expand our use of the Rosary, walk the labyrinth, and enhance our meditations. Each person will be given space to practice the forms of prayer and then reflect together on the experience. This retreat could be a further development for people who have made an ACTS retreat, or all who are seeking further spiritual enrichment.


Suggested Retreat fee:
Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$152.00. Shared room would be $127.00 each person.  Commuter: includes five meals and presentations--$67.00.

If finances are a concern please contact us and we will make special arrangements. We don’t want to turn people away because of cost.

   Call 575 524-3688 or email programs@holycrossretreat.org for more details and to make a reservation.   (Deposit of $25.00 needed to hold a room.)

 

Retreat on Mary as a Model of Prayer

Led by Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv.  March 31-Apr. 2, 2017

There have been approximately 2,000 sightings of the Mary since 40 AD.  How is it that her presence has engendered such fervor and a call to pilgrimage?  How can we draw on the spirituality and witness of Mary in our own life today?  This retreat will give us time to reflect on the power of her presence in the Church and in our lives. 

 Retreat fee:  Individual room for Friday and Saturday plus the program and five meals--$152.00.    

Shared room would be $127.00 each person.

Commuter:  includes five meals and presentations--$65.00. 

   Call 575 524-3688 or email programs@holycrossretreat.org for more details and to make a reservation.    Deposit of $25.00 needed to hold a room.  If finances are a concern, we will make arrangements. 

(Search web for National Geographic Magazine appearances of Mary for article)


 

 


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