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 with Jesus Christ and with others in our faith community. It is an excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of our faith.
CRHP is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. CRHP is an effective spiritual renewal that calls together members of our parish to experience personal conversion and Christian community within the environment of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.
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 continue their faith formation following the weekend retreat and many return this gift to the next group of retreatants called to renewal. During this formation time, even greater spiritual growth occurs. This transition between attending a weekend and leading a weekend takes place over a 4 to 6 month formation period.
“Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you…” James 4:8
What CRHP is not:
It's not a silent retreat, public confession, parish ministry, emotional cult 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 stewards share a personal witness to the power of Jesus Christ in their lives. Small group discussions 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 from 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 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 CRHP Mass. All experiences shared on the weekend are confidential: "What happens in CRHP, stays in CRHP!"
The FINE print:
The weekend begins at St. Bernadette on Saturday morning at 7 AM and ends on Sunday afternoon, approximately 4 PM.
We all spend the night and all delicious meals and snacks are provided. If you have a special dietary requirement, please let us know when you register and every attempt will be made to accommodate your needs.
Sleeping accommodations (comfy air mattresses) are provided. We recommend you bring pillows, queen-sized sheets and blankets, and personal items (i.e., razors, toothpaste, etc.).
The entire weekend is informal. Comfortable, casual attire is preferred.
Who Can Participate?
The program is designed to help strengthen our Parish, so every member over 21 years old is invited and encouraged to attend a weekend. Christ Renews His Parish is for ANYONE seeking spiritual renwal. You do not have to be a spiritual person or a member of St. Bernadette Parish 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 lost interest in the Church to reconnect with the Parish Family. ALL will be welcomed and ALL will receive unconditional acceptance.
What about the cost?
Can you afford this weekend? Absolutely “YES!”
There is no cost, as this is our gift to you. If you feel inclined, donations are accepted at the end of the weekend.
The next Christ Renews His Parish weekends will be:
Saturday and Sunday, February 7-8, 2015
Contact: Ray Sierra: 772 879-1946
Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22, 2015
Wanda Chin-Aleong: 561 676-2756
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