An ACTS Retreat is a Parish Weekend Retreat patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles breaking bread together, worshiping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in common, and reaching out in loving service. (ACTS 2:42-47)
We have annual retreats for Men, Women and Teenagers. The retreat begins on a Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. The registration cost includes the three night stay as well as all meals throughout the weekend.
ACTS retreats have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people; men and women, teens and retires, rich and poor, Catholic and non-Catholic, in the United States as well as other countries. It has reinvigorated the spiritual lives of individuals, of families, of entire parishes. Yet, 25 years ago, it did not even exist. The way this wonderful program came to be is a beautiful blend of the Holy Spirit and those who listen to His words.
No history of ACTS would be complete without the help of, and some familiarity with, the Cursillo retreat. Cursillo began in Spain in the years between WWI and WWII, in response to what many in the church saw as the increasing secularization of many Catholics in Spain at the time. It was intended to be a short course (the Spanish for short course is "cursillo") on the Catholic faith, and soon became widely popular for its profound effect on people's spirituality. By the mid 1980's, it had spread to many places in the world, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Selma, Texas. It was here that three men who were heavily involved in Cursillo planned the first ACTS retreat.
People have credited ACTS with saving their lives, saving their marriages, convincing them to be ordained as priests or deacons, or leading them to the religious life, simply by opening their eyes and their hearts to God's word. Pastors have praised its positive effects on their parishes, leading to highly invigorated parish life. Bishops and other church leaders have called it the most important movement in the Catholic Church today; all this from a handful of faith-filled people with the courage and perseverance to be led by the Holy Spirit.