Parish Missions

St. Mary’s offers missions during Advent and Lent.  Many of these missions are lead by a visiting priest.  

St. Mary’s next such mission will be lead by a Divine Mercy Priest and held during Lent 2018:  March 18-22, 2018 in Old St. Mary’s from 6:00-7:30pm.

Other missions are lead by the parish priests and deacons.  We will have such a mission in Advent 2017.  Watch the Sunday bulletin mission and retreat information.

Lenten Mission 2018

Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the eyes of Women
Mar 24 8:00am

All women are invited. We will use the book, Walk in Her Sandals edited by Kelly M. Wahlquist. Please bring your bible and coffee mug.


Directed retreats

The word ‘retreat’ means to withdraw (as an army might do in battle).

Many Catholics benefit from withdrawing from regular daily life, from the home and from family and friends, for the purpose of reconnecting or deepening their relationship with God.  Getting away allows retreatants to put aside daily concerns for a time to focus on Jesus.  Getting away can also help put the situations of daily life into perspective.
There are several retreat houses within driving distance of Aiken.

These monasteries offer retreats throughout the year:

  • Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey (Trappist monks) in Moncks Corner, SC  843-761-8509 (private retreats only)
  • Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Trappist monks), Conyers, GA 770-760-0959 (private retreats and scheduled group retreats)

These groups offer regularly scheduled retreats:

  • Ignatian Silent Retreats offered by Regnum Christi in Atlanta, GA 770.837.2798, and Regnum Christi in Charlotte, NC.  Contact Richard at
  • Family retreats and boys and girls retreats are offered by Regnum Christi in Charlotte, NC.  Contact Richard at