About Christ Renews His Parish
Christ Renews His Parish is a spiritual renewal process which calls together the members of the parish – priests, religious, laity – to experience personal conversion and Christian community in the environment of their own parish. It is completely oriented to the parish in order to give both the individual and the parish an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. It is led by a team of parishioners properly formed in prayer and love and instructed in the content of the total process. It was developed in 1969 and has been experienced by hundreds of parishes across the country. You can learn more about Christ Renews His Parish retreat program here: www.myCRHP.org.
Register for an upcoming retreat
The next women’s retreat weekend will be February 25-26, 2017, and the next men’s retreat weekend will be March 11-12, 2017. If you haven’t experienced a CRHP retreat, please consider registering for one of these upcoming weekends. You can download a registration form here. Simply print and complete the form and return it to the parish office or in the collection basket at Mass to register for the next retreat weekend!
Alternatively, you can fill out the online form below and submit your registration that way. Be sure to glance through the “fine print” below the form for answers to frequently asked questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CRHP?
“Christ Renews His Parish” is a spiritual renewal process which calls together the members of the parish – priests, religious, laity – to experience personal conversion and Christian community in the environment of their own parish. It is completely oriented to the parish in order to give both the individual and the parish an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. It is led by a team of parishioners properly formed in prayer and love and instructed in the content of the total process. It was developed in 1969 and has been experienced by hundreds of parishes across the country.
What happens during the weekend?
Most say, “You can’t explain what happens; you have to experience it.” This is your invitation to the experience. You will enjoy the 30-hour Christ Renews His Parish Weekend. This includes group activities and discussions, prayer and sacraments together, and reflections by fellow parishioners on such subjects as: Father’s loving care for us, Renewal, Scripture, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Discipleship, and what Christian Life is all about.
Where and when is the retreat weekend?
There are retreats for men and retreats for women on different weekends (Saturday through Sunday). We will make use of both St. John School and Church; much of the weekend’s activities will take place in the school.
How long will it last?
The retreat will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and end on Sunday by 5:00 p.m.
Who may come?
Anyone 19 years or older, Catholic, and who is a registered member of St. John Church is invited.
I’m doubtful. Who will invite me?
This is your invitation! It is up to you to make up your own mind. You are not being pressured. Praying for guidance is important. If you feel that Christ, through the Holy Spirit is calling you, COME!
What about Confession?
There is a Reconciliation Service that concludes with confession for those who desire it.
What about Mass?
The Eucharistic Celebration is in the church, which is reserved for the participants of the weekend.
Where do people sleep?
Sleeping accommodations are at St. John Catholic School. It is recommended that you bring an air mattress. Service is excellent, since you make your own bed and provide whatever linens, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags etc.
What about meals?
Hot meals are served. The food is excellent and the portions ample.
What is the uniform of the day?
Casual and comfortable clothes. Blue jeans and track suits are the usual. No extra “Sunday best” attire is expected.
Can I afford the price of the weekend?
Suggested donation $35.
I’d like to attend the weekend, but I have a health problem.
Mention that you have a special need on this form. A person from the Retreat Team will contact you.
I can’t get up and talk in front of people. Will I have to?
You will not be asked to get up and talk.
I’m still not sure. How do I know if I need renewal?
As Christians we are called to continually renew our faith and our relationship with Christ. As a parish we are called to continually renew our community, to experience “being church for others”. Do not worry about your preconceived reluctance to participate. Come and see. What do you have to lose?
How do I register?
Invitation Registration forms will be available at the back of Church, in the bulletin, and in the Parish Office as retreat weekend approach. You may also register online. Applications are accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.