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The liturgical color for Advent is purple, just like Lent—as both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Also Advent (like Lent) includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. This penitential dimension is expressed through the color purple, but also through the restrained manner of decorating the church and altar: "During Advent the floral decoration of the altar should be marked by a moderation suited to the character of this time of year, without expressing in anticipation the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord...[also] the use of the organ and other musical instruments should be marked by a [similar] moderation..." (GIRM n. 305 and n. 313)

The third Sunday of Advent is called "Gaudete" Sunday (coming from the first word of the Latin Entrance Antiphon for this day, meaning "Rejoice") and the liturgical color may be rose instead of purple. This is the Church's way of further heightening our expectation as we draw ever nearer the Solemnity of Christmas.


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On Oct 13th, 2018 Mt. Claret celebrated its 29th annual “friend-raiser” event, Evening Under the Stars:

A Toast to Mt. Claret. Despite the downpour of rain that was received that morning/day, friends still gathered for the event as the skies began to clear, leaving us with a turnout of a little over 200 people. The staff of Mt. Claret can’t thank our benefactors and community enough for all the love and support they bring to these holy grounds.

A special Thank You and Congratulations to our first ever Monsignor McMahon Honoree, Most Reverend Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares. What a pleasure to have you with us that special evening!

To see how the night was captured, please click here

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Welcome to Mount Claret!

Throughout the Gospels we see the Lord Jesus repeatedly call the disciples to step away to a quiet place where they can be sustained by prayer. In fact, he even tells one of His followers that such time spent with him “is the only necessary thing.” Our Lord still desires to spend time with us. After having entered into union with Him by way of our Baptism, we are continually invited by God to grow in knowledge and love with him. Such a profound relationship requires time away from the busyness of our lives when we allow Him to renew us in His love.

Here at the base of Camelback Mountain, Mount Claret Retreat Center provides a true sanctuary where the faithful can step away and attend to the only necessary thing: time spent with the Lord. The center is especially fitting for meetings and retreats for all types of groups and organizations such as parish communities and staff, elementary and high school students and faculty and youth groups. Mount Claret is also the home of Cursillo Retreats, Christ Child Society, Knights & Dames of Malta and many more.

"Come, let us climb the Lord’s Mountain…that He may instruct us…in His ways and we may walk in His path." —Isaiah 2:3

Contact Us

Mount Claret is a sacred place nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, operates as a Catholic Retreat Center, serving the entire Diocese of Phoenix. Located in Phoenix on 54th Street, just north of Camelback Road, the Center is situated on 15 acres of beautiful Sonoran desert landscape framed by the majestic mountain. This truly awesome sight beckons visitors to reconnect with the Lord in prayer and reflection. Mount Claret provides an ideal location for a parish, school or Catholic organization’s meetings and retreats.

To book a retreat for your ministry or to schedule a private retreat please call (602) 840-5066 or email info@mtclaret.org.

For more information on the facility and pricing please click here.