This is a very simple retreat...
...that begins the evening of Holy Thursday (April 18) and concludes Easter Sunday morning (April 21). There are no talks. Each individual is invited to live with us the liturgical services of these days (see schedule below) and to spend the rest of the time in silence, meditating on the mysteries of these hours with the help of the Holy Scriptures and The Gospel as Revealed to Me by Maria Valtorta (more info below).
What to expect...
Silence - There are no talks beyond the homilies and liturgical events. We try to keep the Mission as a place of silence during these days, but it is not always easy for the public to do so. The area around the chapel and the interior of the property will be especially quiet places.
Personal time - Between the scheduled liturgical events will be time for personal meditation. You will have a lot of flexibility in how to use this time. You may need to simply rest. Or take advantage of the Lord’s gift of nature.
Help for Meditation - To help enter more deeply into the mysteries of these days we will provide recommendations from Holy Scripture, The Diary of St. Faustina, and a copy of Vol 10 of The Gospel as Revealed to Me (also known as The Poem of the Man God) of Maria Valtorta. We have found this last book helps us to understand what these days were like in a way that no other work does. But it is controversial. Dr. Mark Miravalle’s article on Maria Valtorta’s work does a good job explaining many of the issues involved (click here to see it). The book can be read simply as María Valtorta’s own imagination, or inspiration, or as something that the Lord is somehow revealing to her.
Freedom - Feel free to come and go at any time if you need to return home, etc. At the same time, we encourage you to live the retreat in its entirety, as much as possible, so as to accompany our Lord during His Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection. At some points the Mission will be open only for retreatants.
1 Meal - We serve dinner Thursday night. On Sunday morning there is a breakfast open to all who will attend Mass. For all other meals you are welcome to bring your own food or utilize local restaurants.
No lodging - This is not an overnight retreat. We are sorry we cannot offer lodging. In the past, people coming from far away have stayed at local hotels.
Other people - All the liturgical events are open to the public.
Cost - $15
Holy Thursday (April 18)
4:30 to 5:15 pm - Registration at O’Callaghan Center
5:30 pm - Dinner and Introduction at O’Callaghan Center.
7:30 pm - Mass of the Institution of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Adoration following Mass
10:30 pm - Vigil Ends and Mission closes
Good Friday (April 19)
9:00 am - Walking Way of the Cross (gather at tent)
After the Way of the Cross (roughly 11am) there will be confessions and an opportunity to venerate a Relic of the True Cross at St. Joseph's Chapel
2:00 pm - Service of the Passion at St. Joseph’s Chapel
3:30 pm - Novena of Divine Mercy at St. Joseph’s Chapel
5:00 pm - Mission closes to public
7:00 pm - Mission closes to retreatants
Holy Saturday (April 20)
9:00 am - Meditation and Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows at St. Joseph’s Chapel
9 - 11:00 am - Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Joseph’s Chapel
10:00 am - Novena of Divine Mercy at St. Joseph’s Chapel
12:00 pm - Closes to public
2:00 pm - Mission closes to retreatants
Easter Sunday (Apr 21)
6:00 am - Solemn Easter Vigil at St. Joseph’s Chapel
Festive breakfast following Mass at OCC.
10:00 am - Novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy
10:15 am - Retreat ends