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.
Each day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.
They ate their meals in 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.
Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47
MEN'S RETREAT WEEKEND June 25-28, 2015
ADORATION – GOD’S CALL, YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF, AND RESPONSE TO GOD.
COMMUNITY – LOVE AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER.
THEOLOGY – STUDYING GOD THROUGH SCRIPTURE AND OUR CATHOLIC FAITH.
SERVICE – TO GOD AND HIS PEOPLE.
What is it?
An ACTS retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by men who have attended prior ACTS retreats, under the guidance of Spiritual Directors. Retreat activities focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service. Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guides. The goals are to renew yourself spiritually, to strengthen your faith and its application in your daily life, and to create lasting and supporting friendships. Participants return to their parish faith communities with a deeper love for each other and a desire to become more involved.
“So many things struck me about the weekend, but one of the biggest feelings, which I’ve never experienced before at a retreat, is the sense of brotherhood I felt with the group of men that was together. It really helped me to imagine what the beginning church was like, and the love that Jesus shared with his friends, and the bond that was formed between them all when He left this world. This struck me again last night as I watched the Passion movie, and saw the Last Supper. It brought me back to Saturday evening of the retreat, which was so precious in so many ways.” ---John Thorpe.
“Family, friends and my job never allowed me to take time out for myself to take a good look at my life, in reality or spirituality. The weekend allowed men to be human. It helped me realize that there are others that have similar challenges in life and can be there to help work things out. We had great conversations and shared stories of how we can fit God into our everyday lives and what a difference it makes. I have never laughed and cried so hard in such a short period of time!” ---Ken Arnold.
“The ACTS Retreat Experience for me was a rebirth of the spirit which renewed a tired soul in today’s busy world.” --- Matt Koch.
Interested In Attending?
The MEN'S retreat begins Thursday evening, the 25th, with a 5:30 pm check-in at Our Lady of Lourdes in Gales Ferry. Participants will then be transported to Enders Island in Mystic, CT for the remainder of the retreat. The retreat will end on Sunday, the 19th, with morning Mass (11am) and a reception to follow at Our Lady of Lourdes.
The cost for the retreat is $220. A deposit of $100, made payable to ACTS CT, submitted with the enclosed form, will reserve your place. The remaining balance will be due at the Thursday evening check-in. This deposit is non-refundable but may be applied to another ACTS retreat within one year. You will receive a letter within 10 days of the retreat describing the necessities you should bring.
Please Note: Financial difficulties should not prevent anyone from attending the retreat. A limited amount of assistance is available based on your need. If you have financial concerns please call and discuss them with the retreat director listed below.
EMAIL to OLOCK@SBCGLOBAL.NET for directions or call Mike Olock @ 884-3395