Do you need a "Faith" lift?
Tell me briefly, what is it?
Meet new friends and have a lot of fun when you attend the next Christ Renews His Parish weekend. You'll be glad you did.
Christ Renews His Parish is a program designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. The emphasis during the weekend is on small group participation. The process is centered on witnessing by team members rather than teaching and discussion and sharing by all. However, in this process everyone does benefit from the weekend.
What happens during the weekend?
Most who have participated in the weekend experience say that “you can’t explain what happens; you have to experience it.” This is your invitation to that “experience.”
You will enjoy the weekend. It will include some group activities and interactions, some prayer together, and some reflection by “team” members on such subjects as:
The Father’s Loving Care, Scripture, Eucharist, Christian Community
What it is not.
Who conducts the “weekend?”
- It is not a silent retreat but you will have an opportunity to reflect.
- CHRP is not an organization but a dynamic faith-based program centered on Christ. CRHP is in the parish, of the parish, and for the parish.
- It is not a public confession and know that people will be comfortable with who you are.
- It is not an emotional cult but the love of Christ will be evident.
- It is not a parish clique. However, you will experience a new kind of family.
The weekend experience is presented by a “team’ of participants from the previous Renewal Weekends.
How long will it last?
The weekend will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and will end by 3 p.m. Sunday.
Who may participate?
Every member of St. Joseph is invited to attend. The parish, of course, consists of all persons residing within the parish boundaries and/or those who are registered on the parish rolls.
Men and women participate on different weekends. You must be at least 18 years old to attend.
What you can expect from CRHP
The CRHP weekend offers everyone an opportunity to listen to and perhaps discuss various topics. It is a program that has expanded across states and even across countries. CRHP offers you enriching, real life faith stories that are presented by real life people. The experience is intended to change and/or enhance the lives of those in Christ. Unlike many experiences that seek a temporary spiritual boost, this experience is meant to last a life time. All within the parish are invited and welcome.
How do I sign up?
You will be invited to become involved through announcements during Mass, in the weekend bulletins, and perhaps by a personal invitation from someone you know in St. Joseph Parish. It is up to you, as an individual, to make up your own mind. The program is not being sold and you are not being pressured to go. Praying for guidance is important. If you feel that Christ, through the Holy Spirit or through a human mediator, is calling you …. Come!
What about weekend Confession?
There will be a Reconciliation Service in the Chapel. The service will conclude with Confession fo those who desire this Sacrament.
Where do people sleep?
The sleeping accommodations in the "St. Joseph Hilton" are a bit unique. The motif is early American Community classrooms. They are rearranged to provide sleeping accomodations. You may bring sleeping bags,mattresses or rollaway beds.
What about meals?
Hot meals are served. The food is excellent and the portions ample. Tipping is prohibited. Waiters and waitresses are very cordial and “service with a smile” is their motto. There will be regular breaks for coffee, cold drinks, and snacks. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
What is the “uniform of the day?”
Casual and comfortable clothing is the norm. “Sunday best” is not expected.
Can I afford the cost of the weekend?
Absolutely YES! The Renewal Weekend is a gift from the presenting team and past participants. No one in attendance is ever solicited for funds. You may, however, make private and/or anonymous donations should you be so inspired.
I would like to attend, but I have a health problem.
Your health problem should be discussed with the Spiritual Director. A recommendation will then be made.
I have insomnia, will I disturb others?
Forget it! Remember, there is only one night’s sleep. To minimize the problem, we retire late and rise early.
I don’t like to get up and talk in front of people. Will I be required to?
What about the weekend after mine?
No one is required to get up and speak. No pressure will be applied even if others do decide to speak. If you choose to be on a future team, you still will not be required to speak publicly.
What about this “witnessing” business?
The talks are given by team members NOT by participants. You may share in conversation or thoughts (as much or as little as you choose) in a small group with other participants.
I’m not sure I can take all this “faith sharing, “Renewal,” “Good News,”
and talk like that. I like things the way they were.
You sounds as if you believe that these things are new. Indeed, they are not. They are Scripture-based and provide approved by the Church. Don’t worry about any preconceived reluctance to participate. Many parishioners both men and women, have already participated in a Renewal Weekend and it is they who extend this invitation to you. “Come and see.” JN 1:39
The uniqueness of the
Christ Renews His Parish
renewal program is its continuation. Participants are usually so inspired and moved, so renewed and uplifted, that they are eager to share their faith and their experience with others in the parish family.
Participants have the opportunity to begin planning the next men’s or women’s weekends soon after they complete their own. They become the “new team.” During this formation time, even greater spiritual growth occurs.
This weekend is an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Christ and to grow more in love with your brothers and sisters at St. Joseph.