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Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is a retreat for the men and women of St. Matthew. The parishioner-led experience is designed to foster a sense of community that will make this very large parish smaller and more manageable for you. Your faith will grow stronger; you will make new friends; and, your spirit will be renewed by attending a Christ Renews His Parish Men’s or Women’s Retreat.

Why Should You Attend?

Parishioners of all ages (18 and older) should attend a Christ Renews His Parish retreat. Whether you are looking to deepen your spiritual life, become a better version of yourself, make lasting friendships, or just be better connected to the community life at St Matthew; a Christ Renews His Parish Retreat is for you!

Separate retreats take place for men and women and include participants of all ages – moms, dads, singles, seniors, and young adults … There is something for everyone at a Christ Renews His Parish Retreat.

What Will Happen at CRHP?

CRHP is an overnight, 26-hour retreat hosted and facilitated by parishioners. The experience brings parishioners together through fellowship and community building in a welcoming setting all on the grounds of our St. Matthew (Ballantyne campus) parish. The retreat consists of talks, small-group sharing, quiet reflection time, prayer, Mass, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Healthy meals are served with love by last year’s CRHP Team. You will not go hungry, we guarantee it!

Schedule at a Glance:

  • Check-in: CRHP begins at 6 p.m. on Friday evening.
  • Welcome Reception: After you are checked in enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet other attendees. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are provided so no need to eat before coming.
  • Talks & Small Groups: The retreat will begin with inspirational team member talks and small group discussions. You will hear talks given by parishioners and priests; pray, participate in discussions with the parishioners at your table, attend Mass; and, enjoy great food, fun, and fellowship. There will also be time for prayer, meditation, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Wrap up: CRHP concludes with Saturday Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concluding reception in the Banquet Room.

Sleeping Accommodations:
Participants and team members sleep in the New Life Center. Individual air beds are provided. Although staying overnight is optional, it is highly recommended. Arrangements are made for special needs. A list of items to bring will be provided ahead of time. If unable to spend the night, please do not let that keep you from attending. 

Come and see how you belong! We guarantee an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality.

Interested in attending Christ Renews His Parish?

More information about 2024 retreat dates coming soon. 


Have a question or need more info? Contact CRHP ministry leaders Bill O’Brien and Chrissy Wilson.