Christ Renews His Parish
Women's Retreat Weekend - April 25-26, 2015
Men's Day of Reflection - May 2, 2015
What is Christ Renews His Parish?
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP, pronounced "Chirp") is a spiritual
renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship
Christ and with others in their faith community. It is an excellent opportunity
for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their
CRHP is a process designed to bring members of a parish
together in Christ. Just as all of our other commitments
need renewal, so does our commitment to Christ if we're
to be faithful followers. CRHP is an effective spiritual
renewal that calls together members of the parish to
experience personal conversion and Christian community
within the environment of St. Mary's.
The uniqueness of CRHP is in its continuation.
Participants are usually so inspired, so renewed,
so uplifted, that they're anxious to share their faith
experience with others from their parish.
Retreatants have the opportunity to begin planning
the next renewal weekend soon after they complete
their own, if they desire. They become the "new team."
During this formation time, even greater spiritual
growth occurs. The transition between attending a
weekend and leading a weekend takes place over a
4 to 6 month formation period.
What CRHP is NOT:
- It's not a silent retreat.
- It's not a public confession.
- It's not a parish ministry.
- It's not an emotional cult.
- It's not a pre-selected group or clique.
What Happens During the Weekend?
Come prepared to have fun and renew your heart.
During the weekend you will listen to a number of individuals who have
volunteered to give a personal witness to the power of Jesus Christ in their
lives. Group discussions, usually made up of 4-5 people, and responses, follow
each presentation. Most in-depth discussions take place amongst your own table.
You'll be free to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable.
There will be readings of scripture, time for prayer, and time set aside for
personal reflection. You and your needs will always be respected. The sharing
dialogue is stimulated in a very liturgical, scriptural, and prayerful atmosphere.
Sacraments are an integral part of the weekend. There will be an opportunity to
go to confession and the weekend will conclude with a private Mass. All
experiences shared on the weekend are confidential, unless otherwise expressed
by the participants.
Who Can Participate?
All are welcome!
The program is designed to help strengthen the St. Mary's and Blessed Sacrament's church communities.
Therefore, every member of either community over 19 years old
is invited and encouraged to attend a weekend.
Christ Renews His Parish is for anyone seeking spiritual renewal. You do not have
to be a spiritual person to attend the retreat. In fact many people attend because they are not as spiritual as they
would like. Many attend because they feel something is missing from their lives.
CRHP is an excellent opportunity for those who have stopped attending Mass,
or who have lost interest in the church, to reconnect with the Parish Family.
All participants will be welcomed and receive unconditional acceptance.
What Time Does CRHP Begin?
The weekend will be held at St. Mary's Parish Hall. The weekend begins Saturday
morning (7am) and ends Sunday afternoon (approximately 6pm).
Do I Have to Stay Overnight?
To detach you from the outside world sleeping is preferred to be at
St Mary's. Sleeping accommodations (i.e. air mattresses), are provided. We recommend you
bring pillows, sheets and blankets, so you are most comfortable. Any personal
items (i.e. razors, toothpaste, etc.) you should bring with you, although we
will have extras in case you forget.
What About Meals?
You will be pampered with great meals while on the weekend.
There will be many
breaks throughout the weekend with snacks and drinks provided.
If you have
special diet requirements please let us know when you register and every
attempt will be made to accommodate your needs.
How Much Does it Cost?
There is no charge for attending the weekend!
It is our Gift to You!
The weekend is put on by previous members of the CRHP program and the St. Mary's
Parish in hopes of bettering our community through a renewal in our faith.
If you feel inclined, donations will be accepted at the end of the weekend to
help continue the program.
So, What About You?
If you've read this far you must be at least a little bit interested.
As previous weekend attendees and team members, we can assure you that it's
powerful stuff. It's a lot of fun and a great opportunity to form meaningful
and lasting friendships.
For more information, please feel free to
contact us on the link on the menu bar. Look around this web site and see more
information from our teams. You may register below electronically or print a
registration form, put it in an envelope and drop it in the collection at church
Say a prayer. Ask God what you should do. We believe He wants you here. So, what about you?
St. Mary's CRHP Teams