Attending the adult retreat was not an easy decision for me. With the benefit of hind sight I believe my biggest obstacle to attending was that I didn’t believe I needed to. After all I had been working on nurturing my faith life including; prayer group, attending education opportunities offered by the parish and even attending men’s retreats. Then I asked myself - can I honestly say I am satisfied with where I am at with my faith life.
I decided to perform a self-analysis of how I have progressed or backtracked over the years with my faith experiences. I would get a positive boost when I attended or participated in faith building but found soon after the excitement would drop off if I didn’t build upon what I learned and commit to continuing to seek opportunities for growth. Additionally, changing it up or doing something out of my comfort zone consistently provide me two things. 1- those out of comfort zone opportunities provided the greatest returns in my faith life and 2- Understanding most of what I worried about was really about nothing and likely the evil one working overtime trying to convince me not to go deeper.
I can honestly say that the adult retreat was a great experience. The retreat was filled with a line-up of speakers sharing their faith journey. I heard about real life challenges and ways individuals have overcome obstacles. I learned how to; enrich my prayer life, how to better help my spouse get to heaven; and reaffirmed how especially important it is for our children to know faith is our foundation. I came away feeling refreshed and encouraged by what I learned and what I know is possible because I said yes to attending the retreat.
- Kurt Koenigsknecht
I remember when a few fellow parishioners and friends mentioned to us that we should join in the retreat that MHT held back in February. My first thought was that there was no way we’d make it happen between our schedules and our kids. Additionally, I wanted to know exactly what was going to happen on this retreat because I had quite a few fears of the unknown. I’d only know a handful of people there and I wasn't a fan of having to step out of my comfort zone. I tried almost every excuse in the book to steer clear but my husband and our friends persisted, our schedule cleared up, babysitters fell into place beautifully- I had nothing left to hold me back except myself.
The moment we walked in, I began feeling relieved that we would have time to ourselves to refocus on this relationship with Christ that I’d been dragging through our busy schedules. Not only that, but to see friends and neighbors leading the retreat so well and so genuinely made me feel more connected to our community as a whole.
I left that retreat rejuvenated. We had time to rest in quiet, listen to great talks, meet other parishioners, as well as many gentle invitations to lay our trials at the feet of Jesus. I had numerous fears walking into this retreat, but I’m grateful I went anyway because we were showered with immense peace that weekend and I look forward to seeing what else is in store at future retreats.
- Bekah Shannon
My overall experience with the retreat was relaxed and uplifting and helped me reflect on my faith life which I can always use. The small group sharing was inspiring and it was good to hear the commitment from others to our Catholic faith as well. Adoration was time for a personal thanks to THE LORD for all the blessings He has put in my life, and I could feel His presence at that time, and felt His goodness through everyone during that retreat weekend. I am thankful that I went.
- Jerome Pohl
My experience at the Adult Retreat last September was more enjoyable and meaningful than I imagined it would be. I had heard great things about the retreat, and wanted to experience it too. I felt the need to get out of my comfort zone and sign up. Upon our arrival, we found the gathering area filled with familiar MHT parishioners, as well as others we recognized by face, not name, (though that would change by the end of the weekend)! I felt welcomed and any hesitancy about the weekend was gone.
The prayer and devotion time was for quiet reflection. I felt a deeper devotion spiritually because of the atmosphere around me. I felt the Holy Spirit as we gathered into our small group talks. The strength to let go of my preconceived ideas on what to say, opened my heart on what my faith has helped me get through. As I shared my struggles in the group, I visualized “my heart being unlocked” and opening up to a healing that wasn’t physical as much as spiritual. It was a feeling to surrender and humble myself to accept my crosses and allow the Holy Spirit to work through me.
My faith was strong before the weekend, but after being prayed over, attending mass and receiving Holy Communion, making a good Confession and bonding with the other faith filled people in a short powerful weekend, I came away with a calmness and strength I only hoped to achieve. The Adult Retreat led me to a deeper faith and love of God I’ve always wanted and needed.
- Ann Marie Pohl
Just a reminder the retreat is being held at retreat center in DeWitt on September 27-29. Registration is still going on, go to our website to sign up.