The divine retreats begin with the joyous proclamation of the forgiveness and salvation of the Heavenly Father, who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Salvation in Jesus is experienced through a radical turning away from sin and turning to God in repentance. This offer of salvation was the first message preached by Jesus Christ as well. “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matt 4:17).
In the Sacrament of Confession, the retreatants are convicted of their sin by the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:8), their sins forgiven by the Holy Spirit (Jn 16:8), in the power of the same Holy Spirit through the ministry of the Church (Jn 20:22-23), and given a share in the victory of Jesus over sin (Jn 16:11).
From the resulting radical conversion, people are led to total self-surrender, that results in an intimate union with Jesus in the Holy Spirit, as experienced in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (Jn 6:56). In this intimacy, the love of God is “poured into their hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom 5:5). The heart-melting under this overwhelming outpouring of love opens up, in turn, to love and forgive everyone.
This intense experience of love heals all wounds and soothes all the strains in family relationships. The bond of marriage is renewed as a sacrament of grace is incorporated into the spousal relationship between Christ and His Church.
The charism of healing is exercised in the context of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Healing is understood not in the narrow sense of bodily well-being, but as the love of God flowing into the brokenness of man to make him whole. The leadership is given by the priests in preaching and the exercise of the sacraments manifests the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. All the charisms of the lay leaders such as counselling, preaching, service and so on, are harmoniously blended and channelised through the sacramental authority of the priests.
The retreat ends with the renewal of the sacramental vows of baptism and a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit as experienced in the Sacrament of Confirmation. This all-transforming experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the fulfilment of the promise of Jesus. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth”(Acts 1:8). This empowering of the Holy Spirit is accepted as a special grace, to withstand the temptations of the evil one and to defend and spread the faith by word and action confessing Jesus Christ as the only saviour of mankind.
The grace of these seven sacraments instituted by Christ as signs of salvation and entrusted to the Church is experienced afresh by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the renewal of Christian commitment.
- Do you accept only Catholics?
Jesus accepted all, we too. “I will not reject anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37).
- What do you mean by residential retreats?
Residential retreats are a time for prayer, reflection and renewal of life.
It is a time to move from the daily routines of everyday life and journey in meditation of the Word of God to deepen the relationship with God.
- Are there some special rules for the Residential retreats?
Silence is to be kept during the retreat.
Cell phones and electronic gadgets must be switched off from the beginning to the end of the retreat.
Punctuality and complete participation are necessary.
Obedience, co-operation and mutual respect are expected from retreatants.
- I am mentally sick, can I attend the retreat?
We are sorry. We do not have the facility to give you special attention. You are advised not to attend residential retreats.
- Do I need to bring personal care items?
Yes. You have to bring toiletries, bed sheets, blankets, pillowcases, towels and other personal items.
- Do I need to register for residential retreats?
Yes. All who wish to attend the residential retreats should register with their name, address, phone numbers and contact details.
- When do I have to register?
The registration of the residential retreats begins three months in advance. You can register online or over the phone.
- Do you have a bookshop?
Yes. You can buy the Bible, Prayer books, rosary, CDs, notebooks, pens, religious articles from our bookshop.