Conference Center Connections


Center Connections
The monthly newsletter of the Catholic Conference Center

In this issue

– Sing a new song
– Help us be the best
– Job openings – align your mission with ours
– Upcoming events
– Other news and activities

Sing a new song…

This January, the walls of the center will be vibrating with music, dance and song. Two very unique groups are coming to visit. One is the Queen Charlotte Sweet Adeline chorus, coming here for a weekend retreat and rehearsal. A couple of years ago they performed for Catholic Charities Spring Fling. They liked the center so much they decided to book a few days of their own. The other group is the Choraliers from Clover High School in Clover, SC. Each year the performing arts department puts on a big stage production for the local community. The conference center gives the students the space to bring all the different classes and talent groups together for a unified production.

We are pleased to be able to provide just the right space and accommodations for both groups. In a way, many of the people that come the center do so to learn how to ‘sing a new song’. The ‘song’ could be training to hone some new skills, a confirmation retreat to be renewed in the Spirit, or a marriage getaway weekend to rediscover the ‘music and dance’ of married love. May you discover many ways during this New Year to ‘sing a new song’ of spirit and life.

Deacon Scott D. Gilfillan
Director, Catholic Conference Center


Help us be the best…

We are looking at new ways to enhance the experience of our guests and become the best in accomplishing our mission of evangelization and renewal.You can help! Please take this four minute survey. Our newly formed Advisory Council will be meeting January 12 to review your responses on how you think the conference center can become the best it can be. Thanks!

Job opportunities…

Join your mission with ours! Our schedules are filling up, and the center is looking for dedicated individuals to assist our talented chef. Hours depend on schedules, can be from zero to around twenty hours per week. If you are a retired person, a student, looking for a second job, or a stay at home parent looking for some additional income, consider joining our enthusiastic and devoted team. Help us provide a beautiful environment for renewal and evangelization to the thousands that visit the center each year. For more information or to apply, click here.

Upcoming events…

Thu 17-Jan; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Coordinator Training.
Click for more information
Thu-24-Jan In-Service Training
Involving Parents, Engaging Families
Open to all, especially for catechists, youth group leaders, deacons and priests
Click here to register
Fri 01-Feb

Order of Malta
Charlotte Region Retreat

For more information about the Order of Malta or the retreat, email here

Sat 9-Feb: 25 Hour Marriage Getaway
Click here for website or flyer
Tue 12-Feb-19 Human Resources WorkshopNew Employee Orientation, and Benefitfocus Reporting/Monthly Insurance Billing. Email here for more information
Fri 15-Feb: Give your Heart Away | A weekend of service

The Catholic Conference Center will provide the jumping off point for college students all over Western North Carolina to perform various words of service. Click website for more information.

Fri 1-Mar Men’s spiritual exercises silent retreat
Fri 22-Mar Women’s spiritual exercises silent retreat

For more information or to register, click here.
Secrets of Motivation
Runs February to May. The third session is at the center 21-Feb. The program is designed for clergy and ministry professionals seeking to improve skills around motivating and raising commitment levels of those they lead. Limited to 20 participants. Program is sponsored by the the WNC Leadership Development Team of the United Methodist Church.
Click here for information
Fri 1-Mar-2019

The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of Marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world. “One weekend can change everything!”
Click here to register

Thu 14-Mar In-Service Training
Save the date
Open to all, especially for catechists, youth group leaders, deacons and priests
Tue 19-Mar: ParishSoft
Financial Training Workshop
For information, click here.
Sat 30-Mar
Marriage Preparation Workshop
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Charlotte
For more information, click here.
Volunteer day scheduled 16-Feb
Attention all groups looking for service projects
Knights of Columbus, confirmation classes, campus ministry…
We’ll have plenty of work to do when our next volunteer day arrives 16-Feb.
Contact Karen Wilson if you’re interested.

Dogwood has openings
for your group’s April event…

Our signature meeting room is booked almost every Saturday through June, but surprisingly is still available on the Saturdays of April 6 and April 27, some lodging rooms too. Contact us NOW if you’re interested – and let’s talk…
May God shower many blessings upon you during this New Year…
and may you find ample ways to “sing a new song!”
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