(Adoration, Community, Theology and Service)
The ACTS movement started in 1987 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Selma, Texas, a small suburb of San Antonio. This program was approved by Father Patrick Cronin, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, his pastoral council and Archbishop Patrick Flores. The ACTS movement received the blessing of the Archbishop to form a committee to develop a retreat weekend with a goal of having a men’s retreat in July 1987 and a women’s retreat in the fall of 1987. Archbishop Flores asked that the committee be sure to allow non-Catholics to attend as part of the community. Today, ACTS Retreats are open to all faiths and generally are directed primarily to those within a parish.
The acronym of ACTS came to mean Adoration, Community, Theology and Service, which is today the precept of these retreats. Nearly all who have experienced an ACTS retreat feel truly blessed by God through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Retreats for both Men and Women are held once a year. After the Weekend, participants are encouraged to reach out to parish activities.
The ACTS Retreat truly does the work of the Holy Spirit. It has gradually become a Parish Weekend Retreat patterned after the description of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles (ACTS 2:42-47); breaking bread together, worshiping together, receiving instruction together, sharing in communion, and reaching out in loving service.
2017 Retreat Dates
Women’s A.C.T.S. Retreat: March 2-5, 2017
Men’s A.C.T.S. Retreat: October 26-29, 2017
2018 Retreat Dates
Women’s A.C.T.S. Retreat: August 30- September 2, 2018
Men’s A.C.T.S. Retreat: November 15-18, 2018
Parish ACTS Council:
Bobby Baiza President
Leo Fuentes Vice President
Maria Abinsay Treasurer
Laura Cuellar Secretary
Rita Young Spiritual Director
Christina Cruz Content Director
Cesar Camacho Communication Director
Monthly council meeting are scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month.