Christ Renews His Parish at the Catholic Community of Epiphany
What is “Christ Renews His Parish”?
Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a parish renewal process that has existed since 1969 and has been recommended by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Christ Renews His Parish is an experience designed to give both the individual and the parish community an opportunity for renewal and growth in spiritual life. As we grow in awareness of God’s love and respond to His call, we grow together as a parish family. Father John brought CRHP to Epiphany after seeing its success in his prior parish. CRHP started at Epiphany in March 2011 and continues today with two CRHP renewal retreats a year for both men and women who have separate renewal retreats one week apart in March and September.
CRHP is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. Just as all of our other commitments need renewal, so does our commitment to Christ if we’re to be faithful followers. CRHP is an effective spiritual renewal that calls together members of the parish to experience personal conversion and Christian community within the environment of Epiphany Catholic Church. The weekend enables you to hear and learn about God through the lives of other Catholics. It provides an atmosphere for individual spiritual growth through prayer and personal reflection. You can share conversations and thoughts (as much or as little as you desire) with others in the parish who also encounter many of the same demands of everyday life in family, society, and at work.
The uniqueness of CRHP is in its continuation. Participants are usually so inspired, so renewed, so uplifted, that they’re anxious to share their faith experience with others from Epiphany. Retreatants have the opportunity to begin planning the next renewal weekend soon after they complete their own, if they desire. They become the “new team.” During this formation time, even greater spiritual growth occurs. The transition between attending a weekend and leading a weekend takes place over a 6 month formation period.
What CRHP is:
- A time to relax, pray, and rethink priorities.
- A time to get to know others at Epiphany and grow as a community.
- An opportunity to examine, rediscover, and/or intensify your personal relationship with Christ.
- A weekend of reflection and sharing of spiritual and real life issues.
- An excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith. It is an opportunity to say “yes” to a closer and deeper relationship with God.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…” —James 4:8
What CRHP is NOT:
- It’s not a silent retreat
- It’s not a public confession
- It’s not a parish ministry
- It’s not an emotional cult
- It’s not a pre-selected group or clique
What Happens During the Weekend?
Come prepared to have fun and renew your heart. During the weekend you will listen to a number of individuals who have volunteered to give a personal witness to the power of Jesus Christ in their lives. Group (5 or 6) discussions and responses, follow each presentation. Most in-depth discussions take place amongst your own table. You’ll be free to share as much or as little as you feel comfortable. There will be readings of scripture, time for prayer, and time set aside for personal reflection. You and your needs will always be respected. The sharing dialogue is stimulated in a very liturgical, scriptural, and prayerful atmosphere. All experiences shared on the weekend are treated as strictly confidential.
Sacraments are an integral part of the weekend. There will be an opportunity to go to reconciliation and to attend Mass.
Who Can Participate?
All are welcome! The program is designed to help strengthen the Epiphany community, therefore, every member of Epiphany over 18 years old is invited and encouraged to attend a weekend. Christ Renews His Parish is for anyone seeking spiritual renewal. You do not have to be a spiritual person to attend the retreat. In fact many people attend because they are not as spiritual as they would like. Many attend because they feel something is missing from their lives. CRHP is an excellent opportunity for those who have stopped attending Mass, or who have lost interest in the church, to reconnect with the Parish Family. All participants will be welcomed and receive unconditional acceptance.
What Time Does CRHP Begin?
The weekend will be held at Epiphany’s Father Smith Hall. The weekend begins 8:00am Saturday morning and ends 4:00pm Sunday.
Where Do I Sleep and What Should I Bring?
Sleeping accommodations (i.e. air mattresses), are provided. We recommend you bring pillows, sheets and blankets, so you are most comfortable. Any personal items (i.e. razors, toothpaste, etc.) you should bring with you, although we will have extras in case you forget.
What About Meals?
You will be pampered with great meals while on the weekend. There will be many breaks throughout the weekend with snacks and drinks provided. If you have special diet requirements please let us know when you register and every attempt will be made to accommodate your needs.
How Much Does it Cost?
There is no charge for attending the weekend! It is our Gift to You! The weekend is put on by previous members of the CRHP program in hopes of bettering our community through a renewal in our faith. If you feel inclined, donations will be accepted at the end of the weekend to help continue the program.
So, What About You?
If you’ve read this far you must be at least a little bit interested. As previous weekend attendees and team members, we can assure you that it’s powerful stuff. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to form meaningful and lasting friendships. For more information, please call the office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Say a prayer. Ask God what you should do. We believe He wants you here. So, what about you?
CRHP Continuation Committee