January 13, 2012
This winter, two retreats will take place for parish men and women. Everyone is invited to pray about and consider spending a weekend on campus while joining other parishioners on a prayerful and enriching experience. Wonder what CRHP is all about? See a list of frequently asked questions below and email the steering committee with any additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming retreat dates:
Women's weekend: February 11 - 12
Men's weekend: February 25 - 26
Visit CRHP's ministry page and register to attend
WHAT IS CRHP?
Christ Renews His Parish, known as CRHP (pronounced “chirp”), is a weekend retreat presented by former St. Alphonsus CRHP participants. The objective of the CRHP program is to provide members of our parish an opportunity to strengthen their personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to establish and grow relationships with fellow members of the St. Alphonsus community.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A CRHP WEEKEND?
A CRHP weekend runs from 8 a.m. on a Saturday to 5 p.m. the following Sunday. The presentation team and participants are secluded at the parish for the entire program. You will need to bring something to sleep on (air mattress, sleeping bag, etc.), personal items (toothbrush, shaving supplies, etc.) and clothes for the weekend.
During this time, the presentation team share their personal experiences through witness statements on various themes of their spiritual lives (e.g. Renewal, Christian Community, Scripture, the sacraments, Discipleship, etc.). In addition, mass and the opportunity to receive the sacraments are conducted for only those involved in the weekend.
Those attending the CRHP session, participate in discussions and activities around these various themes. They are also provided a great deal of time for individual reflection and prayer.
Finally, there is an abundance of food (meals are prepared by former CRHP teams) and refreshments (plenty of snacks and drinks) for everyone to sustain them physically during the program.
WHAT IS MY COMMITMENT AFTER THE CRHP WEEKEND?
The only commitment you need to make is to attend the weekend retreat. There is a follow on process where the members of the participating team that want to continue develop into the presentation team for the next session. Many members of past CRHP weekends have chosen to follow this route and this has resulted in 19 Women’s and 17 Men’s CRHP sessions to date at St. Alphonsus.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND A CRHP WEEKEND?
CRHP provides a format to re-engage with your Catholic faith and the St. Alphonsus community. It will give you a chance to reflect on where you are and where you want to be with your faith and your spiritual life. For a relatively small investment of your time, the chance to grow as a Catholic and a person are terrific.