ACTS Retreats

Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Churches offer the ACTS weekend retreats for both men and women.  This parish-based retreat energizes participants in the Catholic faith.  It offers the opportunity to renew your spirituality and prayer life, to strengthen your faith and its application in your daily life, and to build lasting friendships among members of both parish communities. It is presented by members of our parishes with spiritual direction from our parish priests and pastoral associate.

The ACTS Retreat Basic information

The Adult ACTS Retreat begins on a Thursday evening with check-in at 6:15 pm at Church (we rotate hosting duties between OLQP and St. Anthony's), and ends Sunday with a reception in the parish hall following the Sunday Mass. Transportation to and from the retreat center will be provided for all retreatants.

There is a fee to attend a retreat (please check current registration forms for cost & deposit information.  PLEASE NOTE: Financial difficulties should not prevent anyone from attending the retreat. If you need further information regarding the retreat please contact:

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Office:  636-671-0247  
St. Anthony's Parish Office: 636-677-4868 

A few days prior to the retreat, you will be contacted by a team member to provide information on what to bring with you (clothing, reading material, etc.) for the weekend. Please contact one of the above people if you have any questions or need additional information.

Women's retreat information & Registration Form 
Men's retreat information & Registration Form

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long is the retreat? What do I prepare for?

A: The retreat begins at St Anthony of Padua in High Ridge on Thursday night at 6:15pm and is complete at 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday at St Anthony. Bring very casual, comfortable clothing. While most of the activities take place indoors, you will likely spend some time outdoors. Also, pack things you would typically bring for a short trip such as toiletries, medications, etc. Bedding and towels are provided, but you might want to pack a pillow and extra towel if you like. Also bring clothes appropriate for Mass on Sunday.

Q: What about accommodations and meals?

A: You have a private room with your own restroom facilities. Three Meals served daily, with PLENTY of snacks, water, soda and coffee.

Q: Are there any requirements for making the retreat?

A: All are invited, Catholics and nonCatholics, in or out of our parish communities. The only requirement is a willingness to spend more time with God and fellow parishioners.

Q: How is the retreat run?

A: Your fellow parishioners will run the retreat. They spend time prior to the retreat, meeting weekly and preparing spiritually for the retreat, as well as handling most of the planning and logistics for the weekend. Each team has a priest who has a role in the weekend as well.

Q: So what exactly happens on the retreat? What activities? Is it a silent retreat? If not, am I required to participate?

A: This a little different, and part of the blessing and enjoyment of the weekend is discovering what it means to you as it happens. For this reason, it’s hard to go into specifics. There is prayer, reflection, Mass, opportunity for sacraments and discussion. You can choose to participate in the discussion as much or as little as you like. People are different, so their experience and reaction to the retreat differs, but if you talk to men and women who have been on the retreat, you’ll see that responses are typically very positive.

Q: So if I go on the retreat, am I required to participate more in the future? Do I have to do certain things? Do I have to be on a retreat team or be involved in other retreat centered acitivities?

A: The short answer is no, you don’t have to do anything after retreat. Hopefully during your retreat you learn things about your faith, yourself, and the way others practice their faith. The goal isn’t to build a larger parish retreat group; it is to build a stronger relationship with Jesus and with others in the parish community.

 

Adoration

A response to God’s love through prayer and worship

Community

Participating in the One Body of Christ as Church

Theology

Deepening our relationship with God in order to better fulfill his will

Service

Answering the call to discipleship by following the model He gave us

 

The ACTS Core Team is a 3 year committment and includes leadership and support roles in which all help each retreat be able to have proper and meaningful formation process during preparation of and during the actual retreat.

The current core team for the ACTS Retreats is made up of the following individuals from both OLQP and St. Anthony's parishes:

Facilitator: Judy Hawkins
Co-Facilitator: Maria Webb
Communications: Diane Kattleman
Financial: Sue Syers
Social: Rich Ortmann
Music: Pete Ostlund
Support: Judy Blanc & Joy Summers
Supplies: Esther Vale & Joann Cooley
Spiritual: Frank Roser