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ACTS Retreat

This parish-based retreat offers the opportunity to renew your spirituality, to strengthen your faith, and it's application in your daily life, and to build lasting friendships.  Each retreat begins on Thursday evening.  Retreatants stay the weekend at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center and return to Sacred Heart on Sunday for the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  This retreat transforms parishioners as they are led to live their faith more intentionally on a personal and community level.

2022 Date: September 22nd to 25th, 2022
2023 Date:  October 12th to 15th, 2023
Registration Form will be available at that time



ACTS is more than a simple retreat “program” - it's designed to implement the New Evangelization in a way that transforms parishes into intentional disciples.  Through a weekend retreat and through small faith communities, parishioners are led to live their faith more intentionally on a personal and community level.

ACTS is:

  • a parish-based retreat

  • an opportunity to renew your spirituality, to strengthen your faith and its application to your daily life, and to build lasting friendships

  • a nuturing community of intentional disciples

  • a structure of Adoration, Community, Theology and Service

  • an opportunity to experience how our daily lives are fundamentally impacted by the Word and Sacraments of our faith


How long does the retreat last?


The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends after the 11am Mass on Sunday.


When and where are the retreat held?


We are very blessed to have Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center right here in Fremont.  Both the women’s and men’s retreats for 2019 will be held there. The men's retreat is scheduled for November 14-17, 2019 and the next women's will be August 13-16, 2020. Registrations for men's retreat are being accepted now. 


Is there a cost?


The cost of the retreat is $255.00. Anyone needing financial assistance can apply for a scholarship to help cover the cost.


Is ACTS only for Catholics?


Non-Catholics who are exploring the Catholic faith are welcome to make the ACTS retreat.


Do I need to be a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish to make the ACTS retreat?


Preference will be given to parishioners, but if there are openings in the final weeks prior to the retreat, others will be welcomed to register.

What everyone is saying about THEIR experience with ACTS:

  • The ACTS retreat helped me to become closer to God. The closer I became, the easier it was to see how far away I actually was.


  • The ACTS retreat  energized me to  to share our faith through service in our community. This special retreat time  allowed me to learn how to go deeper into my prayers. 


  • The ACTS retreat re-energized my Catholic faith. It was an awesome opportunity to learn more about my Church through prayer, rich traditions, laughter, and other people who share in my beliefs. I want to be an example of my faith!


  • Experiencing and participating in ACTS has allowed me to strengthen my marriage and improve my parenting skills simply by reprioritizing what is important. This retreat allowed me to unplug,  grow my relationship with God and the men from Sacred Heart Parish.

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