Blue Christmas Retreat

Saturday, Dec 7
1:30pm to 4:30pm;
Richmond Eastern Catholic Church,
8700 Railway Ave., Richmond BC

Having difficulty this Christmas?
Struggling with sadness during the “Holiday Season”?
Mourning a loved-one?
Unable to get into the “Christmas spirit”?

Whether sad or struggling, mourning or grieving, upset or depressed, Christmas is actually and especially for you. Join us in this half-day retreat and find out how the prayer tradition of the Christian East, with its mixture of mysticism and realism, can offer God’s comfort and grace for all who are in pain at this time of the year. Find God both in common prayer and in the depths your heart.

This retreat will be hosted by Fr. Richard Soo, SJ, a Jesuit Priest in the Eastern Catholic Eparchy of New Westminster and all British Columbia and the Yukon. He is the priest at Richmond Eastern Catholic Church, the Superior of the Jesuits in BC and the Director of the Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver.

Cost – $25, includes refreshments (Concession prices are available if you are finding the Christmas season a little tight!)

Registration required:

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Return to Jesus: A Lenten Silent Retreat

Befriending Jesus
and being befriended by Jesus on life’s journey

Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm to
Sunday, March 29, 2 pm

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Emmaus, Janet Brooks-Gerloff, 1992
  • Seeing Jesus’ humanity reflected in ours, and ours reflected in His
  • Experiencing Jesus’ embrace of weakness and suffering, and of us
  • Recognizing the beauty in brokenness – both the world’s and our own
  • Receiving God’s invitation to be His companion in places of pain and frustration

SILENCE is like a container that holds the space necessary to quiet our souls and gently move us from a busy life into an inner openness to the movement of the Spirit. Together we will journey into silence through shared contemplative experiences and personal time apart. This retreat is suitable for those who are new to silence as well as those who desire to deepen their practice of silence. Guidance will be offered to support your times of personal solitude and silence.

DATE/TIME: Friday, March 27, 5:30 pm to Sunday, March 29, 2 pm
LOCATION: Carmel Hill, Little Flower Monastery, 10789 N Deroche Rd, Deroche, BC
COST: $325.00 Includes 6 meals.
ACCOMMODATION: Private room with washroom.

Retreat full. Email soulstream1 to be put on the waitlist or to find out about other retreats.


  • Gathered times to encounter Jesus through scripture meditation, imaginative prayer, contemplative prayer, imagery, poetry and music
  • Personal time for rest, prayer, reflection, journaling, walks, etc
  • Times of listening and being listened to by fellow pilgrims on the soul journey
  • Options for creative expression to help you go deeper in your journey with Jesus
  • Individual spiritual direction (optional)
  • Silence is observed after Friday supper until before Sunday lunch

FACILITATORS: SoulStream partners, John Lunn and Mei Chang are both trained and experienced spiritual directors and retreat facilitators.
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All proceeds go to SoulStream Initiatives, a non-profit organization that seeks to support the contemplative lifestyle and encourage others to live authentically with Jesus.

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Save the date for the next Introduction to Ignatian Prayer: A weekend silent retreat facilitated by Chris Chiu and Esther Hizsa on November 6-8, 2020 at Carmel Hill, Little Flower Monastery, 10789 N Deroche Rd, Deroche, BC.

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Retreats Facilitated
by Catherine Kelly

Location: All of the retreats are at St. Mark’s Parish, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver, unless otherwise noted. One is at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Qualicum Beach.

Schedule: All have the following format: coffee and registration at 8:30 am, retreat 9 am – 12 pm, catered lunch 12-1 pm, unless otherwise listed.

Fees: Registration fee includes retreat, prayer materials, coffee and lunch. Parking is $9. No refunds within 7 days of the event.

Sat Dec 7, O Come Let Us Adore Him Advent Retreat, early bird $35, at the door $45, students $20, $25 at the door.

Sat March 7, “My God! My God!” Lenten Retreat  early bird $35, at the door $45, students $20, $25 at the door.

Sat May 2, Seniors Retreat: Finding God in — of All Things — My Aging!, early bird $35, at the door $45.

Photo Credits:
Banner: Candle by Shawn Carpenter. Used with permission.
Butterfly by Ben Grey. Used with permission.
Banner: “Hummingbird” by Ed Dahl. Used with permission.

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