ACTS & ACTS Retreats
Spirit of ACTS is a community of members from the parishes of St. Patrick, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Gianna. To find out a little more about us, please visit our website, or call St. Patrick Parish at 636-332-9225 for contact information.
We would like to invite you to join us for an extraordinary weekend. The Spirit of ACTS Women's ACTS Retreat will take place June 29 - July 2, 2017, at the Pallottine Renewal Center. The retreat's goals are to allow an opportunity for each person to focus on their faith and its application in their daily lives, to build purpose in their prayer life, to increase their presence at the Celebration of The Eucharist and to cultivate friendship among members of the church community.
The retreat begins Thursday evening, June 29th, with check-in at 6:00 p.m. in the gathering area at St. Patrick and ends Sunday, July 2nd at the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick. Round trip transportation to and from the Pallottine Renewal Center will be provided for all retreatants.
The cost for each retreatant is $245.00. If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee or need further information regarding the retreat, please contact Peggy Dupree, Director, 636-398-4049; Cyndi Barclay, Co-Director, 314-920-1689 or Gretchen Sparks, Co-director, 636-887-5227.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!! Come join us for a fun, spirit-filled weekend!!
ACTS Faith Formation
Men's Prayer and Discussion Group
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month
St. Patrick Church
7:40 am Rosary
8:00 am Mass
Immediately followed by Coffee, Doughnuts, and Prayer/Discussion
Rosary & Prayers
Every Wednesday 7 pm
Divine Mercy Chaplet every 1st Wednesday of the month
St. Patrick Adoration Chapel
What is ACTS? Catholic laywomen and men present the ACTS weekend retreat. The retreat's goals are to allow an opportunity for individuals to focus on their faith and its application in their daily lives, to grow in their prayer life, to increase their presence at the Celebration of the Eucharist, and to cultivate friendship among members of the church community. ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. It is these four themes that are the focus of the weekend’s activities. ACTS is inspired by the ACTS of the Apostles 2:42-47:
“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”
We recognize that clothes grow thin, tires become hazardous when driven on too thin, and patience has thinning spots. Well, our spirituality and our practice of our faith also suffer this thinning action, and like clothes, tires and patience must be renewed to prevent stagnation and loss of spiritual benefits.
That is what ACTS Retreats are all about: to re-clothe, re-tire and obtain new patience, to give you an opportunity to make old things new, to refresh time-honored practices that make our lives, our families, our church and our community strong and a living sign of Jesus Christ. We invite you to "come away for a while" and experience the presence of God's Son bringing anew the light of the Holy Spirit into your life.
An ACTS Retreat is a place where hearts are sure of each other. It is a place of confidence. A place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts. It is a place where we speak freely knowing that our words will go no further.