Christ Renews His Parish is a Dynamic Catholic retreat for men and women held at Our Lady of Nazareth 1 to 2 times a year. Give Christ a day and a half. In the end that's not too much of a commitment to make to grow in your OLN community, be a better friend, a better father, or a better spouse.
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a personal and parish spiritual renewal process. As Catholics, we are called to witness to one another the amazing things God as done for us. The CRHP process allows us to do just that—take a break from our busy lives, share our faith with others, and get to know God through his works.
Since 1969, CRHP has impacted over 1,400 parishes throughout the United States. Today, CRHP is the primary program for both personal and parish spiritual renewal in over 100 Catholic dioceses and 40 states across America. CHRP is part of Matthew Kelly's Dynamic Catholic. Click HERE for more on Dynamic Catholic.
What Happens During the Weekend?
There are two teams, a men's and woman's. The men will share with the men, and the women with the women real-life examples of how they have found meaning, hope, peace and the love of Christ in their lives. Who Can Participate? CRHP is for anyone 19 years or older. Couples are encouraged to attend together.
The weekend will be held at Our Lady of Nazareth and will begin Saturday morning and end Sunday afternoon. Following the weekend you will be invited to continue to meet with your group getting closer as a community and planning the next retreat. Although you will be invited, you do not have to commit. Let the Holy Spirit work in your life and help you determine the commitment you make. The January weekend will be a combined woman's and men's weekend although most talks and small group time will be done in separate meeting spaces. All are encouraged to keep the retreat spirit when they go home Saturday evening until Sunday morning.
How Much Does It Cost? There is not a fee to attend the retreat. If you are able you may donate to help offset the cost for the food.
For more information: Karen Melendez 774-0066 X 15 firstname.lastname@example.org
Several of my friends in the parish had been telling me how wonderful the CRHP weekends were and how close they'd grown to the women who made this weekend with them. I decided to sign up, despite the recent loss of my husband. I knew it would be emotional for me but I had heard that tears were a gift and not uncommon during such shared events.
How brave and beautiful are the women who gave witness to the workings of God in their lives. I gave thanks for them in my heart - and to some of them face to face. I could feel the work of the Holy Spirit among us. How rare these opportunities are to spend this much time with people you know, or might want to know. Our world seems to push us along, faster and faster, from one event to another.
This time away gave me renewed perspective on my role in this parish and my obligation to draw others to Christ in whatever way I can. Despite my senior status, I know God will provide me with the strength and inspiration to share my gifts, love and encouragement with others.
I was grateful for the Team 7 efforts to keep us on track without seeming hurried. The prayer time and scripture referencing were so very meaningful. The weekend was well planned out - even if I was very tired at the end of the day on Sunday.
I love my church family!
In thanksgiving for Christ's presence in all of us,
The Team presenting the weekend had gone through some turnover during formation, and finally ended up with presenters from multiple previous weekends. I think we ended up with just the mix God wanted, and we meshed beautifully. The program was the best I experienced over three such retreats, first as a new "recruit," and then as a member of two presentation teams. We were also blessed with a group of new attendees that quickly formed friendships with men they had not met before at other parish activities. They quickly established trust and engaged openly in frank discussions of their faith journeys. They bonded well and encouraged each other - isn't that just what we want? This was a grand experience which I hope is repeated many times in the future at OLN. Bob
As I told one of the group leaders, this was the best retreat I've ever been on and I've been to many. I expected fun, fellowship, and a spiritual experience. All of that was delivered. What I didn't anticipate was a powerful move of the Holy Spirit which occurred as I pulled into my driveway on the way home Sunday night. A million light bulbs went off in my head as I came face to face with my marriage and what I had done and how my decisions impacted the faith community and grieved the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, in a flash, all my selfish desires went up in smoke and I realized only one thing was left - I had to live with my decisions and seek God's will before moving forward. I emailed Father Joe for an appointment. Thank you so much Teams 6 and 7! I love my book and notes which I cherish. Margaret
I was a participant in CHRP 1. The minute the opportunity for CHRP was announced I knew I needed to participate, so I registered. This was several weeks before my mother, Talma Perry, passed. One week after her memorial service I was with women who uplifted, loved, and supported me through one of the most painful experiences of my life. It was truly the hand of God. My witness to CHRP 2 sisters was extremely healing as well. Ultimately, I am trying to express that CHRP is one of the most healing, comforting and consoling programs I have experienced. It was a gift from God to have been through the process at such a vulnerable time in my life. Timing is everything in the experience.