Holy Spirit Parish Retreat

To build a fire from scratch, we have to begin with kindling. Once the kindling has caught fire then we slowly add more sticks, fanning its flames. As the fire grows, we add larger pieces of wood. Eventually we can throw a log or even a wet log on it and the fire will be red hot.

Our prayer life is much the same: we have to start off small and slowly grow it until it is a roaring hot fire of the Holy Spirit. Most of us want a strong spiritual and prayer life but we forget we have to start small to get there, just like a fire. Once it has some flames then we can fan it and add more to build it up to the point where it is a red-hot fire of prayer.

Over the years, Fr. Brendan has given many retreats and in reality, only a few of us can come away on a retreat to learn how to pray. Most of these retreatants find the experience of a retreat to be life changing and suggest that we find some way to have more people experience a retreat. So, this year we are bringing the retreat to the whole parish. We will convert the entire parish property into a “retreat center” and have EVERYONE come away on retreat.

Join us this Lenten season for our first parish wide retreat.  Take some time out to rekindle your relationship with God, all right here at Holy Spirit Parish!

Friday, March 20, 5:30pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday, March 21 8:00 am to 10:00 pm


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Who is this retreat for?

This retreat offers something for everyone, regardless of where you are on your faith journey. We hope you will consider attending!

What can I expect to gain from attending?

A deepening of your relationship with Christ and a stronger sense of community. You will also learn simple techniques of how to pray, where to pray, who to pray to, and how often. There will be plenty of simple, practical methodologies of prayer.

I’ve never been on a retreat and am not sure if I’m ready for something like this.

If you have the desire, we encourage you to come. Trust that the Lord will meet you where you are at. If you’ve done retreats before, we encourage you to come not only for yourself, but invite someone else and keep them company as they might find it hard to be there. Come and join in this once in a decade opportunity as a community.

Can I miss some sections of the retreat and still attend--what if I have to come late or leave early?

We ask that you make the commitment for the entire weekend.

What is the minimum age for attendance?

The retreat is open to high school aged youth and above.

Will you have childcare?

Yes.  Please select childcare option and specific age in the sign up sheet.

Will you have Eucharistic Adoration?

Yes, there will be Eucharistic Adoration in the Parish Hall throughout the entire retreat.

What kind of food will you have?

We will provide all meals, and will have coffee, tea, and light snacks available throughout the day. We will accommodate dietary restrictions.

What do I need to bring?

A pen or pencil, filled reusable water bottle and a sweater or light jacket is recommended. You may also choose to bring your own journal–journals will also be provided.

Will we be meeting in small groupS?

There will be options for your individual prayer time, including joining facilitated prayer and reflection with others. Participants may also choose to book 15 minutes to meet 1:1 with a spiritual advisor if they so desire.

Is this a silent retreat?

This is not strictly a silent retreat, but there will be dedicated areas for silence. Meal times will not be silent.

How much does it cost?

$50.00 per person prior to February 16.  The price will increase to $75.00 after February 16.

What if I can’t make the Friday night Mass at 5:30?

The opening Mass is optional but we’d love to see you there!

What time does it start and end?

The retreat starts on Friday, March 20 with an optional 5:30 pm Mass and ends that day at 10:00 pm.

It resumes on Saturday, March 21 at 8 am and concludes at 10:00 pm.  Please see the agenda for further information.

Will I have to stay overnight?

No. There is no accommodation provided on the parish grounds. We ask you to return home to sleep at the end of each retreat day.

What’s going to happen in the sessions?

Each session will be comprised of a 45 minute talk, followed by 45 minutes of directed personal prayer and reflection. During this time, attendees may, if they wish, join a guided reflection on the prayer or book a 15 minute 1:1 session with a spiritual advisor.

Re-Ignite Retreat Agenda

Friday – March 20, 2020

5:30 pm                Mass in the Church (optional)

6:30-7:30 pm     Reception/Dinner in the Gym

7:30-8:15 pm      Session #1 Fr. Brendan in the Church

8:15-10:00 pm     Time for individual, directed prayer and reflection; may complete this time either at Holy Spirit or home

9:00-10:00 pm   All sites close


Saturday – March 21, 2020

8:00-9:00 am      Breakfast in the Gym

9:00-9:45 am       Session #2 Fr. Brendan in the Church

9:45-10:30 am     Time for individual directed prayer and reflection (May book a 15 minute session with a spiritual advisor if desired)

10:30-11:15 am     Session #3 Fr. Brendan in the Church

11:15-12:00 pm     Time for individual directed prayer and reflection (May book a 15 minute session with a spiritual advisor if desired)

12:00-2:00 pm     Lunch in the Gym and free time

2:00-2:45 pm        Session #4 Fr. Brendan in the Church

2:45-3:30 pm       Time for individual directed prayer and reflection (May book a 15 minute session with a spiritual advisor if desired)

3:30-4:15 pm       Session #5 Fr. Brendan in the Church

4:15-5:00 pm       Time for individual directed prayer and reflection (May book a 15 minute session with a spiritual advisor if desired)

5:00-6:00 pm     Mass in the Church

6:00-7:15 pm      Dinner in the Gym

7:15-8:00 pm      Final Session & closing remarks with Fr. Brendan in the Church

8:00-9:00 pm    Individual reflection period: option to stay on site or at your own home. (May join a guided reflection if desired May book a 15 minute session with a spiritual advisor, if desired.)

9:00-10:00 pm   Closing remarks

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