The Solomon Center
Men’s Retreat – February 15th – 18th
Women’s Retreat – May 24th – 27th
By now, you’ve probably heard some chattering by fellow parishioners about something called an ACTS Retreat and maybe have even been invited or encouraged to attend such a retreat. Also in that same conversation, the acquaintance who was telling you about the retreat probably didn’t reveal much other than, “you just have to go and experience it!” So what exactly is entailed in an ACTS Retreat?
An ACTS Retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening as retreatants gather at the sponsoring parish [Mercy] for a short send-off ceremony. Retreatants are then transported to a retreat facility [The Solomon Center] for the rest of the weekend. The retreat ends Sunday as the full team of retreat participants and leaders return to Our Lady of Mercy for a welcome Mass celebrated with the parish community followed by a simple reception.
Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, from which the ACTS program acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats, although one does not have to be Catholic to attend. The retreat takes on the traditions and atmosphere of the parish community sponsoring it. The retreat facilitates the attainment of a new or deeper relationship with the Lord through:
Adoration – the call by, acceptance of, and response to God
Community – the love and caring of each other
Theology – the study of God through Scripture and the Catholic Faith
Service – to God and His people
This results in a new or renewed dedication to the life of the parish community and a new recognition of the needs of those around us and of our obligation, as followers of Christ, to help meet those needs. The ACTS Retreat weekend brings the retreatants to a better understanding of God’s love for them, and also develops their need to share that love with others through their involvement in a faith-centered parish community. It is a powerful community building experience and a powerful and enduring personal conversion experience.
Our Lady of Mercy parish has two upcoming retreats, a men’s retreat in February and a women’s retreat in May, both taking place on the beautiful grounds of the Solomon Center (www.solomoncenter.org) located in Loranger, Louisiana. Spots are available and registration is open on the homepage of the church website – www.olomchurch.com.