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.
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
2019 Women's Retreat
June 20-June 23 • Pallottine Renewal Center
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You are invited to join us for an extraordinary weekend! The Spirit of ACTS Women's Retreat will take place at the Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, MO on June 20-23, 2019.
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 20, with check-in at 6:00 PM in the gathering area at St. Patrick and ends Sunday, June 23 at the 11:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick. Round trip transportation to and from the Pallottine Renewal Center will be provided.
Cost for each retreatant is $250. If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee or need further information regarding the retreat, please contact Diane Meyer (Director) at 314-608-5659, Brenda Hutchcraft (Co-Director) at 636-248-8493, or Karen Wiese (Co-Director) at 314-920-9392.
Registration deadline is May 19 for women from the three core parishes to guarantee a spot (up to the maximum). After that, registration will be open to all women on a first come, first serve basis, until our maximum is met.
Prayers For Women’s ACTS Retreat 2019
In the back of the church, there is a folder to sign up to pray for the women going on the ACTS retreat from June 20-23. We ask that those who are able, to commit and sign up for an hour of prayer for these women sometime during that weekend. Thank you from the ladies of ACTS!
2019 Men's Retreat
August 22-25 • LaSalle Retreat Center
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Catholic laymen present the ACTS weekend retreat. The retreat’s goals are to allow an opportunity for men 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.
The retreat begins Thursday evening, Aug. 22 with check-in at 6 PM at St. Patrick, in Wentzville (church gathering area) and ends Sunday morning, Aug. 25 with 11:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick in Wentzville, followed by a luncheon for all. Round trip transportation to and from the retreat center will be provided for all retreatants.
Cost for each retreatant is $250.00. A registration fee of $50 must be submitted with the registration form in order to reserve your place. The remaining $200 is due at the Thursday check-in. PLEASE NOTE: financial difficulties should not prevent anyone from attending the retreat. If you are unable to pay all or part of the fee or need further information regarding the retreat, please contact Wayne Stoehner (314)-504-0112, Craig Wania (314)-540-7550, or Shawn Witte.
What is ACTS Retreat? 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.
Here’s what others have said about their ACTS experience
- ACTS surprised me. I found a whole new relationship with faith-filled women (and men) who are willing, even eager, to share their experience of Christ in their daily lives.
- I thought I was close to the Lord before – this retreat helped me and showed me what to do and where I need to be to become even closer.
- A life-changing experience.
- It was a gift to us all. Christ was so alive in all of us.
- My experience at this ACTS retreat has definitely brought me closer to the Lord. I am inspired to continue to pray and reflect upon the many ways the Lord wishes to use me. I plan to continually place myself at the foot of the cross, at the feet of my Savior in adoration.
- I am so blessed to have come. The Spirit was definitely present in everything.
- An experience that I will never forget and want everyone to be able to experience.
- Everyone needs ACTS, they just don’t know it yet