Our Programs

St. Raphaela Center offers a variety of programs and events organized by our staff around various thematic and spiritually-guided formats.


All are invited to join the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in daily Eucharistic Adoration, and in a monthly evening Taize prayer accompanying Eucharistic Adoration.   Come see how the Eucharist can become a source of transformation and sustenance in your life...for the life of the world! ...moreAdoration



Centering Prayer

Centering prayer is a way of opening the mind and heart beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. It can help us to receive the gift of experiencing God, who we know by faith dwells within us. If you are looking to cultivate a deeper relationship with God, give centering prayer a try. It just might be the practice that adds the depth and meaning you seek in your prayer life. ...more


 Handmaids' Feast Days

Join our community of faith as we celebrate our devotion to the loving Heart of Jesus! Our chapel, surrounded by the beauty of God's creation, is the perfect setting for this celebration of God's incredible outpouring of love to us in the gift of the Eucharist. Following the liturgy, refreshments are served, and a reflection is offered for an opportunity to share our faith together. Come to grow in your relationship with God and with others! ...more


Mustard Seed

Come home to yourself, come home! How? Well, come see! Experience for yourself the benefits of participating with other men and women who have experienced the effects of this program. As you participate in the opportunity to listen, observe, reflect, risk and enjoy yourself and others, you will experience greater inner-freedom, a more relaxed attitude toward life and the freedom to be yourself. The presentations and discussions are designed to awaken the person to a newer understanding of the meaning of Christ's teaching and to render an inspiring and energetic approach to living the Gospel message.”. ...more


Shawl Ministry

This knitting/crocheting activity is a response of comfort by women for women. In 1998, Janet Severi Bristow and Victoria Galo started this ministry of solidarity as a result of their studies with Sister Therese Winter, MMS. Sister Kathy Gazie, acj has years of experience with Shawl Ministry, and she will even teach you with simple knitting steps! Friends interested in offering a shawl to an expectant mother or other occasion of joy, or to people in challenging situations such as a diagnosis, hospitalization, or death, can come together for this happy, contemplative, and prayerful experience. ...more



Taizé Prayer

The practice of contemplative prayer opens us to encounter and to be formed by this love that is poured out. Taizé worship is a contemplative communal prayer service that consists of meditative singing, Scripture reading, and periods of silence in order to reach a contemplative state. It is an international movement, inspired by an ecumenical interspiritual community in France. At St. Raphaela Center, we integrate our charism of Eucharistic Adoration with this contemplative worship. Join us for a monthly Taizé prayer, including Eucharistic Adoration that will extend in silence until midnight after the hour-long Taizé service. ...more


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Upcoming Programs

Eight Day Winter Directed Retreat
Date: January 24 to January 31

A Winter Day of Renewal
Date: Feb 5, 2020 - 8:30am to 2:30pm

The Mustard Seed
Date: Feb 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: February 12 - 7:30pm

Charis Young Adult Retreat: Spirit@Work
Date: March 6 to March 8
Young Adult retreat with Ignatian Spirituality

Celtic Day of Prayer
Date: Mar 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: March 11 - 7:30pm

The Mustard Seed
Date: Mar 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Lenten Day of Reflection
Date: Mar 25, 2020 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Change Our Hearts: The challenge of the Lenten Gospels

Women's Weekend Palm Sunday Retreat
Date: April 3 to April 5

Spiritual SPR: Retreat for Nurses 2020
Date: Apr 5, 2020 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: April 8 - 7:30pm

Easter Triduum Retreat 2020
Date: April 9 to April 12

The Enneagram: Ego and Transcendence
Date: April 18 to April 19

The Mustard Seed
Date: Apr 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: May 13 - 7:30pm

The Mustard Seed
Date: May 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: June 10 - 7:30pm

30 Day Spiritual Exercises
Date: June 26 to July 30
Coordinated by Sr. Karen Doyle, SSJ

Summer Directed Retreat I
Date: July 3 to July 11

Summer Weekend Directed Retreat I
Date: July 3 to July 5

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: July 8 - 7:30pm

Summer Directed Retreat II
Date: July 17 to July 24

Summer Weekend Directed Reteat II
Date: July 17 to July 19

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: August 12 - 7:30pm

Taizé Prayer with Adoration
Date: September 9 - 7:30pm

Fall Directed Retreat
Date: September 18 to September 25

Fall Directed Weekend Retreat
Date: September 18 to September 20