Welcome is an incredible experience that helps you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it. Welcome retreat weekends will help you:
- Find clarity and purpose in your life
- Form meaningful relationships
- Become a better parent, spouse, friend
- Take your faith to a whole new level
Women’s Fall Welcome Weekend is September 7 & 8, 2019
Men’s Fall Welcome Weekend is September 28 & 29, 2019
Women's Spring Welcome Weekend is March 7 & 8, 2020
Men's Spring Welcome Weekend is March 21 & 22, 2020
Women’s and men’s Welcome retreat weekends happen twice annually in the fall and spring. Welcome is always registering women and men for upcoming Welcome weekends. Once registered, your name will be placed on the list for the next available retreat. [or the next available retreat that your calendar will allow you to attend].
If registering online, simply share your first and last name, mailing address, e-mail address, cell number, and an emergency contact person and that person’s cell number.
Frequently asked questions [and answers] about Welcome Retreats at St. Patrick
What is Welcome?
Welcome is a weekend retreat experience designed to bring parish members together in Christ. It is a time to grow in your faith and your understanding of the Christian life.
It is also one of the best ways to meet and get to know an awesome group of parishioners you may not get the opportunity to meet otherwise. Welcome is an updated version of “Christ Renews His Parish” retreat ministry that started in 1969 and became the primary instrument of personal and parish renewal in more than 1,200 parishes nationwide.
Who may attend?
A Welcome weekend is open to any parishioner of St. Patrick who is age 21 or over.
What happens on the weekend?
A Welcome weekend combines powerful witness talks by retreat leaders with small group discussions, meals, Mass, prayer, and social time. There also will be an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. Welcome is your opportunity to explore Christ’s call to you in a relaxed and supportive environment. It’s also a time for you to respond to God’s call to a deeper and closer relationship with Him.
You will meet with a heterogeneous group of parishioners who are seeking a deeper relationship with God -- people who also have questions, doubts, hopes, and desires that challenge them to move forward on their faith journey. Come prepared to have fun while renewing and strengthening your faith.
Where does the weekend take place?
The weekend happens on the Commons level of St. Patrick Parish School. You are asked to bring your own air mattress, sleeping bag or bed roll, and pillow. If you do not have an air mattress, one will be provided. Also, please bring your own towel, soap, and toiletries.
What do I wear?
This is a relaxing weekend. Dress in casual, comfortable clothing.
Am I required to talk in front of the entire group?
No one will be required to get up and speak in front of a large group. You will have the opportunity to share in small group but you are not required to do so. Talk as much or as little as you are comfortable.
What does the weekend cost?
The weekend is a gift to you from the parish and volunteers. There is no cost to you. Meals and materials are provided.
How do I register?
Registration is easy. Simply fill out the form at this link. Or, fill out a Welcome Registration Card in the Church Gathering Space and place it in the Welcome basket. Each men’s and women’s weekend is limited to 25 persons. This keeps the group small so that you will get to know your fellow retreatants and leaders as well.
What if I have additional questions?