The members of the ACTS community of St. Francis of Assisi will strive to assist members of the parish family to attain a deeper relationship with our Lord and with fellow parishioners through:
Adoration | The call, acceptance and response to God
Community | Love and caring for each other as members of the body of Christ
Theology | Study of our faith through Scripture
Service | To God, each other and our parish family
To achieve this goal we sponsor weekend lay retreats, which are patterned after the description of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:42-47). An ACTS parish weekend strives to place great emphasis on community and pastoral care within our parish. Participants experience God’s love and joy through the weekend, return to their faith community with a deeper love for each other and an increased desire to become more involved in their parish community. This mission is continued and enhanced by scheduled gatherings of the ACTS community and by service projects (Habitat for Humanity, Social Sunday, Parish Festival, feeding the hungry, etc….)
Upcoming ACTS Retreats
Future ACTS Retreats
At St. Francis of Assisi, we are blessed to host two Men’s ACTS and two Women’s ACTS retreats each year. Our ACTS retreats are held at one of the following retreat centers: Omega Retreat Center in Boerne, Oblate Retreat Center in San Antonio, Deer Creek Camp in Medina, and Moye Retreat Center in Castroville. The following is the schedule for our future ACTS retreats.
2019 Women’s ACTS
- October 24–27 @ Omega
2020 Women's ACTS
- April 23-26 @ Moye
- November 5-8 @ Omega
2021 Women's ACTS
- April 29-May 2 @ Moye
- November 4-7 @ Omega
2020 Men’s ACTS
- January 23-26 @ Moye
- June 25-28 @ Omega
2021 Men's ACTS
- January 28-31 @ Moye
- June 24-27 @ Omega
"Some lasting effects of ACTS retreats are the community that you grow close to but also the love you feel from our Lord through his people and his mercy."
"My biggest takeaway from retreat is that no matter what you're going through you will always have someone to turn to in the ACTS family."
"During the retreat I realized that I was truly missing the community aspect of being a Catholic woman. I went to Mass but had very little interaction. On retreat, the Holy Spirit truly spoke to me. I have met folks who prayed for me during my retreat (that was an amazing surprise) and have made new friends. St. Francis of Assisi has excellent follow up after the retreat, and I feel like I belong."
"I felt a sense of acceptance and love on my ACTS retreat. I felt worthy of being loved by God and by others. I also learned that I am not alone in my feelings and problems, and we all have our crosses to bear."
"ACTS showed me that I'm not alone. God loves me and accepts me and displays this love and acceptance through people in my life."
"My ACTS retreat helped me see that I am not the only man with struggles. I am not the only broken one. God is merciful and wants us no matter what kind of baggage or struggles we bring. He wants every single one of us to seek Him."
"I now have a community of brothers in Christ who I can turn to for support, for inspiration, for guidance, and even for ministry. I can not only receive all of those things, but I can serve the community as well. I have become more involved with the Church, and my faith has definitely been given a much-needed boost."
"ACTS was a life-changing experience. I now have stronger faith. I never miss weekly Mass. The Church is more of a family to me, and I have many, many Church friends. After an ACTS retreat, you immediately have 50 or so friends whom you know by name. I don't just attend Church; I am active in several ministries now."
"The call to service at St. Francis and throughout the greater community is what I believe to be the most dynamic result of the ACTS experience."
"My faith in God has been more firm after my ACTS retreat."
"ACTS taught me that Church could be exciting. The enthusiasm and joy displayed that weekend was new to me, and I treasure the sense of community that comes from the retreat."
"Through ACTS, I see that we are all broken, but in our brokenness, together, we create a beautiful mosaic of God's grace and mercy!"
"The bonds with other sisters in Christ will last a lifetime. The peace, love, acceptance, and joy that was shared have made a lasting imprint on my heart. My desire to serve more and continue to go deeper into the Catholic faith grew exponentially!"
"A good friend encouraged me to go on an ACTS retreat. I was at a crossroads in my faith, and it seemed like a good way to discern my true relationship with God. My involvement with ACTS has grown my faith through the faith I see in others."
"My biggest takeaway is that God loves me and forgives me and accepts me as I am. I love my personal relationship with Him, and I know I'm on the right path."