Welcome Retreat

 

“Welcome” is a weekend retreat open to every adult female or male (age 19+) of Our Lady of the Angels parish, where you will experience a personal, spiritual renewal and an abundance of joy in Christian Community.

The Welcome retreat, previously known as “Christ Renews His Parish” (CRHP), is a process designed to bring members of our parish together in Christ.  It consists of two gifts.  The first is our gift of the weekend to you wherein you “step away” from the everyday world for a time of listening, sharing, prayer, fun and food!   The second is your gift to others when you simply take your renewed heart into your everyday life.

This “Welcome” weekend is given by a Team of parishioners-the Giving Team along with a Priest/Deacon- who have come together to prepare this ‘gift’ especially for you. This retreat is held at different times during the year for both men and women, and held separately.   

This is not a silent retreat. The emphasis is on personal and community renewal. The process is centered on the sharing of God’s love by members of the Team and table sharing in a liturgical, scriptural, prayerful & casual atmosphere.  There will be no pressure on you to talk or share.  Sensitivity to you and your needs will always be respected.

This renewal “welcome” process does not come on like a tornado!  It brings God’s message of love into finer focus and allows us a relaxed atmosphere in which to respond to Christ’s call to a closer and deeper relationship with Him and other members of our parish.

This is an on-site weekend here at Our Lady of the Angels. It will begin at 7:00 am on Saturday morning; and conclude on Sunday at approximately 4:00 pm. 

Accommodations are simple but very adequate. All meals are prepared for you.  If you have special dietary or other requirements, we will accommodate you.  Please specify them on the reservation form. The entire weekend is informal.  Casual and comfortable clothing is encouraged.

Sleeping over is optional. Some feel they get a greater spiritual benefit by sleeping over while others do not. This is each person's personal choice that will be respected. If you plan to sleep over please so indicate on the form attached and plan to bring your own pillow, sheets, blanket or sleeping bag, towel, personal toiletries, and medications.  Air mattresses will be provided.

Sacraments are part of the weekend.  Mass is celebrated and Reconciliation is available. As reservations are limited in number, please return the Form, plus payment, at your earliest convenienceIf an unforeseen reason arises causing your inability to attend, please contact us immediately so that we can offer the weekend to a person on our waiting list.

Can you afford this weekend?  Absolutely YES!  While the process attempts to be self-sustaining, we ask that you do not stay away for financial reasons.  We would appreciate a $45 donation to help reduce the cost to the parish.

COME AWAY WITH US!

How do you participate in this weekend retreat?

Every adult male or female registered member (age 19+) of Our Lady of the Angels is invited.  This means all of our parish family, including non-Catholic spouses. All are welcome!!    

PLEASE JOIN US!

Simply fill out the registration form, attach a check made out to “Our Lady of the Angels” and mail it, or return it to the church office.

Thank you for saying “Yes, here I am Lord!”  The Team is anxiously looking forward to spending the weekend with you.

WOMEN'S Retreat Weekend - Nov. 3 & 4, 2018

Questions? Call or email Susan or Debbie!
Susan Borgiasz                                      Debbie Pavlas
sborgiasz@gmail.com                           dpavlas73@gmail.com
703-732-3988                                         763-226-0646

Men's Retreat Weekend - October 20-21, 2018