Adult Education & Retreats

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Our Baptismal call is to a lifelong spiritual journey and continual development of our faith.  Growing in holiness and discipleship  involves a willingness to continue to learn throughout one’s whole life about the faith and how to live it.  St. Joseph’s offers adult education in conjunction with the Faith Formation Office.  There are a series of mini-courses, seminars, retreats, mornings and evenings of reflection, Bible and book studies planned for the 2009-2010 year.  Many opportunities to grow in knowledge and faith are available.

Contact: Donna Cooper (863)682-0555 ext. 245

Couples for Christ

Couples for Christ or CFC is a family-focused ministry centered on the Eucharist, Christian living, youth and vibrant worship/sharing in household and parish settings.  A CLP(Christian Life Program) workshop/seminar initiates couples, youth and single men and women into this movement.  CLP includes dynamic presentations of current CFC members regarding basic Catholic/Christian doctrines on the Holy Trinity, Sacraments, Mary, the Church, etc…  The Social Teachings of the Church is taught and lived through the “Gawad Kalinga”, a housing project for the homeless in the Philippines.  Everyone is welcome to join.

Contact: Orly and Anna Fajardo (863)701-7626

Emmaus Retreats

These are parish-based retreats where parishioners experience God’s unconditional love and deepen their faith through community-building, witness talks, worship and prayer.  They are offered on weekends in the Fall and Spring for both men and women.

Contact: Donna Cooper (863)682-0555 ext. 245

M.O.M.S. – Ministry of Mothers Sharing

MOMS is an opportunity for mothers and grandmothers of all ages to come together in a small group setting in order to share, listen, and grow in faith together.  The program creates awareness of the inner sacred self while at the same time teaching new ways to inspire, encourage and affirm each other.  Through the process of personal and spiritual growth, women have the opportunity to clarify their values, claim their own giftedness, and bring these strengths to their family relationships, and to the Christian community .

Retrouvaille (Retro-vi)

A program designed to help heal and renew troubled marriages.  Retrouvaille, a world-wide organization, was originated in Canada in the 1970’s.  The word “retrouvaille” simply means rediscovery.  Our program offers you the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage.

Contact: (407)246-4865, Diocese of Orlando’s Family Life Office

Women Circle

In case you are wondering…yes, it’s women only (with the exception to the rule, however, we do permit our clergy to visit or it’s off to the confessional we go). It’s not a secretive group, but a group where we can literally let our hair down. We have some educational and, at times, some lively discussions on women in the Bible, and how their lives parallel to the women of today. They met some of the same challenges as we do today as mothers, wives and leaders and were under some of the same stressful situations. Hearing different views on the stories we grew up with in the Bible, we discuss how the Eucharist leads us to become better Catholics and share different ways we pray and worship. Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry together, but we are all there under the “band of sisterhood.” Some of us are the elders of this sisterhood and some are the younger ones and even though we may have the same problems, there are always a number of different views. But when we get together, there is no age difference. We have become one. We enjoy a wonderful pot brunch (we have some of the best cooks in Polk County and some of the best shoppers for those who buy their treats). We discuss “God Sightings,” but most of all, we pray with and for each other. Come and find out what it is all about. Come and relax with the Circle of Women. You won’t be disappointed. We will be starting our new season with some very exciting topics such as “The Coming of God,” the “Upper Room Women and Beyond,” and more. Keep the following dates reserved for an exciting Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You deserve it!

Contact: Angela (863)816-3552 or Coelita (504)782-9262


The Secular Discalced Carmelites are a contemplative order under the direction of the Carmelite Fathers. Members seek to deepen their lives in Christ and to share in the Church’s mission by praying for the work of the Church and for the sanctification of priests. The Secular Discalced Carmelites gather on the third Saturday of each month.  They begin with recitation of Morning Prayer in the Church Chapel at 8:30 a.m. followed by 9 a.m. Mass and then Meeting Formation in the Pastoral Center.

Contact:  President, Roger Craft at (813) 754-6399 or Formation Director, Beverly Phillips at (863) 688-5331

Franciscans – St. Francis and Clare Fraternity

Men and women who have been called by the Spirit of God to live the Gospel as seen through the eyes of St. Francis of Assisi, a vocation lived out in fraternity and through the support of shared power and Christian service.  Meeting Time (updated 2016): For the month of June, the Secular Franciscans Fraternity will meet Sunday, June 12 after the 11 a.m. Mass in the Old Library.
In July, the Franciscans will return to their monthly fraternity meetings beginning on July 17 at 11 a.m. in the Old Library. Meetings will then continue on the erd Sunday of every month. All are welcome.

Contact: 863 – 248 – 4070, Katie Multhauf,