An ACTS retreat is a three day,
night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners.
The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following
Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats
for men and retreats for women are given separately. Talks and
activities during the retreat focus on
Service, from which the ACTS
acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the
Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. The
retreat takes on the traditions and atmosphere of the parish
community sponsoring it.
retreat is conducted by a retreat "team" composed of 20-30
individuals who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Chosen by
the retreat Director, the team organizes the retreat, conducts
the retreat talks and activities, and ministers to the needs of
the retreatants during the retreat weekend.
An ACTS weekend is designed to help the
retreatants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our
Lord and fellow parishioners. This is accomplished through
and daily prayer, the call to
in one's parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and
Theology in encouraging the
study of scripture and our Catholic Faith. All of which
emphasize and encourage the virtue of
Service to our Lord, our
parish, and one another.
ACTS retreat strives to achieve the directives of Vatican II and
goals of the Revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 which emphasize
"community and pastoral care" within a parish. The weekend
allows the retreatants to experience God's love and joy. They
return to their parish with a deeper love for each other and a
desire to become more involved in their parish faith community.
facility costs make up the bulk of the retreat expense.
Facility costs range from approximately $75-$150 per person for
the three nights of the retreat. Additional expenses for
literature, materials, postage and other ancillary items are
approximately $35 per person. The total cost of an ACTS retreat
is usally $160 per person. This includes all food and
lodging for the weekend. As you see, the cost
is very reasonable; however, there are those who may not be able
to afford the weekend. In order to make the retreat available
to all those who desire to go, the parish must underwrite a
portion of the total cost of the retreat. The amount to be
underwritten will depend on the particular circumstances of the
parish and the available retreat facilities.
Stevenson (Cuero) prison chaplain is setting up a religious
library and are sorely in need of
books, bound or paperback, English or Spanish.
only requirement is that there be no name or address of the
donor in the books.
you are interested in donating, contact Paul Morkovsky at