An ACTS retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by parishioners from throughout the Diocese of Lubbock. The retreat begins on Thursday evening at Mercy Retreat Center in Slaton and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the ACTS community. Retreats for men, women and teens are held separately. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats. 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
Each retreat is conducted by a retreat "team" of 20-30 individuals who have attended priorACTS retreats. Chosen by the retreat director, the team organizes the retreat, conducts the retreat talks and activities, and ministers to the needs of the participants during the retreat weekend.
An ACTS weekend is designed to help participants enter into a new or deeper relationship with our Lord and fellow Catholics. This is accomplished through Adoration and daily prayer, the call to Community in one's parish as a member of the Body of Christ, and Theology in encouraging the study of scripture and our Catholic Faith, all of which emphasize and encourage the virtue of Service to our Lord, our parish, and one another.
An ACTS retreat strives to achieve the directives of Vatican II and goals of the Revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 which emphasize "community and pastoral care" within a parish. The weekend allows the retreatants to experience God's love and joy. They return to their parish with a deeper love for each other and a desire to become more involved in their parish faith community.
June 8-11, 2017
November 2-5, 2017
July 13-16, 2017
December 28-31, 2017
February 9-12, 2017
August 17-20, 2017
Registration Information: $180 for Women’s and Men’s Retreats, $175 for Teen ACTS. Register online at www.actscommunityoflubbock.org or contact (Women’s/Men’s) Myriam Gonzales at 806-777-8343 or guardiolammaol.com; (Teen ACTS) Robin Grosz at 806-777-6137.