An Invitation From Fr. Dan Brady, Pastor of St. Michael's Catholic Church
(Excerpts from Fr. Dan's February 15 Letter to the Parish.)
Where have you met God? What have you sought to do that opens such a possibility? One occasion that helps so many people do this is a retreat – a time to get away from our regular daily routine and open our minds and hearts to God.
Again and again, members of our parish have found the Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) RENEWAL weekend experience to be an important encounter with God. These CRHP Retreats (we say “chirp retreats”) are peer-led and a powerful experience of meeting God.
If you haven’t gone on one, why haven’t you? It happens right here in our own parish and involves one weekend that can change your life. As I write that, I realize it might sound a little scary (“I don’t want to become some kind of holy roller!”). But I will tell you that to meet God is to experience a freedom and joy that is beyond measure.
So, look for the courage to say “yes” when you hear the next invitation. God’s generosity can never be outdone. Let him give himself to you. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is knocking at your door. Will you have the courage to open it?
What is a Christ Renews His Parish Retreat?
It a weekend that allows God's voice to be heard through the many distractions that compete for our attention each day. It is a time to relax, pray, and rethink priorities. It is a time to get to know others in the parish and grow as a community.
It is a weekend of reflection and sharing of spiritual and real life issues.
What Christ Renews His Parish Retreat Is NOT:
It's not a silent retreat, yet there are periods of quiet reflection and prayer.
It's not a solitary retreat, your participation makes the retreat a spiritual one for you and the other participants.
It's not a parish organization, fraternity/ sorority, or clique.
It's not a a public confession. You will not be required to speak in front of a group, unless you want to.
It's not what you expect it to be.
What Happens During the Weekend?
Come prepared to have fun and renew your heart. You will hear other parishioners share real-life examples of how they have found meaning, hope, peace and the love of Christ in their lives.
You'll be free to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable. You and your needs will always be respected. The sharing dialogue is stimulated in a very liturgical, scriptural, and prayerful atmosphere.
Sacraments are part of the weekend. Liturgy is celebrated for participants, and reconciliation is offered.
Who Can Participate?
Anyone over 19 years old is invited and encouraged to attend a weekend. CRHP is for anyone seeking spiritual renewal, desiring to build up the body of Christ, or wanting to gain a deeper sense of purpose.
The weekends will be held at St. Michael, with overnight accommodations at a local hotel, and will begin Saturday morning and end late Sunday afternoon. Men's and women's weekends will be held separately.
There is not a fee to attend the retreat. However, we do ask for donations to help defray the cost of the weekend (hotel, meals, snacks, materials etc.). The suggested donation is $55 and is based on 2 persons sharing a room. Other sleeping arrangements are available; please inquire. CRHP is available to everyone, so please give what you can.