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An ACTS weekend is designed to help the retreatants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners.
An ACTS Retreat is a three-day Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately.
Women's ACTS Retreat (English)
March 2-5, 2017
Registrations being accepted
at OLG or St. Joseph parishes
Must be atleast 21 years of age
Why should I attend?
The retreat weekend can be a powerful and enduring personal conversion experience. Talks, which draw from the personal experiences of team members, focus on Adoration, the need for prayer and meditation on the word of God; Community, the importance of community built on faith and love; Theology, the need to read and understand scripture and our Catholic Faith; and Service, the need to answer Christ's call to service. Activities conducted during the weekend give retreatants a better understanding of the significance and importance of prayer, liturgy, the sacraments, scripture, community, and service.
It is a powerful community building experience for a parish. The ACTS weekend brings the retreatants to a better understanding of God's love for them, and also develops their need to share that love with others through their involvement in a faith-centered parish community.
The retreat emphasizes our call to serve our parish community and the greater world community. Frequently the retreatant experiences a new or renewed dedication to the life of the parish community and a new recognition of the needs of those around us and of our obligation, as followers of Christ, to help meet those needs.
What is the purpose of an
Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. The retreat takes on the traditions and atmosphere of the parish community sponsoring it. The retreat itself facilitates the attainment of a new or deeper relationship with our Lord through:
the call by, acceptance of, and response to God
the love and caring of each other
the study of God through scripture and the Catholic Faith
to God, his people and the parish faith community.
Each retreat is conducted by a retreat "team" composed of ~ 36 individuals who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Chosen by the retreat Director, the team organizes the retreat, conducts the retreat talks and activities, and ministers to the needs of the retreatants during the retreat weekend.
What is an ACTS retreat?