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An ACTS retreat is a three day and three night Catholic lay retreat presented by fellow parishioners. The retreat begins on Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday at a Mass celebrated with the parish community. Talks and activities during the retreat focus on Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service, from which the ACTS acronym is derived, and through which a new or deeper relationship with our Lord through is cultivated: 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 teachings of the Catholic Church; Service – to God, his people, and the parish faith community. Each retreat is conducted by a retreat “team” composed of around 36 individuals who have attended prior ACTS retreats. Chosen by the retreat Director, the team organizes the retreat, conducts the retreat talks and activities, and ministers to the needs of the retreatants during the retreat weekend. Holy Scripture and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the guides for the retreats.

Women’s ACTS Retreat: October 5-8, 2017

Our St. Clare retreats begin Thursday evening around 5:00 p.m., and end with the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Clare on Sunday. The retreat takes place at the Christian Renewal Center (CRC) in Dickinson.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the retreat is $235 per person.  This includes a double-occupancy room at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson, as well as eight delicious meals.  Financial assistance is available for those in need–don’t let the cost prevent you from experiencing this amazing opportunity to retreat from the world for a weekend and draw closer to God!

How do I register?

Registration for the Women’s ACTS in October of 2017 is open!  There are two ways to register:

  1. Download the Women’s ACTS Retreat Registration October 2017, fill it out, and then mail or turn it in to the St. Clare parish office, along with your registration fee.
  2. Fill out the registration form online, and then mail or turn in to the St. Clare parish office your registration fee.

For more information on the upcoming Women’s ACTS retreat, contact Shelly at 713-515-0299 or;  Brenda at 281-380-1291 or; or Robin 281-684-1962 or

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I’ve been on ACTS. Now what?? Consider joining the Retreat Team!

Once you’ve been on the retreat, considering serving on the Retreat Team! All ACTS sisters are invited to consider the following invitation to be on the team: For those of you who have teamed before, you are well aware of the immense blessings that are received from serving in this way and the close relationships that are developed with your ACTS sisters. For those who have never teamed, be assured that being on a retreat team has been described as being somewhat of a “glimpse of what heaven must be like.”  Coming together as willing servants, we continue to receive God’s abundant grace, His blessings, and a greater love for Him and for each other. Please pray whether God might be calling you to join us in continuing this powerful movement of the Holy Spirit.  Please don’t consider whether you are capable…as Saint Mother Teresa said, “God does not choose the qualified; He qualifies the chosen.” 

If you are interested in being on the team for the October 2017 St. Clare Women’s ACTS Retreat, please contact Shelly at 713-515-0299 or

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ACTS Yahoo Group Have you been on an ACTS retreat? If so, then are you a member of the ACTS Yahoo email list? If not, then sign up now to receive updates on ACTS related news, as well as announcements having to do with Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service here at St. Clare, in the Archdiocese, and the Church as a whole!

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Core Team Discernment… If you’ve had a couple of years experience with ACTS and would like to discern about serving on our St. Clare ACTS Core Team, please fill out this discernment form–ACTS_Core_Questionaire_final–and turn it in to the parish office.

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ACTS Missions… To find out more about ACTS in general, visit the Houston Chapter of ACTS Missions, where you can find Frequently Asked Questions, a schedule of all ACTS retreats in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, a history of ACTS, and more!

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Spiritual Exercises


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The Spiritual Exercises are a weekend silent retreat with spiritual talks and time for personal meditation in silence.  The spiritual conferences are preached by the priests of Miles Christi, according to the method and the principles of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Apart from the conferences and time for prayer, each day there will also be Holy Mass, Holy Rosary, and opportunity for confessions.  The retreats will start on Friday at 4:00 pm and conclude on Sunday at 5:00 pm.

As experience has shown throughout the centuries, the Spiritual Exercises have proven to be an excellent means of conversion and sanctification. In addition, the Magisterium of the Church has commended them numerous times.


  • Men:
    • November 10-12, 2017
  • Women:
    • October 20-22, 2017
    • December 1-3, 2017

Where? Mt. Carmel House of Prayer 9600 Deer Trail Dr. Houston, TX 77038

How do I register? For more information & registration contact or call (858) 768-0872.

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St. Clare Silent Retreat
Next Date: TBD

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Mother Theresa said, “If you sincerely want to learn to pray, keep silent. In the silence of the heart, God speaks.” Why not take a break from the stimuli of this world for less than 24 hours—from Friday at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday at 3:00 p.m.—to let God speak to your heart? Join other St. Clare parishioners for a mini-retreat that will include short introductions to different types of silent prayer, group prayer times (in silence), and plenty of time to walk the beautiful grounds of the Villa de Matel or spend some time in one of the interesting prayer rooms inside. Meals are included.

For those who are completely new to the Ruah Center, and have never been on a Day of Prayer or an overnight Retreat there, you are asked to come on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Once you’ve been to this Day of Prayer, then for all future retreats you’ll be able to come the night before and stay the night.

The St. Clare Silent Retreat is offered once per year, usually in the January to March time-frame. If you missed it this year, please consider joining us next year!

When: TBD

Time: 7:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 p.m. Saturday (newcomers should arrive at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning)

Where: Ruah Center, Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale St., Houston, TX 77023 • 713-928-6053

Cost: By donation only, at the end of the retreat at the Ruah Center (or by mail-in envelope, which you will receive)

Register: Registration is not yet open for this retreat.

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Marriage Encounter

Retreats and support for all married couples, sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter – Houston. The “Houston South” dates are held at the Christian Renewal Center in Dickinson. For more information, and to register online for one of the retreats, go to the Worldwide Marriage Encounter – Houston website.

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A lifeline for Marriages

A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.

  • Do you feel lost, alone, or bored in your marriage?
  • Are you frustrated, hurt, or angry with your spouse?
  • Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down?
  • Have you thought about separation or divorce?
  • Does talking about it only make it worse?

Retrouvaille provides marriage help! Find out more by going to the Retrouvaille website.

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