Saint Joseph Parish invites you to experience…

Welcome Christ Renews His Parish

Changing Lives. Building Lasting Relationships.

For several decades, the Holy Spirit has been quietly renewing hearts and parishes across the nation through the Welcome Christ Renews His Parish (WCRHP) retreat. The process begins by attending a renewal weekend. Many who have attended describe the weekend as a uniquely and powerfully transformative experience for their faith and their life. WCRHP is the first step in helping people make sense of life. Most people have this nagging feeling that they want more out of life or that something is missing in their lives. They want to work this out, but they have no idea how or even where to start.

There are questions we all ask ourselves in different ways: Who am I? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least? Welcome Christ Renews His Parish is a faith-filled experience that can help you discover what that something is, — and what to do about it. WCRHP puts a framework around these questions and makes space for Jesus to work in your life. You can get personal clarity and be inspired to start living with a deeper sense of purpose. Take the first step and Register now for Welcome Christ Renews His Parish.

What You Are is God’s Gift To You… What You Become Is Your Gift To God.

Why Attend Welcome Christ Renews His Parish?

Welcome Christ Renews His Parish has re-energized Catholics and their parishes across the country! We want to re-energize YOU and our St. Joseph Parish community!!!

It is a faith-filled weekend where you develop a closer relationship with Jesus, spend time in prayer and in the scriptures, and get to know some of your fellow parishioners.

Welcome Christ Renews His Parish will help you to become the best version of yourself…meet new people of all ages and walks of life…become a more fulfilled you! The pulse of our parish is our community. WCRHP will make our community thrive with all ages involved.

It will help you:

  • Become a happier you
  • Become a better parent
  • Become a better spouse
  • Become a better friend
  • Meet St. Joseph parishioners and begin new friendships
  • … or even find TRUE peace
  • … or have your faith COMPLETELY energized
  • … or maybe even for the first time feel the presence of God calling your name

If given this chance to invest a day and a half WOULD YOU? Sound Impossible? Miracles happen, Faith restored… Lives are changed FOREVER! Most people who have participated in the weekend experience say “you can’t explain what happens; you have to experience it.” This is your invitation to that “experience.”

Be a part of what will enhance St. Joseph Parish life and build lasting friendships. Let’s be the change!!

What To Expect

Welcome Christ Renews His Parish is a spiritual renewal weekend (Saturday 8am – 9pm & Sunday 8am – 3pm) designed to help you grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. During the break from your daily routine, you will likely hear Him speak to you. You will join fellow Saint Joseph parishioners of varied backgrounds and faith levels for this rich and extraordinary experience. Your level of participation in the weekend’s activities is up to you. Immerse yourself in the weekend and allow yourself to be transformed.

Through fellowship, faith sharing, hospitality, music, individual and group activities, Mass, and more, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your life and your spiritual journey and build meaningful relationships with other men or women in the parish (Men and women attend separate weekends). Every adult member of  St. Joseph parish is invited to attend.  The weekend experiences are designed to help all of us respond to Christ’s call to a closer and deeper relationship with Him.

The retreat is held at the Parish Life Center (PLC) at St. Joseph. Wear something casual and comfortable. Jeans or sweats are acceptable, and layers are advisable. Meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Please let us know of any special needs when you register.

There is no cost for participation, although donations are welcome to defray the cost of the weekend.

  • Women’s Weekend Saturday & Sunday September 28th & 29th, 2024
  • Men’s Weekend Saturday & Sunday October 19th & 20th, 2024
Brief History of Welcome Christ Renews His Parish

Christ Renews His Parish began in 1969 at Holy Family Parish in Parma, Ohio, when Father John Jacoby gathered a group of parishioners to pray and plan for the spiritual renewal of their parish. The men formed a team, outlined a weekend of prayer and sharing, and lived together at the parish from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. The results were dramatic. The group witnessed what is called “numerous miracles of grace” and came away with a new appreciation of the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Since those early days, hundreds of thousands of Catholic men and women, as well as people of other faith expressions, have taken part in this spiritual renewal process. In 2018, Dynamic Catholic absorbed and updated Christ Renews His Parish and has renamed it Welcome. Here at St. Joseph Parish we call it Welcome Christ Renews His Parish.

Registration Open

Registration is now open Men’s Fall 2024 retreat. We are currently full for the Women’s.  To provide the best experience for participants, space is limited.

Women’s Weekend

Sat & Sun September 28th & 29th, 2024

Men’s Weekend

Sat & Sun October 19th & 20th, 2024
OPEN Men’s Registration

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Testimonials From Parishioners who have attended
Welcome Christ Renews His Parish at St. Joseph Church

“I attended the Welcome Christ Renews His Parish at St. Joseph in Long Beach. The witnesses that I heard on my retreat were so moving. The men really opened up and shared their backgrounds that made them the men they are today. It was truly an amazing experience. I’ve never been in a retreat like that where the men were so authentic and so open with their experiences. It is definitely a retreat all men of God should attend and be a part of the renewal of the church.”

“When I signed up for the first WCRHP at St. Joseph Parish, I had no idea what to expect. It was going to be the first retreat I had ever attended. From the minute I walked through the gate after being greeted by smiling faces and being seated at a table with women I had seen at mass but didn’t really know, I felt so comfortable and welcome. The entire two days were a totally spiritual renewal for me, and I had 30 new friends.”

“Overall, I believe the time was well spent and I am thankful I was able to do it.”

“Since the retreat I feel closer to the Holy Spirit and the parish. It’s a warm and loving feeling.”

“I attended the first women’s retreat here at St Joseph. What a game changer. The retreat was fabulous and participating deepened my faith. My prayer life has improved and I am reading the Bible more often. The best part is my new group of sisters in Christ from the retreat. The group is really special and we still meet monthly because we love the fellowship and connection to our new friends. I HIGHLY recommend this retreat for all men and women at St Joes!!!”

Friends, acquaintances, and people I don’t know come up to me unexpectedly and say, “I want what you’ve got!”

“Thank you for offering the Welcome Retreat. It has helped me reconnect to several good men and get to know others, I feel my sense of community has expanded for the better.”

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