Conversion Experience Retreat

CER2013

Upcoming CER:

CER #67: Sep 4 – 8

CER Dates for 2020

CER #68: Mar 18-22 | Ballot: 1 Feb

CER #69: May 6-10 | Ballot: 28 Mar

Youth CER #17: Jun 18-21 | Ballot: 18 Apr

Mandarin CER #3: Aug 12-16 | Ballot: 26 Apr

CER #70: Dec 9-13 | Ballot: 31 Oct

FAQ ON CER REGISTRATION

Who can attend CER?

Applicants must be 21 years or older; and must have NOT attended CER, YCER or AWAKEN before.  

Can I attend CER if I can’t make it for every session in the retreat?

CER is a continuous stay-in programme.  Every part of the programme links to and sets up the next.  To reap the maximum benefits from this retreat, please ensure that you are able to participate in every session.  If you are aware you are unable to at this point, we encourage you to sign up for another CER.

Can I attend CER if (a) I am not a Catholic, or (b) I am a foreigner not residing in Singapore, or (c) I am a Singaporean worshipping in a Catholic church in another country?

CER is conducted primarily for Catholics of this Archdiocese.  However, we recognise that there are people who fall into these categories, wanting to attend CER.  We have set aside a few places in every CER for these people.  Please inform our balloting team of the category you fall into.

Non-Catholics must be totally open to the retreat as it is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

How do I register for CER?

Registration for CER is by ballot.  You need to be present for the ballot.  In the event you are unable to attend the ballot, please arrange for someone who is not registering for him/herself in the same retreat, to stand in as your proxy.  Note that each person/proxy can register for ONLY 1 person (either for him/herself or the person being proxied for).

We regret that CSC members helping out in the ballot are unable to stand in as proxies in view of their assigned duties.

When and where is the ballot held?

The ballot is usually scheduled on a Saturday at 10am, and will be held in St Peter Hall, ground level, Catholic Spirituality Centre @ 1261 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534796.  Please check our website for the date of the ballot.  Note that you need to arrive at CSC by 9.30am for some administrative processing.

Where do I find the registration form?

The registration forms will be made available 8 days before the scheduled ballot.  You can get a copy from CSC admin office, or download and print it from the home page of our website.  Note for printing – check the ‘Print on both sides of paper’ option and ‘Flip on short edge’.

Complete Section A of the form by providing all required information and sign the Declaration and Undertaking in Section D.  We regret that we are unable to accept incomplete and unsigned forms.

Do I send in my registration form and/or payment before the ballot?

No, you do not need to send us your form or payment before the ballot.  Bring them to the ballot.

What do I do when I am at CSC on the day of the ballot?

If you have not filled up the registration form, please get a copy from our ballot team members, complete Section A of the form by providing all required information and sign the Declaration and Undertaking in Section D.  

With the completed form, join the queue for your form to be checked and a ballot number slip issued.  Doors to the hall where the ballot is held, will open at 9.30am.  Proceed into the hall with your checked form and ballot number slip to wait for the ballot to begin.

At 10am sharp, the doors to the hall will be closed and locked.  Do make sure you are seated in the hall before 10am.  A pre-ballot briefing will be given by the worship leader.  Close to the end of that briefing, couples opting for Couple Ballot will be invited to the Couple Ballot briefing.

Follow the instructions to drop your ballot number slips into the ballot box.  The ballot will begin as soon as all ballot number slips are dropped into the box.  When your number is drawn, proceed immediately to the payment counters for submission of registration form and payment.  Note that we will also collect payment for those balloted into the waitlist.

When will I know if I am successful in getting a place in the retreat?

You definitely have secured a place in the retreat when your ballot number is drawn into the Confirmed list.  If you are on the waitlist, you will know the status of your application when you receive a call or a Confirmation Email from our retreat registration team.  Whenever there is a withdrawal from the retreat, the place will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

I would like to attend the retreat with my spouse.  How do I go about it?

First be informed that Couple Ballot is applicable only to married couples. Would-be married, engaged couples will not be eligible.

Each spouse will need to have a registration form in his/her own name.  Go through the Form Check process and get a ballot number slip each.  When the ballot begins, couples will be invited to join the Couple Ballot briefing.  Note that if one or both of you are unable to attend the ballot, you need to appoint a proxy for the absent spouse.

What happens if I arrive a little after 10am?

The doors to the hall will be closed and locked promptly at 10am for the ballot to begin. We regret that latecomers will not be admitted into the hall for the ballot once the doors are locked.

How much is the retreat fees?

Please refer to the registration form.

What mode of payment do you accept?

We accept Cash or Cheque only.  Please make cheque payable to Catholic Spirituality Center.

Is there a nearby ATM?

The nearest POSB ATM that is within walking distance is located next to Block 401 Hougang Avenue 8, opposite the Punggol Park.

Can I transfer my registration to someone else, or defer my participation if I can’t make it?

We regret that your registration is non-transferable and non-deferrable.  If you are unable to make it, the place will be given to the next person on the waitlist.  Please make sure you are available for all sessions on all 5 days of the retreat.  If you are the proxy for someone, please make sure he/she has been informed of the retreat, and he/she is willing and available to attend the retreat.

Any other questions?

Contact the CSC Retreat Registration team at 6288 7901 / 6858 2716 or cscretreats@gmail.com.

Prayer for Conversion Experience Retreat

LOVING FATHER, we pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all participants at the Conversion Experience Retreat at CSC, that every heart be open to experience Your love personally in a powerful, life-changing way. May You bless everyone abundantly with all the graces they need for total conversion of heart. Lord, fill them with Your Spirit and love, and grant graces of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing in spirit, soul and body. May You transform every heart and mind to be renewed in Your Spirit.

O Holy Spirit, anoint and empower Msgr William Goh, and the ministering teams to be be Your effective instruments abounding in love, wisdom and discernment.

Lord, protect all Your people from the wickedness and snares of the devil, from harm and danger.

Holy Mary, our Blessed Mother, we ask for your powerful intercession for everyone at the retreat.

To You O Lord, we give glory and praise because of Your constant love and faithfulness. We make this prayer through Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer. AMEN.