We are excited to announce the dates for our 2023 Men’s and Women’s Retreat Weekends!

We invite you to consider participating in these retreats.  Our new Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 format also encourages past participants to “Re-Retreat” so all are welcome!

Say a prayer.  Ask God what you should do. We believe He wants you here. So, what about you?

Men’s Retreat:  February 25 – 26, 2023

Theme: Call of Duty

Contact: Tom Cumbo (716) 861-0032,


Women’s Retreat:  March 11 – 12, 2023         

Theme: Christ Be Our Light

Contact: Suzanne Bracci (716) 348-6429, sbracci123@gmail.com

I was a bit nervous and hesitant when first invited to take part in the Christ Renews retreat. It ended up being a very spiritual and emotional weekend for me and I was so happy that I had answered the invitation to attend. I was new to the parish and found it to be a great way to meet other women and become more involved in the parish. The following year, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, my team offered the weekend to others and the experience was even more meaningful! I now have a deeper and closer relationship with Christ and have the support and friendship of so many wonderful women who share this faith journey with me. I am grateful to St. Mary’s for offering me this opportunity.

Debbie Ramos

Past Retreat participant

What is Christ Renews Welcome 2.0?


Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 is a revised version of the Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) program. It is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It is an excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith.

Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 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. Christ Renews is an effective spiritual renewal and evangelization process that calls together members of the parish to experience personal conversion and Christian unity in the Catholic tradition within the St. Mary’s community.

The uniqueness of Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 is in its continuation. Participants are usually so inspired, so renewed, so uplifted, that they’re anxious to share their faith experience with others in their parish. Previous attendees to the retreat 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.


What is a Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 Weekend?

It is a time to relax, pray, and rethink priorities.

It is a time to get to know others in the parish and grow as a community.

It is an opportunity to examine, rediscover, and /or intensify your personal relationship with Christ.

It is a weekend of reflection and sharing of spiritual and real-life issues. It is a time of evangelization.


What a Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 Weekend is not.  

It is not a silent retreat, yet there are periods of quiet reflection and prayer.

It is not a parish organization or clique

It is not a solitary retreat, your participation makes the retreat a spiritual one for you and the other participants.


Who Can Participate?

All adult men and women over the age of 18 in the parish are welcome!

Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 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.

Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 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.

Past Christ Renews His Parish Alumni are welcome and encouraged to “re-retreat”. A tremendous opportunity to reconnect and experience the Christ Renews Welcome 2.0.

Men and Women from outside our St. Mary’s Parish are welcome to attend the retreats. Invite others to experience the spiritual renewal that Christ Renews delivers.

When Does Christ Renews Welcome 2.0 Begin and end?

The Retreat begins on Saturday with check in and morning breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. in Parish Center. A Sunday Mass at 3:00 p.m. closes the retreat, followed by a reception reuniting participants with family and friends.


What About Meals?

Throughout the weekend you will be pampered with great meals. There will be many breaks 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 the parish’s gift to you!

The weekend is coordinated by previous Christ Renews participants and supported by Christ Renews Continuation Committee, Christ Renews Alumni and Parish Staff.


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 have attested, Christ Renews is powerful stuff.  It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to form meaningful and lasting friendships.

For more information, please feel free to contact Laura Roskopf, ljr6473@roadrunner.com or Debbie Chrzanowski chrz.deb@gmail.com.