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Who can forget the JOY that came to you on your Weekend in the form on the Palanca Notes on your bed.  Now you can pass on that joy by writing Palanca notes yourself to the Team and Guests of our upcoming Christian Renewal Weekends.


Palanca will be distributed three times during the Weekend, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.  Handwritten notes seem to be the most appreciated.  One alternate some use is to print out a particular poem or meaningful meme for all to recieve and then add a short handwritten message for the personal touch.  To learn more about sending Palanca click below. Stay current on Team & Guest changes.


Conference Room Palanca

Conference Room Palanca is small items that can be passed out to the Guests in the Conference Room.  These would be small gifts like small flowers, candy, noise makers, pins, etc.  Please include a letter that can be read by an Aux at the podium as well as your Name, Weekend #, and church. 

Conference Room Palanca can be brought to the Palanca drop-off on the left side of OLC beside the Palanca Notes Box.        

Be sure that there are no obstructions in front of any of the doors. The OLC staff cannot accept drop-offs before the Weekend.

                           Please respect the quiet of OLC and the Sisters who are graciously welcoming us into their home.

The Serenade is Coed ! 

New Guidelines

Open to ALL community members (co-ed).  Please arrive by 7:10 a.m., following directions from signs and Auxiliaries.  Parking is in the Upper Lot, Lower Parking Lot (½ way up driveway), and only the right side of the driveway as you drive up the hill so we maintain a fire lane in case of emergencies. 

COVID protocol: Singers are no longer required to be vaccinated.  It is asked that you take a home Covid test at Friday or Saturday of the Weekend. Masks are optional.


You will gather in the upper lot until the Auxes give the signal to come in.  Enter QUIETLY through the main entrance then turn immediately to the right and go through the gift shop to the Conference Room to enjoy fellowship, coffee, donut holes and have your song practice. Everyone will sign the poster! 


The song is the same with a slight word change.  As we will now be co-ed, the singers will no longer be wishing they were St Peter/St John or St Theresa/St Joan.  Smile!! (They will see the smile in your eyes. Even with the mask on.)



Update: 02/11/2023  

Closing are open to all community members. Arrive by 3:45 p.m. for the closing at 4:00 pm and park away in the lot away from the building.  Proof of Vaccinations in no longer required.  The Center asks you have a negative home Covid test on Friday or Saturday. Masks are optional.

Parking is in the Upper Lot, Lower Parking Lot (½ way up driveway), and only the right side of the driveway as you drive up the hill.  Enter QUIETLY through the main entrance and then turn right to go through the door to the girft shop area and proceed to the Confterence Room.  


                        Please respect the quiet of OLC and the Sisters who are graciously welcoming us into their home.

Directions to OLC

Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center

31 Colton Street, Farmington, CT 06032 


From Rt. 84 East or West 

  1. Traveling on Rte. I-84 either East or West, take Exit 39 and follow straight through onto CT Rte. 4-West to Farmington Center. 

  2. Turn left onto Rte. 10 (Main Street).  

  3. Follow along Main Street, through a traffic light to the United Church of Christ on the left-hand side.  

  4. Turn left onto Colton Street, which is the second left after the church.  The Retreat House driveway is 2/10 (0.2) miles up this street on the left.  It is a shared driveway; be sure to bear right and go up the hill.  At the top of the hill, with the house on your left, take the second driveway on your right which leads to the main parking lot.  Handicap accessible parking is located directly in front of the house.


From Crooked Street area - Eastbound

  1. From Rt. 84 East, take the Crooked Street/Plainville Route 372 Exit, number 34. 

  2. At the end of the ramp, turn left.

  3. At the next light, turn left onto Rt. 372.

  4. Continue straight through the next three lights. You’ll see Big Y, Kohl’s and Wendy’s.

  5. At the next light (Citgo station), turn right onto Cooke Street.

  6. At the next light (Mobil station), bear right onto Rt. 10 North.

  7. At next light (Silo restaurant), continue straight, traveling past Highland Park Plaza.  

  8. Continue straight through the next light (Meadow Road). 

  9. Take the very first right onto Hatters Lane (very narrow road).  

  10. Take first left onto Colton Street. The Retreat House is .1 mile up on the right.


Traveling Rt. 9 North

  1. Take Exit 28 (Rt. 72 West/Bristol). 

  2. Stay in the middle lane until after the Rt. 84 exit.

  3. Then stay in the right lane on 72 West to Exit 2 (Rt. 372) 

  4. Go to the lane marked Cooke Street at the light.

  5. Turn left onto Rt. 372 West

  6. At next light, turn right onto Cooke Street. (Gas station will be on your right, J. Timothy’s across the street at the corner).

  7. Follow Cooke Street to the Route 10 junction.

  8. Stay on Rt. 10 North to Hatters Lane.

  9. Turn right onto Hatters Lane.

  10. Turn left onto Colton Street (first left before going up hill).

The Retreat House is on the right.

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