ACTS retreats

What is an ACTS retreat?
An ACTS Retreat is a three day and three nights Catholic lay retreat sponsored by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Retreats for men and retreats for women are given separately. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. The retreat takes on the traditions and atmosphere of the parish community sponsoring it.

An acts retreat is designed to help the retreatants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow parishioners. This is accomplished through Adoration and daily prayer, the call to Community in one’s parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and Theology in encouraging the study of scripture and our Catholic Faith. All of these emphasize and encourage the virtue of the Service to our Lord, our parish and one another.

Goal of the Acts Retreat:
A parish ACTS retreat strives to achieve the directives of Vatican II and goals of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which emphasize “community and pastoral care” within a parish. The weekend allows the retreatants to experience God’s love and joy. The retreatants return to their parish with a deeper love of each other and a desire to become more involved in their parish faith community.

The retreat emphasizes our call to service, service to the parish community and to our world community. There results a new or renewed dedication to the life of the parish community and recognition of the needs of those around us and of our responsibility, as followers of Christ, to meet those needs.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Alex Silveyra says:


    I would like to find out if there is already a schedule for the ACTS Retreats for 2010.

    If there is one, I would greatly appreciate it if you can email me a copy.

    Thank You,

  2. Enrique Tuda says:

    We are looking for a youth teen retreat in Our Lady of Mount Carmel. When will you have a retreat for teens?

    God Bless,
    Enrique Tuda.

  3. Maria says:

    Can you please provide retreat schedule for 2011 for women.

    Thank you,

  4. Claudia says:

    Would like to know if there are still available place for the Women retreat on august 25 – 28.

  5. maria says:

    I need more information on the womens retreat December 1-4 2011

  6. Maria Alarcon says:

    I’ve reserve at the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla for two women. Do we provide our own transportation or oo you provide a bus to th Center??Is there a reservation amount of money needed?

  7. Ana says:

    I would like to see if there’s in an upcoming “couples retreat” in spanish or if you know of anythinh around ElPaso area that can help. Thanks

  8. Carmen says:

    Any room for women’s retreat dec 1-4?

  9. Ramon Gutierrez says:

    Carmen, my name is Ramon Gutierrez, from Amarillo Texas. I lived my ACTS Retreat January 2002 and life hasn’t been the same since. Our daughter lives in El Paso and is wanting to go to an ACTS retreat (English). Are ther any ACTS retreats scheduled any time soon in the El Paso area. She attends St Jude on the west side. Would you be so kind in responding? Thanks and God Bless

    Ramon Gutierrez
    OLG Parish – Amarillo, TX

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