1. Are you able to accommodate Group Retreats?
We are able to accommodate small groups of adults who wish to use our facilities for a private retreat. We can arrange sleeping space for 12 - 15 people with some double occupancy. All rooms have private entrances and private bath. Meeting space is also available. We will be glad to discuss and arrange for your group's specific needs . Please call us at 508-432-0027. More information is also available at our Retreats for Groups Page.
2. Do you have Mass open to the public?
Yes, the Liturgy of the Eucharist is celebrated in the Ecumenical Catholic Tradition every Sunday (throughout the year) at 10:00 a.m. and during the week on Fridays (from Oct 1st to April 30th) at 10:00 a.m. There are Churches of various traditions within short riding distances from Evensong, including Congregational, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches. Roman Catholics can find Mass offered in the Roman Catholic Tradition at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (less than a mile from Evensong Retreat Center) where Mass is offered at 9:00 a.m. on Monday through Saturday and at a variety of times on weekends.
3. Are you affiliated with any one Church?
Evensong is an Ecumenical facility. We operate according to the Christian Spiritual Tradition, and we welcome people of all faith traditions who wish to spend time in quiet reflection with God. Evensong is affiliated with the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of New England. St. Mary of Magdala Church, an Ecumenical Catholic Community, gathers at the 10:00am Mass here at Evensong every Sunday.
4. Are retreats really held in silence?
Silence on Guided Weekend Retreats is at the discretion of the Retreat Director, and group discussion is often a part of these weekends. Private group retreats also make their own decisions about silence. On private individual retreats and Five-day retreats silence is usually observed. The Gospels tell us that Jesus frequently went away to a quiet place to pray. The purpose of a retreat is similar - to withdraw from the busyness of our everyday world, to be ourselves before God and allow God to speak in our hearts and souls. Evensong by the Sea provides a quiet setting respectful of the silence within which this might happen. If there are two or more retreatants on site at the same time the decision for silence at meals is left to individuals, though we as everyone to be respectful of another's decision to dine in silence. Spiritual Direction on private and Five-day retreats is available for a small additional fee.
5. Are Telephones Available?
There are no phones available in rooms. In an emergency, of course, a phone can be made available to retreatants. If a retreatant wants regular access to a phone it would be best to bring your cell phone along.
6. Are meals provided?
Evensong provides three meals daily on most retreats (unless otherwise specified). There are health food stores in both Dennis and Chatham, a short drive away, as well as a nearby Shaw's Supermarket. A refrigerator is available in your room and a microwave in the dining room.
If your question is not listed please feel free to call us at 508-432-0027 or email us.